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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. $429.00. (1600189)

 

Airline 62-376 (1937)

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Airline 62-376 (1937)

In May of 1935, the Rural Electrification Administration was formed to start providing electricity to rural areas of the country. In May of 1936, The Rural Electrification Act was enacted. At about the same time, the Airline 62-376 battery set was being manufactured, only to be obsolete in a few years. All of the major radio manufacturers offered battery sets to accommodate people who lived in the rural ares of the USA. This six-tube, two-band (SB,SW) set was designed to operate with a six-volt battery, the voltage of car batteries at that time. We are providing a Silvertone "Power Shifter" six volt battery eliminator. Blake completely went through the set replacing all capacitors. The tubes and resistors were checked and replaced where necessary. Gary refinished the cabinet with a beautiful lacquer finish. The radio has its original knobs and a bright "tuning eye" tube. The dial scale is like-new. We will provide instructions of the simple. connection process. Here is a complete functioning battery set for your collection. What a piece of American history! 18"W x 10"H x 9"D. $499.00. (1600243)

 

Airline 62-702 (1939)

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. $599.00. (1600202)

 

Aria 175 (1938)

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May 12

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. Was $899.00, now $749.00. (1600196)

 

Arvin 528CS "Phantom Mate" Chairside (1938)

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May 12

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 617B "Rhythm Maid"

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May 12

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. Was $995.00, now $895.00. (1600198)

 

Arvin 618-A "Phantom Maid" (1938)

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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. $599.00. (1600250)

 

Belmont 526 "Scotty" (1938)

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May 12

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" (1930)

Crosley 54 "Buddy Boy" (1930)

In 1930 for the 1931 model year, Crosley came out with a unique TRF radio utilizing "repwood" on the outer finish. Repwood is basically sawdust and tar mixture put into a mold to make the radio look as if it had a "carved" wood front. They are hard to find and highly collectable. This one has a beautiful original, untouched finish. The radio plays well, and is unrestored. The only thing I can see that was done is somewhere in its lifetime, someone soldered some tube shields in. Other than that, I believe it is an original set. The radio displays well and works, picking up stations across the dial. The model 54 is a seven-tube, AM only radio. If you have been looking for one, this is an excellent example. The redwood is still crisp and there is no crazing. This very collectable radio is priced to sell. ready to sit in your collection. 16"W x 15-1/2"H x 9-1/2"D. $499.00. (1600236)

 

Crosley 54 "Buddy Boy" (1931)

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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)

 

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 134A (1937)

Detrola 134A (1937)

Detrola was founded in 1931 in Detroit. They produced radios for Western Auto Supply (Truetone) and Sears (Silvertone) as well as their own brand. At one time they produced radios for 100 different brands. Detrola became the sixth largest manufacturer of radios in America, and later struggled to keep up due to union problems and high production costs. They ceased operations in 1948. The 134A is a four-tube, two-band (SB,SW) radio. It was one of the first radios to use a new plastic called Plaskon in combination with its wood cabinets. The radio had been gone through recently by the previous owner, a good friend of ours that does great work. The radio is strong performer across the dial and has a ton of volume for such a small set. We added a new power cord and audio cable. Gary stripped and refinished the cabinet to a "piano" lacquer finish and it's gorgeous! With its Plaskon bezel and knobs, this unique radio is seldom seen. The radio would be a nice bedside set, or a kitchen radio. 13"W x 8"H x 7"D. $399.00. (1600238)

 

Detrola 178 (1938)

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Detrola 178 (1938)

Detrola was founded in Detroit, Michigan, in 1931 and ceased production in 1948. They manufactured radios for many companies including Western Auto (Truetone) and Sears (Silvertone). There are several models that are basically the same Detrola radio, but with different brand names for different companies. The 178 is a five-tube, two-band (SB,SW) set. We replaced all of the capacitors. Check the tubes and resistors, replacing where necessary. We installed a new power cord, audio cable for an external device and then aligned the set for top performance. The radio plays strong across the dial with plenty of volume. Gary stripped and refinished the walnut cabinet, using the best toners and grain fillers. He then applied a beautiful "piano" lacquer finish. The radio retains the original bullet knobs, dial scale and grille cloth. For the Emerson collector, a hard-to-find set, and for the the everyday collector, a beautiful table radio at a great price! 15-1/4"W x 9-1/4"H x 6-1/2"D. $399.00. (1600251)

 

Emerson 26 (1935)

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May 12

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 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. $299.00. (1600199)

 

Emerson AR-176 (1937)

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May 12

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. Was $795.00, now $749.00. (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. $349.00. (1600209)

 

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)

 

Mantola R-655 (1946)

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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)

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)

 

Philco 45C "Butterfly" (1934)

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May 12

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. Was $995.00, now $895.00. (1600221)

 

Philco 91B "Baby Grand" (1933)

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May 12

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. Was $499.00, now $449.00. (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. $549.00. (1600092)

 

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

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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)

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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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May 12

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)

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May 12

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. Was $249.00, now $199.00. (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 4565 (1937)

Silvertone 4565 (1937)

Sears used the big "Golden Jubilee" dial on several radios in 1936-1938. This large and beautiful table radio is a prime example. Sears used several radio manufacturers for their chassis, this one produced by Stewart-Warner. The 4565 is an eight-tube, three-band (SB,SW,Police) set with the extended AM dial and the awesome tuning eye tube! Blake replaced all of the capacitors. He checked the tubes and resistors, replacing where necessary. He installed a new power cord and safety fuse. He then added a cable to play your external device such as a Bluetooth, iPad or iPhone through the radio. Gary stripped the radio and sanded it down. He used grain fillers and painted the radio, finishing off with several coats of lacquer. This radio has original knobs, a reproduction grille cloth and the rare wooden back. The original Silvertone badge, service record and warranty tags are included. The cabinet has beautiful walnut veneer with a maple inlay. This is a big, sought-after collector's radio! Make it yours! 21"W x 13"H x 11"D. $995.00. (1600240)

 

Silvertone 6218 (1939)

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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)

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May 12

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. Was $199.00, now $149.00. (1600139)

 

Sparton 57 (1935)

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May 12

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)

 

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

ON SALE
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May 12

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 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! $1,249.00. (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)

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May 12

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. Was $599.00, now $499.00. (1600190)

 

Zenith 5-S-127 Tombstone (1937)

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Zenith 5-S-127 Tombstone (1937)

This is the fifth 5-S-127 we have had on the Radio Attic since we started. This radio has been one of the most desired and collected radios we have offered for sale. A mid-sized tombstone that really exemplifies Art Deco design. This five-tube, three-band (SB, SWx2) features that famous big, black dial and several new for 1937 innovations and design. Blake has completely restored the chassis by replacing all of the wax/paper capacitors with the new modern Mylar caps. The tubes and low-voltage resistors have been tested and replaced as needed. A new line cord, fuse, audio cable and a precise alignment have been added, making this a sensitive, great playing Zenith. Gary has refinished the cabinet with grain filler, lacquer and toners just as it was done in the 1930's for an original-looking finish. These Zenith tombstone radios don't come up for sale that often so don't hesitate! 19"H x 13"W x 9"D. $749.00. (1600245)

 

Zenith 5-S-220 "Cube" (1938)

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May 12

Zenith 5-S-220 "Cube" (1938)

Zenith hit a home run when they designed six different models of the "Cube" in 1938. They sold a lot of them, and soon other companies were coming up with their own "Cube" version. Zenith also had great success with their big, black dials, and continued them in the smaller radios, including all of the "Cube" models. I have had several cubes over the years, but this is the first model 220 I have come across. This five-tube, two-band (SB,SW) set is a surprisingly strong radio with good sensitivity across the dial. We replaced all of the capacitors, checked resistor values, replacing where needed. Replaced a couple of tubes, and the radio roared to life. A new power cord and audio cable were installed. Gary stripped the all-mahogany cabinet and refinished, ending up with a "piano" lacquer luster. This model just doesn't show up much for some reason, so here's one all finished for your collection. Shipping is included. 9-1/2"W x 11"H x 9"D. Was $749.00, now $699.00. (1600229)

 

Zenith 7-S-433 "Zephyr" (1940)

Zenith 7-S-433 "Zephyr" (1940)

Zenith manufactured several models collectors call the "Zephyr," named after the Art Deco train car design from the 30's and early 40's. This table radio was the last "Zephyr" made by Zenith, it is rare and highly sought after by collectors. There were two different chassis for this radio and a few other models. I've seen a black dial, and also a gold dial on this and other models. This radio is a seven-tube, three-band (SB, SWx2) and has a "Wavemagnet" internal loop antenna that works well with this chassis. It has separate bass and treble boost switches, giving this radio great fidelity. Blake replaced all the capacitors. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where needed. We installed a new power cord, an audio cable for your external device, and aligned the radio for optimum performance. Gary stripped and refinished the walnut cabinet, applying several coats of lacquer for that deep "piano finish" look, just as they came from the factory. What a beautiful and unique radio for any collection, yet another popular Zenith model that is getting harder and harder to find. We include shipping with the price! 14"W x 14"H x 11"D. $949.00. (1600241)

 

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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May 12

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 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 809

Zenith 809

The Zenith 809 was the smallest of the three "Chrome Front" radios. These gorgeous radios are getting near impossible to find. This one was advertised on Craig's List, and when I went to check it out, he had the other two as well! I must have caught him at the right time, cause I ended up with all three. On the drive home, I thought I was going to have a heart attack! The 809 is at two-band (SB,SW,Police) six-tube set, and is the epitome of Art Deco design. Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked tubes and resistors, replacing where needed. I installed a new cloth power cord and an audio cable for your external device. The radio sounds great, and picks up plenty of stations across the dial. Gary stripped and refinished the cabinet; the rich, burled walnut just glows! He finished the radio with a "piano" lacquer finish. The chrome was re-plated, and the radio retains the original knobs and correct speaker. I never thought that we would have an 809 and an 829 on our site at the same time. A couple of beautiful examples of some of Zenith's most collectable sets. Shipping is included in the price. 16-1/2"H x 12"W x 7-1/2"D. $1,895.00. (1600226)

 

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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