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Airline 62-158 Tombstone (1935)

Airline 62-158 Tombstone (1935)

Montgomery Ward started advertising radios in their catalog in 1921, selling radios from other companies. They started using the Airline name in 1923, selling one- to three-tube radios made by a company called TRESCO. They had "Airline" with a lightning bolt through it and Montgomery Ward "adopted" Airline as it own brand name, and changed the look of the logo. The rare 62-158 was a seven-tube, two-band (SB,SW) radio that was manufactured by Wells-Gardner. The chassis was used in this model and a console version. It has plenty of volume, with great sensitivity across the unique dial. Wards was starting to use Art Deco design in their radios, and this one in particular hits a home run with its "skyscraper" design that defined the period. Blake went through the electronics replacing all of the capacitors. He checked the resistors and tubes and replaced where necessary. He installed a new power cord, safety fuse, and an audio cable. Gary stripped and refinished the radio to a "factory fresh" look with a wonderful lacquer finish. The radio retains it's original "copper ring" knobs. It's definitely one of the rarer Airline tombstones! 17"H x 16"W x 11"D. $649.00. (1600189)

 

American Bosch 420 (1935)

American Bosch 420 (1935)

Robert Bosch founded the Bosch Magneto Company in Germany in 1886. He built a plant in Springfield Mass. in 1911. By 1920, the plant produced half of the electrical starter parts for the American automobile industry. By 1929, they were producing radios. As WWII started, Bosch started producing magnetos for aircraft. Citing possible German loyalties, the USA took over production, returning operations back to Bosch in 1948, changing the name to United American Bosch. The model 420 is a five-tube, two-band (SB,police) mantle radio. The radio is a good performer with great tone, especially the bass response. We replaced all of the capacitors, checked resistors and tubes, replacing where necessary. An audio cable and safety fuse we installed. Gary refinished the radio with a stunning "piano" finish. The grille cloth is designed to compliment the Quilted Maple veneer front and the radio has its original knobs. An absolutely gorgeous radio that would grace any collection. 12-1/2"W x 9"H x 7-1/2"D. $549.00. (1600187)

 

Aria 175 (1938)

Aria 175 (1938)

Aria was one of a hundred brands built by Detrola, and was sold in Allied department stores. Detrola supplied Western Auto (Truetone) and Sears (Silvertone), just to name two, with thousands of radios. They were the most productive company in the USA providing radios for department stores and small retailers. The chassis used in the Aria was used in many table radios and consoles under different sellers. The 175 is a eight-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) radio. It produces a ton of volume with push-pull audio through a Rola eight-inch speaker. The radio features motorized tuning which functions perfectly. The capacitors have been replaced, and all of the resistors and tubes have been checked and replaced where necessary. A safety fuse, audio cable, new tuning eye and a new power cable have been installed. Gary stripped the radio and refinished with a "piano" hand-rubbed lacquer finish. An excellent example of the Aria version of this Detrola-made radio. 21"W x 12"H x 9"D. $899.00. (1600196)

 

Arvin 528CS "Phantom Mate" Chairside (1938)

Arvin 528CS "Phantom Mate" Chairside (1938)

Arvin was based in Columbus, Indiana and was the radio brand name manufactured by Noblitt-Sparks. There were four companies with the first starting on 1919 as Indianapolis Air Pump, to car radios in 1933 to home radios in 1935 as Noblitt-Sparks and Arvin. They created "families" of radios, starting with the "Rhythm Series" in 1936 and the "Phantom Series" in 1937. Many of these radios are highly collectable, with the "Rhythm King" being one of the hardest radios to find. The 528cs was called the "Phantom Mate" and utilizes a five-tube, two-band (SB,Police) radio and Arvin designed the "Phantom Filter Circuit" giving the line its name. The capacitors have all been replaced. We checked resistors and tubes and replaced where needed. The radio plays well using about 20 feet of antenna, which we have provided. The walnut cabinet, knobs and grille cloth are all original and in perfect condition. This is a one-owner radio that was well taken care of in a non-smoking home. This rare radio is gorgeous and a wonderful addition to anyone's collection! Small for a chairside at 22" H x 12"W x 19"D. $599.00. (1600160)

 

Arvin 617B "Rhythm Maid"

Arvin 617B "Rhythm Maid"

The more I read about Arvin, the more fascinating it is. This vast and diverse company made hundreds of products. Starting in 1919 with a tire pump and products for the growing car industry. Then some of the first hot water heaters to housewares, way too many to list. There is a museum exhibit just for war products in Columbus, Indiana. They came up with "families" of radios. The "Phantom Series" and in 1936 the "Rhythm Series" that included ten models. The "Rhythm Maid" is a six-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) set. Each band has its own color and a light that follows the dial pointer. This was the top of the line tombstone that is an impressive performer and was a huge seller for Arvin. Blake did a great job replacing all go the capacitors, checking tubes and resistors, replacing where necessary. A new power cord, audio cable and safety fuse were installed. Gary stripped the cabinet and created a work of art with his refinishing talents! The radio retains its original knobs, and has the correct and original Arvin 8-inch speaker. The sought after "Rhythm Series" radios are very hard to find, and here is an opportunity to own a perfect example of the "Rhythm Maid." 21"H x 17"W x 13"D. $995.00. (1600198)

 

Belmont 526 "Scotty" (1938)

Belmont 526 "Scotty" (1938)

It might be an interesting project to find out now many radio companies had a model called the "Scotty." Maybe not, but we can agree that most of them are rare and collectable. This Belmont 526 is no exception; you just don't see them come up that often (although we have it and a Remler "Scottie" on our site right now). The Belmont version is a five-tube, AM only set with push-button station selectors. I will include instructions to set up the buttons to the stations in your area. The identifying tabs above each button are available online. Joe went through the chassis replacing all of the capacitors, checked resistors and tubes, replacing where necessary. The radio was aligned and has great sensitivity and volume across the dial. We hand-polished the cabinet and put in a new grille cloth. A really nice version of the Belmont "Scotty" for anyone's collection! 10"W x 7-1/2"H x 6"D. $399.00. (1600101)

 

Delco R-1116 (1938)

Delco R-1116 (1938)

The Deco 1100 series radios were well made and highly collectable. Each one has a nickname, R-1116 is called the "Chieftain II." The R1116 is noted for its large, multi-colored dial. This six-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) radio is a strong performer, utilizing an 8-inch speaker producing tons of audio. We replaced all of the capacitors, checked resistors and tubes, replacing where necessary. A safety fuse and cable for external devices was installed. The cabinet was stripped and refinished using the best toner, grain filler and lacquers available. The knobs, dial and speaker are all original to the set. 22"W x 12-1/2"H x 10"D. $449.00. (1600162)

 

Dow Radio (by Gilfillan)

Dow Radio (by Gilfillan)

Dow Radio Supply was a company located in Pasadena CA, and sold electronic parts for radios and other products. Apparently at some point in the early 1930's, they retailed a few radio models that were manufactured by Gilfillan with the Dow name on them. There is little or no information on them that I could find. This four-tube, AM only radio is a TRF set, so I'm guessing it's late 20's or early 30's. Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked resistors and tubes, He got the radio playing good, even though we had no schematic. The radio was a very basic model. I looked at dozens of Gilfillan chassis and couldn't match it up with any of them. Gary refinished this stunning cabinet, with different veneers and a nice inlay around the top. It sports a retractable handle too. It's a beautiful radio, and we really don't know much about it. A truly rare radio indeed! 12"W x 7"H x 6"D. $429.00. (1600200)

 

Emerson 26 (1935)

Emerson 26 (1935)

Here we have a rare Emerson five-tube radio that I had never seen before. I did find a Radio Museum listing for it, and that's about all. A simple mini-tombstone design, with a little bit of inlay around the diameter. The radio has been restored in and out with capacitors being replaced, resistors checked and replaced where needed, tubes checked, and an alignment for top performance. A nice refinish by Gary Marvin. It plays well across the dial with an antenna. $449.00. (1600006)

 

Emerson 30-AW (1933)

Emerson 30-AW (1933)

Here is a seldom seen Emerson model from 1933. Emerson was an obscure company until late in 1932. During the depression, they produced the "Peewee" compact radio, and eventually sold more than a million of these small radios by 1938. Although not a "Peewee" the 30AW was a small, inexpensive radio, which at the time was part of a selling profile at Emerson. This five-tube, two-band (SB,police) radio was low-priced to sell during the depression. It sports an Ingraham cabinet, and even despite its small size, was a good looking, good performing radio. Blake replaced all of the capacitors with new equivalences, checked resistors and tubes, replacing where necessary. A safety fuse and power cord were installed. The beautiful stainless steel chassis was shined up, and the radio has its original antenna wire and knobs. Gary refinished the cabinet with his usual finesse. His toner and highlight work makes this a "factory fresh" looking radio! Another wonderful radio for a starter or veteran collector. 10-3/4"W x 8-1/4"H x 5-1/4"D. $399.00. (1600199)

 

Emerson AR-176 (1937)

Emerson AR-176 (1937)

Emerson started radio production in New York in 1924. Operating in relative obscurity until 1932, they produced the "Pee-Wee" radio. By 1938 they had sold over a million "Pee-Wee" radios. After WWII, they produced a TV that by 1948 sold 375,000 sets. Emerson is still in business today selling consumer electronics. The AR-176 is a five-tube, two-band (SB,SW) set. They came in many varieties: push-pull audio, single output audio, teledial chassis, and farm set. This one started out as a farm set and was converted to AC and performs very well across the dial. The radio has had all of the capacitors replaced, resistors and tubes checked and replaced where needed. A safety fuse, audio cable and a new cloth power cable have been added. The cabinet has been refinished with the finest grain fillers, paint and lacquer. It has its original Ingraham cabinet badge, and retains the original knobs and decals. This radio is one gorgeous, a perfect example of an AR-176. 17"H x 12-1/2"W x 10-1/2"D. $795.00. (1600213)

 

FADA 370T (1937)

FADA 370T (1937)

OK folks, this radio is really interesting. The model 370 is listed as a six-tube AC set, but the 370T is a seven-tube AC/DC set. We discovered the tuner gang was assembled backwards at the factory. The AM band reads 550 and is actually playing 1600! However the SW bands read correctly. FADA manufactured radios for Andrea Radio, a German company, so possibly it was produced for that market, but has all English wording? It is a totally unique one-of-a-kind radio. The 370T is a seven-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) AC/DC set. It's an impressive performer, and works really well with the auxiliary input cable. We went through the radio replacing all of the capacitors. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where necessary. A new polarized power cord, audio cable and safety fuse were installed. Gary stripped the cabinet and refinished it, ending with a few coats of lacquer. The radio has its original knobs and the original FADA speaker. The radio presents like new and performs great! Here's a radio I can safely say that no one else has! The radio just by itself is very rare, but toss in the "backwards" tuner, and you have a true one-of-a-kind radio! 17"W x 10"H x 8"D. $499.00. (1600209)

 

FADA 1001 (1946)

FADA 1001 (1946)

Here we have a beautifully restored six-tube, AC/DC, AM-only radio. It is unusual to find a FADA with a wood cabinet because most FADA table radios of that era were Bakelite or Catalin. The chassis has been completely rebuilt by replacing the wax/paper capacitors and the resistors, and the tubes were checked and replaced as needed. It has the original back and a large loop antenna to bring in stations loud and clear. A new power cord and a precise alignment completes the restoration. 11-1/2"W x 7"H x 6"D. $299.00. (1600174)

 

Gilfillan 5G8 (1937)

Gilfillan 5G8 (1937)

From 1930 to 1940, the only place you could get licensed to build radios was from RCA. They had the patents for the TRF radios and eventually superheterodynes. Since Gilfillan had permission to utilize the patents, other companies had to build their radios at the Gilfillan plant as sub-contractors. They had to build a specific number of radios per week under strict quality guidelines in order to be considered for a license. RCA eventually lightened up the licensing requirements in the early 1940's. The 5G8 was a five-tube, AM only radio. Gilfillan radios were well built and performed quite well. Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked tubes and resistors, replacing where necessary. A new power cord, audio cable and safety fuse were installed. Gary stripped the Mahogany cabinet and refinished it using high quality products. He applied a nice lacquer finish at the end making this radio look like new! A really nice radio at a great price that will last for years. 11-3/4"W x 7"H x 6"D. $399.00. (1600217)

 

Grunow 750 "World Cruiser" (1935)

Grunow 750 "World Cruiser" (1935)

We have mentioned the bankruptcy and split up in 1932 of Grigsby-Grunow based in Chicago. By the time the model 750 came out, they had recaptured the market with quality radios and exquisite cabinetry. The 750 was Grunow's top-of-the-line table radio in 1935. This large seven-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) beauty sported twin gangs on the AM tuner for greater sensitivity and lots of volume through the original 8-inch Grunow speaker. Their cabinet work played second fiddle to no one, and the 750 is no exception. All of the capacitors were replaced. The resistors and tubes checked and replaced where needed. A safety fuse and external cable were added, and a precise alignment has this radio performing perfectly. Gary stripped the cabinet and refinished it using the best grain fillers, toners and lacquer. The original knobs were retained, including the impossible-to-replace band selector switch. This stunning radio will grace any collection, and it can be yours in a matter of days! 20"H x 16-1/4"W x 12"D. $995.00. (1600177)

 

Lyric Junior "The Rudolph" (1932)

Lyric Junior "The Rudolph" (1932)

In 1929, the Rudolph Wurlitzer Manufacturing Company took over the ownership of Lyric radios. The Wurlitzer plant in North Tonawanda, New York, manufactured the radios, applying the same skill and workmanship used in producing the Wurlitzer organs. The Lyric Junior was one of the first radios designed and manufactured at the plant. This six-tube, AM-only set was an excellent radio. Wurlitzer created this early Super-Het utilizing the newest circuitry and beautiful cabinetry. We replaced all of the capacitors with new equivalents. All of the resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where necessary. Wurlitzer designed the "beam of light" for tuning, and it functions properly. A safety fuse was added and an alignment performed. Gary refinished the radio using an authentic factory gloss lacquer. The chassis, speaker and knobs are original to the set. A period correct reproduction grille cloth was installed. The dome of the radio is solid wood making this an absolutely stunning radio! 19"H x 14-1/2"W x 19"D. $899.00. (1600180)

 

Midwest HH-7 (1936)

Midwest HH-7 (1936)

The Midwest Radio Corporation started business around 1920. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, they produced everything in house for their radios including cabinets, transformers and coils. One selling plan was to sell the chassis and speaker only, and customers could use any cabinet they wanted. This allowed them to sell an eighteen-tube radio for the same price Zenith charged for an eight-tube radio. The HH-7 is a seven-tube radio, and the dial is separated into five bands; SB, SWx2, airline and police. We replaced all of the capacitors, checked resistors and tubes, replacing where necessary. A safety fuse and external cable were added. The radio had an extensive alignment and performs strong across the dial. Gary stripped the cabinet and refinished using the highest quality of toner, grain filler and lacquer. His dark highlighting is perfect; just as it came from the factory! The original knobs were used, and we installed a period correct grille cloth. 20"H x 13-1/2"W x 9"D. $1,199.00. (1600183)

 

Musicaire 131M (1937)

Musicaire 131M (1937)

Musicaire radios were manufactured by Sentinel or Detrola to be sold under the Musicaire brand name in Coast To Coast stores. The chassis was used in many radios for other companies under different brand names too numerous to mention. The 131M is a six-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) set with a good-looking, multi-colored oval dial. It's a good performer with a bright and active "tuning eye" tube. Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked tubes and resistors, replacing where necessary. A new power cord, audio cable and safety fuse were installed. Gary did a great job cleaning up and refinishing the cabinet. The radio retains its original knobs and Rola speaker. A period-correct reproduction grille cloth was used. This is a nice performing radio not too often seen that's ready for your collection. 20"W x 11"H x 9"D. $599.00. (1600211)

 

Philco 38-62 (1938)

Philco 38-62 (1938)

Here is another beautiful and collectible radio fresh off the bench at Joe's Radio Shop. This great performing, five-tube radio receives local broadcasts (AM) loud and clear. Blake completed a professional restoration of the chassis, replacing the wax/paper capacitors with new Mylar caps of equal values. The tubes and resistors have been checked and replaced as needed. A fuse and audio cable have been added. These beautiful sets are seldom seen because the faux finish in front is often damaged or missing. Gary has skillfully restored cabinet and the faux finish back to its former glory. Great collector piece! 16"W x 10"H x 10"D. $649.00. (1600089)

 

Philco 45C "Butterfly" (1934)

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Philco 45C "Butterfly" (1934)

In 1906, Philco started out as the Philadelphia Storage Battery Company making batteries for cars and trucks. The Philco name didn't appear until 1919, and they didn't produce their first radio until 1928. After aggressive advertising and product development, Philco became the third largest company selling 400,000 radios by 1929. The 45C is a six-tube, two-band (SB,SW) radio. There were two "Butterfly" radios, the other is the 28C, and two console models utilizing the same chassis. The capacitors have been replaced with modern equivalents. The tubes and resistors were checked and replaced where needed. A safety fuse and power cord were added, and we installed a cable for iPad, Bluetooth etc. The radio performs well with good sensitivity across the dial. Gary completely refinished the radio, which was a daunting task. Several areas had to be masked off and done very carefully. The black on the sides and top was very difficult and required hand-finishing to get that great luster. The knobs, grille cloth, speaker and the all-important back are all original. This is a perfect Butterfly, and it won't be around for long! 19"W x 9-1/2"H x 8"D. $995.00. (1600221)

 

Philco 90 Cathedral (1931)

Philco 90 Cathedral (1931)

Again we have the classic Philco 90 designed by Edward Combs. These radios are large and heavy to today's standards. Despite that the Philco 90 was referred to as a "midget" radio, much smaller and offered a much more attractive design. In the 1920s and early '30s the only radios available were the "coffin" style and large, heavy consoles. The model 90 also used the new, better performing superheterodyne technology which was eventually used by all radio manufacturers. There is a four-step tone control for better control over the radio's tone. Blake went through the radio replacing the Bakelite block capacitors. Checked all of the tubes and resistors, replacing where necessary. He installed a cable for an external device, and a safety fuse was added. A new period correct cloth power cord was installed. This radio was aligned, and has wonderful tone and volume with great sensitivity across the dial. A gorgeous semi-gloss finish has been done. The radio retains its original speaker and knobs. We installed a new reproduction Philco 90 grille cloth. It's an awesome radio, beautifully restored and ready to compliment your collection. 18-1/2"H x 17-1/2"W x 12"D $995.00. (1600193)

 

Philco 91B "Baby Grand" (1933)

Philco 91B "Baby Grand" (1933)

The model 91B was the top of the Philco line in 1933. Designed by Clyde Shuler, this nine-tube, two-band (SB, police) is the second series model 91B and plays with good tone and sensitivity. The police band is no longer in use. This radio features tuned RF, base-compensating four-point tone control and a shadow meter for precise tuning. It is the improved version of the model 90 of the previous year. The wax/paper capacitors have been changed with new, long-lasting mylar capacitors. The tubes and resistors were tested and replaced as needed. A safety fuse and audio cable have been installed, and a precise alignment completes the restoration. This iconic cathedral is as pristine as an 85 year old radio can be. The original finish is flawless and still has its semi-gloss patina. The chassis is in great condition with its zinc-oxide coating. The grille cloth, speaker and knobs are original to the set. This is a large full-size cathedral and weighs 37 pounds. 20"H x 16-1/2"W x 12"D. $499.00. (1600144)

 

Philco 118 (1935)

Philco 118 (1935)

Here is another clean and original cathedral radio from Joe's Radio Shop: an iconic Philco 118. This eight-tube, two-band (AM, SW) has fabulous tone and sensitivity. Blake has replaced the wax/paper capacitors with new Mylar equivalents. He then checked and replaced the tubes and resistors as needed. A safety fuse, audio cable and a reproduction cloth cord were added, then a precision alignment was performed. The eighty year old cabinet is in beautiful condition and it still retains its original glossy finish. The knobs, speaker, grille cloth and chassis are all original to the radio. These high-performing cathedral radios are near impossible to get in such good original condition. They are going up in value, so don't miss your chance to own this beautiful work of art. 19"H x 16"W x 11"D. $599.00. (1600092)

 

RCA 128 Tombstone (1935)

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RCA 128 Tombstone (1935)

RCA designed and manufactured some great radios in the 1930's. Even though it had a stranglehold on the industry, controlling patents for TRF and Superheterodyne radios, a few companies were given permission to utilize the patents, most notably the Gilfillan Brothers in Los Angeles. A few other companies were allowed to use the patents, but they had to meet some strict standards and manufacture their radios in the Gilfillan factory. This six-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) with its new "magic brain" circuitry, which was basically tuned RF with VCA, and a gorgeous cabinet design was a great seller for RCA. This radio has a ton of volume and a tone control with wonderful fidelity through an 8-inch speaker. Blake went in and replaced all of the capacitors. He checked tubes and resistors, replacing where necessary. A safety fuse was added along with an audio cable and a new dial scale. Gary did a complete restoration on the cabinet. The walnut is gorgeous with a semi-gloss lacquer finish. We have a new term for Gary's work..."Marvin-ized!" This big beautiful radio can be in your collection in a matter of days! 20"H x 17"W x 11"D. $999.00. (1600220)

 

RCA "Master Nipper" (1947)

RCA "Master Nipper" (1947)

Here we have a very stylish, Canadian-made "Master Nipper" (yes, that's the model) RCA Bakelite radio from 1947. This five-tube, AM only radio is a small but has a big sound. The radio has had all the capacitors replaced, resistors and tubes check and replaced where needed. After a precision alignment and sporting a tuned internal loop antenna, "Nipper" has great sensitivity across the dial. The case has no damage and has been polished to a beautiful luster. 10"W x 6-1/2"H x 6"D. $249.00. (1600127)

 

Sentinel 293W (1946)

Sentinel 293W (1946)

The Sentinel Radio Corp. was located in Evanston, Illinois, and manufactured radios, televisions and phonographs from 1930 to 1957. Some brands were Erla, Wings and Musicaire which were sold in Coast to Coast stores. This six-tube, AM only Bakelite radio has had all of the capacitors replaced, along with resistors and tubes checked and replaced as needed. The radio utilizes an internal loop antenna and receives the AM band with sensitivity and volume. The case has no cracks and has been polished. A really nice radio at a great price! 11-1/2"W x 7-1/2"H x 6"D. $139.00. (1600140)

 

Sparton 5A7 (1947)

Sparton 5A7 (1947)

I really like the looks of some of the post-war Bakelite radios. This Sparton is no exception. Still retaining some Art Deco characteristics, a very good looking radio in its own right. This five-tube, AM only radio has had all of the capacitors replaced. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where necessary. The radio was aligned and plays strong with sensitivity across the dial. The Bakelite cabinet is in great condition and has been polished to a nice luster. 9-3/4"W x 6-1/2"H x 6"D. $199.00. (1600139)

 

Sparton 57 (1935)

Sparton 57 (1935)

The brand name Sparton was a product of Sparks-Withington of Jackson, Michigan. We might note that the Michigan State Spartan football team bears the same name, with a different spelling, and a different town too. Hmmm? Anyway, in 1934/35, Sparks-Withington produced 3.8 million radios making it one of the larger producers of radios and tubes in the USA. The model 57 was an AC-DC, superheterodyne set with five tubes and two bands (SB,SW). The radio has an AVC circuit and great sensitivity on both bands. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. He checked and replaced all resistors and tubes. A safety fuse was added as well as a new power cord, replacing the fire hazard "curtain burner" resistance line cord. The radio was aligned and plays loud and strong. Gary refinished the cabinet with his usual finesse. He completed by applying lacquer and hand-rubbing a gorgeous "piano" finish. This radio is an early, rare Sparton that belongs in your collection! 9-1/2"W x 7-3/4"H x 4-1/2"D. $429.00. (1600195)

 

Stewart-Warner 102A "The Apartment" (1932)

Stewart-Warner 102A "The Apartment" (1932)

The Chicago-based Stewart-Warner Corp. began producing speedometers and many other automotive parts in 1912. They started radio production in 1925 and by 1926 were producing 1000 radios a day. The model 102A was manufactured in 1931 and carried over to 1932. This six-tube, AM-only radio has a beautiful cathedral design and competed well with the iconic Philco 90. It has great sensitivity and produces a lot of volume through the original 8-inch speaker. We went through the radio replacing all of the capacitors, resistors and tubes checked and replaced where needed. A safety fuse was added. An external cable is not available on this radio. Gary stripped and refinished the radio to a beautiful semi-gloss. The dome of this radio is solid wood and not bent veneer as found on most cathedrals. The dial scale and speaker cloth are reproductions of the originals. The knobs, chassis and speaker are all original. A rare and stunning radio for your collection. 19"H x 14"W x 11-1/2"D. $849.00. (1600175)

 

Stewart-Warner R-1812-A "Cube" (1938)

Stewart-Warner R-1812-A "Cube" (1938)

Joe's Radio Shop is proud to present this very rare and gorgeous Stewart-Warner radio. This six-tube, three-band (SB, SWx2) radio has been completely restored by replacing the wax/paper capacitors with new caps of equal values. The resistors and tubes have been checked and replaced as needed. The chassis has had a precise alignment and a safety fuse and audio cable have been added. This is a high-performing radio that receives with great tone and sensitivity. The "Craft Built" cabinet that has been refinished with the finest lacquer and toners, then polished to a gleaming luster. Notice the beautiful Honduras Flame Mahogany front that is picture-framed with straight grain Mahogany veneers. The curved sides are solid wood and the top that supports the speaker is slightly curved giving the cabinet an Art Deco effect. The chassis, knobs and escutcheon are original to the set. 12"H x 15-1/2"W x 10"D. $599.00. (1600143)

 

Stromberg-Carlson 61-H (1936)

Stromberg-Carlson 61-H (1936)

Stromberg-Carlson Co. based in Rochester New York, made high-quality radios, telephones, and after WWII, televisions. They also entered the broadcast industry, acquiring WHAM in Rochester around 1939. The station changed its call letters to WBZA and is still in operation today. The 61 series had eleven models, including the large, 61-H table radio we have here. This seven-tube, two-band (SB, SW) with its iconic octagon dial and gorgeous veneers, is highly collectible. This radio has had all of the capacitors replaced, resistors and tubes checked and replaced where necessary. We aligned the radio and it plays well across the dial in both bands. Gary did his usual magic, stripping the old finish, repainting, toning and adding just the right amount of black trim. He then applied several coats of lacquer and then hand-rubbed the radio to a beautiful luster. The knobs are original, and a period-correct grille cloth was added. I acquired this radio from a guy that said it was used as a prop in the movie "The Untouchables," but have yet to verify that! 20"W x 11-1/25"H x 10"D. $499.00. (1600078)

 

Stromberg-Carlson 230H (1937)

Stromberg-Carlson 230H (1937)

Stromberg-Carlson was known for well built, quality engineered radios. This large and very rare seven-tube three-band (SB, SWx2) set will be the centerpiece of any radio collection. This radio still retains its original finish, not perfect but too nice to refinish. Even the grille cloth, 8-inch speaker and knobs are original. Blake has replaced all of the original paper capacitors with new Mylar capacitors with today's values. The tubes have been replaced with NOS (new old stock) tubes and the low voltage resistors have been checked and replaced as needed. A cable is included to plug and play your own device and a safety fuse has been installed. 24"W x 13-1/2"H x 10"D. $699.00. (1600065)

 

Stromberg-Carlson 231-R Chairside (1937)

Stromberg-Carlson 231-R Chairside (1937)

Stromberg-Carlson radios are known for their heavy-duty construction, Art Deco design and reliable performance. This beautiful "Half Round" chairside is no exception with its "Zephyr" style cabinet and mirror top. In 1937, it drew a crowd wherever it was displayed. This seven-tube, four-band (SB, SWx2, police) chairside has the original 10-inch speaker, knobs and dial scale. The glass mirror top is perfect with some light scratches due to wear and not noticeable. Blake has replaced all of the original wax/paper capacitors with new Mylar caps. The tubes and resistors were replaced as needed. A bright, new tuning eye was installed. A new power cord and safety fuse were installed, along with a cable to plug and play your own device. Gary meticulously refinished the cabinet using grain filler, toners and lacquer for a beautiful "factory-like" finish. A new Stromberg-Carlson badge and dial indicator decals were applied in the finishing process. This Stromberg-Carlson chairside is not only a high-performing radio, it is a beautiful piece of furniture! $1,499.00. (1600072)

 

Trav-Ler TR-287-B "Power Mite" (1958)

Trav-Ler TR-287-B "Power Mite" (1958)

Joe's Radio Shop does complete and long lasting restorations of vintage and antique radios. This 1958 Trav-Ler Super Six is a six-transistor AM only radio made in the USA. Any defective transistors and capacitors have been replaced and a proper alignment ensures years of service. The nine volt battery connector has been changed to accommodate a modern nine volt battery. The ivory and red case is in exceptional condition with no chips or cracks and it shows very little wear. $139.00. (1600159)

 

US Radio (Apex) 8-A (1931)

US Radio (Apex) 8-A (1931)

US Apex was based in Chicago and started producing radios in 1925 as the Apex Electric Pool, later known as the US Radio and Television Corp. Brand names they used were, Apex, Gloritone, Mantola, Carlton, Radiotrope and others. In 1933 they merged with Grunow and became General Household Utilities Company. The 8-A is an eight-tube, broadcast band only set. Produced in 1931, it was one of the earlier super-hets sold commercially. It incorporates an AVC circuit, probably one of the earlier radios to do so. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. Checked resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. He added a new cloth power cord and installed a safety fuse. the radio plays great with plenty of volume through the original 8-inch speaker. The two toggle switches on the side are on-off, and Hi power-Lo power which is basically a local-distant station boost. Gary stripped the cabinet and refinished with a beautiful semi-gloss lacquer finish. The set has its original knobs and a reproduction grille cloth. A very unique and beautiful radio! 17-1/2"H x 16"W x 11-1/2"D. $599.00. (1600190)

 

Zenith 5-S-29 (1936)

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Zenith 5-S-29 (1936)

In 1936, the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 started to set up rural areas in America with electricity. Zenith dropped prices and started producing table radios with smaller black dials. Zenith sales jumped significantly, and more and more people were hired. The 5-S-29 is a five-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) radio. The smaller dial had the multi-color bands and "split-second" tuning. Blake did his customary work replacing all of the capacitors. The resistors and tubes were checked, and out-of-tolerance components were replaced. A new power cord, audio cable and safety fuse were installed. This radio plays great. I still feel that Zenith made some of the world's best performing five-tube radios. Gary "Marvinized" the gorgeous Art Deco cabinet. This particular cabinet has the desirable maple band around the bottom creating a beautiful contrast to the walnut veneer. A cool design feature was the metal bezel, which is just a smaller version of the console bezels. The original knobs were retained, and a new period-correct grille cloth installed. Once again, if you are looking for this radio for your collection, it doesn't get any better than this! 18"H x 13"W x 9"D. $749.00. (1600223)

 

Zenith 5-S-119 (1937)

Zenith 5-S-119 (1937)

Here's a radio that we just can't keep around. There are certain models that become "one-day-wonders" as they are posted and sold within 24 hours! What can I say about the 5-S-119 that I haven't already said? It's a five-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) radio that looks great and performs like a much larger tube count set. This is a rare one, built for foreign service. It has an over-sized transformer that has voltage settings of 100v, 125v, 150v, 200v, 220v, and 250v. It has a factory-installed phono input. Blake went in and did the capacitor replacement. Then checked all of the resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. He installed a safety fuse, audio cable and a new power cord. The radio has an exceptional Gary Marvin restoration. It has to be one of the most beautiful "119's" we have had! The speaker, knobs, and chassis are all original. Just an exceptional radio for anyone's collection! I can truly say this radio won't be here long. It can soon be yours! A good-sized radio at 20"W x 11"H x 9"D. $799.00. (1600212)

 

Zenith 5-S-127 Tombstone (1937)

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Zenith 5-S-127 Tombstone (1937)

Zenith had so much going for it in 1937. A whole new line of radios, innovative in electrical and cabinet design. Several models, both consoles and table radios, shared a ten-tube chassis. The smaller tube count radios were some of the best in the industry, and the 5-S-127 was no exception. The mid-sized Art Deco cabinet with the black, multi-colored band dial was a huge seller, and to this day highly collectable. Blake went into the chassis, replacing all of the old capacitors with new equivalents. The tubes and resistors were checked and replaced if they were out of tolerance. He installed a new power cord, safety fuse and a cable for an iPhone, iPad, Bluetooth etc. Zenith got more performance out of their five, six and seven-tube radios than most manufacturers, and this radio is no exception! Gary then stripped the cabinet, and he produced a gorgeous refinish! The original knobs were retained, and a period correct reproduction grille cloth installed. Zoom in and see for yourself the beauty of this restoration. If you have been looking for this radio for your collection, you're not going to find a better one. 16"H x 13-1/2"W x 10"D. $749.00. (1600222)

 

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

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

I've written about Zenith changing over from large tombstone and "Walton" type radios to a different look and approach at the end of the 1930's into the 1940's. The 5-S-319 was designed in 1938 for the 1939 model year and resembled their "cube" design, but certainly looked like a small version of the 1940 style table radio. The curved side-speaker grille and a more "rounded" design was a sign of things to come. The oval iconic "Racetrack" dial bezel to this day is still very collectable. The same radio chassis was also available in a small tombstone cabinet, and a chairside design. The radio has had all of the capacitors replaced, tubes and resistors checked and replaced where needed. A new power cord and audio cable were installed. The radio plays great, and the audio cable works quite well. Gary stripped, grain-filled and painted the radio and applied a "piano" lacquer finish. Here is a perfect example of the desirable "Racetrack" Zenith radio! 13"W x 9"H x 7-1/2"D $749.00. (1600218)

 

Zenith 6-D-525 "Toaster" (1941)

Zenith 6-D-525 "Toaster" (1941)

The toaster lives on! We can't keep these radios around. They are great sellers for a reason: they are good performing six-tube radios with a loop antenna, and have a unique Ingraham cabinet. We went through this six-tube, AM only radio as we always do. We replaced all of the capacitors with new equivalents. Checked resistors and tubes, replacing the out-of-tolerance units. A new power cord and audio cable were installed. Gary stripped the cabinet ending up with a factory-fresh "piano" lacquer finish. The radio retains the original knobs and back. A great radio to start a collection, or just because it's time for you to get your own! 11-1/2"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D. $395.00. (1600215)

 

Zenith 6-P-429 (1940)

Zenith 6-P-429 (1940)

It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how many radios I look at and look for, there are some that I have never seen before except for pictures. Gary found this radio in a collection in Seattle, WA and grabbed it! It's very unique as it has an upside down mounted Bakelite chassis. This particular configuration was used on a handful of models in 1940. The radio was short lived as Zenith ended up recalling it for some reason, making it a bit more collectable due to a limited production. This five-tube, two-band (SB,police) AC radio was a challenge to restore and reassemble. It took a little time to figure out the exact sequence for reassembly. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. He checked tubes and resistors, replacing where needed. He install a new power cord and a safety fuse. Gary refinished the Mahogany cabinet with his usual finesse. He always uses the best products available and ends up with a beautiful "piano" lacquer finish. Possibly one of the rarest radios we've had for sale at the Radio Attic. Priced to sell and ready to adorn your collection. 13"H x 9-1/2"W x 7"D. $499.00. (1600219)

 

Zenith 8-S-548 Chairside (1941)

Zenith 8-S-548 Chairside (1941)

Chairside radios were designed to sit next to a person's favorite chair, allowing them to simply reach over to tune in a station. Zenith made several models of chairsides, and the eight-tube three-band (SB, 2xSW) 8-S-548 is a beautiful radio of style and design. Blake replaced all original paper capacitors with new Mylar coated capacitors of equal values. He checked and replaced resistors and tubes as needed, then aligned the set for peak performance. A fuse is added for safety. Gary has professionally refinished the cabinet to be showroom fresh and installed new Zenith grille cloth. 21"H x 27"W x 15"D. $895.00. (1600039)

 

Zenith 288 Tombstone (1934)

Zenith 288 Tombstone (1934)

The Zenith 288 was a big, confident step for Zenith in 1933. This radio was one of their first Art Deco "Industrial" designs. Zenith called the 1934 radios the "Challenger Tombstones" challenging anyone to find a better radio on the market. This eight-tube, five-band (AM,SWx3) monster has a lot going for it. AVC, tuned RF, eight inch dynamic speaker and five selectable wave bands. There were six knobs functions from left-to-right: tone control, volume/on/off, tuning (upper), sensitivity/phono-jack-switch (lower) band switch and short wave trimmer. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where necessary. A new power cord, audio cable, safety fuse were installed and he rewired the speaker. Gary stripped the cabinet down to the natural wood. There were a few veneer repairs done, and then the refinish was done using high quality products. The Australian Laurel front is a gorgeous contrast to the walnut on the rest of the radio. The classic black trim, and you have on stunning cabinet! This guy is the best! This very rare, stunning Zenith is ready for your collection. 19"H x 16"W x 12"D. $1,199.00. (1600216)

 

Zenith 715 Tombstone (1933)

Zenith 715 Tombstone (1933)

As the 1930's progressed, radio cabinet design went away from the Gothic cathedral style to the tombstone. Early tombstones would have touches of cathedral design. With a rounded arch at the top and ornate grilles along with the straight, majestic "skyscraper" influence, this radio has it all. The 715 is an eight-tube, standard broadcast only radio. The receiver is one of the best made in 1933. It picked up stations just sitting on my bench with no antenna . Standing 20 inches tall with an 8-nch speaker, this radio is impressive in stature and performance with volume to spare. Blake did a great job replacing all of the capacitors. He checked resistors and tubes, replacing where necessary. He installed a period correct cloth power cord, and audio cable and a safety fuse. He carefully aligned the radio for peak performance. What can I say that hasn't already been said? Gary knocked it out of the park with a stellar refinish. The butt walnut front accentuated with the maple top strip and inlay along the pilasters. I love the fact that he used a satin finish at the end. This rare, perfect Zenith can be yours! They ain't makin' 'em anymore folks! 20"H x 16"W x 9-1/2"D. $1,199.00. (1600204)

 

Zenith Royal 400 Pocket Radio (1961)

Zenith Royal 400 Pocket Radio (1961)

Zenith started producing transistor radios in 1955. The Japanese dominated the market, but in spite of that, Zenith produced a good radio and sales were strong. In 1961, they came out with the Royal 400. It had a new 3" x 5" oval "extended range" speaker with quite good sound quality. Our Royal 400 doesn't have any dents in the metal front. The corners are not chipped, and many of them are missing the bottom logo plate, but this one has stayed with the radio. The radio plays well, using four "AA" batteries. 5-3/4"H x 3-3/4"H x 1-1/2"D. $129.00. (1600135)

 

Zenith S-829 "Chrome Front" Tombstone (1935)

Zenith S-829 "Chrome Front" Tombstone (1935)

Three of the rarest and most sought after Zenith models are the 835, 829, and the 809, the gorgeous "chrome front" Art Deco radios from 1935. These grilles were designed by Rosenow and Company, who also designed all of the Majestic "smart set" chrome grilles. The S-829 was a revised model with an extended short wave dial with a lot more efficient circuitry. This seven-tube, two-band radio (SB,SW) was sold with a money-back guarantee that insured the best short wave reception. Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked tubes and resistors and replaced if out of tolerance. He installed a safety fuse, audio cable and a new power cord. Gary continues to amaze folks across the country with his masterful cabinet restorations. The radio was stripped and sanded, grain filler applied. Then lacquer was applied, sanded and buffed out by hand. These "piano" lacquer finishes are better than new! The radio has its original knobs, grille cloth, speaker and chassis. Coming soon is another model 809 as well. I can safely say these are some of the finest restored 1935 "800 series" radios in the world! 18-1/2"H x 15"W x 8-1/2"D. $3,995.00. (1600210)
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About Joe's Radio Shop

Shipping

At Joe's Radio Shop we do everything in our power to make sure our radios are packed with the utmost of care and protection.  We use double-sided boxes lined with Styrofoam creating a box within a box.  The radio has bubble wrap placed inside to protect the tubes, then double wrapped in bubble wrap and placed on packing peanuts on the bottom of the box.  The sides around the bubble wrapped radio are filled with packing peanuts and a piece of Styrofoam is placed on top of the radio and the box is then sealed.  Our larger radios and consoles have the speakers removed and are professionally packed by Diversified Packing and shipped via Greyhound.  We have never had any damage to any of our shipped radios.  We will ship radios with the company that offers the best rate; Fed-Ex, UPS, USPS and DHL are the preferred carriers.  Let us know if you have a preference for shipping.  Packages are shipped within three business days of payment.  Consoles and large radios may take a little longer due to a more involved packing process.  Tracking numbers will be provided to you, and we track the packages as well.

Payment

Joe's Radio Shop accepts payment through PayPal, credit cards (we use the Square, which requires a 3.75% fee) and checks.  Payment plus shipping must be deposited before we ship your radio to you.  Checks must clear our bank before shipping.  Joe's Radio Shop will not provide or sell your personal information to anyone.  Credit card information is shredded and discarded after the charge is made and deposited.  Upon ordering, you will receive an invoice via email with cost plus shipping charges.  A receipt will arrive with the radio.

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Joe's Radio Shop return policy:

We accept returns, but we would first try to resolve any issues and make sure your radio is functioning as it should.  A few guidelines for vintage tube radios to function properly:
1. Most radios need an antenna to function properly.  10-20 feet of wire connected to the "A" lug in the back of the chassis, which we will provide to you.  Some radios have internal antennas, or "loops."  For the most part, these radios should receive broadcast or "AM" stations in your area.
2. Multiple band radios that have 1-3 short wave bands will also need plenty of antenna.  There isn't much going on these day with short wave.  Many short wave stations have moved to satellite or the internet.  There are a few out there, and a good antenna is needed.  Ask us about antennas; we can describe how to make them to use at your home.  Try to place your radio on an outside wall, the reception will be better, especially with console radios.  Police and aviation (now UHF) bands no longer function in today's world.
3. There are things in a household that can cause static and interference.  Computers, fluorescent lighting, lighting potentiometers (dimmer switch), microwave ovens, digital TV and possibly your wi-fi system.  Try to keep the radio out of proximity to these devices.
4. Running the radio for long periods of time can can them to overheat causing damage.

Please contact us within seven days for a possible return.  E-mail us at joesradioshop1@gmail.com or phone us at 503-209-8414.  Our radios come with a six  month guarantee from the purchase date.  Any electrical damage or failure will be repaired free of cost minus materials and shipping.  If there is damage from shipping, the claim has to go through the shipper.  If we determine the damage is the shipper or buyers fault, we can negotiate a repair price.  If an issue can't be resolved to the buyer's liking, we will offer a full refund minus shipping and insurance.  If the buyer pays the shipper directly, the buyer assumes all responsibility for insurance settlements due to damage while in transit.  When shipping a radio back to us, please follow our packing guidelines listed under Shipping.  If the radio is improperly packed, the refund will be denied.


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