David Spivey's Radio Attic
"Selling radios at the Radio Attic since August 2010"

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Crosley D-25-GN Clock Radio (1953)

Crosley D-25-GN Clock Radio (1953)

This Crosley D-25 Buick front Color Radio is a Retro icon from the 1950's and it is in beautiful completely restored condition. "GN" stands for the khaki green colored version. The three color coordinated clock knobs are in place, and the clock is working fine, keeping good time. Both brassy escutcheons have just a little wear, but are in the best condition of all the D-25's I have owned over the years, very bright and shiny. The case has been professionally repainted in its original Crosley color. The chasis has been completely gone over by a professional and is working nicely and playing all my local AM stations clearly. The original back and knobs are present, with a perfect reproduction label on the bottom. About 13"W x 7-1/2"H x 7"D.  $225.00. (1150698)

 

General Electric H-510 "Turbine" (1939)

General Electric H-510 "Turbine" (1939)

GE produced a lot of radio models, but none as distinctive and stylish as the "Turbine" lineup from 1939. They were not only a great design, but these late 1930's sets had incredible brown and tan mottling in the cabinets. This one is in wonderful condition. It is playing fine, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. The dial lamp shines thru the ivory dial wheel when the radio is turned on, creating quite an striking effect. This model came without a built-in loop antenna, so it used an extended antenna wire. The case is excellent, with no chips, cracks, or hairline cracks. All push buttons & knobs are original. It also has a perfect reproduction back. It's a very small radio at about 9"W x 5-1/2"H x 5"D.  $186.00. (1150699)

 

Westinghouse 501 (Canada, 1948)

ON SALE
until
April 1

Westinghouse 501 (Canada, 1948)

Canadian Westinghouse model 501 radio from 1948 in excellent condition. This radio was sold by Eaton's, once Canada's largest department store chain. These sets came in several pastel colors, along with walnut and black. They are three way sets, in that they can sit on either side, or on the end in an upright position, or they can be hung on a wall. This case is in excellent condition, with no cracks, chips or hairline cracks. The orange "clown" nose lights up when the set is on. The chassis has been recapped, and the radio is playing fine picking up all my local AM stations clearly. The original back is on the radio, and in excellent condition. About 9"W x 5"H x 5"D.  Was $149.00, now $135.00. (1150697)

 

Zenith 5-D-625 (1941)

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Zenith 5-D-625 (1941)

A beautiful pre-War Black Dial Zenith, a close cousin of the easier to find model 6-D-525. The case features nice faux Art Deco photo finish trim along the front bottom and top, and the bottom sides. The walnut veneer case is in good condition, with no splits or breaks. The knobs are original, and the case has a perfect Zenith reproduction back in place. The chassis has been gone over, and is a strong player, picking up all my local AM stations clearly with its wave magnet internal loop antenna. The dial lamp is also working fine. This is a fairly rare Zenith, and not easily found in good condition. A lot of people make the mistake of trying to refinish these cases, which means bye-bye to the faux decorative trim! This goes into the category of lessons learned in the past! About 11-1/2"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D.  $165.00. (1150701)

 

Zenith 5-S-319 "Racetrack Dial" (1939)

ON SALE
until
April 1

Zenith 5-S-319 "Racetrack Dial" (1939)

This Zenith 5-S-319 "Racetrack Dial" was introduced in the summer of 1938 for the 1939 model year. This model, and the model 5-R-317 "World's Fair" glass Rod radio, are two of the most unique and desirable Zenith radios among collectors. The 5-S-319 had an introductory price of $29.95. It has a five-tube chassis that performs much like a radio with a higher tube count due to Zenith's superior engineering. It's a two-band radio tuning the standard AM band and a short wave for the old Dick Tracy police alerts. The AM band tunes and plays all my AM stations clearly without any problems. The set has an antenna wire which I have lengthened for nice reception. The dial lamp works fine. The knobs, pointer, and pushbuttons are all original The walnut case is also in nice original condition. These sets are incredibly difficult to refinish as you almost always destroy the faux zebra stripe on the top and right front of the case. There are a few nicks and minor scratches, but for an 80 year old radio, I would say it's in excellent original condition. A very compact table radio at 13"W x 9"H x 8"D.  Was $590.00, now $525.00. (1150696)

 

Zenith 6-D-015ZW (1946)

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Zenith 6-D-015ZW (1946)

A classically designed Zenith with a crescent dial produced right after the end of WWII, when the company had resumed commercial production. I love radios that appeared in movies, and this one starred in the Kirk Douglas film "A Letter to Three Wives" from 1949. These sets came in brown Bakelite, ivory painted Bakelite, and ivory plastic. The ivory plastic is the most desirable as the dial lamp lights up the whole radio (see picture). This case is in excellent condition with no cosmetic issues like cracks, chips or hairlines. The cases on these models often have damage from carrying the radio by the handle (never recommended!). The red indicator light is bright red when the radio is on. The brass plate is in nice shape and shiny. It has a six-tube chassis, so it plays really nicely, picking up all my local AM stations, and some distant stations at night. The case has a near perfect original back. About 12-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 5-1/2"D.  $159.00. (1150705)

 

Zenith 6-D-311 (1939)

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Zenith 6-D-311 (1939)

The year 1939 produced some beautiful radio case designs, but none better than this Zenith 6-D-311 tabletop set, which is an icon of the Art Deco period. It was designed by Robert Budlong, one of Zenith's most prolific radio engineers. This beautiful completely original Bakelite set with its streamline shape was described as Franciscan Brown and originally sold for $14.95. The case is in really nice condition, with no cosmetic issues like chips, cracks or hairline cracks. It plays clearly with just a short antenna wire and picks up all my local AM stations, and some distant stations at night. The dial lamp works fine and the beautiful gold dial really lights up. It has a beautiful replacement back on the set. About 10-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 7"D.   $209.00. (1150703)

 

Zenith 6-D-526 "Waterfall" (1941)

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Zenith 6-D-526 "Waterfall" (1941)

This pre-War Zenith reflects beautiful swirled walnut veneers and a striking waterfall front. There is much discussion among collectors about whether Ingraham Cabinet Co. made this case for Zenith. The general opinion is that Ingraham manufactured cases for a few other radio companies other than Emerson, even though they did not put tags on them. Whether they made this Zenith case or not, the curved speaker grille, curved wood veneers on the top and front, and the beautiful wood inlays are very reflective of an Ingraham made case. The 6-D-526 is much harder to find than the 6-D-525 "Toaster," even though they share the same chassis. The radio has its original "Z" knobs, and a perfect reproduction back is on the set. No cosmetic damage of any kind. The radio features a six tube chassis, has been checked completely by a professional, and is playing well, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. This is a very beautiful Zenith radio. About 12"W x 8"H x 7"D.  $289.00. (1150704)

 

Zenith K-412-R "Owl Eyes" Portable (1953)

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Zenith K-412-R "Owl Eyes" Portable (1953)

Very tiny maroon Retro Zenith portable from 1953, commonly referred to as the "Owl Eyes" for obvious reasons. This set is in very nice condition with no cosmetic issues like cracks, chips or hairline cracks. The handle isn't broken, a common occurrence on this radio. The metal inserts are still in the original knobs. The radio comes with its original cord, and is playing clearly, picking up all my local AM stations and even distant stations at night. It's a four-tube set with the antenna built right into the handle. Very cute and very small! About 6-1/2"W x 4-1/2"H x 4"D.  $185.00. (1150702)
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Restoration philosophy

My restoration philosophy is to leave these classic radios in their original condition as much as possible.  I hate refinishing or repainting a set unless it's absolutely necessary.  When this is necessary, I use a professional person for refinishing & repainting.  Over many years, I have attempted to acquire the best original undamaged examples of all models I could find.  They have been restored to playing condition unless noted. Any repairs that have been made, and any cosmetic flaws associated with the radio, are completely disclosed.  Keep in mind that these radios are 60+ years old, and, consequently, are not meant to played all the time.  We all love for these radios to play, but we also recognize that they should not be played all the time.

Warranty information

All radios are tested to make sure they are playing prior to shipping.  A lot of jostling in shipping can make tubes loose and connections become unconnected.  These are some of the unforeseen results associated with shipping.  I have no control over how the shipper treats the package.  If you purchase a radio and it is not working and playing when you receive it, I will offer several suggestions to help it work.  If those suggestions don't solve the problem, you are welcome to ship it back to me for any repairs that are necessary.  The radio will be shipped back to you at my expense, or your purchase price will be completely refunded if the set can't be repaired.

Conditions for return

I want you happy with any radio you purchase from me.  If you're not completely satisfied after receiving the radio, all you have to do is send it back in the same condition as shipped, and I will be happy to return your purchase price.  No sale is complete until you are satisfied.

Shipping

Anyone who has bought a radio over the past years can relate many horror stories about opening a box, and finding a cracked and busted radio inside.  I have experienced this, and consequently I do everything possible to prevent this from happening to you.  A seller really only has three choices for shipping.  I have had the most success using FedEx Ground.  My packing procedure is to wrap the radio in a foam pad (like a mattress pad), wrap that in large bubble wrap, lay the wrapped set on a thick layer of styro peanuts, and surround the package in the box with thick brown packing paper to make sure it's stabilized in the box.  Then top off with a layer of peanuts.  Another secret to safe shipping is to use a box much larger than the radio so there is plenty of room for protection.  When you cram a radio in a box about the same size as the radio (to save on shipping), you are asking for trouble.  Many people double box radios for shipping. I have found that if a radio is packed properly, single boxing is adequate and very safe.  All radios are insured and tracking information sent to the buyer.

<<--  David's Radio Attic Testimonials  -->

  • I received the Zenith today and I'm impressed. Everything from dealing with you, the packaging, along with its looks and the way it plays were more than I expected. Thank You.
  • Got the Emerson U5A in great shape. What a beauty! Thank you.
  • David. I received the Bendix today and must say I am very pleased. Thanks much for a speedy and safe delivery.
  • The Motorola radio arrived in good shape yesterday. Thanks again!
  • The radio arrived today in Australia. Super well packed. Looks great and plays nice and clear!
  • Hi David! Just a quick note to say I got the radio this past Saturday and it arrived in perfect condition thanks to your careful packaging. I love the radio!
  • David, the Zenith arrived safe and sound. Looks and works great! Thanks!
  • Hi David - the Crosley got here safe and sound. Unpacked it today - it's so beautiful - thanks so much for taking such good care of it.
  • Received the radio. Well packaged, great Housing, plays great. Thanks.
  • Got the zenith and etching, all is well, no damage and the little gem sounds great, picking up all my local stations with no annoying filter hum. Once again, thanks for your help with my collection.
  • They arrived today, right on time, and powered up and played just fine! Great radios, thank you!
  • The Zenith arrived today in Finland, itís in awesome condition. Like a new one. Thank you again for your perfect packing job. You are still the best!
  • The Philco radio got here today in excellent condition. We unpacked, set the clock and turned it on. We will enjoy this radio for many years! Thank you!
  • Received the Philco clock radio and it is lovely. Thank you very much for your courtesy and cooperation.
  • I got the Zenith yesterday, I opened it today and plugged it in. What a beautiful radio. It couldnít be any more perfect. Thank you very much!
  • Thanks so much! The radio arrived in great shape and looks beautiful.
  • Awesome Crosley. Awesome! Very excited to get a great restore. I will be watching your page for more radios.
  • The Motorola looks beautiful without a scratch on it thanks to your extremely perfected packaging technique. On top of that, it sounds great. Tonight I picked up 14 stations.
  • The Admiral arrived today, it's an amazing radio. Thanks for the excellent packing job, material of the radio looks very fragile.
  • David, The radio arrived yesterday , I love it! You did a Great Job!
  • The FADA arrived safely this morning. It far exceeds my expectations! The photo on Attic does not do it credit. It is lovely. The packing is superb as well.
  • The Philco arrived yesterday in great condition due to your superior packing.  Thank you so much!
  • Radio arrived today in Australia, and I am VERY pleased with my purchase!!! Plugged it in, switched it on and it plays magnificently - very clear and plenty of volume. Also my thanks on the packing - excellent wrapping and packing of the radio.
  • She's a beauty David, playing an oldies station now. Thanks for the great packing job.
  • The restoration is fabulous, and it plays just as well. The packaging is first rate. This is one of the best-packed radios I have ever received.
  • I received the little red RCA today. Thank you for doing such a great job of packing. The radio receives as good as it looks....GREAT! It is playing loud and clear.
  • Hi David, The 2 radios arrived yesterday in good shape. They are beautiful! Thank you very much.
  • The radio arrived today and I love it! it's so cool, and about the way you packaged the radio, very neat and well done! you know what you're doing
  • Hi David. Just to let you know that my FADA has arrived safely in Australia, and is working well. I am listening to it as write this email.
  • Hi, David the radio plays great and we love it here, picks up all the stations, nice tone.  Thanks for selling these!
  • The radio is at home in Spain. It is in PERFECT CONDITION, clearly thanks to the SPECIAL CARE you have taken when packing it, and it is VERY NICE and WORKS VERY WELL.
  • David, just wanted to let you know the radio arrived yesterday... beautiful. Thanks for taking great care in the packaging...arrived with no issues at all.
  • The Philco is beyond expectations.  You were also the best wrapper I have ever met.
  • Just to let you know that the Setchell-Carlson arrived today in Australia without a hitch and in perfect condition. It performs extremely well & clear. Thanks for packing it well & look forward to future trades!
  • Brilliantly packed and man does that radio play like a champ! You are the best vintage radio seller, hands down. Thank you thank you!
  • The radios arrived today, safe and sound - thanks for a super packing job.
  • Just a quick note to let you know that the radios arrived last Friday, and both look great!!
  • The radio arrived in good shape and working fine. I wouldn't hesitate to order another radio from you.
  • I purchase from you because I trust you and you are a man of your word. What you sell is true to what you say it is.
  • The G.E. H-510 came today in great shape!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much, you did a good job restoring this one!!!
  • Prompt shipping, great packaging, excellent housing, and excellent playing radio. Thanks.
  • Just received the radio, what a great addition to our collection.... Thanks!
  • I want to thank you for your great customer care. I wish there was a place I could leave you feedback!
  • The radio arrived today. It looks great and plays well. Thanks for a thorough packing job.
  • The wood Crosley is a beauty! Thank you for the great packing and a fine radio to add to my personal collection.
  • Just a quick note to tell you the radios arrived last week and I got a chance to open the boxes today. I'm delighted with both, and the way they were packed. Thank you! Thank you!
  • Just got the Crosley!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Everything works great!!!!

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