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"Selling radios at the Radio Attic since August 2010"

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Admiral 985-6Y Mini Tombstone (1937)

ON SALE
until
December 5

Admiral 985-6Y Mini Tombstone (1937)

This early Pre-War Admiral tombstone was designed with a three-way position, beautiful ivory Plaskon cabinet. It can be placed either on its left side, right side, or upright. The cabinet is made of ivory Plaskon with a striking chrome grille, two matching bullet knobs and a separate complete Plaskon back. The case and the back are in mint condition, with no cracks or stress lines, which is very rare in this particular 80+ year old radio. The chassis has been fully restored and is playing with a full rich sound and excellent reception using just a short antenna wire. It has five tubes plus a power transformer. It's a very uncommon set and is quite heavy for only being 10"H x 7"W x 6"D. The set also retains its original speaker grille cloth. This Continental Radio set was sold by other radio retailers under the Truetone and Mantola brands. A great example of this rare model. Was $289.00, now $219.00. (1150712)

 

Philco 41-226 "Sled" (1941)

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Philco 41-226 "Sled" (1941)

This attractive and very collectible pre-War Philco table radio, nicknamed the "Sled" for obvious reasons, was introduced in the summer of 1940 for the 1941 season. Its introductory selling price was $27.50. The cabinet is in beautiful condition with its matched walnut veneer and gorgeous wood inlays. There are no splits or lifting in the veneer. The Tenite escutcheons on these sets usually have some warpage, but the escutcheon on this set is in about the best condition I have seen. A beautiful brass Art Deco escutcheon surrounds the pushbuttons with station tabs. This Philco is a six-tube super-het and covers the standard broadcast and the old police and aviation short-wave band. The push button on/off switch has been replaced with a standard on/off switch with the volume knob, as the old push button mechanisms usually failed over time. The radio has been recapped and is playing very well, picking up all my local AM stations with no filter hum, not much to pick up on the police and aviation band anymore. The backs are usually always missing, but this radio has its original. About 13"W x 8"H x 6-1/2"D. $182.00. (1150740)

 

Sonora WAU-243 (1939)

ON SALE
until
December 5

Sonora WAU-243 (1939)

A classic Machine Age designed radio from 1939. The case is in excellent condition, with no cosmetic damage, just a few minor paint chips. The radio has been recapped and is playing well, tuning all my local AM stations clearly. The original push buttons are in great condition. The dial lamp shines up thru the large maroon top dial, indicating the station position. No other radio was ever designed quite like this Sonora. Here is the description from a Sonora sales brochure: "Sonora's special knack for quality and heads-up creative styling is dramatized in this beautiful model. You'll get a listening-lift and everlasting pleasure from that famous 'Clear as a Bell' tone. And you'll marvel at the tuning ease of this sensitive performer by fingertip touch of the smooth giant rotor dial." This model WAU-243 is an AC-DC superhet ivory Bakelite table model that sold for $29.75. It tunes the complete standard broadcast band from 535 to 1720 KC. It has a built-in "Sonorascope" loop antenna, so that no aerial or ground is needed, a 5-inch dynamic speaker, and an automatic volume control." About 10-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 6-1/2"D. Was $279.00, now $219.00. (1150706)

 

Coronado 43-8190 "Racetrack" (1947)

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Coronado 43-8190 "Racetrack" (1947)

An ivory Plaskon Coronado "Racetrack" portable from 1947 in excellent condition. Coronado was a house brand sold by Gamble-Skogmo department stores, headquartered in St. Louis Park, MN. Gamble-Skogmo contracted with several other radio manufacturers such as Belmont and Wells-Gardner to furnish radios bearing their name. The radio is working fine and playing clearly, receiving all my AM stations. This is a highly collectable radio in a Plaskon case and blue Polystyrene knobs, racetrack dial and handle. The trim is often mistaken for Catalin. The cases came in ivory Plaskon and ivory painted versions. The Plaskon case is extremely hard to find without any damage. There is an orange button in the center which lights up when the radio is on. It has its label on the bottom, and also has its original back, usually always missing. Very small portable at 9"W x 7-1/2"H x 5-1/2"D. $295.00. (1150739)

 

Emerson 540A "Emersonette" (1947)

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Emerson 540A "Emersonette" (1947)

Post-War Emerson midget in a beautiful pistachio green professionally painted case. Super Christmas color! The case is in excellent cosmetic condition. No repairs were necessary as it was in perfect condition. The black midget knobs are original, and the case has its original back in excellent condition. The radio has been recapped, gone completely thru by a professional, and is playing great, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. Here is a description from a 1947 ad for the radio: "Emerson Radio Model 540. World's Smallest AC-DC Superheterodyne. Alnico 5 Permanent Magnetic Dynamic Speaker, Built-In Super Loop, Automatic Volume Control, Many Other Advance 'Big-Set' Features." This is an also identical alternative to the green Plaskon set, usually always damaged and priced through the roof! A super holiday gift for your favorite collector. About 6-1/2"W x 4-3/4"H x 3-1/4"D. $176.00. (1150741)

 

Emerson 724 Series D Clock Radio (1953)

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Emerson 724 Series D Clock Radio (1953)

Cute midget sized Retro Emerson clock radio in spectacular condition and color. No cosmetic issues, no cracks, no chips, no hairline cracks. This case is beautiful Christmas red Plaskon, not painted. The model came in several colors, and is a very hard radio to find in this bright red color and without any damage. The clock works quietly, keeping good time, and the radio is playing very well picking up all my local AM stations clearly, and many distant stations at night. The chassis has been checked by a pro, and all items needing changing were replaced. The coolest feature of this set is the dial pointer. The dial light is directed into the dial pointer as a lighted spot, and the spot moves around the dial as you tune different stations. Very ingenious. Also midget sized at about 7-1/4"W x 6"H x 5-1/2"D. $189.00. (1150742)

 

RCA 66X8 Catalin (1946)

RCA 66X8 Catalin (1946)

Beautiful RCA 1946 oxblood red 66X8 Catalin radio. This radio has the distinction of being the largest Catalin radio ever manufactured. The good news is that RCA engineers recognized all the problems of previous Catalin cabinets, like shrinking and cracking, so they made this case especially thick. The oxblood red swirled Catalin cabinet is heavily marbleized with tones of yellow and orange that add depth to an already stunning radio. It is affectionately known among collectors as the RCA "Tuna Boat," although I think the "Queen Mary" would have been a better nickname! The radio cabinet has a super nice gloss to it. The cabinet is in superb condition with no cracks, chips, tube burns or repairs. The three knobs are original to the radio. The back is a perfect replacement, even in the original red color. It also retains the original glass dial and manufacturers sticker on the bottom. The chassis has been checked by a professional and the radio is picking up all my local AM stations clearly. It does have a short wave band, but not much to pick up. The size is about 15"L x 9"H x 7"D. $575.00. (1150737)

 

Truetone D-2611 (1946)

Truetone D-2611 (1946)

This set is really a must have in any radio collection, a 1946 post-War Truetone in original condition. These radios were originally sold in Western Auto Stores. It has a beautiful large colorful dial and undamaged dial cover. The "Truetone" name is illuminated when the radio is turned on. The ivory painted case is original, and is in excellent condition. It has its original metal back cover, knobs, and the complete original labels are on the bottom. The chassis has been restored, and the radio is playing very well picking up all my local AM stations clearly. This radio exhibits an Art Deco design much earlier than its 1946 date. Almost midget sized at about 10-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 6"D. $169.00. (1150738)

 

Zenith 5-S-319 "Racetrack Dial" (1939)

Zenith 5-S-319 "Racetrack Dial" (1939)

This Zenith 5-S-319 "Racetrack Dial" was introduced in the summer of 1938 for the 1939 model year. This model, and the model 5-R-317 "World's Fair" glass Rod radio, are two of the most unique and desirable Zenith radios among collectors. The 5-S-319 had an introductory price of $29.95. It has a five-tube chassis that performs much like a radio with a higher tube count due to Zenith's superior engineering. It's a two-band radio tuning the standard AM band and a short wave for the old Dick Tracy police alerts. The AM band tunes and plays all my AM stations clearly without any problems. The set has an antenna wire which I have lengthened for nice reception. The dial lamp works fine. The knobs, pointer, and pushbuttons are all original The walnut case is also in nice original condition. These sets are incredibly difficult to refinish as you almost always destroy the faux zebra stripe on the top and right front of the case. There are a few nicks and minor scratches, but for an 80 year old radio, I would say it's in excellent original condition. A very compact table radio at 13"W x 9"H x 8"D. $469.00. (1150696)
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Restoration philosophy

My restoration philosophy is to leave these classic radios in their original condition as much as possible.  I hate refinishing or repainting a set unless it's absolutely necessary.  When this is necessary, I use a professional person for refinishing & repainting.  Over many years, I have attempted to acquire the best original undamaged examples of all models I could find.  They have been restored to playing condition unless noted. Any repairs that have been made, and any cosmetic flaws associated with the radio, are completely disclosed.  Keep in mind that these radios are 60+ years old, and, consequently, are not meant to played all the time.  We all love for these radios to play, but we also recognize that they should not be played all the time.

Warranty information

All radios are tested to make sure they are playing prior to shipping.  A lot of jostling in shipping can make tubes loose and connections become unconnected.  These are some of the unforeseen results associated with shipping.  I have no control over how the shipper treats the package.  If you purchase a radio and it is not working and playing when you receive it, I will offer several suggestions to help it work.  If those suggestions don't solve the problem, you are welcome to ship it back to me for any repairs that are necessary.  The radio will be shipped back to you at my expense, or your purchase price will be completely refunded if the set can't be repaired.

Conditions for return

I want you happy with any radio you purchase from me.  If you're not completely satisfied after receiving the radio, all you have to do is send it back in the same condition as shipped, and I will be happy to return your purchase price.  No sale is complete until you are satisfied.

Shipping

Anyone who has bought a radio over the past years can relate many horror stories about opening a box, and finding a cracked and busted radio inside.  I have experienced this, and consequently I do everything possible to prevent this from happening to you.  A seller really only has three choices for shipping.  I have had the most success using FedEx Ground.  My packing procedure is to wrap the radio in a foam pad (like a mattress pad), wrap that in large bubble wrap, lay the wrapped set on a thick layer of styro peanuts, and surround the package in the box with thick brown packing paper to make sure it's stabilized in the box.  Then top off with a layer of peanuts.  Another secret to safe shipping is to use a box much larger than the radio so there is plenty of room for protection.  When you cram a radio in a box about the same size as the radio (to save on shipping), you are asking for trouble.  Many people double box radios for shipping. I have found that if a radio is packed properly, single boxing is adequate and very safe.  All radios are insured and tracking information sent to the buyer.

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  • Received the radio this morning. Excellent packaging, excellent cabinet, and excellent playing!
  • Thanks for a great packing job, David. She's a beaut and looks even better than in her pictures!!
  • Thanks so much. The Crosley radio arrived in the most "damage-proof" packaging known to man! Great job!
  • The best packing job I've ever seen! You should start a business instructing shippers how to properly pack a box! Thanks David for being so easy to work with.
  • I just wanted to let you know Crosley Dashboard arrived safe and sound. The packaging was outstanding. Thanks for the radio. It is beautiful, it is better than expected. Radio is everything you said it was and more.
  • I received the Zenith today and I'm impressed. Everything from dealing with you, the packaging, along with its looks and the way it plays were more than I expected. Thank You.
  • Got the Emerson U5A in great shape. What a beauty! Thank you.
  • David. I received the Bendix today and must say I am very pleased. Thanks much for a speedy and safe delivery.
  • The Motorola radio arrived in good shape yesterday. Thanks again!
  • The radio arrived today in Australia. Super well packed. Looks great and plays nice and clear!
  • Hi David! Just a quick note to say I got the radio this past Saturday and it arrived in perfect condition thanks to your careful packaging. I love the radio!
  • David, the Zenith arrived safe and sound. Looks and works great! Thanks!
  • Hi David - the Crosley got here safe and sound. Unpacked it today - it's so beautiful - thanks so much for taking such good care of it.
  • Received the radio. Well packaged, great Housing, plays great. Thanks.
  • Got the zenith and etching, all is well, no damage and the little gem sounds great, picking up all my local stations with no annoying filter hum. Once again, thanks for your help with my collection.
  • They arrived today, right on time, and powered up and played just fine! Great radios, thank you!
  • The Zenith arrived today in Finland, itís in awesome condition. Like a new one. Thank you again for your perfect packing job. You are still the best!
  • The Philco radio got here today in excellent condition. We unpacked, set the clock and turned it on. We will enjoy this radio for many years! Thank you!
  • Received the Philco clock radio and it is lovely. Thank you very much for your courtesy and cooperation.
  • I got the Zenith yesterday, I opened it today and plugged it in. What a beautiful radio. It couldnít be any more perfect. Thank you very much!
  • Thanks so much! The radio arrived in great shape and looks beautiful.
  • Awesome Crosley. Awesome! Very excited to get a great restore. I will be watching your page for more radios.
  • The Motorola looks beautiful without a scratch on it thanks to your extremely perfected packaging technique. On top of that, it sounds great. Tonight I picked up 14 stations.
  • The Admiral arrived today, it's an amazing radio. Thanks for the excellent packing job, material of the radio looks very fragile.
  • David, The radio arrived yesterday , I love it! You did a Great Job!
  • The FADA arrived safely this morning. It far exceeds my expectations! The photo on Attic does not do it credit. It is lovely. The packing is superb as well.
  • The Philco arrived yesterday in great condition due to your superior packing.  Thank you so much!
  • Radio arrived today in Australia, and I am VERY pleased with my purchase!!! Plugged it in, switched it on and it plays magnificently - very clear and plenty of volume. Also my thanks on the packing - excellent wrapping and packing of the radio.
  • She's a beauty David, playing an oldies station now. Thanks for the great packing job.
  • The restoration is fabulous, and it plays just as well. The packaging is first rate. This is one of the best-packed radios I have ever received.
  • I received the little red RCA today. Thank you for doing such a great job of packing. The radio receives as good as it looks....GREAT! It is playing loud and clear.
  • Hi David, The 2 radios arrived yesterday in good shape. They are beautiful! Thank you very much.
  • The radio arrived today and I love it! it's so cool, and about the way you packaged the radio, very neat and well done! you know what you're doing
  • Hi David. Just to let you know that my FADA has arrived safely in Australia, and is working well. I am listening to it as write this email.
  • Hi, David the radio plays great and we love it here, picks up all the stations, nice tone.  Thanks for selling these!
  • The radio is at home in Spain. It is in PERFECT CONDITION, clearly thanks to the SPECIAL CARE you have taken when packing it, and it is VERY NICE and WORKS VERY WELL.
  • David, just wanted to let you know the radio arrived yesterday... beautiful. Thanks for taking great care in the packaging...arrived with no issues at all.
  • The Philco is beyond expectations.  You were also the best wrapper I have ever met.
  • Just to let you know that the Setchell-Carlson arrived today in Australia without a hitch and in perfect condition. It performs extremely well & clear. Thanks for packing it well & look forward to future trades!
  • Brilliantly packed and man does that radio play like a champ! You are the best vintage radio seller, hands down. Thank you thank you!
  • The radios arrived today, safe and sound - thanks for a super packing job.
  • Just a quick note to let you know that the radios arrived last Friday, and both look great!!
  • The radio arrived in good shape and working fine. I wouldn't hesitate to order another radio from you.
  • I purchase from you because I trust you and you are a man of your word. What you sell is true to what you say it is.
  • The G.E. H-510 came today in great shape!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much, you did a good job restoring this one!!!
  • Prompt shipping, great packaging, excellent housing, and excellent playing radio. Thanks.
  • Just received the radio, what a great addition to our collection.... Thanks!
  • I want to thank you for your great customer care. I wish there was a place I could leave you feedback!
  • The radio arrived today. It looks great and plays well. Thanks for a thorough packing job.
  • The wood Crosley is a beauty! Thank you for the great packing and a fine radio to add to my personal collection.
  • Just a quick note to tell you the radios arrived last week and I got a chance to open the boxes today. I'm delighted with both, and the way they were packed. Thank you! Thank you!
  • Just got the Crosley!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Everything works great!!!!

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