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SUMMER SALE!
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Airline 62-228 (1938)

Airline 62-228 (1938)

This incredible radio was built by Wells-Gardner for Montgomery Wards. The huge, multi-colored stationized dial also contains the volume, bass and treble indicators. The chassis is chrome so I'm guessing this was the top-of-the-line table radio for Wards in 1938. The 62-228 is an eight-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) set with console-like fidelity and volume. All of the capacitors have been replaced. Resistors and tubes checked and replaced where needed. A new power cord, tuning belt and audio cable were installed. Gary didn't have to do anything to the cabinet but clean and polish it. The radio has the original knobs and 8" speaker. The new tuning eye is bright and active. A rare radio in perfect condition! 22-5/8"W x 15"H x 10-1/2"D. $995.00. (1600252)

 

Airline 62-702 (1939)

ON SALE
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July 31

Airline 62-702 (1939)

Montgomery Wards sold at least one million radios, and they didn't manufacture anything. Starting with catalog sales of radios in 1922 and in 1926, at retail outlets. The list of manufacturers of Airline radios is long. Wells-Gardner, Belmont, Davidson-Haynes, US Radio Corp.and Kingston Radio. Here is a list of the manufactures abbreviations used on many labels of Airline radios: AA, BR, CB, CCB, GAA, GHM, GSE, GSL, GWM, HA, JB, JP, KP, KR, WG and others! The 62-702 is a seven-tube, two-band (SB,SW) set that features a tuning eye tube. This radio has great sensitivity, and picks up several stations. All of the capacitors have been replaced. Resistors and tubes checked. We put a new eye tube in, and it's bright and active. We installed a new power cord, audio cable and safety fuse. Gary did a fantastic job on the cabinet. The quilted maple band around the top and bottom contrast with the darker walnut and really set this radio off. We used the original knobs and speaker, and new period-correct grille cloth. A beautiful and good performing radio to grace any collection. 20"W x 12"H x 9-1/2"D. Was $599.00, now $549.00. (1600202)

 

Arvin 528CS "Phantom Mate" Chairside (1938)

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July 31

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. Was $599.00, now $499.00. (1600160)

 

Arvin 618-A "Phantom Maid" (1938)

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July 31

Arvin 618-A "Phantom Maid" (1938)

Noblitt-Sparks Industries started in 1921 in Indianapolis and in 1931 moved to Columbus, Indiana. They manufactured radios under the Arvin name, as well as automobile equipment, kitchen appliances, cookware and televisions. This large radio compares to the Crosley "Super 8" and the Zenith 5-S-119 in size and performance. The 618A is a six-tube, two-band (SB,SW) radio. This radio has tons of volume utilizing an 8-inch speaker. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. He checked tubes and resistors, replacing where necessary. We installed a new power cord, safety fuse and an audio cable for your external listening device. The new tuning eye tube is bright and active. Gary stripped the walnut cabinet, and refinished it using high-quality fillers and toners. He applied several coats of lacquer, then hand-rubbed the cabinet for that "factory fresh" lacquer finish. The radio sports a beautiful maple inlay across the front and top of the set. We were able to find the correct knobs as a few were missing. The chassis and speaker are original, and we added a new, period-correct repro grille cloth. A gorgeous and unique Arvin "Phantom" series radio for you collection! 19"W x 10"H x 9"D. Was $599.00, now $549.00. (1600250)

 

Atwater Kent 337 (1935)

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Atwater Kent 337 (1935)

Atwater Kent started producing high quality radios in Philadelphia in 1922. Between 1923 and 1927, they produced 1.3 million radios, making them the leading radio manufacturer in America. Due to problems with the unions and the depression, he closed the factory in 1936. Model 337 is a seven-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) set. A very high quality set, it had features rarely found on a table radio. Separate lights for each band, coarse and fine tuning, three-position tone switch, and console-like fidelity and volume. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. Checked all of the resistors and tubes, replacing where necessary. An audio cable to play external devices was installed. I don't believe the radio was used too much as the original power cord and antenna leads are present and in great condition. Gary worked his magic on the walnut cabinet. The radio was in pretty good original condition, but the finish had dulled a bit, so he refinished it, ending up with a beautiful "piano" lacquer finish. The original knobs, grille cloth, speaker, dial and dial cover are all with the set. This is a really nice, hardly used Atwater Kent, and will definitely grace anyone's collection! 18"H x 14"W x 9"D. $699.00. (1600282)

 

Belmont 526 "Scotty" (1938)

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July 31

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. Was $399.00, now $299.00. (1600101)

 

Crosley 54 "Buddy Boy" (1931)

Crosley 54 "Buddy Boy" (1931)

Here we have the second Crosley "Buddy Boy" radio. This is referred to as the "round top" or cathedral version. The one we just sold was the tombstone or "flat top" version. The unique feature of these radios are the repwood moldings. This is a mixture of sawdust and tar and pressed into a mold, resembling hand carving. This five-tube, AM only set's cabinet is in great, original condition. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where necessary. A new power cord was installed, and an alignment was performed. The cabinet is original with no cracks or repairs. The set retains the original knobs and speakers. A really nice example of the round top Crosley "Buddy Boy" 17"H x 15-1/2"W x 10"D. $995.00. (1600246)

 

Crosley 148 "Fiver" Cathedral (1932)

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Crosley 148 "Fiver" Cathedral (1932)

Powell Crosley started the Crosley Radio Corporation in Cincinnati Ohio in 1921 making crystal sets. He slowly built his business, buying other radio companies that had various radio patents. An association with Deforest Radio Company gave him access to the RCA patent pool to produce Superheterodyne radios. His high-volume manufacturing technique got him the nickname the "Henry Ford Of Radios." The "Fiver" is a five-tube, AM only radio. An early Superheterodyne, the radio performs well across the dial. Blake went in and replaced all of the capacitors with new equivalents. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where needed. A new power cord and audio cable were installed. The original speaker, knobs and chassis are present. A new reproduction grille cloth was installed. Gary refinished the set and applied a semi-gloss lacquer finish. A great entry-level radio for first-time collectors, and a wonderful set for the Crosley collector. 14"H x 11-1/2"W x 9"D. $389.00. (1600278)

 

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)

 

Detrola 175E (1937)

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Detrola 175E (1937)

Detrola made a lot of radios for branding purposes. You will find motor tuned models that were made by Detrola were used by Truetone, Silvertone, Aria, Air Castle...at least 20 different brands and many cabinet variations. This eight-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) set was a strong performer with great sensitivity and push-pull audio utilizing two 42 audio tubes. Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked all the resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. He went through the motorized tuner, and all the presets work well. A new power cord, audio cable, antenna wire and safety fuse were all installed. Gary stripped the cabinet, refinishing the walnut beauty to a gorgeous "piano" lacquer finish. The radio retains the original grille cloth, knobs and Rola speaker. A new crystal-clear dial cover and push buttons were installed. This rare radio is fully functional, and the original Detrola model is desired by collectors. 21"W x 11-3/4"H x 9"D. $995.00. (1600280)

 

Emerson 26 (1935)

ON SALE
until
July 31

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. Was $449.00, now $299.00. (1600006)

 

Emerson AM-169 (1938)

Emerson AM-169 (1938)

Emerson Radio Corporation of New York City started making phonographs in 1912, and is still producing electronic products today. Ingraham Clock Company started producing radio cabinets around 1935, and Emerson radios used many if not the the most. The cabinets used angles and curves, coupled with wonderful designs using the best veneers. The AM-169 is a five-tube, two-band (SB,SW) AC/DC set. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced if needed. A new power cord was installed along with an auxiliary cable and antenna wire. The radio has good sensitivity and volume, and has a tone control. Gary stripped the walnut cabinet. He sanded the radio and used the best quality grain fillers and toners. Lacquer was skillfully applied and a gorgeous "piano" finish remained! The radio has the usually missing mahogany back. The "Ingraham" badge is present along with a crystal clear dial cover and original tags. Just a beautiful Emerson "Ingraham" radio! $499.00. (1600276)

 

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. $699.00. (1600213)

 

Emerson BL210 (1939)

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Emerson BL210 (1939)

Emerson used more Ingraham cabinets than any other manufacturer. They were the first and only company that could "badge" their radios with an "Ingraham" metal tag somewhere on the cabinet. Other manufacturers used Ingraham, but only Emerson could state it on their radios. The BL210 is a Five-tube, Two-band (SB,police) AC set. For some reason, it's a seldom seen radio, and there has been only one other one sold on the Radio Attic. Blake replaced all of the capacitors with new equivalents. He checked all of the resistors and tubes, replacing where necessary. A new power cord, antenna lead and audio cable for your external device were installed. Gary stripped and refinished the walnut Ingraham cabinet. The radio has a gorgeous "piano" lacquer finish. The set has the original back, knobs, speaker and chassis. A new crystal-clear dial cover and period-correct grille cloth were installed. Another fantastic Emerson radio for your collection! 12"W x 8-1/2"H x 7"D. $479.00. (1600283)

 

Emerson FP422 (1941)

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Emerson FP422 (1941)

Emerson made a lot of radios, hundreds of models. They were the first company to use Ingraham cabinets, and by far had the most models utilizing them. The model FP422 has an Ingraham cabinet, the Ingraham badge was right in the middle of the radio back, which was missing on this radio. The FP422 is a five-tube, AM only radio. This model has good sensitivity across the dial. We replaced all of the capacitors. All the resistors were out-of-tolerance and we replaced with new equivalents. Four of the five tubes were replaced. We added a new power cord and installed an audio cable for your external device. Gary stripped the walnut cabinet, ending up with a beautiful "piano" finish. All of the original knobs are present. We installed a new crystal-clear dial cover and a new reproduction back.Here is a perfect example go an FP422 for you Emerson collectors, and just a gorgeous radio for any collection. 11-1/2"W x 8-1/4"H x 7"D. $399.00. (1600284)

 

Emerson R-158 (1937)

Emerson R-158 (1937)

Emerson started producing phonographs in 1915 in New York City, and is still producing products today. Emerson has made phonographs, radios, televisions, air conditioners, and later on it made refrigerators, computers, defibrillators, CD players and VCRs. The R-158 is a five-tube, two-band (SB,police) set. It was offered with a TV band at one time as well. Blake started the chassis restore by replacing all of the capacitors. Resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where needed. A new power cord, safety fuse and audio cable were installed. The radio has very good sensitivity across the dial, and performs with nice tone and plenty of volume. Gary refinished the rosewood and walnut cabinet with the best products. This is an Ingraham cabinet and the Ingraham badge is present. The unique cabinet is accented with two brass strips that cross over the top and down the front of the set. The radio has the original dial with a new clear dial cover, knobs, grille cloth and speaker. Gary finished with a beautiful lacquer "piano" finish. A really nice looking and performing set for your collection. 15"W x 9-1/2"H x 7-1/2"D. $499.00. (1600272)

 

Firestone Air Chief S-7398-1 "Beaumont" (1939)

Firestone Air Chief S-7398-1 "Beaumont" (1939)

Firestone radios have always been a favorite of mine. I have several models in my collection, and I am going to offer many of them here at the Radio Attic. This model is basically a Stewart-Warner chassis with an Ingraham cabinet. Sold in Firestone Tire Stores, the radios were of high quality and design. The Beaumont is a six-tube, AM only AC/DC radio. The radio has lots of volume and picks up plenty of stations. Joe replaced all of the capacitors with new equivalents. All of the resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where needed. A new power cord and audio cable were installed. The gorgeous Ingraham walnut cabinet was stripped and refinished by Gary Marvin. The final step was his expert application of lacquer creating a wonderful "piano" finish. The set has the original knobs and back. A new dial cover and reproduction grille cloth we installed. Just a nice, good performing radio at a great price! 13"W x 8"H x 7"D. $399.00. (1600273)

 

Firestone Air Chief S-7398-3 "Cosmopolitan" (1942)

Firestone Air Chief S-7398-3 "Cosmopolitan" (1942)

Firestone sponsored the "Voice of Firestone" radio program which started in 1928. In 1949 the program was simulcast on NBC television. You can't help but think this helped Firestone sell a lot of radios out of their tire stores all over the world. The "Air Chief" brand was trademarked in 1940 and was first used on air conditioners, their own record label, and then expanded to radios. The S-7398-3 was a six-tube, two-band (SB,SW) AC/DC set. I believe the chassis was made by Belmont or Stewart-Warner. This radio has great fidelity including lots of bass response. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where necessary. He installed an audio cable to hook up external devices such as an iPad or Bluetooth unit. Gary performed his mastery in refinishing the walnut, maple and mahogany veneers. He applied a couple of coats of lacquer and hand-rubbed the radio to a gorgeous luster. The original dial is perfect and we installed a new, crystal-clear dial cover and a new reproduction grille cloth. The radio has the original knobs, chassis and speaker. A beautiful set for a great price! 18"W x 10-1/2"H x 9"D. $499.00. (1600268)

 

Firestone S-7403-5 "The Melody" (1941)

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Firestone S-7403-5 "The Melody" (1941)

We are continuing our sales of some really nice Firestone radios. Both Gary and I have several sets, and all of mine are coming out of my personal collection. Just time to move them on to the next caretakers. Each radio is being restored in and out and finished with Gary's fantastic cabinet work. Firestone radios are of a very high quality with Stewart-Warner chassis (for the most part) and some have Ingraham cabinets. "The Melody" is a five-tube, AM only AC/DC set. A lot of these Firestone sets have an internal loop antenna, and have really good sensitivity across the dial with lots of volume. Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. He added an audio cable for external devices and installed a new power cord. The radio was aligned for top performance. Gary did a complete restoration of the all-walnut Ingraham cabinet. He installed a new crystal-clear dial cover. The radio has the original back, knobs, speaker and chassis. A fantastic entry level collector radio, priced to sell! 12"W x 7-1/2"H x 7"D. $399.00. (1600281)

 

Mantola R-655 (1946)

Mantola R-655 (1946)

Here's another brand name that was difficult to track the manufacturer. Mantola was a trade name for radios sold by B.F. Goodrich. Several Mantola radios for B.F. Goodrich were manufactured by Admiral, but there is really no way of knowing all the manufacturers. The radio was also sold by Walgreens. This five-tube, AM only radio is a beauty! All of the capacitors were replaced. The tubes and resistors were checked and replace where needed. We installed a new power cord, audio cable and spliced in a new antenna wire. The radio is a beautiful dark mahogany and looks like new. It was refinished by the previous owner, and he did a great job! This radio performs well, and would be a great addition to your collection. 16"W x 9-1/2"H x 7-1/2"D. $399.00. (1600249)

 

Midwest HH-7 (1936)

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July 31

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. Was $1,199.00, now $999.00. (1600183)

 

Packard-Bell 48 "Two-Tone" (1936)

Packard-Bell 48 "Two-Tone" (1936)

This radio is a bit mystifying. Packard-Bell had a few model 48 radios. The 48 had a vertical dial and ornate grille. The 48-B has a different horizontal dial with a rather plain grille.The 48-E has the same dial as the 48 "Two Tone", which has a totally unique linear grille. They all have the classic "stationed"Packard-Bell dial. The "Two-Tone" is an eight tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) set. The only picture we could find was a factory illustration. In fact, we couldn't find one that sold at any time. Blake replaced all of the capacitors with new equivalents. All of the resistors and tubes were check and replaced where needed. The new eye tube is bright and active. A safety fuse, new power cord and audio cable were installed. The original speaker and chassis were used. Gary skillfully restored the mahogany and walnut cabinet, ending up with a beautiful "piano" lacquer finish. The radio has the original knobs, and a reproduction grille cloth which is very similar to the original. Once again, we keep finding these radios that no one has, with little information, and never found on the radio Attic. Come and get it! 17"W x 9-3/4"H x 8-1/2"D. $549.00. (1600275)

 

Philco 45C "Butterfly" (1934)

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 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)

 

R.S. Shelly "Peter Pan" (1935?)

R.S. Shelly "Peter Pan" (1935?)

The Peter Pan saga starts with the Bell brothers forming Jackson-Bell in 1926, and the company closed in 1935. R.S. Shelly acquired many of the chassis and parts that remained and in 1935 formed the Peter Pan Company in Los Angeles. He manufactured a lot of Peter Pan radios, several that can be identified by the Pied Piper on the dial, but there are no model numbers, schematics or identification documents to be found. This five-tube, two-band (SB,SW) set plays great! Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked tubes and resistors and replaced where needed. The dial was reproduced by Blake, but the knobs, on-off switch and speaker are original. Gary stripped and refinished the cabinet, which is just gorgeous! I will admit that I came to the conclusion this was a Shelly Peter Pan after talking with Jim Ryan, who studied and wrote an article about them in the SCORS Gazette of Los Angeles Radio Club. 14"W x 9"H x 7"D. $399.00. (1600248)

 

RCA 103 (1935)

RCA 103 (1935)

The RCA 103 is a regenerative super-het. It contains a very unique circuit that was used a lot in radios from the mid 1920's, and could also be found in the popular Philco 84. This four-tube, two-band (SB,SW) radio has really good sensitivity across the dial and good fidelity. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. He checked all of the resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. He installed a new power cord, so this radio is ready to go! Gary stripped and refinished the radio. He finished with a gorgeous lacquer "piano" finish, making this 103 one of the nicer ones you'll find. A unique and hard-to-find radio, perfect for any serious collector. 14"H x 11-1/2"W x 7"D. $399.00. (1600244)

 

RCA 128 Tombstone (1935)

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July 31

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. Was $999.00, now $899.00. (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)

 

Silvertone 6218 (1939)

Silvertone 6218 (1939)

Here we have our second farm battery set offered for sale, however Blake has installed a transformer, so this radio will now use 120VAC. I couldn't find any information on this radio, but I did find out that Sears sold a lot of battery sets, probably due to their availability through their catalogs. The fact they were still selling farm radios up to 1950 tells me there was still a need for them, that it took several years to get electricity to everyone in rural areas. The seven-tube, two-band (SB,SW) radio is a very good performer on both bands. Blake has replaced all of the capacitors, checked tubes and resistors, replacing where needed. A new power cord, audio cable and a safety fuse were installed. The radio has a new, bright and active eye tube and has great sensitivity across the dial The radio cabinet is original. Blake cleaned it up and it has original knobs and push buttons. The dial scale is original and like new. A large, unique radio that's in fantastic condition. 21"W x 11"H x 9-1/2"D. $429.00. (1600247)

 

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)

ON SALE
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July 31

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. Was $429.00, now $299.00. (1600195)

 

Sparton 628 (1938)

Sparton 628 (1938)

Like many companies in the early 1900's, Sparks-Withington of Jackson MI, made products for farm implements. As the automobile industry came along, they made hub caps, electric horns and brake drums. In 1926, they produced the first electric radio. In 1934, they produced the first "VisoGlo" tuning indicator tube. The model 628 was the top-of-the-line table radio in 1938. This six-tube, three-band (SB,SW,Police) is a strong performer producing room-filling volume through an 8-inch speaker. The capacitors have been replaced, tubes and resistors checked and replaced where needed. We added a safety fuse, audio cable and a new power cord. Gary stripped this Art Deco walnut cabinet, and worked his magic using the best toners and grain fillers. A few coats of lacquer and some polishing, a new reproduction grille cloth and the original knobs, one stunning Spartan radio is ready for your collection. This is a large radio, but it will be professionally packed ensuring a safe delivery. 21"H x 16"W x 12"D. $995.00. (1600269)

 

Stewart-Warner 1302 (1935)

Stewart-Warner 1302 (1935)

Stewart-Warner, based in Chicago, started manufacturing radios in 1925. Up to then they were a very successful company making automotive instruments. The company over-produced radios, making 1000 sets a day. This forced them to sell at reduced rates, not a good business model. The instrument division was always a success and carried the company to profitability. The 1302 is a five-tube, two-band (SB,SW) set. The radios were well made and were good performers. Blake did his usual profession restoration process. All of the capacitors were replaced with new equivalents. Resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where needed. He installed a new power cord, audio cable and safety fuse. The radio has a really nice original finish. Gary cleaned it up and "spiffed" up the radio with a few coats of lacquer, then polished it to a gorgeous "piano" finish. He installed a reproduction of the original grille cloth. The knobs, speaker, dial and chassis are all original. A really great radio at a great price! 17-1/2"W x 12"H x 9"D. $599.00. (1600255)

 

Stewart-Warner R-1272 "Prado" (1934)

Stewart-Warner R-1272 "Prado" (1934)

Stewart-Warner started incorporating multiple types of veneers and ornate grilles on their mid-size tombstones a year or two before some of the other manufacturers. They already has a great reputation of producing quality electronics, so this was another feather in their cap! This five-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) set was a solid performer, producing great fidelity and volume through its original 8-inch speaker. Blake replaced all of the capacitors with new equivalents. Tested resistors and tubes replacing where necessary. He wired in a new SB antenna. This radio actually has a separate antenna for shortwave as well. A new power cord, safety fuse and audio cable were installed, and he aligned the radio for top performance. This radio has a gorgeous cabinet, and Gary has made it shine. He stripped the veneer, Birdseye maple, Australian laurel, walnut and regular maple. He applied grain filler and toner, finishing with several coats of lacquer. This radio has a gorgeous "piano" lacquer finish. The original knobs and a new period correct grille cloth were used. This is one beautiful radio, one that any collector would love! 17-1/2"H x 14"W x 9-1/2"D. $749.00. (1600257)

 

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

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until
July 31

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. Was $599.00, now $549.00. (1600143)

 

Stromberg-Carlson 225H (1937)

Stromberg-Carlson 225H (1937)

In 1894, Stromberg-Carlson started producing telephones, and by 1900 they were the leader among all of the other telephone manufacturers. They made all of the phones and switchboards used by the signal corps in WWI, and continued producing communication equipment during WWII. They started manufacturing radios in 1923, and obtained an RCA patent for superheterodyne sets in 1927. The 225H is a five-tube, three-band (SBxSWx2) AC/DC set. Stromberg-Carlson was well known for having quality radios, and even though it has just five tubes, the 225H is a strong performer. Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked the resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. An audio cable was installed for your external devices, a new antenna was wired in and a new power cord finished the chassis repair. Gary stripped the the cabinet and restored it to a beautiful lacquer finish. The cabinet has Brazilian Rosewood, Walnut and Maple veneers and inlays. The original knobs, chassis and speaker are present, and we added a period-correct grille cloth. The artistry and design of the Art Deco cabinet produced a stunning and highly desirable radio to grace anyone's collection. 16"W x 9"H x 8"D. $799.00. (1600264)

 

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-R-216 (1938)

Zenith 5-R-216 (1938)

The Zenith "Cube" radios were very popular and great sellers for the company. They started a trend with other manufacturers producing their own cube radios. Silvertone, Stewart-Warner, Detrola and others all had their version of the cube. The cube design is still very popular with collectors today. Zenith had seven cube designs and the 216 was their entry level cube radio. A five-tube, AM-only AC set, it's still a very good radio with good sensitivity and volume. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. He checked resistors and tubes, replacing where necessary. He added a new power cord, safety fuse and an audio cable to access an external device. He installed a new antenna wire. The cabinet was completely restored by Gary Marvin, and it's gorgeous. Most of Zenith's radios had "piano" lacquer finishes, and Gary did a great job recreating that "factory fresh" look on this cabinet. We have the original knobs, chassis and side-mounted speaker. Here is yet another Zenith "Cube" that belongs in someone's collection... could that be you? 12"H x 10"W x 9-1/2"D. $449.00. (1600267)

 

Zenith 6-S-254 (1938)

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Zenith 6-S-254 (1938)

Zenith continued producing great radios in 1938. The introduction of "Walton" series radios, the first triangular dial; with seven-tube count and higher, radios included motorized tuning, eye tubes, and dial plates that changed with the waveband. The lower tube count radios didn't have any of those options, but offered a five-point tone control, bass boost, "split-second" tuning control and "tell-tale" controls. This six-tube, three-band radio was smaller than most consoles. Utilizing a ten-inch speaker, the radio has a lot of volume and very good adjustable fidelity. We replaced all of the capacitors, checked tubes and resistors and replaced them where necessary. A safety fuse and external cable we installed. We aligned the radio and it just flat-out performs. Gary stripped the cabinet and refinished it using high-quality paint, toner and lacquer for a "factory fresh" finish. Note the beautiful quilted maple strips. We used a period correct grille cloth and the wood Zenith knobs are original. This radio is gorgeous and a wonderful example of American quality craftsmanship from 1938! Packing and shipping by Greyhound is included in the asking price. 40"H x 24-1/2"W x 14"D. $1,199.00. (1600279)

 

Zenith 6-S-439 (1940)

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Zenith 6-S-439 (1940)

In 1940, Zenith changed the cabinets and electronics of their radios. Cloth wire was replaced with rubber wire, and electronics were compacted into smaller chassis. The original big round dials of the mid to late '30s were replaced with a much more angular look. Art Deco was fading and the "Machine Age" had arrived. This particular radio used the same chassis and dial with six-, seven-, and eight-tube configurations. This six-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) set was a good performer. It has surprising volume and fidelity for a table radio. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. Resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where needed. A new power cord and audio cable were installed. Gary stripped the walnut cabinet, and refinished using the best grain fillers and paint. He painstakingly painted in the gold stripes and black accent stripes. The radio has a beautiful lacquer finish. We installed a new grille cloth and a couple of the knobs are reproduction and look exactly like the originals. This is a good looking, good performing Zenith. 16"W x 9"H x 9-1/2"D. $549.00. (1600277)

 

Zenith 7-S-634 (1942)

Zenith 7-S-634 (1942)

The 1940-1942 Zenith table radios were a departure in design from previous years. They are all very collectable now, and most of them sound pretty darned good! The new "tone organ" tone selector with five choices that you can set in any configuration really helps the fidelity. They have surprisingly good bass response, due in part to the "boxy" cabinets. I have posted a 7-S-633, which uses the same chassis but different cabinet with a wrap-around grille. The 7-S-634 isn't as common. This is a seven-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) set. The newly designed "wave magnet" internal antenna loop works quite well. The radio has great sensitivity and volume across the dial. We went in and replaced all of the capacitors, checked all of the resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. We did a bit of rewiring plus installation of an audio cable, safety fuse and new power chord. Gary did a fantastic job stripping and refinishing the mahogany cabinet to a "factory fresh" look. He skillfully applied lacquer for a "piano" luster. The radio look and plays great! Price includes shipping. 22"W x 11"H x 10"D. $749.00. (1600230)

 

Zenith 8-S-129 (1937)

Zenith 8-S-129 (1937)

Zenith had a lot of new features in the 1937 line, and the 8-S-129 had them all! Lightning Station Finder, Target Tuning, Split-Second Relocater, Privacy Plug-in, Metaglas (metal) Tubes, Acoustic adapter, Voice-Music-High Fidelity Control, and the infamous "Large Black Dial." The 8-S-129 is an eight-tube, three-band (SB,SW,Police) set. Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked the resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. A new power cord, audio cable and safety fuse were added. The radio is a wonderful performer, showing great fidelity and volume through the original 8-inch speaker. Gary stripped the cabinet, and did his usual magic on the walnut and Australian Laurel side pieces. The radio retains it original knobs and a reproduction grille cloth was added. This stunningly beautiful and rare Zenith can be yours, but hurry as I don't think it will be around long. 23"H x 17"W x 14"D. $1,495.00. (1600239)

 

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 10-S-130 Tombstone (1937)

Zenith 10-S-130 Tombstone (1937)

The 10-S-130 is one of the rarest, collectable Zenith table radios, and next to impossible to find. It uses the same big chassis found in three larger 1937 console radios, the 10-S-160, 10-S-155 and the 10-S-153. This chassis has multiple tone control, "target tuning," spinner tuning, and a sensitivity control. The 10-S-130 has some design features taken from its big brother, the 12-U-159: the side-vented pilasters, and the bold "square circle" Art Deco design. This ten-tube, three-band (SB, SWx2) radio has the original 8-inch speaker (unique to this radio) and the two 6L6 power tubes offering a strong 12 watt push-pull audio. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. The tubes and resistors were checked and replaced where needed. He installed a new power cord, safety fuse and an audio cable to plug in your external device. Gary stripped the cabinet and performed his magic, using the highest quality toners, grain fillers and lacquer refinishing the three different types of veneer. It retains its original knobs, and has a new reproduction grille cloth. It's a rare "must-have" radio for Zenith collectors. Included in the price is free shipping. 22"H x 17"W x 12"D. $2,499.00. (1600237)

 

Zenith 288 Tombstone (1934)

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July 31

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. Was $1,199.00, now $999.00. (1600216)

 

Zenith 805 (1935)

Zenith 805 (1935)

Zenith didn't make a lot of cathedral radios. They were late in the market as Philco had introduced their "Baby Grand" cathedral and became industry leaders with the design. The "Zenette" cathedrals helped the company out of some financial difficulties, but Zenith had few cathedrals and lagged behind other companies. The 805 was the last cathedral Zenith produced. This five-tube, two-band (SB,SW) set is a pretty good performer. Blake went in and replaced all of the capacitors. He checked all of the resistors and tubes, replacing where necessary. He installed a new cloth power cord. He replaced the dial belt and added an audio cable for an external device. The set has really nice fidelity and sensitivity across the dial. Gary stripped the cabinet and finished up with a semi-gloss, grain filled lacquer finish. The radio has original knobs and speaker, and we installed a reproduction grille cloth. You're not going to find a nicer 805! 13"W x 15"H x 9"D. $649.00. (1600254)
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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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