Tom Hunt's Radio Attic
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Lexington, KY 40503

 


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Atwater Kent 225 Tombstone (1936)

ON SALE
until
February 14

Atwater Kent 225 Tombstone (1936)

This restored radio has a beautiful wood cabinet, with great book matched veneers, gets strong reception with its extended wire antenna. Beautiful lighted large dial. Five Tubes, BC and SW bands. All capacitors, resistors and tubes where necessary. The radio retains the original knobs, grille cloth, speaker, chassis and even the interior cabinet labels are exceptional. It also retains the cloth covered power cord and speaker cord. Atwater Kent Company of Philadelphia was always on the cutting-edge of the technology with a very determined commitment to quality cabinets as well. This radio is a perfect example of that philosophy. 17"H x 13"W x 6-1/2"D Was $429.00, now $379.00. (1640088)

 

Cavalcade RS1A (1947)

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Cavalcade RS1A (1947)

Poor man's Catalin I call it! "Eye Candy" for sure. One picture is worth a thousand words! Very rare, highly sought after make & model. Near perfect and original with no flaws I can see. All original in superb condition without cracks, chips melts or warps, Beautiful taupe cabinet with heavy plum marbling. The heavy molded top, sides and even bottom make it even more unique. Nice plum accenting in the nameplate & knobs Heavily swirled polystyrene similar to FADA "Cloud." Five-tube AM band plays well with a long antenna. Comes with the excellent original cardboard back. The next best thing to Catalin; a collection centerpiece & a good investment! 8"W x 6"H x 5"D. $459.00. (1640115)

 

Crosley 58TK "Pixie" (1948)

Crosley 58TK "Pixie" (1948)

Crosley's 1948 Model 58TK will not take up much room as you can see by the adjacent ruler. Trapezoidal shape, rounded corners, circular dial, and a gold woven grille cloth behind grille bars give this little gem character, and it's been one of my favorite "pixies." This one was well cared for over the decades, and after a careful detailing, it's looking much like it did new and has beautiful marbling in its Bakelite cabinet. Controls are simple Volume and Tuning on this five-tube set, and has been recently restored electronically. The Bakelite cabinet is free of nicks, cracks, or repairs, and displays beautifully as seen in photos. Sorry for some reflections and shadows, but cabinet has no flaws. The dial scale has excellent graphics and numerals as seen in photos, and the dial pointer rotates smoothly around it. Crosley did not outfit this model with a lighted dial. Controls work smoothly as they should, and this five-tube set receives all my local AM stations using its internal loop antenna, delivering a pleasant tone from the original speaker. Radio has its original knobs, grille cloth, and backboard, etc., as well the factory sticker on the bottom side. $179.00. (1640109)

 

Detrola 4D1 Mini-Cathedral (1934)

ON SALE
until
February 14

Detrola 4D1 Mini-Cathedral (1934)

This has to be one of the smallest cathedrals ever made at approx. 11-1/2"H x 1-"W x 6"D. This is an older restore but plays well with short antenna (supplied) from my collection. It's a four-tuber, one band, original beautiful finish, original ornate knobs, escutcheon, and I think grille cloth, etc. Beautiful lighted dial. A nice flair is the subdued intricate inlay design on the pilasters. Often times the pictures don't do a radio justice and this is one of those cases... it seriously looks even better in person. The Detrola decal is from Radio Daze (repro). Very clean rust-free chassis as you can see. If you are looking for a cutie that doesn't require much shelf space and a little unusual, this is it. Was $459.00, now $369.00. (1640081)

 

Emerson 110 Mini-Tombstone (1936)

Emerson 110 Mini-Tombstone (1936)

This small 1936 Emerson radio is presented in one of the first modern Ingraham midget tombstone cases. It sold for $100 at introduction. It has the same U5A chassis that is found in its predecessor Plaskon model 108 cases in Walnut, Ivory, and Black plastic and was predecessor for the AU-190 Catalin of nearly the same size. The Ingraham case has also been restored and looks great. This is a two-band, five-tube set and was restored recently by previous owner. It plays well for such a small set with a short antenna on both bands. It also has a new cloth line cord, and the original gumdrop wooden knob as well as wooden factory back, which is often missing. The band switch is in the back. It uses the same chassis as its predecessor model 108 which was Art Deco plastic-cased tombstone radios available in brown or black Bakelite, or white Plaskon. Style, Size, and Super hard to find. Only 11"H x 7"W x 6"D. $359.00. (1640091)

 

Emerson BJ214 w/Ingraham Cabinet (1938)

Emerson BJ214 w/Ingraham Cabinet (1938)

Here is a great looking and playing Emerson with an Ingraham cabinet. There are very few cabinets prettier than Ingrahams, which were world famous for making housings for clocks as well as Emerson radios. This radio's shape (bowed and wrap-around grille) and of exotic veneers make the radio unusual. The finish appears original as is as the decorative inlay. Everything else also appears to be original to the set. The radio has been restored electronically within the last several months and plays very well. Six-tube table radio. Two bands, BC and the old Police Band. These factory original Ingraham sets are hard to find and this would be a great one to add to your collection! 13-1/2"W x 9"H x 8"D. $379.00. (1640106)

 

Fada 1000 Catalin "Bullet" (1946)

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Fada 1000 Catalin "Bullet" (1946)

This highly collectible Catalin "Bullet" radio, model 1000, is in excellent condition. They are known as the "Bullet" for their Art Deco streamlined design, sometimes even referred to as the "Streamliner." FADA first manufactured Catalins in 1940. Butterscotch with red trim is always beautiful, but this particular example is a fantastic dark color, untouched as far as polishing & buffing as is often done and actually appears as two-toned red vs, the actual butterscotch & red. The oxidation of cabinet makes for a fantastic color combination. It has not been touched except for light cleaning in order to maintain this combination which is one of the darkest I've ever seen. Absolutely no repairs, hairline fractures, cracks or repro parts except the factory repro back which is even correctly embossed as original. Beautiful lighted dial and nice clean chassis. Everything is original except its reproduction back. Plays very well picking up all my local stations and beyond with no distortion, tho I don't normally play my Catalins and never recommend doing so, but that is up to individual. 10"W x 6-1/2"H x 5-1/2"D. $1,295.00. (1640111)

 

Freed-Eisemann 351 "Mayflower" (1935)

ON SALE
until
March 15

Freed-Eisemann 351 "Mayflower" (1935)

Here is a quite rare, small, two-toned smooth lined wood cabinet is in excellent condition and the two original knobs, grill cloth, "Mayflower" tag and matching dials (beautifully backlit with green pilots). Not sure what the translucent material is for them, but have a "mother of pearl" or pearlescent look. Five-tuber that has been electronically restored and plays well with a length of factory antenna wire (included), picking up all my local stations and more. The cloth wire and Bakelite plug are replacements (not the old line resistance, so very safe to operate). I'm claiming this to be a Freed-Eisemann or Freed as there is little/nothing to be found for true identity. Restored using schematic for Freed Radio & Television, model #351 as it matched tube lineup and, etc. The partnerships/mergers were frequent and many at the time. Freed-Eisemann Radio Corp. -- trade names Freed, Freed-Eisemann,the Freed, Freed Television and Radio Co., N.Y.; successor of Freed-Eisemann. Rather small at 10-1/2"W x 7-1/2"H x 6"D. Was $329.00, now $299.00. (1640103)

 

G&F Sales Searchlight (Spyglass) (1937)

ON SALE
until
March 15

G&F Sales Searchlight (Spyglass) (1937)

Here is a collector's highly prized, Art Deco and fairly difficult to find radio, especially in this condition. Sometimes called "Spy" or "Disk," it is more widely known as "Searchlight" given that it can rotate 360 degrees E to W or N to S. This is a recent compete restore inside and out. Very sensitive bright green tuning eye and beautiful multi-colored dial as you can see. Works very well on BC with short antenna supplied & SW with longer wire. Super example of rare bird. Until recently this was a "mystery" radio as to who manufactured it for G&F Sales. Granger & Feitler (G&F) was a punch-board sales co. and toy manufacturer and it is unclear if this radio was given away as a prize or actually offered for sale (mystery). General conclusions are it was made by Pacific Radios as it points to exact model #3. Cool radio and very collectible with a mystery included. 18-3/4"H x 13-1/4"W x 6-3/4"D. Was $1,950.00, now $1,799.00. (1640080)

 

Garod 6AU1 Catalin "Commander" (1945)

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Garod 6AU1 Catalin "Commander" (1945)

Beautiful, artsy, sleek, all original, streamlined Garod Catalin 6AU1 with burgundy case and butterscotch knobs and handle designed by John Sideli. Has the full Garod decal on the lower front. No cracks, chips or hairlines, stresses, repairs nor major scratches; near perfect and I would rate a 9.5 on 10 scale. There were two versions of this model, this is the more difficult to find and more desirable if you will (IMHO) with the wrap-around grille. Sorry for the glare/reflections... not flaws. The dial is also excellent with working pilot light. Has original grille cloth in excellent condition. Also has Garod label and UL label on the bottom. Radio plays great. Picks up many stations across the dial clearly. Six tubes. Has original factory back, but there is some sort of residue drips that I will not try to remove as it could do damage and the purist in me says "leave it alone." Having said that I have a new factory reproduction with correct embossing that I will include if buyer wishes to change. I have not mounted, but did lean it up against old one for effect (see last pic). This radio was manufactured in 1945 in Brooklyn, New York. 11"W x 6-1/2"H x 6"D. $1,295.00. (1640113)

 

Hickok 800A Tube Tester

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Hickok 800A Tube Tester

Nice clean, quick and simple to use Hickok 800A tube tester. Everything in excellent condition. Working latches, roll chart moves freely, and Instruction manual included. It is working well and is a compact bench top model that is basically laid out same as a 600A. It is essentially a model 6000 with panel mounted sockets rather than the "socket plate" or "socket island". The 800A is the same as the 800 but with the addition of sockets for compactrons and nuvistors. Some of the features: 1) Measures mutual transconductance which is the best type of tube quality test. 2) Meter reads with "bad-good" scale or read transconductance directly. 3) Tests transistors and diodes in addition to tubes. 4) Neon light shorts test is automatic. No switching is necessary. 5) Sensitive gas test. 6) #49 bulb acts as a fuse to protect bias potentiometer. 7) Built-in roll chart for selector settings. $479.00. (1640112)

 

Jackson-Bell 62 "Swan" Cathedral (1930)

ON SALE
until
February 14

Jackson-Bell 62 "Swan" Cathedral (1930)

Here is a great specimen of that Art Deco West Coast manufactured Jackson Bell from the 30's. It is in great condition having been recently restored and plays very well. It maintains its beautiful contrasting wood tones, original knobs, speaker (Lansing), and likely grille cloth. It is a six-tuber, driven by a strong 45! It is ready for play & display. Straight from my collection to yours. Very nice! Rather small as cathedrals go at about 15"H x 13"W x 8"D. Was $729.00, now $629.00. (1640066)

 

Philco 49-900 "Hippo"

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Philco 49-900 "Hippo"

Very Art Deco by Philco called the "Hippo" in collector circles. Neat curved, clear lighted (gold, brown/burgundy) dial window and two top mounted knobs on either side appears as a half submerged hippopotamus supposedly. Still in excellent cosmetic condition (six-tuber single BC band and working condition, picking up all my local stations and beyond). Dial lights up brightly and the pilot light follows the pointer (shown in 2nd pic)...very cool. No cracks, chips, splits, repairs and very shiny Bakelite cabinet! It does have the loop antenna attached to cabinet as it should be. This radio is over 70 years old! All the dial numbering and lettering is crisp and clear. Philco manufacturer logo is 100% intact as is the factory sticker on bottom. The power cord appears brand new replacement in perfect working condition with no cracks, or splits or repair. Many of these models have missing backs due to screwy design of holding clips which are near impossible to find and not being reproduced and this unit is no exception, thus this is a custom made/attached back that looks/functions well. Nice clean chassis. Weighs 7 lbs. Made in USA. 12"W x 7-1/2"H x 6-1/2"D. $249.00. (1640114)

 

RCA 101 Tombstone (1933)

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RCA 101 Tombstone (1933)

Here is a neat old RCA 101 that you don't often see. I tried researching and couldn't find much on it other than a couple of vague mentions on a forum or two. It is unusual in many ways. First, the wood combination really gives it an unusual color contrast. I believe it to be yellow Maple (top + bottom quarter on front and sides). The rest appears to be Mahogany. Another anomaly is the size and shape (13"H x 11"W x 6-1/2"D). Additionally, it is only a four-tuber, kind of unusual for a tombstone of this vintage in my opinion. It has been restored and plays pretty well on a short wire antenna and better on longer antenna. I believe it to be original finish except possibly the very top has been re-done (nicely). Also not detracting, but need to mention some light scratches on right side but could not bring myself to strip as it is not that detracting to disturb since rest was original finish (Howard's oil covers). Looks great as is. Original knobs, grille cloth, dial, etc. Full factory sticker inside cab. Nice clear lighted dial as you can see. $329.00. (1640110)

 

Shure 55C "FatBoy" Microphone (1940's)

Shure 55C "FatBoy" Microphone (1940's)

Up for sale is a vintage 1940's Shure 55C Unidyne "Fatboy" dynamic microphone in great cosmetic condition with absolutely no pitting in chrome. Factory set at High Impedance with no switch. The metal label clearly shows 55C and you can see the slightly embossed Shure Unidyne logo up close. I have had in my collection for many years and never tested, simply used for a great display. The original telescoping stand is included. The Model 55 has changed over the years. When introduced it came in three types: the 55A, optimized for 35-50 ohm low impedance; the 55B, built for 200-250 ohm systems; and the 55C, designed for use with high impedance equipment. By the way, the larger model is commonly referred to as the "Fatboy" while the smaller model picked up the moniker of the "Elvis" microphone, memorialized on a commemorative postage stamp (with "The King") that was issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 1993. $379.00. (1640101)

 

Sparton 132 "Football" (1950)

Sparton 132 "Football" (1950)

A really nice Mid-Century ivory Sparton retro radio from 1950, often referred to as the "Football" radio for obvious reasons, The cases were made out of plastic, and consequently most of the survivors show a lot of wear due to cabinet shape and plastic type (Polystyrene). You rarely find this one without stresses or cracks, if you can find one at all! This case is in very nice shinny condition, but has a few flaws (thus the low affordable price). I've tried to highlight the mentioned "flaws" or imperfections & they are: 1) light stresses on the small piece just to the right of the "Sparton" label on bottom right; 2) on the bottom (not visible from display position, of course) there are three (3) tight hairlines that should show in pics. It does have its original back and original knobs with brass inserts and grille area in near perfect condition. The radio is playing just great, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. Another great radio from my personal, smoke-free collection. The five tube AM only chassis plays well. Great Eames influence in this rare, collectible set! 13"W x 6"H. $129.00. (1640097)
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Tom's Terms:

Goal: My intent is to sell quality radios that are clean and complete, and in nearly all cases working.  I try my best to accurately describe my radios and provide close up, clear photographs to show any defects if present.  Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.  If they came from my personal collection, chances are they are either "recent restores," "older restores," "unrestored but working," or "unrestored & not working," all of which I will make notation in my descriptions.  Also, pictures should be considered as part of the description.  Very few radios are museum quality and very old, so they are not perfect.  Of course, beauty or perfection is in the eyes of the beholder, but I am picky myself.  Having said that, I think my prices reflect the rarity, condition, quality, completeness, etc.  I want satisfied customers so they will become return customers and even tell other collectors about me and my radios.  Although selling for $$ is important, this is still and always be a hobby for me.  Saving radios from the dumpster, bringing them back to life, collecting, and in this case putting them up for adoption is more fun than the law should allow.  Please ask questions before we make a deal.

Packing and shipping: Prices listed do not include shipping or insurance costs.  Unforeseeable things can happen in shipping and given fragile nature of antique electronics, I am not responsible for shipping damages.  I prefer sending through UPS, but USPS and FedEx are also available.  I strive to get the radio to you in the same condition as it left here.  Proper packing is important.  I personally package all radios and use plenty of packing material to make sure it gets to you safely.  This may cost more and take more time, but it's worth it to get the radio to you safely.  Also, I insure all radios in case there is damage or it gets lost in shipping.  This is not my first rodeo for packing & shipping.

Payment: Once a buyer agrees to purchase a radio through email, I will hold for five days until payment is received.  If still unpaid after five days, the radio is once again for sale to other viewers on the website.

1) Money Order or Bank Cashiers Check.
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3) Personal checks (must clear prior to shipping; usually 5-7 working days).
4) Cash (in-person local pickup only)

Returns:  I want you to be satisfied with your radio.  I will take returns, but these conditions must be met.  You must contact me before returning it, and it must be shipped within four days after you receive it.  It must be returned as packed and arrive in the same condition as I sent it, thus please hang onto all packing.  Return postage is at your expense and shipping charges are not refunded.  Once I receive the radio back in good condition, I will refund your money.

Note:  I will not ship outside the CONUS. Sorry, Lower 48 only.  I will not ship to P.O. boxes.


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