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Bendix 114 (1946)

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Bendix 114 (1946)

1946 Bendix Aviation radio in a swirled burgundy and tan Polystyrene case. This model 114 and the model 115 (in brown and ivory) were often mistaken for being Catalin cases. This model shares the same design as the Bendix 526C Catalin version, an unusual design made of four pieces of Polystyrene fitted together. The radio was designed by James Franklin Glover (US Patent #146907), and is in beautiful original condition, really showing off the marbleized color. Many of these models' cases have cracks down the middle on top, which must have been some type of manufacturing flaw. The fragile Polystyrene sections and trim on this case are in perfect original condition with no cracks, chips, burns or repairs. The case has its original back, and there is a label on the bottom. The plastic dial is also in perfect condition. The radio has been completely checked, and is playing clearly picking up all my local AM stations. About 11"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D. $379.00. (1150792)

 

Climax "Conquistador" (1935)

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Climax "Conquistador" (1935)

Climax Radio Co. was a high end factory based in Chicago, Illinois in the mid 1930s. They made some of the most stylish cabinets of any company in America. This is their model the "Conquistador," a very high styled table radio. I am basing this on the Stein Machine Age book Vol III, page 65, as information on these sets is pretty hard to find. The radio has seen a very complete electronic restoration, with everything needing changing or replacing being taken care of. The finish appears to have been redone, but it's an excellent job as it really looks original. The cord, grille cloth and plug are new replacements. This is an AM four-tube set, and it plays clearly with an antenna wire extended (included). The famous globe dial lights up beautifully, and makes the set all the more interesting. Climax radios are very seldom seen, and hardly ever offered for sale. So here is your chance to add a really great radio to your collection! About 11-1/2"W x 8-1/2"H x 6-1/2"D. $198.00. (1150791)

 

Westinghouse 501 (1948)

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)

 

Zenith 6-D-413 (1940)

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September 30

Zenith 6-D-413 (1940)

This pre-War 1940 Zenith model is a very hard to find classic Art Deco radio, with a one-of-a-kind design. This radio is part of Zenith history, as according to legend, it was the only set Zenith ever tried to recall. The case is in excellent undamaged condition, with no chips or cracks. And the radio is playing clearly, picking up all my AM stations. This 6-D-413 is the higher end pushbutton model. The legend of this radio, according to John Bryant's Zenith anthology "The Glory Years," is that the company's founder, Commander McDonald, became interested in the possibility of using Bakelite in molding radio chassis as well as the cases. The fragility of the Bakelite cases and chasses, along with tube heat, had owners and technicians complaining. So an attempt was made to recall all sold and unsold radios, and legend has it that Zenith destroyed many of these 1940 sets. True or untrue, it sure makes a great story! They are a fairly difficult radio to find, especially undamaged and working. You are buying a part of the history of Zenith when you buy this radio. About 11"W x 6"H x 5"D. Was $249.00, now $219.00. (1150780)

 

Zenith 6-D-615 Consol-Tone "Darth Vader" (1942)

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Zenith 6-D-615 Consol-Tone "Darth Vader" (1942)

This 1942 Zenith model 6-D-615 is one of the classic pre-WWII Zenith designs before the company converted to wartime production. This set was designed by Robert Budlong, Zenith's most prolific radio designer during this period. This Budlong design is known to collectors as the "Darth Vader" radio for obvious reasons to anyone who has seen Star Wars. It has an undamaged Bakelite case with four push buttons for Alto, Treble, Bass, and Voice. A boomerang-styled dial, gold dial pointer and reproduction butterscotch knobs give this set instant visual appeal. The plastic dial cover is a perfect new replacement. There are no cosmetic issues like cracks, chips or hairline cracks. This six-tube chassis has been checked, and the set plays good picking up all my local AM stations during the day, and many distant stations at night with an internal loop antenna. The radio has twin dial lamps, and a perfect brand new replacement back. "Zenith! The Quality Goes In Before the Name Goes On!" About 12"W x 8"H x 7"D. $196.00. (1150788)

 

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. $249.00. (1150712)

 

Crosley 11-115U "Serenader Bullseye" (1951)

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Crosley 11-115U "Serenader Bullseye" (1951)

Crosley left-hand "Bullseye" 1951 color radio in cherry red. The beautiful original paint red case has no cosmetic damage like cracks, chips, hairline cracks or repairs, just a few paint chips that are not much of a distraction after nearly 70 years. The radio has been checked by a pro and is playing very well, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. It has its original back, cord and label on the bottom. A very colorful Crosley, sister of the center bullseye. Shipping FedEx Ground anywhere in the USA will run $30 or less. Very small at 9"W x 5-1/2"H x 6"D. $149.00. (1150787)

 

Emerson 543 (1947)

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Emerson 543 (1947)

A post War Emerson Plaskon set with a very distinctive curvy design. The case is in near perfect mint condition with no chips, cracks, or hairline cracks. The knobs and back are original to the radio. It has a spring loaded retractable handle. The five-tube AM chassis is in excellent condition, and it's a strong player picking up all my local AM stations clearly, and distant stations at night with an internal loop antenna. It has an eye catching beautiful illuminated colored dial. About 11"W x 7"H x 5-1/2"D. $109.00. (1150789)

 

Motorola 56R (1953)

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Motorola 56R (1953)

Beautiful Ivory 1953 Motorola model 56R Jetsons style radio in pristine condition. This is a beautiful ivory Plaskon case, not painted. It is a very hard radio to find without any cosmetic damage like cracks or hairline cracks or chips. This case has none, and is in perfect mint condition. The radio is playing clearly picking up all my local AM stations. This model came in several Plaskon colors: ivory, black, green and red. This color would make your 56R collection complete. Everything is all original, knobs and back. About 9-1/2"W x 5-1/2"H x 5-1/2"D. $119.00. (1150790)

 

Sparton 132 "Football" (1950)

Sparton 132 "Football" (1950)

A super nice ivory Sparton Retro radio from 1950, nicknamed the "Football" radio for obvious reason. These cases were made out of plastic, and consequently most of the survivors show a lot of wear. But this 70 year old case is in really nice condition with no cracks, tube burns or major cosmetic issues. It does have its original back and original knobs with brass inserts. The chassis has been checked by a pro, and everything needing changing was replaced. The radio is playing clearly, picking up all my local AM stations. Sparton brand radios were produced by the Sparks-Withington Co. of Jackson Michigan. Sparton continued to produce radios and TVs until 1956, when some of its assets were sold to Magnavox. The size of the case is about 13"W x 6"H x 6"D. $195.00. (1150786)
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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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  • Hi David. Greetings from The Netherlands. The Sparton arrived today. Good packing and exactly in the condition you described.
  • 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, 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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