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Gloritone Apex 27

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Gloritone Apex 27

Here's one you don't see every day. Check out this unique and exotic Gloritone Apex 27 cathedral manufactured in 1932 by United States Radio and Television Corp of Chicago. For a 1930s depression era set they spared no expense on the exotic and unusual veneer design on the front. Chassis is a five-tube TRF and is very minimal, as was customary in keeping with the tight budgets of depression era radios. Note the strange upside down tube orientation and dial scaled from 0 to 100 instead of marking it with actual frequency units. I spent a lot if extra time stuffing the original caps with new ones to maintain originality. All caps and resistors replaced and full alignment. I had to repair several chips in the front veneer, and the knob is not original. I went overboard with 15 coats of lacquer to give it a nice, slick finish. This will make a real eye popper in your collection and you are not likely to see another like it.  $325.00. (1680010)

 

Oriole 4A

Oriole 4A

This one-of-a-kind Oriole 4A "farm radio" was manufactured in the early 1930s by Radio Products Corporation of Chicago Ill. If you are the kind of person that wants to own the only one in the world, this one is for you. If you see the one on Radio Museum, this is that set. The cabinet is beautifully restored in conventional walnut with Spanish walnut detailing. Fully recapped, with resistors as necessary and a full alignment. This was my first radio restoration, before I knew not to buy battery sets, so I bit the bullet and bought the $75 power kit from Antique Radios. The original battery plug is still complete and usable. The knobs are what came on it, and one is not original. It is interesting that this set is "instant on" with almost no warmup period. It is a very nice little set. I'm obviously losing my shirt at this price. I hope someone will fall in love with it.  $125.00. (1680003)

 

Philco 20 Cathedral (1930)

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Philco 20 Cathedral (1930)

Imagine a beautiful and talented singer who happens to have a blemish on her face and that would be this otherwise gorgeous Philco Model 20. A victim of a previous amateur restoration, and someone storing it with a very heavy weight on the upper right corner smashing the cabinet and breaking the grille, this little sweetheart is otherwise stunningly beautiful, and boy can she sing! This is the best sounding Philco 20 you are ever going to hear. I gave her tubes that all test near NOS. I stuffed new caps in all the old housings to retain originality and replaced all the resistors. Full alignment. Receiver sensitivity is nothing short of outstanding. It picks up stations over a hundred miles away on my 50 foot long wire all across the dial. If you are the type of person who can appreciate a beautiful woman despite an unfortunate scar on her lovely visage, this radio is for you.  $325.00. (1680011)

 

Philco 42PT95 (1942)

Philco 42PT95 (1942)

If you want to knock "cute" out of the ball park, pick up this endearing little Philco table radio from 1942. The cabinet is beautiful and unique. The grille and knobs are original and in nice condition. Fully recapped with resistors as necessary and fully aligned. I had to fabricate a new dial glass, but I am sure you, like me, will be surprised how good it looks. Grandma had one just like this sitting on the kitchen counter keeping her entertained and updated on the war while she canned vegetables. I may have the white a little too white. There are no good color photographs, and after two tries, I settled on this. I hope you like it!  $135.00. (1680007)

 

Zenith 5D011Z Consoltone (1946)

Zenith 5D011Z Consoltone (1946)

Offered for sale is a nifty little Zenith Consoltone 5D011Z table radio from 1946. This is a really swell little set with surprisingly good sound and decent reception on its internal antenna. The cabinet is in very nice condition, with all original knobs and grille cloth. It has been fully recapped and resistors as needed, and fully aligned. The only thing not original is the power indicator lens, which I had to fabricate, as none were available. The sound is surprisingly rich for a small table set, hence the name "Consoltone." You won't regret owning this little gem. It doesn't take up much space on the counter top and will keep you entertained in the kitchen, just as it did for Mom and Dad, after he got home from the second "war to end all wars."  $175.00. (1680006)
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