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Airline 62-702 (1939)

Airline 62-702 (1939)

Montgomery Wards sold at least one million radios, and they didn't manufacture anything. Starting with catalog sales of radios in 1922 and in 1926, at retail outlets. The list of manufacturers of Airline radios is long. Wells-Gardner, Belmont, Davidson-Haynes, US Radio Corp.and Kingston Radio. Here is a list of the manufactures abbreviations used on many labels of Airline radios: AA, BR, CB, CCB, GAA, GHM, GSE, GSL, GWM, HA, JB, JP, KP, KR, WG and others! The 62-702 is a seven-tube, two-band (SB,SW) set that features a tuning eye tube. This radio has great sensitivity, and picks up several stations. All of the capacitors have been replaced. Resistors and tubes checked. We put a new eye tube in, and it's bright and active. We installed a new power cord, audio cable and safety fuse. Gary did a fantastic job on the cabinet. The quilted maple band around the top and bottom contrast with the darker walnut and really set this radio off. We used the original knobs and speaker, and new period-correct grille cloth. A beautiful and good performing radio to grace any collection. 20"W x 12"H x 9-1/2"D. $599.00. (1600202)

 

Detrola 146-E (1937)

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Detrola 146-E (1937)

Detrola used the same model number for several similar radios in any given model year. The 146 model was a basic six-tube chassis placed in six or seven different cabinets. The 146-E designation sets had a tuning-eye tube, making them a seven-tube set. The "E" designation appears to be consistent year to year. The 146-E is a seven-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) radio. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. He checked the resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. He installed a new power cord, antenna lead, safety fuse and an audio cable for your external device. The set plays with great sensitivity across the "stationized" dial. The tuning eye is bright and active. Gary stripped the walnut cabinet, and using the finest paint, grain filler and lacquer ended up with a gorgeous "piano" lacquer finish. The knobs, dial scale, speaker and chassis are original. A new, crystal-clear dial cover from Mark Palmquist was added. A new, reproduction grille cloth was installed. This beautiful, fully restored Detrola is ready for your collection! Make it yours today! 19"W x 11-1/2"H x 9"D. $795.00. (1600341)

 

DeWald 537 (1939)

DeWald 537 (1939)

David Wald started the Pierce Airo Radio Manufacturing Corporation in New York City around 1921. The name changed to DeWald around 1930. DeWald is recognized for having several collectable Catalin radio models. The 537 is a six-tube, two-band (SB,SW) AC/DC radio. The radio chassis was restored by the previous owner, and meets the requirements for our guarantee. The capacitors were all replaced with new equivalents. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where needed. We installed a new power cord, audio cable and antenna lead. The cabinet is solid walnut with no veneers and was refinished by Gary Marvin to a nice semi-gloss finish. The knobs, chassis, speaker and dial scale are original. Gary added a new, crystal clear dial cover. The radio is pretty rare and is making a first appearance on the Radio Attic. A nice radio with a great price for your collection. 10"W x 6"H x 5"D. $299.00. (1600299)

 

Emerson 547-A (1947)

Emerson 547-A (1947)

Emerson Phonograph Company was founded in 1915 in New York City by Victor Hugo Emerson. His first factories opened in 1920 in Chicago and Boston. It operated in obscurity until 1932, when it came out with the "Pee Wee" radio which was a great seller for the company. By the time the company entered war production, it had one-sixth of the U.S. radio production. The 547-A is a five-tube, AM only AC/DC radio. Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked the resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. He then installed a new power cord, and an external audio cable is available by request at no charge. The radio is a strong performer utilizing an internal "loop" antenna. The Ebony Bakelite case is in perfect condition with no cracks or chips. It has the original knobs and back. This radio performs with great sensitivity across the dial with good tone and plenty of volume. 9"W x 5-1/2"H x 5-1/2"D. $179.00. (1600313)

 

Gilfillan 521-T "Cube" (1937)

Gilfillan 521-T "Cube" (1937)

Most of us are familiar with the Gilfillan Bros. of Los Angeles. For many years they were the only company that could manufacture superheterodyne radios on the West Coast. RCA held that patent with an iron fist. If your company wanted to make a super-het, you had to do it under the auspices of the Gilfillans in their factory. The 521-T is a five-tube, two-band (SB,SW) radio. I didn't know Gilfillan made a cube radio till I found this one in Eastern Washington state. Blake replaced all of the capacitors with new equivalents. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where needed. He added an audio cable for Bluetooth etc, a new power cord and a safety fuse. The radio plays with good volume and tone with good sensitivity across the dial. Gary stripped the walnut cabinet, sanded it down and applied grain filler. The radio has a beautiful lacquer "piano" finish. The original knobs, multi-colored dial scale and speaker are original to the radio. The speaker is top-loaded with a unique flower-shaped grille. I've only seen one other one since I found this one, so I don't think they made many of them. Here's a very unique radio ready for your collection! 14-1/2"W x 12"H x 9-1/2"D. $599.00. (1600324)

 

Jackson-Bell 62 "Fleur-de-Lis" (1932)

Jackson-Bell 62 "Fleur-de-Lis" (1932)

Jackson Bell started radio production in Los Angeles, CA in 1926. Herb Bell began the business with his brother Elmer. Gilfillan made the chassis and Elmer made the cabinets. At one time or another, the whole family was involved in the business, including their father Anton. In 1929, Herb became partners with Mr. Jackson, and the company ceased operations in 1933. The model 62 is a six-tube, AM only radio. The radio had been restored by the previous owner, and Blake checked it out making sure it met our standards. A period-correct cloth power cord was installed. An audio cable is not available for this radio. Gary stripped the walnut cabinet. He finished the radio with a satin finish. The radio is gorgeous and has the original knobs and grille cloth. Also present is the often-missing "velvet tone" label located on the lower front of the radio. I think this tag is found only on the Fleur-de-Lis model. Other designs are the Swan, Tulip, Sunburst, Peacock, and the iconic Peter pan. If you are looking for a Fleur-de-Lis for your collection, it would be difficult to find one better than this one. 15"H x 13"W x 8-1/2"D. $699.00. (1600303)

 

RCA 6-T (1936)

RCA 6-T (1936)

In 1921, David Sarnoff started RCA as General Manager, and remained until 1970. By 1926, they already controlled the commercial radio industry, buying radio stations, and then formed NBC. Eventually, NBC was broken up into the other networks ABC and CBS. More on RCA in upcoming ads. The 6-T is a six-tube, two-band (SB,SW) radio. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. He checked resistors and tubes replacing where necessary. He added a new power cord, external audio cable (Bluetooth, iPhone, iPad) and a safety fuse. RCA made great sets, and this radio plays strong and picks up plenty of stations across the dial. Gary stripped the cabinet. The burl walnut on the front is a nice contrast to the American Walnut found on the sides. Gary did beautiful work, and ended up with a "piano" lacquer finish. This radio has the original knobs, grille cloth, chassis, copper bezel, dial scale and 8-inch speaker. This fine example of an RCA 6-T would look perfect in your collection! 18-1/2"H x 13-1/2"W x 8-1/2"D. $599.00. (1600312)

 

RCA 103 (1935)

RCA 103 (1935)

The RCA 103 is a regenerative super-het. It contains a very unique circuit that was used a lot in radios from the mid 1920's, and could also be found in the popular Philco 84. This four-tube, two-band (SB,SW) radio has really good sensitivity across the dial and good fidelity. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. He checked all of the resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. He installed a new power cord, so this radio is ready to go! Gary stripped and refinished the radio. He finished with a gorgeous lacquer "piano" finish, making this 103 one of the nicer ones you'll find. A unique and hard-to-find radio, perfect for any serious collector. 14"H x 11-1/2"W x 7"D. $399.00. (1600244)

 

RCA BX-57 (1951)

RCA BX-57 (1951)

Where do you start writing about RCA? This company dominated the electronics industry from 1919 to 1970, the entire time under the direction of David Sarnoff. He acquired Marconi, Westinghouse, NBC, and many other major companies. He owned the patents on the Superheterodyne radios that most companies couldn't afford to acquire, and his tyrannical business practices were legendary. The BX-57 is a four-tube, AM only AC/DC "portable" radio. Blake replaced all of the capacitors with modern equivalents. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where necessary. The radio plays well across the dial utilizing an internal "loop" antenna. The radio appears to never have been used, and it still has the original RCA price tag on it! The cabinet shows minimal wear, and there are no chips or cracks. Gary hand-polished the radio, and it looks like he just pulled it off a shelf in a store! A wonderful, like new original RCA radio! 11"W x 8"H x 5"D. $269.00. (1600305)

 

Sentinel 293W (1946)

Sentinel 293W (1946)

The Sentinel Radio Corp. was located in Evanston, Illinois, and manufactured radios, televisions and phonographs from 1930 to 1957. Some brands were Erla, Wings and Musicaire which were sold in Coast to Coast stores. This six-tube, AM only Bakelite radio has had all of the capacitors replaced, along with resistors and tubes checked and replaced as needed. The radio utilizes an internal loop antenna and receives the AM band with sensitivity and volume. The case has no cracks and has been polished. A really nice radio at a great price! 11-1/2"W x 7-1/2"H x 6"D. $139.00. (1600140)

 

Silvertone 3869 (1938)

Silvertone 3869 (1938)

They are some models of radios where one can't find much information, and this Silvertone is one of them. What I do know is that it was made by Mission Bell, who was a Los Angeles company. I am also going to guess that it was made in the Gilfillan factory. One thing I have noticed is that a lot of Gilfillan chassis bolts come up from the bottom of the cabinet through the chassis and are fastened by a nut on TOP of the chassis. This is the case with this radio. The 3869 is a six-tube, AM only, AC radio. It has plenty of volume and good selectivity across the dial. The chassis restoration was done by a known radio guy in Oregon. The capacitors were all replaced, the resistors and tubes checked and replaced where needed. A new antenna lead was installed and I put an audio cable in for your external devise. The cabinet is original (restored). The knobs, grille cloth and speaker are all original to the radio. The Art Deco dial is in perfect condition and lights up nicely. This is a good-looking walnut cabinet and a very good performer. This radio will give you many years of listening pleasure and is priced to sell! 14"W x 8"H x 7"D. $399.00. (1600300)

 

Silvertone 4765 (1937)

Silvertone 4765 (1937)

This is the second Silvertone radio I have had with this gorgeous glass dial. The chassis was made by Colonial and was used in a few other models, including the 4565 that I had, with the addition of pushbutton presets. The dial is glass with the scale printed on the reverse side. These big Silvertones had volume, fidelity and features that matched console radios. The 4765 is an eight-tube, three-band (SB,SW,Police) radio. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. He checked resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. A new power cord and antenna lead were installed. The eye tube is bright and active. Gary did a fantastic job stripping this radio which had been painted with thick enamel paint. Underneath that paint was a beautiful walnut cabinet with a nice burl walnut on the front. The Tenite knobs and dial bezel are original. We added a nice reproduction grille cloth and finished up with a beautiful "piano" lacquer finish. This radio has fantastic sound with tons of volume and a three-position tone control. A big sounding impressive radio for your collection! 19-1/2"W x 12-1/2"H x 11"D. $799.00. (1600322)

 

Silvertone 6218 (1939)

Silvertone 6218 (1939)

The 4000, 5000, and 6000 series of Silvertone radios remind me of 1936-1939 years of Zenith radio manufacturing. Zenith was on the cutting edge of electronics and design, and Silvertone was doing the same thing with their manufacturers. Silvertone had a "keeping up with the Jonses" mentality. Some of my favorite Silvertone sets have 4000 and 6000 model numbers. They had "big dial" sets, large tube count table and consoles, some of which are just as iconic as the Zenith "big dial" radios. The 6218 is a seven-tube, two-band (SB,SW) radio is a very good performer on both bands. This radio was a six volt set as well as a 120 volt set. Blake installed a new transformer making it a 120VAC radio only. He replaced all of the capacitors, checked tubes and resistors, replacing where needed. A new power cord, audio cable and a safety fuse were installed. The radio has a new, bright and active eye tube and has great sensitivity across the dial The radio cabinet is original. Blake cleaned it up and it has original knobs and push buttons. The dial scale is original and like new. A large, unique radio that's in fantastic condition. 21"W x 11"H x 9-1/2"D. $429.00. (1600247)

 

Stromberg-Carlson 225H (1937)

Stromberg-Carlson 225H (1937)

In 1894, Stromberg-Carlson started producing telephones, and by 1900 they were the leader among all of the other telephone manufacturers. They made all of the phones and switchboards used by the signal corps in WWI, and continued producing communication equipment during WWII. They started manufacturing radios in 1923, and obtained an RCA patent for superheterodyne sets in 1927. The 225H is a five-tube, three-band (SBxSWx2) AC/DC set. Stromberg-Carlson was well known for having quality radios, and even though it has just five tubes, the 225H is a strong performer. Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked the resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. An audio cable was installed for your external devices, a new antenna was wired in and a new power cord finished the chassis repair. Gary stripped the the cabinet and restored it to a beautiful lacquer finish. The cabinet has Brazilian Rosewood, Walnut and Maple veneers and inlays. The original knobs, chassis and speaker are present, and we added a period-correct grille cloth. The artistry and design of the Art Deco cabinet produced a stunning and highly desirable radio to grace anyone's collection. 16"W x 9"H x 8"D. $799.00. (1600264)

 

Troy 4 "Deluxe" (1937)

Troy 4 "Deluxe" (1937)

Troy Radio Manufacturing Company/Radio and Television Company started up in Los Angeles in 1932 and went out of business right before WWII. Most of the chassis were made by Gilfillan, and the cabinets were of a high quality. They made several models from four-tube mantle radios to eleven-tube consoles. Even though "Television" is in their business name, I don't think they ever made any, going out of business before anyone was manufacturing them. The Model 4 is a four-tube, AM only. TRF (tuned radio frequency) set. Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked the resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. He added a new power cable and antenna lead, but this set has no audio cable due to its circuitry. For a four-tube set, it's a good performer with plenty of volume and good tone. Gary refinished the walnut cabinet using the best toners, grain fillers and lacquer. The radio retains the original chassis, speaker, dial and knobs. A new dial cover was added. This is a rare Los Angeles radio, and will look great in any collection! 11"W x 9"H x 7"D. $379.00. (1600295)

 

Truetone D-2615 "Stratoscope" (1946)

Truetone D-2615 "Stratoscope" (1946)

I've written in previous ads about George Pepperdine (who later started Pepperdine University) starting Western Auto Supply in Kansas City in 1909. He expanded the company to Los Angeles, and in 1939, sold it to Gamble-Skogmo of Chicago and retired. The company continued to grow with 1200 stores and 600 franchise stores. The D2516 is a six-tube, AM only AC/DC set. The chassis was made by Belmont, and the radio has great sensitivity with an internal "loop" antenna. Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked resistors and tubes replacing where necessary. A new polarized power cord and audio cable were added. The radio was aligned and is a strong performer across the dial. The black Bakelite cabinet is in very good condition with no cracks or crazing and was hand-polished to a gorgeous luster. The original knobs and back are with the radio. This radio will offer many years of listening pleasure, and we stand behind our workmanship. 11"W x 8"H x 6"D. $299.00. (1600304)

 

Western Air Patrol 377 (1935)

Western Air Patrol 377 (1935)

Western Air Patrol radios were sold on the West Coast through Western Auto Supply stores. They were made at the Gilfillan factory in Los Angeles. For the most part, schematics are found through Gilfillan documentation, so lots of research has to be done when attempting to restore one. This radio uses the same chassis as the Gilfillan 7T8. This particular model is the only one I've seen with this unique cabinet, which is original and quite beautiful. The WAP model 377 is a seven-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) radio. Blake replaced all of the capacitors with modern equivalents. He checked the tubes and resistors and replaced where necessary. He added a new power cord, audio cable and aligned the radio for top performance. The radio has great sensitivity across the dial and plenty of volume with a good tone control. The cabinet is original, we just cleaned it up a bit. The Birds Eye Maple across the front and side is very unique and a beautiful contrast to the light Maple cabinet veneer. The knobs, speaker and dial scale are original. I installed a new period-correct grille cloth. This is basically a one-of-a-kind radio. A very unique "West Coast" radio! 17"W x 10"H x 9"D. $599.00. (1600332)

 

Zenith 5-S-127 Tombstone (1937)

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Zenith 5-S-127 Tombstone (1937)

Everyone wants this Zenith! This model has been one of the most desired and collected radios we have offered for sale. A mid-sized tombstone that really exemplifies Art Deco design. This five-tube, three-band (SB, SWx2) features that famous big, black dial and new innovations and design for 1937. We went in and restored the chassis by replacing all of the wax/paper capacitors with new Mylar caps. The tubes and low-voltage resistors have been tested and replaced as needed. A new line cord, fuse, Bluetooth input jack and a precise alignment have been applied, making this a sensitive, great-playing Zenith. Gary has refinished the cabinet with grain filler, toners and lacquer, just as it was done in the 1930's for that original "piano" finish. The original knobs, speaker and chassis are with the set. A new, reproduction grille cloth was added. These Zenith tombstone radios don't come up for sale that often, and when they do, they are gone in hours! 19"H x 13"W x 9"D. $795.00. (1600342)

 

Zenith 7-S-634 (1942)

Zenith 7-S-634 (1942)

The 1940-1942 Zenith table radios were a departure in design from previous years. They are all very collectable now, and most of them sound pretty darned good! The new "tone organ" tone selector with five choices that you can set in any configuration really helps the fidelity. They have surprisingly good bass response, due in part to the "boxy" cabinets. I have posted a 7-S-633, which uses the same chassis but different cabinet with a wrap-around grille. The 7-S-634 isn't as common. This is a seven-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) set. The newly designed "wave magnet" internal antenna loop works quite well. The radio has great sensitivity and volume across the dial. We went in and replaced all of the capacitors, checked all of the resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. We did a bit of rewiring plus installation of an audio cable, safety fuse and new power chord. Gary did a fantastic job stripping and refinishing the mahogany cabinet to a "factory fresh" look. He skillfully applied lacquer for a "piano" luster. The radio look and plays great! Price includes shipping. 22"W x 11"H x 10"D. $749.00. (1600230)

 

Zenith 805 Cathedral (1935)

Zenith 805 Cathedral (1935)

Zenith didn't make a lot of cathedral radios. They were late in the market as Philco had introduced their "Baby Grand" cathedral and became industry leaders with the design. The "Zenette" cathedrals helped the company out of some financial difficulties, but Zenith had few cathedrals and lagged behind other companies. The 805 was the last cathedral Zenith produced. This five-tube, two-band (SB,SW) set is a good performer. Blake went in and replaced all of the capacitors. He checked all of the resistors and tubes, replacing where necessary. He installed a new cloth power cord, external audio cable and a new antenna lead. The set has really nice fidelity and sensitivity across the dial. Gary stripped the cabinet and finished up with grain-filler and a semi-gloss, lacquer finish. The radio has the original knobs and speaker, and we installed a reproduction grille cloth. The 805 is getting harder to find these days, and this is a really nice example for anyone's collection! 15"H x 13"W x 9"D. $599.00. (1600340)
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About Joe's Radio Shop

Shipping

At Joe's Radio Shop we do everything in our power to make sure our radios are packed with the utmost of care and protection.  We use double-sided boxes lined with Styrofoam creating a box within a box.  The radio has bubble wrap placed inside to protect the tubes, then double wrapped in bubble wrap and placed on packing peanuts on the bottom of the box.  The sides around the bubble wrapped radio are filled with packing peanuts and a piece of Styrofoam is placed on top of the radio and the box is then sealed.  Our larger radios and consoles have the speakers removed and are professionally packed by Diversified Packing and shipped via Greyhound.  We have never had any damage to any of our shipped radios.  We will ship radios with the company that offers the best rate; Fed-Ex, UPS, USPS and DHL are the preferred carriers.  Let us know if you have a preference for shipping.  Packages are shipped within three business days of payment.  Consoles and large radios may take a little longer due to a more involved packing process.  Tracking numbers will be provided to you, and we track the packages as well.

Payment

Joe's Radio Shop accepts payment through PayPal, credit cards (we use the Square, which requires a 3.75% fee) and checks.  Payment plus shipping must be deposited before we ship your radio to you.  Checks must clear our bank before shipping.  Joe's Radio Shop will not provide or sell your personal information to anyone.  Credit card information is shredded and discarded after the charge is made and deposited.  Upon ordering, you will receive an invoice via email with cost plus shipping charges.  A receipt will arrive with the radio.

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Joe's Radio Shop return policy:

We accept returns, but we would first try to resolve any issues and make sure your radio is functioning as it should.  A few guidelines for vintage tube radios to function properly:
1. Most radios need an antenna to function properly.  10-20 feet of wire connected to the "A" lug in the back of the chassis, which we will provide to you.  Some radios have internal antennas, or "loops."  For the most part, these radios should receive broadcast or "AM" stations in your area.
2. Multiple band radios that have 1-3 short wave bands will also need plenty of antenna.  There isn't much going on these day with short wave.  Many short wave stations have moved to satellite or the internet.  There are a few out there, and a good antenna is needed.  Ask us about antennas; we can describe how to make them to use at your home.  Try to place your radio on an outside wall, the reception will be better, especially with console radios.  Police and aviation (now UHF) bands no longer function in today's world.
3. There are things in a household that can cause static and interference.  Computers, fluorescent lighting, lighting potentiometers (dimmer switch), microwave ovens, digital TV and possibly your wi-fi system.  Try to keep the radio out of proximity to these devices.
4. Running the radio for long periods of time can can them to overheat causing damage.

Please contact us within seven days for a possible return.  E-mail us at joesradioshop1@gmail.com or phone us at 503-209-8414.  Our radios come with a six  month guarantee from the purchase date.  Any electrical damage or failure will be repaired free of cost minus materials and shipping.  If there is damage from shipping, the claim has to go through the shipper.  If we determine the damage is the shipper or buyers fault, we can negotiate a repair price.  If an issue can't be resolved to the buyer's liking, we will offer a full refund minus shipping and insurance.  If the buyer pays the shipper directly, the buyer assumes all responsibility for insurance settlements due to damage while in transit.  When shipping a radio back to us, please follow our packing guidelines listed under Shipping.  If the radio is improperly packed, the refund will be denied.



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