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Air Castle 720 (1939)

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Air Castle 720 (1939)

Air Castle was the store brand for the Spiegel catalog company. This is a rare set and I have only seen one other. It has seven tubes including the green tuning eye. It is a very sensitive radio and picks up well. It has AM and SW bands. The chassis had some rust spots so it was removed and the chassis painted with Rustoleum Silver Hammered paint. All the controls were cleaned and lubed. Controls: Volume, On/Off/ Tone, Tuning and Band. The tuning shaft is spring loaded and you push it in to engage the tuning capacitor. The rubber end had hardened and was replaced and works perfectly. All tubes were tested on the Hickok 600A tester and any weak or defective tubes were replaced. All electrolytic and wax paper capacitors were replaced with current production capacitors. The resistors were tested and if out of tolerance, replaced. A new polarized AC cord was installed and a voltage dropping resistor to keep the transformer cool. The cabinet was stripped and refinished with Mohawk toners and lacquer. The speaker grille cloth was toast and replaced with a beautiful reproduction that compliments the maple band. 19-3/4"W x 11"H x 9"D. 17 pounds.  $375.00. (1610017)

 

Coronado 867 Tombstone (1940)

Coronado 867 Tombstone (1940)

The Coronado brand was sold by the Gamble department stores. This is a very rare beautiful example of this model. It is a medium sized tombstone and the contrasting veneer tones and maple inlays make it a real stunner. The radio was in excellent condition when I bought it, so I cleaned the chassis and controls. Replaced all wax paper and electrolytic capacitors and tested all other components and any out of tolerance were replaced. All tubes were tested and any weak or defective tubes were replaced. A NOS green eye tube was installed. The original finish was in good shape and was cleaned up and re-sprayed with Mohawk toners and clear lacquer. The grille cloth was rough and replaced with a beautiful period correct cloth. It has a large speaker, eight tubes and AM plus SW bands. It has a very clear and warm sound. The controls left to right are: Tone, Band Switch, Tuning, On/Off/Volume. About 16-1/4"W x 15-1/2"H x 9"D.  $475.00. (1610008)

 

Crosley 517 "Fiver" (1937)

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Crosley 517 "Fiver" (1937)

Crosley Radio Corp., Cincinnati, Ohio was started by Powell Crosley, Jr. and he eventually owned the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. I can imagine how satisfying it must have been for Mr. Crosley to be by one of his radios and listen to a broadcast of his team playing baseball. He owned the team throughout the 1930's, so he very well may have listened to one of these small tombstones. This is a five-tube set with a 5-inch speaker. The compact 1937-38 517 Fiver tombstones are very popular probably due to their smaller size and the famous gold mirror dial. The chassis was removed and cleaned and all controls were cleaned and lubricated. Controls: On/Off/Volume, Tuning and Band. The tubes were tested and weak or defective tubes were replaced. All electrolytic and wax paper capacitors were upgraded to current production capacitors. All resistors were tested and any out of tolerance were replaced. The cabinet was stripped and refinished with perfect brown Mohawk toner with extra dark walnut toner on the edges. The cabinet was sprayed with multiple coats of Mohawk nitrocellulose lacquer. About 12-1/2"H x 10-7/8"W x 6-3/4"D, 10 pounds.  $295.00. (1610016)

 

Crosley 817 "Super 8" (1938)

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Crosley 817 "Super 8" (1938)

This model has the highly popular "Gold Reflective Mirror Dial." The cabinet has multiple veneer species and the quarter strip walnut and stump walnut bands are stunning. This baby has eight tubes with push-pull audio amp and a large 8-inch speaker. It has plenty of volume and a good warm tone. The chassis was removed, cleaned and the tuning capacitor was removed, cleaned and lubricated. All controls were cleaned and lubed. Controls: On/Off/Tone, Volume, Tuning, Band. The cabinet was stripped and refinished with Mohawk toners and lacquers to highlight the multiple veneers. The grille cloth was stained and was replaced with a period correct reproduction. 16-7/8"W x 10-1/4"H x 7-3/8"D.  $495.00. (1610015)

 

Delco R-1126 (1937)

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Delco R-1126 (1937)

Delco Radio Corp was part of General Motors and this model was named "The Companion" and highlighted six tubes including the green tuning eye. Beautiful walnut wrap around band. The radio has AM and SW. The chassis was cleaned and all controls lubed. The tuning capacitor was removed, cleaned and lubed. Controls: On/Off/Volume, Tone, Tuning and Band. The cabinet was stripped and refinished with Mohawk nitrocellulose toners and lacquer with light sanding between coats. The original grille cloth was stained and discolored, so it was replaced with a period correct reproduction and the chevron pattern goes well with the horizontal grille bars. The radio picks up well with just the short 10-foot wire antenna and has a warm sound with plenty of volume and the chassis is very clean. 15"W x 9-1/2"H x 7"D.  $395.00. (1610012)

 

Howard 275 (1937)

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Howard 275 (1937)

Howard Radio Co., Chicago, IL only made a limited number of collectible radios and this is one of them. Howard also manufactured radios for Capehart, Sears and Hallicrafters, some of the high end radios of the day. This tombstone with the green tuning in the dial scale looks great at night and for a six-tube set, it really has a great sound and is very sensitive, picking up many stations. It has AM and two SW bands. The chassis had some surface rust and was stripped and repainted with Rustoleum hammered gold. The controls were cleaned and lubricated and the tuning capacitor was cleaned and lubed and the mounting grommets were replaced. All tubes were tested on my Hickok 600A and weak or defective tubes were replaced. All electrolytic and wax paper capacitors were replaced and any resistors out of tolerance were replaced. The cabinet was tight and the finish in excellent condition, so I just shot it with a few coats of nitrocellulose lacquer. 15-1/2"H x 13-1/4"W x 9"D.  $375.00. (1610011)

 

Motorola Car Radio Sign (1930s)

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Motorola Car Radio Sign (1930s)

This apparently one of a kind point of purchase sign is stamped as "Designed and Manufactured by the All Display MFG Co., Chicago 14, ILL." I couldn't find anything about that company, but everything led back to Ideal Box Co. founded in 1924, just four years before Motorola was formed as the Galvin Manufacturing Co. and Ideal Box was a neighbor to Motorola. They started as a wooded box company and then got into corrugated boxes and then, you guessed it, point of purchase displays. I purchased the sign about four years ago on an online estate auction. There are many metal Motorola signs, but I have scoured the Internet and can't find another one of these. 28-1/2"W x 15"H x 2-1/2"D.  $595.00. (1610013)

 

Silvertone 6250 (1939)

Silvertone 6250 (1939)

This Silvertone radio was advertised in the 1939 Spring and Summer catalog. It uses the same chassis as the 1939 6120 and was manufactured by Colonial Radio Corp., Buffalo, NY. This cabinet, like the 6120 cabinet is reported to be made by Ingraham Cabinet, Co., Bristol, CT. This one has vertical bars over the grille cloth and three horizontal maple inlays; I refinished the cabinet to really highlight the inlays. It has six tubes, AM and SW. The chassis was cleaned and all controls were cleaned and lubricated. They work as they should and are very smooth. All of the tubes were tested on my Hickok 600A tube tester and any tubes that tested bad or even weak were replaced with NOS tubes. All the electrolytic and wax paper caps were replaced and as well as out of tolerance resistors. A new polarized AC cord was installed for safety. The cabinet was stripped and there is a small blemish on the top right, but it doesn't detract and just like back when it was built. About 14"W x 8-3/4"H x 7-3/4"D.  $375.00. (1610004)

 

Silvertone 7172 (1936)

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Silvertone 7172 (1936)

This Silvertone radio is a very beautiful and rare model. It was manufactured by Corona Radio and Television Co. in Chicago, IL. The chevron pattern on the top and down the front of the radio looks really good. It has five tubes, AM and SW. Controls: On/Off/Volume, Tone, Band and Tuning. The chassis was cleaned and all controls were cleaned and lubricated and operate smooth and properly. All of the tubes were tested and any bad or weak tubes were replaced. All electrolytic and wax paper capacitors were replaced with current production Mylar capacitors. All resistors were tested and any that were out of tolerance were replaced with current carbon resistors. A new polarized AC cord was installed and a resistor was added in line to reduce the voltage to 108 to 110 volts to keep the transformer cool. The cabinet was stripped and even though there was a crack on the right side, I didn't want to replace it since the cabinet is all original and in such good shape. It really doesn't detract from the looks at all. The cabinet was refinished with Mohawk nitrocellulose toners and lacquer with light smoothing between coats. 14-1/4"W x 11-1/2"H x 8"D.  $425.00. (1610010)

 

Stromberg-Carlson 430-H (1937)

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Stromberg-Carlson 430-H (1937)

Stromberg-Carlson was "The Rolls Royce of Radio" for their quality of engineering design and construction. This model is very rare and I have only seen a couple of others in recent years. This is a large radio and sports nine tubes including a green eye tuning tube and push-pull audio amplifier with 10-inch speaker. It has AM and SW. It is a player and impressive to look at. It is in my living room and is a real conversation piece. The chassis was removed and cleaned and all controls were cleaned and lubed. Controls: Volume, Bass, On/Off/Tone and Tuning/Band. All tubes were tested and any weak or defective tubes were replaced with NOS tubes. All electrolytic and wax paper capacitors were replaced with current production capacitors. All resistors were tested and any out of tolerance were replaced. A new polarized AC cord was installed with voltage dropping resistor to keep the voltage in the 108 to 110 range. The cabinet was stripped and refinished with multiple coats of Mohawk nitrocellulose toners and lacquers with light sanding between coats. The grille cloth was torn so it was replaced with a beautiful period reproduction. 24-1/2"W x 12-3/4"H x 10"D.  $595.00. (1610014)

 

Westinghouse WR-212 (1937)

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Westinghouse WR-212 (1937)

This is one of Westinghouse's largest table radios, the most sought after and one of their most ornate. The chassis was removed, cleaned and all the controls cleaned and lubed for smooth operation. The tuning capacitor was removed, cleaned and lubed. The rubber mounts were replaced. All tubes were tested and if weak or defective, were replaced. All electrolytic and wax paper capacitors were replaced and out of tolerance resistors were replaced. A new polarized AC cord was added with a voltage dropping resistor to keep the voltage in the 108-110 volt range to keep the transformer from getting hot due to most wall outlets putting out around 118-122 volts. The cabinet was stripped and refinished with Mohawk nitrocellulose toners and lacquers, with light sanding between coats. The original grille cloth was torn and was replaced with a period correct reproduction, which actually looks far better than the original, in my opinion. This is a tight cabinet and an extremely clean chassis. 23"W x 12-1/2"H x 10"D.  $495.00. (1610009)

 

Zenith 5-S-320 (1939)

Zenith 5-S-320 (1939)

This Zenith radio sports the popular gold racetrack dial and uses the same chassis as the highly collectable 5-S-319. The chassis was removed and thoroughly cleaned and all the controls were cleaned and lubricated for smooth and proper operation. All the wax paper caps and filter caps were replaced with current production caps. All the tubes and other components were tested and any out of tolerance parts were replaced. New dial lamps were installed as well as a new polarized AC power cord for safety. The cabinet was solid, but the veneer was loose and missing in places, so it was replaced. The radio has Broadcast and Short Wave. The controls functions left to right are: On/Off/Volume, Tone, Tuning, Band Switch. This is a good looking and sounding Zenith and has a nice brass bezel over the dial and 5 station preset buttons. About 15-3/4"W x 9"H x 7-3/4"D.  $395.00. (1610007)
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Prep, Packing and Shipping:

All radios are retested and cleaned at time of sale and are certified to be working when packed.  We will pack all radios to be compliant with the carrier which in most cases will be USPS and to ensure a safe and sound delivery.  We don't charge for packing materials, but customer will pay actual cost of delivery.  We do require the purchase be insured for the full value of the purchase to protect the buyer in the event that you have to file a claim.  We will be putting some console radios up for sale and they will only be shipped by Greyhound Bus Line.  Remember this is my baby I am parting with, and it is very important to me that it gets to you as it was when it left my hands.  In the unlikely event it does sustain any damage, I will assist you in filing a claim if needed.

Warranty and Returns:

I provide a 30 day warranty against defects and workmanship as it relates to components I have replaced that fail and I am notified by email within 30 days from the verified delivery date.  If it cannot be resolved over the phone, I will have you return the radio to me at your expense.  If the problem is covered, I will reimburse your shipping cost and pay the return shipping.  If the problem is not covered, I will notify you of the cost to repair and return shipping.  Once payment is received the repair will be completed and the radio returned within ten days.

SAFETY NOTICE:

These old radios have very high voltages and you should never put your hands inside the back of the radio and never attempt to perform any type of maintenance or repair and consult a qualified repair service for any electronic service on the radio.  The electrolytic capacitors can retain high voltage for long periods of time, even when the radio is not plugged in, you should never attempt to perform any service.  Do not place where children can get in the radio and don't leave your radio on when unattended.


Charlie's Radio Attic Testimonials

"Today I received your 1939 Silvertone and it looks and sounds great! You really did a wonderful job restoring this radio from its electronics to its original classic cabinet."

"I received the [Majestic 60] and it's gorgeous. It looks so good in my living room." -- Theresa

"The Sparton [620M] was delivered this morning. It had more than ample packing, so it made the trip in fine shape. It plays and sounds wonderful. It has a very nice refinish. You can tell that it has more than one coat of clear finish on it. Just a beautiful set!" -- Terry/Ohio


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