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Admiral 985-6Y Mini Tombstone (1937)

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. $289.00. (1150712)

 

Emerson 157 "Clockette" (1937)

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Emerson 157 "Clockette" (1937)

This is an excellent example of a very hard to find Emerson Art Deco mid-30's radio affectionately known as a "Clockette." The case is made up of three sections that fit together: an ivory Plaskon front, a black Bakelite middle, and a black Bakelite back. It also has its original black matching knobs. This case is in perfect, condition no cracks, hairline cracks or repairs. The original brass dial pointer and brass grille cloth are in place. The model number 157 is stamped into the back Bakelite piece. The radio still has its original 80+ year old resistance line cord in place and it excellent working condition. For the collector who relishes originality, this is truly a great radio find. The chassis has been complete checked by a professional, and everything needing replaced was done. The radio is playing clearly, picking up my local AM stations. You need to be aware that this chassis is a four-tube set, and you really need an external antenna to get a lot of distant reception. The dial light reflects through the red Emerson logo dot on the front when the radio is on. This Emerson is midget sized at about 7"W x 7"H x 5-1/2"D. $229.00. (1150776)

 

FADA L-56VE "Fadalette" (1939)

FADA L-56VE "Fadalette" (1939)

This is a FADA model 56L-VE "Fadalette" with built in "FA-DA-Scope" antenna in beautiful ivory Plaskon with brown swirled grille, a near impossible radio to find. I have never seen one for sale on the Attic. FADA produced both a "Bakelite Color Series" and a "Catalin Group" in the 1939-40 L-56 models. The contrasting concentric Plaskon grille series was available in a variety of colors, some with matching knobs: Blue, Green, Maroon, Black, and Brown. The knobs and handle are original. The set is midget sized at about 8-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H (to top of handle) x 5-1/2"D. The chassis is completely original and the radio is still working fine picking up all my local AM stations clearly after 80 years. The case is in perfect condition with no cracks or hairlines. The dial shares the identical dial with the Catalin models, and is beautiful when lit up. If you want to read an excellent article about this radio, search the web for FADA L-56 VE and read the article by Classic Radio Gallery. $449.00. (1150768)

 

Westinghouse 501 (1948)

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Westinghouse 501 (1948)

Canadian Westinghouse 1948 Retro radio in colorful gray Plaskon. These sets came in several pastel colors and are very hard to find in pristine condition due to the cases suffering from hairline cracks. They are described as three-way sets, in that they can sit on either side, or on the end in an upright position, or they can be hung on a wall. This case is in excellent condition, with no cosmetic issues like cracks, chips or hairline cracks. Its orange "clown" nose really makes it stand out when lit up. The chassis has been gone over by a pro, and the radio is playing fine picking up all my local AM stations clearly. The original back is on the set and in good condition. A nice color for your collection. About 9"W/H x 6"H/W x 5-1/2"D. $196.00. (1150773)

 

Bendix 55P3 (1949)

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Bendix 55P3 (1949)

1949 Bendix Aviation Corporation model 55P3 radio in a beautiful Bakelite swirled case. It has a striking maroon dial and a rust colored perforated grille with the Bendix logo on the front. The case has no cracks, chips or hairline cracks. This radio shows influences of a Raymond Loewy design with its smooth flowing lines and classic design. It's all original, has been recapped and is playing very clearly picking up all my local AM stations clearly, and distant stations at night. With all this beautiful Bakelite, it's hard to find this Bendix model without some type of cosmetic issue. But this Bakelite case is in super condition, and the best example I have seen in many years of collecting. The chassis loads from the bottom, and the complete label is still present. About 11-1/2"W x 7-1/2"H x 7"D. $169.00. (1150771)

 

Crosley E-15WE "Buick Front" (1953)

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Crosley E-15WE "Buick Front" (1953)

Over many years of collecting and seeing many Crosley "Buick Front" E-15 sets, this is the absolute best near mint Retro Crosley automotive styled 1953 E-15 radio I have come across. It has to be a 9.5 out of 10 on the Jim Dennis beauty scale! It is in immaculate cosmetic condition. Outside of a very few tiny paint pin pricks, the paint is near perfect. The metal trim pieces, usually tarnished and pitted, are also shiny and near perfect. To top everything off, the radio is playing strongly and clearly, picking up all my local AM stations and many distant stations at night. It has its original back, steering wheel knobs and a label on the bottom. I really don't believe you could find one in better condition unless you bought it in 1953, and put it in a box in an air controlled room, and pulled it out of the box 67 years later. It's an icon of 1950’s radio design. About 12"W x 8"H x 8"D. $239.00. (1150775)

 

Majestic 5T Mirrored Clock Radio (1939)

Majestic 5T Mirrored Clock Radio (1939)

Majestic introduced their Art Deco model 5T mirrored clock radio from 1939. James F. Reynolds may have invented the first alarm clock radio in the 1940's, but certainly not the first clock radio. The Majestic model 5T has to be one of the most unusual clock radios ever made. It is small cube shaped, and when the radio is turned off, it appears to be just a clock with a front mirror background. Turn the radio on, and the two-way mirror reveals the back-lit radio dial. Unlike modern clock radios, the Majestic clock has no alarm or wake up features. It's just a clock and it has to be hand started by spinning the small metal knob at the center. The speaker faces out on the backside of the molded radio's back. The clock is working fine, and the radio is playing clearly, picking up all my local stations. The case is in really nice condition with no major cosmetic issues like cracks or repairs, just a few paint chips, primarily on the back. Not very many survived. About 8"W x 8"H x 6"D. $449.00. (1150770)

 

Pilot T-502 (1946)

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Pilot T-502 (1946)

I don't use the word mint very often, but this post-war Pilot Model T-502 from 1946 is in truly mint condition. This radio looks like it just came off the dealer’s shelf. The case has no cosmetic issues at all, and is stunning with a great case shine. This is not a painted case, it's a black and white Plaskon combination and it really stands out. The chassis is an AM/SW combination, and it plays really well on the AM band picking up all my local AM stations clearly, and many distant stations at night. You'll need an exterior antenna to get much SW reception. Beautiful large dial, with original knobs, back, and original label on the bottom. The set was made by the Pilot Electric Mfg. Co. of Brooklyn, NY. If you will click here, there is a great story about this company and a restoration of this model. It's a small set at about 8-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 6-1/2"D. $298.00. (1150772)

 

Zenith 6-D-525 (1941)

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Zenith 6-D-525 (1941)

This is a classic black dial pre-War Zenith in a beautiful professionally refinished solid walnut case, one of only a few Zenith cases reportedly made for Zenith by the Ingraham Cabinet Company, Bristol, CT. This was one of Zenith's last production runs before the company switched over to wartime operations. This case really looks fantastic, just like the day it came off the showroom floor. The radio has a unique design whereby tube heat is released through slats in the case, hence its nickname "Toaster." The radio is playing clearly, picking up all my local AM stations with no problems. The dial lamp also works fine. It has "Z" knobs, a "Z" dial pointer, and an excellent reinforced original back. This particular model also has it's beautiful original tortoiseshell handle. I have had several, but this is right at the top of the best. About 11-1/2"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D. $249.00. (1150774)
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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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  • David, thanks for a great set - in beautiful condition and it performs superbly. The lighted thumbwheel dial is spectacular in a dark room.
  • David, the radio was delivered today & was in excellent condition. Great packing job!
  • 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, its 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 couldnt 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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