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Palette Contemporary Art & Craft
7400 Montgomery Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109


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The restored vintage radios in our collection are meant to play!  We have a saying around here, "if our radios didn't work then they might as well be considered to be book ends, doorstops, or sculptures."  Our technician has 60 years of restoration experience and has even designed radios.  Our collection, mostly of "mid-century" tube radios and transistors, has a wide range of styles from a variety of materials such as Bakelite, wood, Catalin, plastic, and metal.  We especially like models that feature big lighted dials, "the kind you could almost read a book by."  Many of our radios are "modernistic" in design and we always seek to provide radios that are cosmetically in good to excellent condition.  We carry brands such as Admiral, Bulova, Delco, Detrola, Emerson, Grundig, Panasonic, Philco, Sparton, Sonora, RCA and Zenith.  Select radios have been made iPod® compatible and the radio "of your dreams" may be able to be made iPod® compatible, too.  Feel free to contact us and we'll determine your radio's compatibility!
 

 

Bang & Olufsen Jet 509K (1952)

Bang & Olufsen Jet 509K (1952)

B&O was founded in 1925 by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen. In 1927, they moved into a factory and developed a radio, which debuted in 1929, the "Five Lamper" and its peripheral "Type D" loudspeaker. Powered from the receiver, the Five Lamper only required connection to an electrical outlet to play. This radio was also the first unit to be encased in a walnut cabinet. In January, 1945, the Germans bombed B&O's factory, since both B&O refused to collaborate and its employees were suspected Danish Resistance members. In the 1950s, B&O, assisted by Denmark's renowned architects and designers, developed components that earned praise for aesthetic appeal. They were rewarded in 1978 when NY's Museum of Modern Art arranged a 39-piece exhibition of B&O's products, an honor only bestowed on three other companies during the 20th century. Our model has five tubes, AM, LW, + two SW Bands, but no FM. Richard repaired one 1N4007 rectifier, one AC power plug, re-wired 220VAC to 120VAC, and aligned IF and RF. The cabinet was repaired.  $675.00. (1300085)

 

Bendix 753F "Cascade" Clock Radio (1953)

Bendix 753F "Cascade" Clock Radio (1953)

"The Cascade" radio with clock/alarm is contained within a wooden cabinet and has a receptacle for a plug-in appliance. This classic functioning table radio also features an accurately working clock with lightly decorative design embellishments. The wood cabinet is in immaculate condition and frames the facade beautifully. Since this radio has been in our possession, our technician has replaced the power cord and four film capacitors. He re-wired the radio and replaced one tube. The case was polished. It plays very well and is priced at  $265.00. (1300031)

 

Braun PC3SV Turntable (1959-1961)

Braun PC3SV Turntable (1959-1961)

Braun was founded by Max Braun in 1921 and started making radios and turntables in 1929. By the mid-1950s, the Braun brand was influenced by the German concept of modern industrial design and its combination of functionality and technology. One of its design leaders was Dieter Rams, who was a key figure in the German design renaissance of the late 1950s and 1960s. Dieter, along with Hans Gugelot, designed the famous SK4 record player, aka "Snow White's Coffin." Dieter also designed our shown PC3SV turntable as well as the "D" series (D25-D47) of high-quality 35 mm slide projectors. He and Dietrich Lubs are also credited with the design of a classic range of Braun alarm clocks which began with the AB 20 in 1987. Braun continued producing alarm clocks, of this type, through 2005. Dieter Ram retired in 1995. This turntable is constructed from modern plastic and functions properly. Richard Majestic replaced one P-186 cartridge and one audio cable. He also converted the turntable motor from 50Hz to 60Hz to play 33-1/3 RPM LPs.   $625.00. (1300084)

 

Coronet C2 (1946)

Coronet C2 (1946)

This Bakelite AM radio has a truly unique dial placement (other C2 models had wooden cases). It is reminiscent of a console radio, only much smaller! Rather than being so huge that it needed to sit on the floor, this is a "right-sized" tabletop radio that plays well. 12"W x 7"H x 6"D.  $450.00. (1300073)

 

Delco R-1401 Portable (1936)

Delco R-1401 Portable (1936)

This fully-operational radio, now that its cellulose fabric cover has aged and yellowed, reminds New Mexico residents, past and present, of an abridged version of the "zia" symbol. The zia appears on both our license plates and the state flag. Of course, Delco had no way of predicting how this radio's appearance would evolve over 75 years! Portability is a central feature to this radio's being. In fact, it looks like and weighs about as much as a travel suitcase. We wouldn't recommend that you bring it aboard your next flight and put it under your seat, though. Our technician replaced four tubes, six metalized capacitors, created a battery pack, two "D" battery holders, and box (ten 9VDC batteries, two 1.5VDC batteries).  $500.00. (1300052)

 

EKCO B86 (1935)

EKCO B86 (1935)

Our British EKCO radio is a battery set with a strikingly memorable, black Bakelite case. It is prominently featured in Peter Sheridan's fine 2014 collectors' book, titled, "Deco Radios" on page 149. This radio was designed as a long wave and MW/AM radio, but, due to an incident previous to our possession, only the AM band works. Our radio restorer was able to fix its other mechanical problems, and he made it look as good as new, again! He replaced seven elecrolytics, four diodes, the AC power cord and plug, the 8-pin octal plug, the usable antenna coil, ten metalized Mylar film capacitors, four resistors, and the antenna wire. A 120VAC transformer power supply has been designed to supply power to the radio through a battery pack. This historic radio truly looks great and plays well.  $2,250.00. (1300081)

 

Emerson 703 Series B Phonograph (1951-52)

Emerson 703 Series B Phonograph (1951-52)

This combination phonograph and five-tube AM radio is a beaut! This three-speed automatic record player oozes nostalgia with its felt turntable pad and powerful superheterodyne radio. To quote its time-period ad, it also features a "feather-weight tone-arm, an automatic reject and shut-off switch and tone control" with treble and bass settings. And, all of these features come packaged in a polished, pin-striped mahogany-veneered portable cabinet with lid. Our restorer replaced one 12BA6 tube, one 12BE6 tube, one 2AT6 tube, one 35W4 tube, one 50B5 tube, six capacitors, one 47uF 160VDC electrolytic, one 6T phono cartridge, and the AC power cord. He also stripped and refinished the case, repaired the record changer, and aligned the IF and RF. 15-1/2"W x 20"D x 9"H.  $480.00. (1300067)

 

Emerson 706 (1952)

Emerson 706 (1952)

This fully operational 1952 Plaskon model can almost be considered the older brother to the 1955 Emerson wooden model that can be viewed elsewhere on our Radio Attic page. No repair or restoration work has been undertaken on this tube radio since it has been in Palette's possession. Should you also want to purchase the aforementioned wooden "Sunburst" version, and have a bookend set of period Emerson radios of similar style and size, please let us know. We will extend a "buy the pair" price to you!  $240.00. (1300050)

 

Firestone 4A110 Clock Radio (1952)

Firestone 4A110 Clock Radio (1952)

This well-playing, five-tube AM clock radio has its original wooden cabinet and decals! Our restorer replaced all the capacitors, four resistors, and the audio circuit. He also repaired two IF transformers, put a new lacquer coat on the cabinet, and cleaned the clock. 13-1/4"W x 7-1/4"H x 6"D.  $375.00. (1300076)

 

Halson Radio

Halson Radio

Our Halson radio features a colorful, brilliant green circular lit dial and plays the AM and shortwave bands. Its chassis is housed in a custom-built, two-toned, cherry wood cabinet created by Paul Sanders. Since coming into our possession, this radio has had replacements and repairs made on: three bad tubes, twelve film capacitors, one 160V electrolytic, one output transformer, three pilot lamp sockets, three lamps, three resistors, one diode, one 8" speaker, and bad resistors, aligned IF and RF sections. 22-5/8"W x 14-1/2"H x 13-3/4"D.   $1,700.00. (1300061)

 

Herofon Petite AM-FM (1958)

Herofon Petite AM-FM (1958)

Ove Hede Nielsen began making radios in 1928 in a corner of his father's bicycle making plant. Annual productions of Herofon radios reached 10,000 units in 1939. In 1955, the Herofon name was changed to Arena and began simultaneously producing TVs. By 1960, Arena was the largest Danish producer of radios. Into the 1960s, Arena's development department created the component system, which led to faster repairs and the production of turntables and speakers. Arena's fortunes turned downward in 1970 when they suffered a devastating plant fire, the second of three, in the Hede Nielsen Factory's history. 12,000 radios, 4000 TVs, 20,000 speakers, and 1,000 turntables were lost in the blaze. Subsequently, Arena was sold to Rank Bush Murphy, from England, their business deteriorated, and employees ran the business with no success. In 1975, Scandinavia's most modern radio and TV factory closed, forever. Our model has four tubes, AM and two SW bands, one speaker, and a beautiful teak wood case. It plays well. Our restorer added one power transformer to aid in the 220VAC conversion, and replaced one UABC80 NOS tube, one UL84 NOS tube, one UF89 NOS tube, and one UCH81 NOS tube.  $800.00. (1300082)

 

Majestic 421-D Tolex Portable

Majestic 421-D Tolex Portable

This Majestic radio looks like it could be a small suitcase with its Tolex (canvas-like) cabinet covering and carrying handle. Our technician replaced power parts, six metalized film capacitors, and one electrolytic. He performed RF and IF alignment and repaired the dial cord.  $425.00. (1300046)

 

Ostfold Monark 492 (1949)

Ostfold Monark 492 (1949)

Our modernist Østfold radio was produced in Norway in 1949. The cabinet is made from fir wood, and this six tube radio plays AM, longwave, and two shortwave bands. It has an external source to connect a turntable, CD player, iPod and the like. Since being in our possession, our technician has replaced one 6U5 eye tube, one 6W4 tube, one 6 pin tube socket, one AC power cable, two #46 pilot lamps, one 50uF 50uF 450 VDC electrolytic, one 10uF 450VDC electrolytic, 15 metalized Mylar film capacitors, six 1/2W resistors, grommets, dial cable, and rubber feet. He also repaired the cabinet's construction, re-assembled the chassis, and aligned the IF and RF. Don't let all those repairs befuddle you. This radio produces nice sound and its pleasing modern cabinet will always attract attention as a conversation piece! 23-3/4"W x 14-3/8"H x 6-3/4"D.  $925.00. (1300066)

 

Philco 676 "Mustang"  Portable

Philco 676 "Mustang" Portable

To all of you University of Texas fans out there, "Hook 'em Horns!" This radio's case is "leather tough" and "leather handsome," as it was made from top grain cowhide and is in excellent condition. The case's reverse side features a very familiar Texas symbol! This model was part of their Rough Rider Series of mid-50s portable radios which were advertised as being "built for hard outdoor life...they won't chip, warp, or break." This Philco series also included the "Sportster," "Knockabout," and "Rancher." Each had a case that snapped open for easy change-over from AC/DC to batteries. Our superheterodyne chassis performs well, as our technician replaced three metalized film capacitors and one AC power plug, replaced an open capacitor, tested tubes, and aligned IF and RF sections. He also cleaned and oiled the leather case. As an added bonus, the purchaser of this radio will receive a 1956 copy of the Philco print advertisement from which today's write-up was composed!  $250.00. (1300053)

 

Philco PT-89 Transitone (1941)

Philco PT-89 Transitone (1941)

This early radio is designed for convenience and portability with its original leather carrying strap. Our technician tested and replaced tubes, aligned IF and RF, and installed batteries. Its case is in fine shape!  $450.00. (1300037)

 

Philips 470A-29 (1938-1939)

Philips 470A-29 (1938-1939)

Gerard Philips and his father, Frederick, founded Philips in 1891. An innovative, internationally successful company, Philips produced and/or created the following which will be near and dear to the hearts of Radio Attic fans: In 1927, Philips began producing radios and within five years had sold one million sets and became the world's largest manufacturer of radios and radio tubes. The 1982/1983 market launch of the Compact Disc, developed together with Sony, represented another technological landmark for Philips. In 1997, once again in-conjunction with Sony, Philips introduced the DVD. Our radio has four tubes, AM, LW, and SW Bands. Its case is either brown-swirled Bakelite or Catalin. The radio plays well. Richard replaced the AC power cord, cleaned its case and knobs, re-glued a tube base, and aligned the IF & RF.  $750.00. (1300083)

 

Philips B3X40U (1964)

Philips B3X40U (1964)

This three-band Philips radio, constructed from modern plastic, performs well. The dial lights up when the radio plays. It contains four tubes. Its case and dial lens have been polished. The 220 volt plug was replaced to accommodate U.S. usage. This radio was tested and aligned, and its speakers were repaired. The dial is in meters (the wavelength of the radio station's transmission frequency). This radio receives AM, long wave and shortwave bands, but no FM.  $575.00. (1300054)

 

RCA 9TX33 "Little Nipper" (1939)

RCA 9TX33 "Little Nipper" (1939)

This radio plays well. Although produced in 1939, this RCA's dial style is a precursor for angular, mid-century "Modernist" design. We replaced six metalized Mylar film capacitors, 1 dual 47UF + 47UF 160VDC electrolytic, and the AC power cord.  $350.00. (1300056)

 

RCA T4-10 (1933)

RCA T4-10 (1933)

This Art Deco TRF radio is definitely an oldie but a goodie! This unusually light-in-color, wooden cased, table radio has two golden dials with a pressed look that is usually associated with tin decoration. RCA made this small TRF radio to bolster sales during The Depression. Only small, low priced radios were selling, and many other manufacturers were closing up shop. This radio works well and uses a resistance line cord that drops the tube filament voltage and gets hot. Our RCA has been fully restored electronically, and the wood cabinet has been re-lacquered. 10"W x 7-3/4"H x 4-1/2"D.  $350.00. (1300070)

 

SABA-Freiburg Vollautomatic 14 Stereo (1936-64)

SABA-Freiburg Vollautomatic 14 Stereo (1936-64)

SABA (Schwarzalder Apparate-Bau-Anstalt) was founded originally in the Black Forest area of southwestern Germany by Herman Schwer (1877-1936) in Villingen. Radio set construction commenced in 1927. One mechanical feature which set SABA apart from its German competition was its automatic station scanning and automatic frequency control which enabled optimal radio reception to be achieved. Both our Freiburg 14 and 400 models possess these features. This is probably not an export model, for we purchased it from a European source and there is no 400 series model number on its back panel. It features 14 tubes, receives AM, LW, FM (to 104 MHz), and SW bands. Inside its repaired wooden cabinet, you'll find five loudspeakers, a rotating ferrite antenna, as well as an Automatic Tuning Function. This radio plays very well! About 27-2/3"W x 18"H x 12-1/4"D.  $3,100.00. (1300080)

 

Silvertone Radio

Silvertone Radio

This Silvertone radio has a Walnut cabinet and appealing speaker grille cloth. Our radio repair expert replaced tubes, metalized Mylar capacitors, and the AC power cord. He performed IF and RF alignment.  $525.00. (1300040)

 

Sonora RBU-175 (1940s)

Sonora RBU-175 (1940s)

This Bakelite AM radio has a secret... the case is the original, un-retouched case! This Sonora is the typical "All American Five" that was originally developed in the late 1930s. This radio has been fully restored electronically and is working better now than it was new! Its Bakelite case has the original shine with no breaks, cracks, or repairs. 10"W x 7"H x 6"D.  $300.00. (1300072)

 

Sparton 57K (1936)

Sparton 57K (1936)

Our technician cleaned and repaired mechanical parts: IF transformer, IF and RF alignment, replaced two electrolytics, 13 film capacitors, five resistors, rubber grommets and the AC line power cord. This Sparton has a nicely-lit big center dial and a sturdy wooden cabinet.  $1,100.00. (1300038)

 

Sparton 517 Mini Tombstone (1930s)

Sparton 517 Mini Tombstone (1930s)

This radio receives on AM and Shortwave. It has not been mechanically repaired while in our possession. The cabinet was refinished by Hershel Weiss in a subtle two-tone manner.  $550.00. (1300045)

 

Sparton 768 AM/SW Radio Chassis (1937)

Sparton 768 AM/SW Radio Chassis (1937)

This Sparton 768 chassis has a new custom-built olive wood cabinet that features western walnut knobs and bezel. The ventilated back wooden piece is made from birch. Hershel Weiss constructed this cabinet. Our technician replaced or repaired five tubes, one speaker, one output transformer, three pilot lamps, 13 metalized film capacitors, three electrolytics, four resistors, one drive belt, and the glass dome. He also performed an IF & RF alignment and cleaned the chassis. A reproduction dial was made and installed. This is a one-of-a-kind restored radio with a contemporary hand-made wooden cabinet, in an over-sized rendition of the dial's shape (think TV-like) that was designed to compliment this radio's lighted dial.  $1,850.00. (1300049)

 

Stewart-Warner R520

Stewart-Warner R520

This caramel-colored leatherette radio features an easy-to-read, well-defined dial. It retains its original logo decal above its dial as well. The execution of "leatherette" as it pertains to this radio essentially means a "textured" case surface covering. Our restorer replaced twelve metalized mylar film capacitors, three 160VDC electrolytics, and one 10VDC electrolytic. The speaker was replaced, the IF & RF were aligned, and its case and covering were cleaned and repaired. This radio plays well. 14-1/2"W x 7-1/2"H x 6-5/8"D.  $410.00. (1300060)

 

Wilcox-Gay 4C5 (1934)

Wilcox-Gay 4C5 (1934)

This five tube radio, with ombre cabinet finish and stair stepped grooves on the front, is a true beauty. This radio plays AM and SW incredibly well. 14"W x 7-1/2"H x 6-1/2"D.  $325.00. (1300068)

 

Zenith 6-D-612 (1942)

Zenith 6-D-612 (1942)

This six tube, AM Art Deco, Bakelite tube radio sounds as good as it looks. Its handled and louvered polished brown Bakelite case has an early Modernist feel to it. This Zenith's lit dial sets it off nicely as well. Since coming into our possession, our technician has repaired one 12SK7 tube, one 35L6 tube, one 47uF 160VDC electrolytic, one metalized mylar film capacitor, and one 1/2 W resistor. He also aligned the IF & RF, and cleaned and polished the cabinet. About 12"W x 6-3/4"H x 6-3/4"D.  $540.00. (1300064)

 

Zenith Z615G (1956)

Zenith Z615G (1956)

This gray Zenith made of modern plastic is in good cosmetic condition except for a hairline crack and a small indention on the top of the case. Our technician replaced six metalized film capacitors, the IF transformer and one lamp. It plays well.  $325.00. (1300036)
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PALETTE CONTEMPORARY ART AND CRAFT RADIO PURCHASE POLICY

RADIOS ELECTRICALLY REPAIRED BY RICHARD MAJESTIC ARE GIVEN A ONE YEAR WARRANTY ON COMPONENTS WHICH HE REPAIRED

Items are sold in "as is" condition.  Conditions for the buyer to consider prior to a purchase include:

1. A "Good Faith" documentation of all known mechanical and cosmetic repairs made to a given radio has been listed in the item description.

2. If your purchase needs to be shipped, it will be double-boxed, properly insured for its purchase price, and delivered via UPS Ground Service unless otherwise specified.  The shipping charges will be billed to the buyer at seller cost.

RETURNS

The buyer has the right to inspect the merchandise purchased, from our website, within three days of its receipt from Palette and return it if the item was misrepresented in a listing for a refund less the shipping/packaging charges that the seller has incurred in shipping the object.

The buyer must immediately notify the seller of his/her return intention via phone or e-mail during this three day time period.  Immediate notification is also necessary if the buyer believes that a purchased item was potentially damaged during its shipment so that a shipping claim can be initiated.  Funds received by the gallery as a result of a settled shipping claim will be used to repair the damaged radio.  The repaired radio will then be sent back to its buyer.

A Radio Attic buyer may also choose to replace his/her returned purchase with another item of equal value from Palette's inventory.  Notice of an impending return and replacement must be initiated within three days of the initial purchase.  A replacement radio will be shipped to the buyer once the original radio has been returned to and received by the gallery.

DAMAGED ITEMS

Items which have been determined to have been abused or misused while in the buyer's possession will not be eligible to receive a refund upon return.  Examples of abuse or misuse, and which were not caused by UPS, if shipping took place, that were not present before the buyer took possession of the radio include:

1. A broken radio dial crystal
2. A dropped radio
3. More than usual wear and tear is present on the case
4. The radio does not turn on
5. The radio turns on; but, it does not tune in stations


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