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Emerson BU-229 "Poor Man's Mae West" (1938)


Emerson BU-229 "Poor Man's Mae West" (1938)

THIS RADIO HAS BEEN SOLD!
In march of 1938, Emerson hired Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, a notorious, womanizing Russian designer who basically invented streamlining. In just a few months, he had designed several radios for Emerson that sported extreme curves and streamlined Ingraham cabinets. Utilizing cones for dial and speaker covers, Sakhnoffsky's passion and comparison to Mae West was obvious! The BU-229 is a seven-tube, two-band (SB,SW) set with one "cone" (the BD-197 has two cones). There are several models that utilize Sakhnoffsky's conical design. Blake replaced all of the capacitors with modern equivalents. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where necessary. A new power cord, MP3 cable, and safety fuse were added. The eye tube is bright and active. The radio was aligned and plays perfectly! Gary stripped the cabinet and refinished using high-quality fillers and toners. He applied a few coats of lacquer, then hand-polished the radio to a gorgeous "piano" finish. The knobs are original, and the cone, eye tube bezel and push button bezel are reproductions by Mark Palmquist. This is a beautiful radio, very rare and collectable. Here it is...make it yours! 17-1/2"W x 11"H x 8"D.
Emerson BU-229 "Poor Man's Mae West" (1938)
THIS RADIO HAS BEEN SOLD!
In march of 1938, Emerson hired Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, a notorious, womanizing Russian designer who basically invented streamlining. In just a few months, he had designed several radios for Emerson that sported extreme curves and streamlined Ingraham cabinets. Utilizing cones for dial and speaker covers, Sakhnoffsky's passion and comparison to Mae West was obvious! The BU-229 is a seven-tube, two-band (SB,SW) set with one "cone" (the BD-197 has two cones). There are several models that utilize Sakhnoffsky's conical design. Blake replaced all of the capacitors with modern equivalents. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where necessary. A new power cord, MP3 cable, and safety fuse were added. The eye tube is bright and active. The radio was aligned and plays perfectly! Gary stripped the cabinet and refinished using high-quality fillers and toners. He applied a few coats of lacquer, then hand-polished the radio to a gorgeous "piano" finish. The knobs are original, and the cone, eye tube bezel and push button bezel are reproductions by Mark Palmquist. This is a beautiful radio, very rare and collectable. Here it is...make it yours! 17-1/2"W x 11"H x 8"D.
Sold by Joe Millward on August 28, 2020
Listed price on date of sale - $1,495.00
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