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Modern radio equipment always works whenever you turn it on.  There is little challenge or reward in it.  I'm an engineer and a big fan of early radio technology.  There's still some sort of magic in them!  Alas, my collection is in a limited space, so I have listed some of my sets here to make room for others I have acquired.  I tend toward high quality radios.  They are the most evocative and the best investment.

Radio prices do not include packing and shipping.  Click here to learn more about: Restoration; Descriptions; Packing & Shipping; Payment; Terms of Sale.
 

 

Jewell Tube Tester Radio Test Set

Jewell Tube Tester Radio Test Set

Nice vintage Jewell radio test set and tube tester. Looks to be pretty complete in original leather case. Interestingly you can test the tube as it perform in the radio's circuit. It has a plug that plugs into the tube socket in the radio. You then plug the tube into the tester and analyze it as it is performing in the radio's circuit! I have not tested it as I don't have a manual instructing its use.  $50.00. (1160046)

 

Antique Galvanometer

Antique Galvanometer

Antique galvanometer similar to that used by Marconi with his early coherer receivers circa 1800. It is in excellent condition with nice original finish and is working perfectly! Scarce!  $200.00. (1160043)

 

Marconi Era Key - English

Marconi Era Key - English

I can't find any maker's mark but the base of the pivot is tapered as Marconi keys were. It is in unrestored condition with patina intact. There is some surface corrosion as shown. One knurled cap may be missing - I'm not sure. I've not seen another like it.  $135.00. (1160031)

 

Federal 200 Regenerative Receiver

Federal 200 Regenerative Receiver

Nice and rare Federal receiver. The receiver is in unusually nice original condition! The front panel is just great. All parts are there including the transformers which are buried under a spring loaded cover. This model was designed to take either the 01-A tube or a big Western Electric tube as the final audio output! That is why the last tube hole is so large.  $350.00. (1160042)

 

Early Radio Spark Transmitting Coil

Early Radio Spark Transmitting Coil

Large and powerful early radio spark transmitting coil. It works great and very well made! It has triple contacts on the primary side and is very reliable as a result. The brass mechanisms for adjusting the vibrator speed and tension are beautifully made!  $600.00. (1160045)

 

Spark Gap with Marconi Patent Label

Spark Gap with Marconi Patent Label

Nice early spark gap with porcelain base and long zinc contacts. The base has labels underneath. One of them cites a Marconi patent as shown. Early item!  $160.00. (1160041)

 

Federal 59 Regenerative Receiver

Federal 59 Regenerative Receiver

Here is an exceptionally nice Federal regenerative receiver. The cabinet is especially nice with no de-lamination and nice original finish. The front panel is also excellent and the nickel plated parts are clean and not corroded. This is a working radio and one of the very best performing regenerative receivers. The set has variable RF amplification and really pulls in the signals; it is remarkably easy to tune compared to other regenerative sets. I would keep it except that I have a Federal 61 which is so similar as to make having both hard to justify. It works so well that I was able to pick up a station in Toronto from here in South Carolina, using a 15 ft long wire antenna! This is an unusually nice model 59! It will be well packed in foam rubber in a large box. You will need an ARBEE-III power supply and high impedance headphones or a good early horn in order to use it.  $1,595.00. (1160037)

My Restoration Philosophy

Pre-1930 sets: I don't do any thing to harm the value or destroy the history.  For pre-1930 sets this means not replacing components unless they are absolutely the exact correct ones.  Unless the finish is horrible, I will simply use color matched wax on the cabinet.  I'd rather restore too little and let the buyer do more if desired.  It's very hard to go the other way.  I think that time and values will support this approach as sets get older and more historic.

1930+ sets: For later sets, I will replace old electrolytic capacitors and wax paper capacitors that are bad.  Contrary to common belief, most wax paper capacitors 0.1 uF and smaller are fine unless they have gotten hot and the wax has melted.  I test them and replace the bad ones and leave the others alone.  I will replace all black beauty capacitors as they are little time bombs.  I generally try not to replace other components unless the radio is not working properly or the components are in a bad way.  I leave the original workmanship in place as much as possible.  I will clean contact with Deoxit if necessary and remove dirt and grime without harsh chemicals.

Descriptions

I generally buy high end radios and I don't go for ones that are in bad shape.  I try to describe condition accurately so you have no surprises.  However, if you are an expert in a particular radio that I am selling, you may spot details I do not.  If you know of certain things to look for with a set, please ask and I'll be happy to try to find out and also to learn something I did not know.  If you are very particular about certain features or condition issues, please ask.  My goal is to remove any discrepancy in expectation up front.  If I have tried a set, I'll tell you what I observed.  If I have not tried it, the listing will not include any information on that.

Packing & Shipping

I pack better than just about anybody.  I have shipped radios weighing 110 lbs, with no damage.  That means using big boxes, with the proper foam and padding and handle locations and caution labels.  Most importantly, it means using the right shipper! I will not use UPS, ever! FedEx Ground is recommended and mandatory for anything over 25 lbs shipped in the US.  I will also use US Postal Service for items under 25 lbs if desired.  I do not mark up shipping materials one cent.  I charge no packing labor fee at all.  What I pay, you pay.  Radios will be shipped fully insured and fully declared for customs.  Please do not ask to do otherwise.  I pack assuming the radio may be dropped from 5 feet on a corner.  This generally means packing can be expensive for big sets.  Skimping on packing is a false economy.  I won't do it. 

Of course, the buyer may pick up a radio from me at no charge.  I can hold a radio for a while until that is convenient.  The smaller the radio, the longer I can hold it for you.  However, we must agree on a maximum storage time as I can't keep it forever.

Payment

Once you notify me by e-mail you wish to buy a radio, I will e-mail you and invoice to be signed and returned to me.  I will hold the radio for 7 days or until payment is received, whichever comes first.  Include the invoice with your payment.  Payment must be received within 7 days of your e-mail notifying me of your intent to buy, or it will be released for sale.  Multiple requests to buy a radio will be handled according to dates of e-mail notifications of intent to buy.  I will accept the following forms of payment: USPS postal money order; US money order; personal check (delay for clearing); cashier's check; cash.  I don't accept electronic transfers or Western Union transfers.

Terms of Sale

I try to describe radios accurately, even a bit harshly.  However, a buyer may return the radio (ship date) back to me within 4 business days of receiving it.  You must contact me before returning it.  It must be returned as packed, so UNPACK CAREFULLY & KEEP THE PACKING MATERIALS.  If the radio is returned to me in the same condition as sent and it is the same radio, I will happily refund the purchase price of the radio.  I will not otherwise.  You are responsible for return shipping cost.  If it arrives damaged because you did not use the same packing or returned it by UPS for example, I will not refund it.  You have as much responsibility to get it to me safely as I took to get it to you.  It is only fair.


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