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My Radio Attic is having a SALE!

 

Admiral 4R12 "Roll Up Dial" Portable (1950)

ON SALE
until
December 31

Admiral 4R12 "Roll Up Dial" Portable (1950)

This Admiral Retro portable set from 1950 is one of the most unusual and ingenious radios ever made. The dial is hidden inside the case. When you push the button down on the right top, the dial and red dial pointer spring up, and the radio turns on. You turn the radio off by closing the dial down into the case. Very clever, and unlike any radio made before or since. The maroon plastic case has no major cosmetic issues, just a few scratches and rubs. Incredible shape for a set 80 years old. The radio is playing strongly and clearly, picking up all my local AM stations with no problem. The plastic covered handle is in good condition. The Admiral name on front is in good condition. A wonderful example of a Retro 50's radio. It displays very nicely. About 9"W x 7"H x 4"D. Was $149.00, now $129.00. (1150797)

 

Climax "Conquistador" (1935)

ON SALE
until
December 31

Climax "Conquistador" (1935)

Climax Radio Co. was a high end factory based in Chicago, Illinois in the mid 1930s. They made some of the most stylish cabinets of any company in America. This is their model the "Conquistador," a very high styled table radio. I am basing this on the Stein Machine Age book Vol III, page 65, as information on these sets is pretty hard to find. The radio has seen a very complete electronic restoration, with everything needing changing or replacing being taken care of. The finish appears to have been redone, but it's an excellent job as it really looks original. The cord, grille cloth and plug are new replacements. This is an AM four-tube set, and it plays clearly with an antenna wire extended (included). The famous globe dial lights up beautifully, and makes the set all the more interesting. Climax radios are very seldom seen, and hardly ever offered for sale. So here is your chance to add a really great radio to your collection! About 11-1/2"W x 8-1/2"H x 6-1/2"D. Was $198.00, now $168.00. (1150791)

 

Emerson 157 "Clockette" (1937)

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Emerson 157 "Clockette" (1937)

This is an excellent example of a very hard to find Emerson Art Deco mid-1930's radio affectionately known as a "Clockette." The case is made up of three sections that fit together: an ivory Plaskon front, an ivory Plaskon middle, and a black Bakelite back. It also has its original ivory matching knobs. This case is in perfect, condition no cracks, hairline cracks or repairs. The original brass dial pointer and brass grill cloth are in place. The model number 157 is stamped into the back Bakelite piece. For the collector who relishes originality, this is truly a great radio find. The chassis has been complete checked by a professional, and everything needing replaced was done. The radio is playing clearly, picking up my local AM stations. This chassis is a four tube set, and it helps to have an external antenna to get local and distant reception. I am including a long length of antenna wire with the radio. The dial light reflects through the red Emerson logo dot on the front when the radio is on. This Emerson is midget sized at about 7"W x 7"H x 5-1/2"D. $224.00. (1150805)

 

RCA 2-C-511 Clock Radio (1952)

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RCA 2-C-511 Clock Radio (1952)

Midget RCA clock radio from 1952 in excellent condition. This is a four-tube AM set with a big sound and a beautiful Telechron clock. "Wake Up With a Song!" as the ad for the set says. It came in four different color combinations, this is the black and gray version. Knob on the left is volume, knob on the right is tuning with frequencies printed clearly, and the slide switch on top for on/off/and alarm. The chassis has been checked completely by a pro, and the radio is playing clearly and the clock working fine as well. It's very small sized at 8"W x 6"H x 3-1/2"D. $119.00. (1150804)

 

Zenith 6-D-413 (1940)

ON SALE
until
December 31

Zenith 6-D-413 (1940)

This pre-War 1940 Zenith model is a very hard to find classic Art Deco radio, with a one-of-a-kind design. This radio is part of Zenith history, as according to legend, it was the only set Zenith ever tried to recall. The case is in excellent undamaged condition, with no chips or cracks. And the radio is playing clearly, picking up all my AM stations. This 6-D-413 is the higher end pushbutton model. The legend of this radio, according to John Bryant's Zenith anthology "The Glory Years," is that the company's founder, Commander McDonald, became interested in the possibility of using Bakelite in molding radio chassis as well as the cases. The fragility of the Bakelite cases and chasses, along with tube heat, had owners and technicians complaining. So an attempt was made to recall all sold and unsold radios, and legend has it that Zenith destroyed many of these 1940 sets. True or untrue, it sure makes a great story! They are a fairly difficult radio to find, especially undamaged and working. You are buying a part of the history of Zenith when you buy this radio. About 11"W x 6"H x 5"D. Was $249.00, now $219.00. (1150780)

 

Crosley 11-125-U "Dashboard" (1951)

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Crosley 11-125-U "Dashboard" (1951)

This Crosley "Dashboard" color radio is a Retro icon from the 1950's, and is in really nice condition. This model 11-125U in regal blue color is very difficult to find. It's identical to the Crosley D-25 1953 series sets, which did not offer this beautiful striking blue color. The clock is working fine, keeping time. The brass colored escutcheons are in good shiny shape without a lot of tarnish. The radio has been completely gone over by my technician and is working and playing all my local AM stations clearly. There are no cracks, chips or hairline cracks in the case, only a few paint scratches, primarily on the back left top. The color is so fantastic, that they really have never mattered to me. The original back and label are present, and the color coordinated clock knobs are in place. About 13"W x 7-1/2"H x 7"D. $299.00. (1150801)

 

Emerson 511 "Moderne" (1947)

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Emerson 511 "Moderne" (1947)

The design of this Emerson 1947 radio has been attributed to the famous industrial designer Raymond Loewy, who also designed the original Coca-Cola bottle. The model 511 was available in five colors. The red color on this 100% restored and professionally painted ivory Plaskon case is very striking, ideal for a perfect Christmas gift. The case is in mint condition. It has no repairs, cracks, chips, hairline cracks of other cosmetic issues. The plastic dial cover, which floats over the gold metal grille, is clear with no damage. The dial lamp is hidden in the small plastic piece at the top. The knobs are original. The radio has been gone over completely, and is playing well, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. About 10-1/2"W x 7-1/2"H x 6"D. $159.00. (1150802)

 

Emerson 724-Series D Clock Radio (1953)

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Emerson 724-Series D Clock Radio (1953)

Cute midget sized Retro Emerson clock radio in spectacular condition. There are no cosmetic issues, no cracks, chips or hairline cracks. This case is beautiful bright blue Plaskon, not painted. The model came in several colors, and is a very hard radio to find in this blue color and without any damage. The clock works quietly, keeping good time, and the radio is playing very well picking up all my local AM stations clearly, and many distant stations at night. The coolest feature of this set is the dial pointer. The dial light is directed into the dial pointer as a lighted spot, and the spot moves around the dial as you tune different stations. Very ingenious! The radio is small sized at about 7-1/4"W x 6"H x 5-1/2"D. There is a complete label on the bottom. $185.00. (1150803)

 

RCA 96X-1 "Vassos Design" (1939)

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RCA 96X-1 "Vassos Design" (1939)

RCA model 96X-1 from 1939 in an extreme Machine Age cabinet designed by John Vassos. Vassos was one of the greatest American industrial designers, and his design contributions to RCA spanned over 40 years. Click here to know more about is career with RCA. This Vassos designed Art Deco RCA is a great example of his work. It's a step down case with a rounded corner, and an innovative beautifully lit dial that is part of a roller as you turn the dial knob. His work is included in the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. This radio has both AM and SW bands, the AM band picks up my local stations clearly, but I'm pretty sure the SW band is the old Dick Tracy Police Band. The case is in really nice condition, no cosmetic issues like cracks, hairline cracks or chips. The set has its original knobs and a perfect replacement back by FYLP. These Vassos sets very seldom come up for sale, especially in this condition. About 10-1/2"W x 7-1/2"H x 7-1/2"D. $329.00. (1150806)

 

Westinghouse 501 (1948)

Westinghouse 501 (1948)

Canadian Westinghouse 1948 Retro radio in colorful gray Plaskon. These sets came in several pastel colors and are very hard to find in pristine condition due to the cases suffering from hairline cracks. They are described as 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 cosmetic issues like cracks, chips or hairline cracks. Its orange "clown" nose really makes it stand out when lit up. The chassis has been gone over by a pro, and the radio is playing fine picking up all my local AM stations clearly. The original back is on the set and in good condition. A nice color for your collection. About 9"W/H x 6"H/W x 5-1/2"D. $166.00. (1150773)
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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.

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  • Hi David. Greetings from The Netherlands. The Sparton arrived today. Good packing and exactly in the condition you described.
  • David, thanks for a great set - in beautiful condition and it performs superbly. The lighted thumbwheel dial is spectacular in a dark room.
  • David, the radio was delivered today & was in excellent condition. Great packing job!
  • Received the radio this morning. Excellent packaging, excellent cabinet, and excellent playing!
  • Thanks for a great packing job, David. She's a beaut and looks even better than in her pictures!!
  • Thanks so much. The Crosley radio arrived in the most "damage-proof" packaging known to man! Great job!
  • The best packing job I've ever seen! You should start a business instructing shippers how to properly pack a box! Thanks David for being so easy to work with.
  • I just wanted to let you know Crosley Dashboard arrived safe and sound. The packaging was outstanding. Thanks for the radio. It is beautiful, it is better than expected. Radio is everything you said it was and more.
  • 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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