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"Selling radios at the Radio Attic since January 2017"

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Hello. I'm Jeff, and I'm happy to be here at the Radio Attic, bringing you those
sweet-sounding little treasures from the past.  I'm from the suburbs of the great city of Detroit.

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My Restoration Philosophy

Radios are machines.  They're intended to work. Therefore, unless otherwise strictly noted, all of my radios are sold in working order.  I replace all paper and wax caps, put in new electrolytics, new power cords, peak reception and align each set so it works as intended.  I can add an aux input to almost any set with a transformer (if I haven't done so already) for no additional charge.  I can add a Bluetooth receiver to these sets as well for an additional $25.  On the other hand, these are old timers with character marks, and I try to leave some indication of their age.  For plastic sets, I'll clean and polish the cabinets, but tend to leave cracks and flaws as found rather than heavy buffing or repainting, unless the damage is severe and extensive.  Similarly, I don't refinish wood cabinets unless they're absolutely falling apart.  Click here to read about shipping and my guarantee.
 

 

Astrex SP-100-WD-1 Stereo Turntable Set (~1980)

Astrex SP-100-WD-1 Stereo Turntable Set (~1980)

A nice all-in-one solid state stereo two-speed (33 and 45 rpm) turntable with a pair of matching speakers and separate right and left volume control. The whole system is compact and surprisingly light but sounds quite good for what it is--certainly better than the new cheap turntable sets out there that use famous names. This system has been checked out by a professional turntable tech and has a new needle. The smoke-gray top is intact. Overall in excellent shape with minor scuffs to the plastic here and there. One handy feature is the unused portion of the speaker cable stores neatly inside the speaker cabinets, which also include holes for hanging on a wall. Includes a 45 adapter. An excellent second turntable for an office, or start a young person out in the wonderful world of vinyl! Like everything I sell, this will be well-packed and shipped in a correctly-sized box. Turntable base is 14"W x 9"D x 6"H, speakers 11-1/2"H x 7"W x 4-1/2"D, weight of whole system about 7-1/2 lbs. $65.00. (1560051)

 

Emerson 336 (1941)

Emerson 336 (1941)

A nice prewar table set with a classic look and handy carry handle up top. I gave it a thorough cleaning and polishing and the Bakelite on this one is nice and shiny. Original Emerson acorn knobs. Attractive shiny foil dial. The springs on the handle are strong and the handle retracts smoothly and easily. The set has been re-capped, lubricated, new dial light installed and all tubes checked out. The reliable All-American Five chassis plays well. 11"W x 7-1/2"H x 6"D. A nice radio at a nice price. $105.00. (1560060)

 

Lifelong Turntable Radio

Lifelong Turntable Radio

Here's a fun item: an AM/FM transistor radio that's a perfect miniature replica of a turntable. The tone arm lift is the on/off and band selector, the turntable itself is the tuner (controlled by the switch on the front left) and most interestingly, the tone arm position is used to control the volume. Physically it's in absolutely pristine condition, having never been used and probably never taken out of its box until I photographed it. I tested it with four "AA" batteries (not included) and it works, but the controls are dusty from long storage and a new set of electrolytic caps might be called for just to be sure if you actually want to run it. It's being sold in "as-is" condition for display. A fascinating little conversation piece or fun gift for the novelty radio collector or turntable enthusiast. Roughly 6"W x 5D" x 2"H. This will be well-packed and inexpensive to ship. $19.00. (1560061)

 

Matheson-Bell AC-55-35

Matheson-Bell AC-55-35

Here's a sharp little number, one you're not likely to see again! This radio is so rare that I have found exactly zero documentation for it. The Matheson-Bell company made few radios in any case; an offshoot or new project from one of the people behind Ozarka, they were based in Chicago and only lasted for a few years. I purchased this radio from the original owner, who listened to it when he was a boy and made several attempts at modifying and fixing it, including adding the headphone jack you can see at the rear. It is being sold as-is, as a display piece rather than as a fully functional radio, though it does sort of play. I don't know if the grille cloth is original or a replacement. Power cord is original. It has a nice Deco look to it and will make a great shelf display. I hate to part with this, but I want to send it to someone who has the space to appreciate it. It's a compact little tombstone at 14-1/2"H x 11-1/2"W x 7-1/2"D. Like all of my radios, it will be extremely well-packed and protected for shipping. $195.00. (1560015)

 

Mini Classic AQ-8005

Mini Classic AQ-8005

A cute little AM/FM novelty transistor set, only 5" long and 4" high without the antenna extended. Brand-new in original packaging, with instruction sheet. Tested with two "AA" batteries (not included) and it works fine. A fun little gift or novelty set, but completely usable as a bench set, too- the sound is decent enough. Lightweight and compact, so shipping will be inexpensive. $12.00. (1560057)

 

RCA 6T (1936)

RCA 6T (1936)

A great medium-size tombstone from the height of RCA's technical power and design. Two bands (AM and SW.) Re-capped, tubes checked, lubricated and ready to go. Plays very well on both bands. The cabinet is solid, the finish is original and has a few minor flaws but no flaking or major issues. Grille cloth is also original. This will be well-packed and shipped via USPS, UPS, or FedEx; we'll figure out the best combination of speed and economy to fit your needs. 19"H x 13-1/2"W x 9"D. $395.00. (1560058)

 

Stromberg-Carlson 1100 (1947)

Stromberg-Carlson 1100 (1947)

Stromberg-Carlson started off making telephones before getting into radio, and are well-known in the field for over-building everything. This attractively-styled radio is a tank, with a beefy six-tube chassis offering excellent performance housed in a large Bakelite cabinet measuring 14"W x 8"H x 8"D. The case has high thick ridges in the bottom to elevate the chassis and strengthen the cabinet. The chassis has been serviced, re-capped, lubricated, tested and aligned. This radio is in extraordinarily great condition, with a shiny, flawless cabinet (save the usual tiny manufacturing flaws inherent to Bakelite,) a clean, rust-free chassis and a perfect dial, like it just popped out of a time capsule. Add this robust beauty to your collection today! $165.00. (1560063)

 

Vogue Radio

Vogue Radio

Despite my best efforts, the model number of this streamlined beauty remains a mystery, since it has no tags, stamping, or other marks anywhere. Vogue was a brand made by Sheridan Electronics Corp. of Chicago. It's the ever-reliable AA5 chassis enclosed in a very pretty curvy case also utilized by Lafayette and perhaps a few others. The gold-stamped dial really makes this one stand out. The case is shiny and nicely marbled. It has only one flaw, a small chunk out of the back bottom that you can see in the photo of the back on the left side, which is of course undetectable unless you pick it up and look for it (the lines on the side photos are just the gap between my front steps reflected on the shiny Bakelite.) The loop antenna is probably not the original one, and the best way I found to mount it was upside-down (it does its job just fine.) The chassis has been re-capped, checked, lubed and aligned. I've never seen one of these before and might not ever again, so grab it while you can! $185.00. (1560064)
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Terms and Conditions:  
My Shipping Policy:

I'm new to the Attic, but not new to selling radios.  It's a terrible feeling when you go to unpack some long-awaited treasure, only to find that it's busted because the seller didn't know how to pack it.  I've been there. I know.  And I've resolved that this won't happen to any of my customers.

My shipping rates are probably a bit higher than you're used to, but it's not because I'm padding my estimate.  I'm padding your radio instead.  I use new, industrial-grade packing materials, including lots and lots of heavy duty big-bubble wrap.  I use foam peanuts as space fillers (as they're intended for), not padding (that's what bubble wrap is for).  I use new boxes that are sized to fit your radio, not any old box that's laying around (I will re-use boxes that meet my standards, though, in which case you will get a small discount on your shipping. I believe in recycling and protecting the environment, too).  My shipping prices include the cost of materials but not a penny more.

I've tested my packing system.  How?  I packed a Bakelite radio as I would for shipping, then went up to my attic and hurled the box out of the attic window, three stories down to my driveway.  Then I did it again, and again, and again.  The radio was fine.  I'm confident yours will survive anything FedEx, UPS or the USPS can throw at it (or on top of it).  In my years of selling, I have never had a radio arrive broken.  The only complaint I ever got (I hope facetious) was that I had used too much packing material and their living room was a mess.

I'll get quotes from USPS and a shipping company of your choice.  For larger items, like consoles, I've had great success shipping via Greyhound Bus.  I may also be able to bring your radio to one of the major swap meets in the Midwest.  You can also pick up your purchase at my home.  Just get in touch and we can work something out.

My Guarantee and Return Policy:

I want you to be happy and satisfied with your new treasure.  I offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.  If you're unsatisfied for any reason, just send it back (please pack it well) and I'll refund your money or exchange it.  Buyer pays for return shipping.

Other:

I sometimes partner with Antique Audio of Plymouth, Michigan.  If you need a knob or other part, or any kind of control made or rebuilt, get in touch and I can connect you.  Also, if you have a set you're looking for, get in touch and I might be able to find it at a swap meet (or in a buddy's basement) for you.


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