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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)


Philco-Ford Car Radio

Philco-Ford Car Radio

Cool little Philco transistor radio in the shape of a car. Runs on a 9V battery and works great! Damage to one window pillar but otherwise very nice condition. $50.00. (1160053)


Over the Top One-Off Antique Radio Receiver

Over the Top One-Off Antique Radio Receiver

This is the most professionally made and most over-the-top one-off antique radio receiver I have ever seen! A whopping 37" long! It's just mind blowing and clearly the product of an extraordinary builder! I have not tested it, don't know where to begin with this one. A note inside reads, "National Champion Home Made Class Lake Placid 1982." May have been an AWA meet? When I opened the back I noticed two wires not connected. The construction quality is professional. The condition is excellent though there is a crack in the front panel but it does not stand out. Too big to ship safely. Needs to be picked up. Located near Spartanburg, SC. One of a kind! $750.00. (1160068)


Stromberg-Carlson 225H

Stromberg-Carlson 225H

Here is a superb Stromberg-Carlson 225H radio fully restored with MP3 input cable. An iconic Art Deco design with rosewood veneer and legendary Stromberg Carlson quality! The cabinet has been top coated and has an excellent sheen but does not have a "plastic" look like gloss lacquers can give. The veneer is is excellent condition. The chassis is super clean and the radio not only plays well but I would call it a hot performer. It is very lively on the AM broadcast band as well as on both shortwave bands! It has a cable and plug to connect to your smart phone, Bluetooth receiver or MP3 player. It has a replacement ballast resistor designed to last longer than the original. It has new cloth ground and antenna wires. It is ready to play! A superb set! It will be very well packed to arrive safely by FedEx Ground. You can pick it up near Spartanburg, SC if you want to save postage. $625.00. (1160071)


Pilot H380

Pilot H380

Here is a rare Pilot H380 receiver with drum dial tuning. I replaced the electrolytic and wax paper capacitors save one which tests good and is hard to reach. The radio receives well on the AM broadcast and and both shortwave bands. The dial lights change, illuminating the band in use. It has prodigious audio output from the 25L6 (=6L6) tube! The cabinet has its original finish which I waxed. There is some finish loss on the front and right side but it displays very well. The dial cloth has a small tear. The radio is extremely well built and weighs 41.5 lbs! It will be well packed and shipped at cost, no markup. I ship by FedEx Ground. Local pickup is OK too, near Spartanburg, SC. $495.00. (1160069)
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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.


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.


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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