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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)

 

Sonora WAU-243 (1939)

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. $279.00. (1150706)

 

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. $590.00. (1150696)

 

Zenith 6-D-614 (1942)

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Zenith 6-D-614 (1942)

This 1942 Zenith is one of the classic pre-War Zenith designs before the company switched over to military production. This set was designed by Robert Davol Budlong, Zenith's most prolific designer. This Budlong design is known to current generations as the "Darth Vader radio." An undamaged Bakelite case in perfect condition. No cracks, chips or hairline cracks, and no repairs. Nice contrasting peanut butter colored knobs give this set instant appeal. This six-tube chassis has been checked by a pro, and the set plays clearly picking up all my local AM stations during the day, and many distant stations at night with an internal loop antenna. It has dual dial lamps. The back is a brand new Retro-Tronics replacement. About 11"W x 7-1/2"H x 6-1/2"D. $184.00. (1150731)

 

Crosley 11-119U "Serenader" (1951)

Crosley 11-119U "Serenader" (1951)

1951 Crosley left-hand Bullseye in beautiful pastel blue. The paint is original. The radio is undamaged with no cracks, hairlines or repairs. It has a beautiful blue case with just a couple of minuscule paint chips. The radio has been recapped and is playing very well, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. It has its original back, cord and label in place. A super nice Crosley, left handed brother of the center bullseye. Small at about 9"W x 5-1/2"H x 6"D. $179.00. (1150724)

 

Crosley D-25 MN Clock Radio (1953)

Crosley D-25 MN Clock Radio (1953)

This Crosley "Buick Front" color radio is a Retro icon from the 1950's and is in really nice condition. "MN" stands for the maroon colored version. The three maroon color coordinated clock knobs are in place and the clock is working fine, keeping decent time. The brass colored escutcheons on the clock and radio dial have very little wear. Usually these pieces are in pretty bad shape with tarnish. The radio is working well and playing all my local AM stations clearly. There are no cracks, chips or hairline cracks, only a few minor light scratches. The original back is present and the label on the bottom. The size is about 13"W x 7-1/2"H x 7"D. A nice color radio. $224.95. (1150726)

 

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

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

This Crosley "Coloradio" was part of a product line named to highlight the wide range of colors it was offered. This is a beautiful completely restored dark blue 1953 Retro Crosley radio with a design that was influenced by classic contemporary automotive styling. The radio is playing fine, picking up all my local AM stations clearly, and even distant stations late at night. The knobs are original, as well as the back and cord, and all are in excellent condition. These Crosley radios usually have badly tarnished metal trim pieces. The metal trim pieces on this set are in excellent condition for a radio over 65 years old. This is an excellent example of a radio that is an icon of the early 1950's, in a beautiful completely restored case. There were no cracks or cosmetic damage before restoration. It originally sold for $39.95. About 12"W x 7"H x 7"D. $199.00. (1150727)

 

DeWald A-502 Catalin "Step Top" (1946)

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DeWald A-502 Catalin "Step Top" (1946)

Catalin eye candy in a rare and beautiful butterscotch cabinet and marbleized brown insert grille, manufactured by DeWald Radio Manufacturing Corp of New York. The "Step-Top" name given to the radio is a result of the shoulders on the right and left of the top. Many descriptions of this radio describe it with a 1938-1939 date, while other experts attribute it to 1946. I tend to think it is was a post-War model, as FADA and DeWald were the two companies most active in Catalin radio production after 1945. The butterscotch Catalin cabinet has beautiful rich color. It's is in original condition, and is a super example of this model. This beautiful case is in great condition with no cracks, chips, tube burns or repairs, about as close to mint condition you can get. The butterscotch pinwheel knobs and insert grille are original to the radio and are perfect. The DeWald dial glass is in great condition, and the cardboard back panel and part of the model sticker are still present. The chassis has been completely checked by a professional, and the radio is playing clearly; the dial lamp is also working. Truly a remarkable radio in excellent condition. About 10"W x 6-1/2"H x 6"D. $524.00. (1150728)

 

Philco PT-61 "Pagoda" (1939)

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Philco PT-61 "Pagoda" (1939)

This pre-War Philco model PT-61 "Pagoda" or "Jewel Case" is one of most beautiful radios ever designed. It was introduced late in 1939 for Philco's 1939/1940 model year. According to the original print advertising for the radio, the cabinet featured colorful veneers of "figured Aspen for the upper half, Birch for the curved base and rare Mexican Accra wood for the lower half." The chassis has been completely checked by a professional and the radio plays nicely, picking up all my local AM stations. The dial light works fine, and the swirled original knobs add a nice touch. And a perfect Retro-Tronics back is on the set. About 10"W x 6-1/2"H x 6"D. The bottom legs add about an inch on each side. Domestic shipping included in this price! $299.00. (1150732)

 

Zenith 6-D-311 (1939)

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Zenith 6-D-311 (1939)

The year 1939 produced some beautiful radio case designs, but none better than this Zenith tabletop set, which is an icon of the Art Deco period. It was designed by Robert Budlong, one of Zenith's most prolific radio engineers. This beautiful completely original Bakelite set with its streamline shape was described as a Franciscan Brown color and originally sold for $14.95. The case is in really nice condition, with no cosmetic issues like chips, cracks or hairline cracks. It plays fine with just a short antenna wire, but even better with a link to an external antenna, as this model did not have a loop antenna. The dial lamp works fine and the beautiful gold dial really lights up. It has a nice Retro-Tronics back on the set, styled as the original. About 10-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 7"D. $224.00. (1150729)

 

Zenith 7-H-822 "Triumph" AM/FM (1949)

Zenith 7-H-822 "Triumph" AM/FM (1949)

This great post-War Zenith radio is wonderful to listen to, because you can tune in both AM and FM broadcasting stations. This model was an early Zenith entry into both AM and FM bandwidths. These early diagonal dial Zenith sets are difficult to find with the brass Zenith eagle emblem still on the case. This beautiful brown Bakelite case has no chips, cracks or hairlines. The set is playing well on both AM and FM. Three front knobs for off/on, band, and tuning. A great part of Zenith history and unique case design, as well as a great set to hear a wide variety of programming. One of my favorite models and at a a sales price of $49.95, not a cheap radio! About 12"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D. $134.95. (1150725)

 

Zenith K412-Y "Owl Eyes" Portable (1953)

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Zenith K412-Y "Owl Eyes" Portable (1953)

Very tiny 1953 Zenith portable commonly referred to as the "Owl Eyes" for obvious reasons. This radio is in perfect condition with no cosmetic issues like chips, cracks or hairline cracks. The handle isn't broken, a common occurrence on this radio, and the "Zenith" lettering on the handle is also in super original condition. The metal inserts are still inside the knobs. The radio comes with its special cord, and is playing strongly and clearly, picking up all my local AM stations without any problem. The chassis has been checked completely by a pro. It's a four-tube set with the antenna built right into the handle. "Zenith:" the quality goes in before the name goes on! Very cute and very small! About 6-1/2"W x 4-1/2"H x 4"D. $194.00. (1150730)
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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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  • 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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