Jeff Lilly's Attic
"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.
 

 

Arvin 58-A (1939)

Arvin 58-A (1939)

Here's an interesting early Bakelite set for your consideration. It uses a ballast tube. The dial pointer moves in the opposite direction of knob rotation, and the dial scale lights up very nicely. The cabinet design is bulbous and attractively machine age-y. It's been re-capped, tubes checked, lubricated, and cleaned. The Bakelite cabinet has no cracks or chips. It has the original ivory paint job and, as you can see, that has accumulated quite a number of little flaws over the years. It displays very nicely as-is, but I leave it to the new owner to decide if they wish to strip and re-paint the cabinet or leave it with its historical character marks. Please note that the ballast tube gets very hot, so please be sure not to play this radio near curtains, pets, or small children with inquisitive hands. $95.00. (1560035)

 

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

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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. $95.00. (1560051)

 

Climax "Emerald" (Oval Dial Version)

Climax "Emerald" (Oval Dial Version)

Here's a rare and beautiful gem indeed! A triumph of design and elegant beauty, this Emerald was nearly unrecognizable when found, the cabinet coated with house paint, the chassis scattered in many pieces. The cabinet has been professionally refinished with attention to original details. The chassis has been restored; caps replaced, tubes checked. It sports its original eye tube, still decently strong. This beauty has a few small flaws. There's slight damage on the back of the dial, which shows noticeably only when the radio is on and the dial is backlit. The original clear disc on the tuning system was destroyed; a period repair replaced it with a metal disc, so only 30% of the dial lights up (see photo.) There is also a crack in the bottom fin that is not too noticeable. The radio is much better for looks than performance. That said, it's been aligned to original specs and picks up AM and shortwave across the dial with the attached long wire antenna. I'm offering free shipping on this radio to anywhere in the continental USA. This radio will be very well-packed and insured for the full amount. If you have any questions or would like more photos, please contact me! $1,495.00. (1560028)

 

Detrola 148 (1937)

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Detrola 148 (1937)

One of the coolest-looking sets from a company that made a lot of them--Detrola. The finish is original and is in beautiful shape except for some loss on the feet and a deep scratch on the top (running parallel to and just below the shadow in the top view pic.) Grille cloth, bullet knobs, speaker, and big black dial with gold lettering are also original. The eight-tube transformerless chassis has been fully restored (new caps, resistors and tubes checked, new power cord, controls lubed) and the set plays well on its three bands. Like every radio I sell, this will be extremely well-packed in many layers of industrial bubble wrap and sent in a sturdy box sized for the radio. Enjoy your quarantine time a little more with this excellent set! $595.00. (1560050)

 

General Electric L-500 (1941)

General Electric L-500 (1941)

Cute as a button! This small (9-1/4"W x 6"H x 5"D) radio has a standard All-American Five chassis and performs well, pulling in stations with its long wire antenna. Chassis has been fully-serviced, freshly re-capped, tubes checked, controls lubricated, and alignment performed. The brown Bakelite swirl cabinet is free from cracks and damage; there is a small oval dimple to the left of the dial scale that is a "character mark" from the original manufacturing. The dial window is a brand-new crystal-clear replacement from Mark Palmquist and shows off the lighted, sharp-looking dial scale. Grab this little champ and add it to your collection! $85.00. (1560030)

 

General Television 1A5 (1947)

General Television 1A5 (1947)

Small and cute. This is one of the less-expensive versions of the more famous Catalin variation of this set. The cabinet is a plywood box covered with fabric. I know some of these were leatherette but I can't find documentation on a fabric version. This might be a leatherette that was re-done as a homebrew, but the clips fastening the grille, dial window, and handle look completely original and untampered-with (no broken posts.) So I'm going to go with original. The chassis is a five-tuber, and has been fully serviced with new caps, tubes as needed, lubrication, cleaning, and alignment. It plays well. The cabinet has some variation caused by age and a couple of spots where the glue came through later on. I added new felt feet to the bottom. The grille, escutcheon, and handle are all intact and show minor shrinkage. This is a flawed beauty that still displays nicely from the front. I'm pricing it low in the hopes that someone will give it a nice home. 9"W x 6"H x 6"D. $49.00. (1560049)

 

Ginny Gordon and the Broadcast Mystery (1956)

Ginny Gordon and the Broadcast Mystery (1956)

How about some young adult radio fiction? Hardcover, plastic-coated. Covers are bright and intact, spine is rough with lots of chipping and peeling, interior pages nice but browning, two-color illustrations throughout. 282pp. $6.00. (1560043)

 

Majestic 5A410 (1946)

Majestic 5A410 (1946)

One of the best-known designs of the postwar Bakelite era! This classic Majestic has an All-American Five chassis and a side-firing speaker. Re-capped, tubes checked, lubed, aligned, and cleaned. Plays well. The cabinet has its original paint and has many flaws. I displayed this radio as-is for years on a shelf and have decided to move it out. I leave it to the new owner whether they want to keep it with its character marks or strip and re-paint the cabinet. In any case, this is a nice radio for a nice price! $85.00. (1560048)

 

Matheson-Bell AC-55-35 Tombstone

Matheson-Bell AC-55-35 Tombstone

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)

 

Radiola 61-8 by RCA (1946)

Radiola 61-8 by RCA (1946)

This little All-American Five champ plays strong and nice! Completely re-capped, fresh tubes, brand new cord, lubricated, cleaned and alignment touched up. The case is shiny and lovely, but has a few small character marks: a flea bite near the center under the dial scale, a couple scuffs on the left corner, etc. I leave it up to the new owner whether to try to continue to buff them out or just leave them in place. The dial glass is clean and bright. The bottom label is complete and in excellent shape. $90.00. (1560032)

 

Radio Engineering, by Terman, 2nd Ed. (1937)

Radio Engineering, by Terman, 2nd Ed. (1937)

The famous book by Frederick E. Terman that launched a thousand careers in radio! Rather technical but fascinating stuff on receivers, amplifiers, antennas, etc. Great section on radio transmitting with great photos of period transmitters. Nice clean copy, solid binding, hardcover. 813pp. $15.00. (1560044)

 

Rider Volume XII

Rider Volume XII

A good, clean copy of Rider volume 12 schematics. No smoke, no mold. $18.00. (1560036)

 

Sonora 100 (1948)

Sonora 100 (1948)

Here's a cute little postwar Bakelite set for a good low price! The case has no cracks and everything except the power cord is original. The set has been re-capped, lubricated, and aligned. The case has been cleaned and polished, as has the plastic dial window. Dig the bright yellow dial backing! The speaker and back have both been repaired. Though this definitely isn't a high-performance set, it's very listenable. This will be packed to my usual high standards. Get this little beauty for yourself or as a gift! $50.00. (1560018)

 

Sony ICF-9740W (1980)

Sony ICF-9740W (1980)

Here's a nice all-transistor AM/FM set for a great price! It's been tested, inspected, and had the controls cleaned out for good performance going forward. It plays well and sounds nice. The cabinet is pressed sawdust with a plastic woodgrain coating, which is starting to lift at the back edges of the cabinet. This would make a fine radio for a shop, garage, office, or kitchen. Has plugs for an external FM antenna (not included,) but it picks up local FM stations loud and clear with its internal antenna. The price is right, snap it up! 13"W x 9"H x 5-1/2"D. $29.00. (1560047)

 

Stewart-Warner 207BA (1941)

Stewart-Warner 207BA (1941)

Here's one from my personal collection. Seven-tube superhet, beefy but not ridiculously large at 17"W x 13"H x 10"D. Big speaker and rich sound. Fully re-capped, lubed, and aligned. Works well on AM and two shortwave bands. Very attractive plastic dial scale that lights up nicely and is clean, clear, and free of crazing. Original finish that has various minor rubs but is overall in excellent shape. I added an aux input so you can listen to your favorites at any time. Includes schematics. I hate to part with this lovely set, but my collection is growing large and it's time to make some tough calls. Make it part of your collection and enjoy it for years to come. $295.00. (1560034)

 

Stromberg-Carlson 1101 (1947)

Stromberg-Carlson 1101 (1947)

A solid example of this popular, classic design. Six-tube Bakelite set. Chassis has been fully serviced, re-capped, tubes checked, controls lubricated, and alignment touched up. The cabinet is free from cracks and chips, but is has a small amount of sun fading. It still displays very well. Hump on top doubles as a vent and a carry handle. Glass dial scale is clean and nice. $85.00. (1560031)

 

Truetone D1002 "Globetrotter" (1939)

Truetone D1002 "Globetrotter" (1939)

A large and beautifully-styled seven-tube table radio! Made by Detrola in Detroit, Michigan for Truetone. Purchased from the original owners and fully-restored: new caps, tubes tested and replaced as needed, cleaned, lubed, and aligned for excellent performance. Nice big colorful lighted dial with new replacement bulb shades to prevent any dial burn. I also added an aux input so that you can plug in your own device or a Bluetooth receiver. I tested it with some 40s jazz and boy does it sound nice playing through the big speaker. Finish is completely original with a few minor spots of wear, but is excellent overall. A nice centerpiece for your den or office. Bring it home today! Like all my sets, this will be well-packed and safely shipped. 20-1/2"W x 11-1/2"H x 8-1/2"D. $325.00. (1560046)
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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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