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Airline 62-158 Tombstone (1935)

Airline 62-158 Tombstone (1935)

Montgomery Ward started advertising radios in their catalog in 1921, selling radios from other companies. They started using the Airline name in 1923, selling one- to three-tube radios made by a company called TRESCO. They had "Airline" with a lightning bolt through it and Montgomery Ward "adopted" Airline as it own brand name, and changed the look of the logo. The rare 62-158 was a seven-tube, two-band (SB,SW) radio that was manufactured by Wells-Gardner. The chassis was used in this model and a console version. It has plenty of volume, with great sensitivity across the unique dial. Wards was starting to use Art Deco design in their radios, and this one in particular hits a home run with its "skyscraper" design that defined the period. Blake went through the electronics replacing all of the capacitors. He checked the resistors and tubes and replaced where necessary. He installed a new power cord, safety fuse, and an audio cable. Gary stripped and refinished the radio to a "factory fresh" look with a wonderful lacquer finish. The radio retains it's original "copper ring" knobs. It's definitely one of the rarer Airline tombstones! 17"H x 16"W x 11"D. $649.00. (1600189)

 

Aria 175 (1938)

Aria 175 (1938)

Aria was one of a hundred brands built by Detrola, and was sold in Allied department stores. Detrola supplied Western Auto (Truetone) and Sears (Silvertone), just to name two, with thousands of radios. They were the most productive company in the USA providing radios for department stores and small retailers. The chassis used in the Aria was used in many table radios and consoles under different sellers. The 175 is a eight-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) radio. It produces a ton of volume with push-pull audio through a Rola eight-inch speaker. The radio features motorized tuning which functions perfectly. The capacitors have been replaced, and all of the resistors and tubes have been checked and replaced where necessary. A safety fuse, audio cable, new tuning eye and a new power cable have been installed. Gary stripped the radio and refinished with a "piano" hand-rubbed lacquer finish. An excellent example of the Aria version of this Detrola-made radio. 21"W x 12"H x 9"D. $899.00. (1600196)

 

Arvin 528CS "Phantom Mate" Chairside (1938)

Arvin 528CS "Phantom Mate" Chairside (1938)

Arvin was based in Columbus, Indiana and was the radio brand name manufactured by Noblitt-Sparks. There were four companies with the first starting on 1919 as Indianapolis Air Pump, to car radios in 1933 to home radios in 1935 as Noblitt-Sparks and Arvin. They created "families" of radios, starting with the "Rhythm Series" in 1936 and the "Phantom Series" in 1937. Many of these radios are highly collectable, with the "Rhythm King" being one of the hardest radios to find. The 528cs was called the "Phantom Mate" and utilizes a five-tube, two-band (SB,Police) radio and Arvin designed the "Phantom Filter Circuit" giving the line its name. The capacitors have all been replaced. We checked resistors and tubes and replaced where needed. The radio plays well using about 20 feet of antenna, which we have provided. The walnut cabinet, knobs and grille cloth are all original and in perfect condition. This is a one-owner radio that was well taken care of in a non-smoking home. This rare radio is gorgeous and a wonderful addition to anyone's collection! Small for a chairside at 22" H x 12"W x 19"D. $599.00. (1600160)

 

Arvin 617B "Rhythm Maid"

Arvin 617B "Rhythm Maid"

The more I read about Arvin, the more fascinating it is. This vast and diverse company made hundreds of products. Starting in 1919 with a tire pump and products for the growing car industry. Then some of the first hot water heaters to housewares, way too many to list. There is a museum exhibit just for war products in Columbus, Indiana. They came up with "families" of radios. The "Phantom Series" and in 1936 the "Rhythm Series" that included ten models. The "Rhythm Maid" is a six-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) set. Each band has its own color and a light that follows the dial pointer. This was the top of the line tombstone that is an impressive performer and was a huge seller for Arvin. Blake did a great job replacing all go the capacitors, checking tubes and resistors, replacing where necessary. A new power cord, audio cable and safety fuse were installed. Gary stripped the cabinet and created a work of art with his refinishing talents! The radio retains its original knobs, and has the correct and original Arvin 8-inch speaker. The sought after "Rhythm Series" radios are very hard to find, and here is an opportunity to own a perfect example of the "Rhythm Maid." 21"H x 17"W x 13"D. $995.00. (1600198)

 

Atwater Kent 447 (1934)

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Atwater Kent 447 (1934)

The 447 was the top-of-the-line table radio for AK in 1934. From the start of table radios in the early 1930's, manufacturers referred to them as "midget radios" as most radios before them were big and heavy. The 447 is a seven-tube, four-band (SB,SWx2,police) set. The tuning knob slides up and down to access four different band scales, a forerunner to the Zenith "robot" dials. The radio has AVC, a four-position tone control and a shadow meter. This radio has great sensitivity and wonderful fidelity through a newly designed 8-inch speaker. Blake replaced all of the capacitors with modern equivalents, checked the resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. He installed a new power cord, safety fuse and an audio cable. He went through the complicated tuning mechanism, which now functions perfectly. Four types of veneer grace the gorgeous cabinet, skillfully refinished by Gary Marvin. Notice the birds-eye maple at the top corners along with a beautiful maple inlay. This special radio will be the centerpiece of someone's collection soon. It might as well be you! Shipping is included with the price. 21"H x 16"W x 12"D. $1,899.00. (1600231)

 

Belmont 526 "Scotty" (1938)

Belmont 526 "Scotty" (1938)

It might be an interesting project to find out now many radio companies had a model called the "Scotty." Maybe not, but we can agree that most of them are rare and collectable. This Belmont 526 is no exception; you just don't see them come up that often (although we have it and a Remler "Scottie" on our site right now). The Belmont version is a five-tube, AM only set with push-button station selectors. I will include instructions to set up the buttons to the stations in your area. The identifying tabs above each button are available online. Joe went through the chassis replacing all of the capacitors, checked resistors and tubes, replacing where necessary. The radio was aligned and has great sensitivity and volume across the dial. We hand-polished the cabinet and put in a new grille cloth. A really nice version of the Belmont "Scotty" for anyone's collection! 10"W x 7-1/2"H x 6"D. $399.00. (1600101)

 

Delco R-1116 (1938)

Delco R-1116 (1938)

The Deco 1100 series radios were well made and highly collectable. Each one has a nickname, R-1116 is called the "Chieftain II." The R1116 is noted for its large, multi-colored dial. This six-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) radio is a strong performer, utilizing an 8-inch speaker producing tons of audio. We replaced all of the capacitors, checked resistors and tubes, replacing where necessary. A safety fuse and cable for external devices was installed. The cabinet was stripped and refinished using the best toner, grain filler and lacquers available. The knobs, dial and speaker are all original to the set. 22"W x 12-1/2"H x 10"D. $449.00. (1600162)

 

Dow Radio (by Gilfillan)

Dow Radio (by Gilfillan)

Dow Radio Supply was a company located in Pasadena CA, and sold electronic parts for radios and other products. Apparently at some point in the early 1930's, they retailed a few radio models that were manufactured by Gilfillan with the Dow name on them. There is little or no information on them that I could find. This four-tube, AM only radio is a TRF set, so I'm guessing it's late 20's or early 30's. Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked resistors and tubes, He got the radio playing good, even though we had no schematic. The radio was a very basic model. I looked at dozens of Gilfillan chassis and couldn't match it up with any of them. Gary refinished this stunning cabinet, with different veneers and a nice inlay around the top. It sports a retractable handle too. It's a beautiful radio, and we really don't know much about it. A truly rare radio indeed! 12"W x 7"H x 6"D. $429.00. (1600200)

 

Emerson 26 (1935)

Emerson 26 (1935)

Here we have a rare Emerson five-tube radio that I had never seen before. I did find a Radio Museum listing for it, and that's about all. A simple mini-tombstone design, with a little bit of inlay around the diameter. The radio has been restored in and out with capacitors being replaced, resistors checked and replaced where needed, tubes checked, and an alignment for top performance. A nice refinish by Gary Marvin. It plays well across the dial with an antenna. $449.00. (1600006)

 

Emerson 30-AW (1933)

Emerson 30-AW (1933)

Here is a seldom seen Emerson model from 1933. Emerson was an obscure company until late in 1932. During the depression, they produced the "Peewee" compact radio, and eventually sold more than a million of these small radios by 1938. Although not a "Peewee" the 30AW was a small, inexpensive radio, which at the time was part of a selling profile at Emerson. This five-tube, two-band (SB,police) radio was low-priced to sell during the depression. It sports an Ingraham cabinet, and even despite its small size, was a good looking, good performing radio. Blake replaced all of the capacitors with new equivalences, checked resistors and tubes, replacing where necessary. A safety fuse and power cord were installed. The beautiful stainless steel chassis was shined up, and the radio has its original antenna wire and knobs. Gary refinished the cabinet with his usual finesse. His toner and highlight work makes this a "factory fresh" looking radio! Another wonderful radio for a starter or veteran collector. 10-3/4"W x 8-1/4"H x 5-1/4"D. $399.00. (1600199)

 

Emerson AR-176 (1937)

Emerson AR-176 (1937)

Emerson started radio production in New York in 1924. Operating in relative obscurity until 1932, they produced the "Pee-Wee" radio. By 1938 they had sold over a million "Pee-Wee" radios. After WWII, they produced a TV that by 1948 sold 375,000 sets. Emerson is still in business today selling consumer electronics. The AR-176 is a five-tube, two-band (SB,SW) set. They came in many varieties: push-pull audio, single output audio, teledial chassis, and farm set. This one started out as a farm set and was converted to AC and performs very well across the dial. The radio has had all of the capacitors replaced, resistors and tubes checked and replaced where needed. A safety fuse, audio cable and a new cloth power cable have been added. The cabinet has been refinished with the finest grain fillers, paint and lacquer. It has its original Ingraham cabinet badge, and retains the original knobs and decals. This radio is one gorgeous, a perfect example of an AR-176. 17"H x 12-1/2"W x 10-1/2"D. $795.00. (1600213)

 

FADA 370T (1937)

FADA 370T (1937)

OK folks, this radio is really interesting. The model 370 is listed as a six-tube AC set, but the 370T is a seven-tube AC/DC set. We discovered the tuner gang was assembled backwards at the factory. The AM band reads 550 and is actually playing 1600! However the SW bands read correctly. FADA manufactured radios for Andrea Radio, a German company, so possibly it was produced for that market, but has all English wording? It is a totally unique one-of-a-kind radio. The 370T is a seven-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) AC/DC set. It's an impressive performer, and works really well with the auxiliary input cable. We went through the radio replacing all of the capacitors. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where necessary. A new polarized power cord, audio cable and safety fuse were installed. Gary stripped the cabinet and refinished it, ending with a few coats of lacquer. The radio has its original knobs and the original FADA speaker. The radio presents like new and performs great! Here's a radio I can safely say that no one else has! The radio just by itself is very rare, but toss in the "backwards" tuner, and you have a true one-of-a-kind radio! 17"W x 10"H x 8"D. $499.00. (1600209)

 

Grunow 750 "World Cruiser" (1935)

Grunow 750 "World Cruiser" (1935)

We have mentioned the bankruptcy and split up in 1932 of Grigsby-Grunow based in Chicago. By the time the model 750 came out, they had recaptured the market with quality radios and exquisite cabinetry. The 750 was Grunow's top-of-the-line table radio in 1935. This large seven-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) beauty sported twin gangs on the AM tuner for greater sensitivity and lots of volume through the original 8-inch Grunow speaker. Their cabinet work played second fiddle to no one, and the 750 is no exception. All of the capacitors were replaced. The resistors and tubes checked and replaced where needed. A safety fuse and external cable were added, and a precise alignment has this radio performing perfectly. Gary stripped the cabinet and refinished it using the best grain fillers, toners and lacquer. The original knobs were retained, including the impossible-to-replace band selector switch. This stunning radio will grace any collection, and it can be yours in a matter of days! 20"H x 16-1/4"W x 12"D. $995.00. (1600177)

 

Lyric Junior "The Rudolph" (1932)

Lyric Junior "The Rudolph" (1932)

In 1929, the Rudolph Wurlitzer Manufacturing Company took over the ownership of Lyric radios. The Wurlitzer plant in North Tonawanda, New York, manufactured the radios, applying the same skill and workmanship used in producing the Wurlitzer organs. The Lyric Junior was one of the first radios designed and manufactured at the plant. This six-tube, AM-only set was an excellent radio. Wurlitzer created this early Super-Het utilizing the newest circuitry and beautiful cabinetry. We replaced all of the capacitors with new equivalents. All of the resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where necessary. Wurlitzer designed the "beam of light" for tuning, and it functions properly. A safety fuse was added and an alignment performed. Gary refinished the radio using an authentic factory gloss lacquer. The chassis, speaker and knobs are original to the set. A period correct reproduction grille cloth was installed. The dome of the radio is solid wood making this an absolutely stunning radio! 19"H x 14-1/2"W x 19"D. $899.00. (1600180)

 

Midwest HH-7 (1936)

Midwest HH-7 (1936)

The Midwest Radio Corporation started business around 1920. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, they produced everything in house for their radios including cabinets, transformers and coils. One selling plan was to sell the chassis and speaker only, and customers could use any cabinet they wanted. This allowed them to sell an eighteen-tube radio for the same price Zenith charged for an eight-tube radio. The HH-7 is a seven-tube radio, and the dial is separated into five bands; SB, SWx2, airline and police. We replaced all of the capacitors, checked resistors and tubes, replacing where necessary. A safety fuse and external cable were added. The radio had an extensive alignment and performs strong across the dial. Gary stripped the cabinet and refinished using the highest quality of toner, grain filler and lacquer. His dark highlighting is perfect; just as it came from the factory! The original knobs were used, and we installed a period correct grille cloth. 20"H x 13-1/2"W x 9"D. $1,199.00. (1600183)

 

Philco 38-62 (1938)

Philco 38-62 (1938)

Here is another beautiful and collectible radio fresh off the bench at Joe's Radio Shop. This great performing, five-tube radio receives local broadcasts (AM) loud and clear. Blake completed a professional restoration of the chassis, replacing the wax/paper capacitors with new Mylar caps of equal values. The tubes and resistors have been checked and replaced as needed. A fuse and audio cable have been added. These beautiful sets are seldom seen because the faux finish in front is often damaged or missing. Gary has skillfully restored cabinet and the faux finish back to its former glory. Great collector piece! 16"W x 10"H x 10"D. $649.00. (1600089)

 

Philco 45C "Butterfly" (1934)

Philco 45C "Butterfly" (1934)

In 1906, Philco started out as the Philadelphia Storage Battery Company making batteries for cars and trucks. The Philco name didn't appear until 1919, and they didn't produce their first radio until 1928. After aggressive advertising and product development, Philco became the third largest company selling 400,000 radios by 1929. The 45C is a six-tube, two-band (SB,SW) radio. There were two "Butterfly" radios, the other is the 28C, and two console models utilizing the same chassis. The capacitors have been replaced with modern equivalents. The tubes and resistors were checked and replaced where needed. A safety fuse and power cord were added, and we installed a cable for iPad, Bluetooth etc. The radio performs well with good sensitivity across the dial. Gary completely refinished the radio, which was a daunting task. Several areas had to be masked off and done very carefully. The black on the sides and top was very difficult and required hand-finishing to get that great luster. The knobs, grille cloth, speaker and the all-important back are all original. This is a perfect Butterfly, and it won't be around for long! 19"W x 9-1/2"H x 8"D. $995.00. (1600221)

 

Philco 70 "Baby Grand" Cathedral (1931)

Philco 70 "Baby Grand" Cathedral (1931)

Philco introduced some very iconic radios in June of 1931. The Edward Combs designs became the quintessential cathedral radios, and the Philco 90 still has that claim to this day. The lowboy and highboy models were designed by Norman Bel Geddes. Philco sold several hundred thousand of these models, defining 1931 as one of the most profitable for the company. The model 70 is a seven-tube AM only radio. This entry level radio for Philco sold for $49.95 including tubes! Blake replaced all of the capacitors, including the ones found in the Bakelite "blocks." Tubes and resistors were checked and out=of-tolerance units were replaced. A safety fuse, audio cable and a new cloth covered power cord were installed. The radio picks up a lot of stations and produces wonderful fidelity with plenty of volume. Gary stripped the cabinet, did a bit of veneer work, and applied a beautiful satin finish. The radio has its original grille cloth, knobs, chassis and correct speaker. A fantastic example of the Philco 70 that sounds and displays like new! 18"H x 16-1/2"W x 10"D. $749.00. (1600224)

 

Philco 91B "Baby Grand" (1933)

Philco 91B "Baby Grand" (1933)

The model 91B was the top of the Philco line in 1933. Designed by Clyde Shuler, this nine-tube, two-band (SB, police) is the second series model 91B and plays with good tone and sensitivity. The police band is no longer in use. This radio features tuned RF, base-compensating four-point tone control and a shadow meter for precise tuning. It is the improved version of the model 90 of the previous year. The wax/paper capacitors have been changed with new, long-lasting mylar capacitors. The tubes and resistors were tested and replaced as needed. A safety fuse and audio cable have been installed, and a precise alignment completes the restoration. This iconic cathedral is as pristine as an 85 year old radio can be. The original finish is flawless and still has its semi-gloss patina. The chassis is in great condition with its zinc-oxide coating. The grille cloth, speaker and knobs are original to the set. This is a large full-size cathedral and weighs 37 pounds. 20"H x 16-1/2"W x 12"D. $499.00. (1600144)

 

Philco 118 (1935)

Philco 118 (1935)

Here is another clean and original cathedral radio from Joe's Radio Shop: an iconic Philco 118. This eight-tube, two-band (AM, SW) has fabulous tone and sensitivity. Blake has replaced the wax/paper capacitors with new Mylar equivalents. He then checked and replaced the tubes and resistors as needed. A safety fuse, audio cable and a reproduction cloth cord were added, then a precision alignment was performed. The eighty year old cabinet is in beautiful condition and it still retains its original glossy finish. The knobs, speaker, grille cloth and chassis are all original to the radio. These high-performing cathedral radios are near impossible to get in such good original condition. They are going up in value, so don't miss your chance to own this beautiful work of art. 19"H x 16"W x 11"D. $599.00. (1600092)

 

RCA 128 Tombstone (1935)

RCA 128 Tombstone (1935)

RCA designed and manufactured some great radios in the 1930's. Even though it had a stranglehold on the industry, controlling patents for TRF and Superheterodyne radios, a few companies were given permission to utilize the patents, most notably the Gilfillan Brothers in Los Angeles. A few other companies were allowed to use the patents, but they had to meet some strict standards and manufacture their radios in the Gilfillan factory. This six-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) with its new "magic brain" circuitry, which was basically tuned RF with VCA, and a gorgeous cabinet design was a great seller for RCA. This radio has a ton of volume and a tone control with wonderful fidelity through an 8-inch speaker. Blake went in and replaced all of the capacitors. He checked tubes and resistors, replacing where necessary. A safety fuse was added along with an audio cable and a new dial scale. Gary did a complete restoration on the cabinet. The walnut is gorgeous with a semi-gloss lacquer finish. We have a new term for Gary's work..."Marvin-ized!" This big beautiful radio can be in your collection in a matter of days! 20"H x 17"W x 11"D. $999.00. (1600220)

 

RCA "Master Nipper" (1947)

RCA "Master Nipper" (1947)

Here we have a very stylish, Canadian-made "Master Nipper" (yes, that's the model) RCA Bakelite radio from 1947. This five-tube, AM only radio is a small but has a big sound. The radio has had all the capacitors replaced, resistors and tubes check and replaced where needed. After a precision alignment and sporting a tuned internal loop antenna, "Nipper" has great sensitivity across the dial. The case has no damage and has been polished to a beautiful luster. 10"W x 6-1/2"H x 6"D. $249.00. (1600127)

 

Regal L-46 "Ultradyne" (1946)

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Regal L-46 "Ultradyne" (1946)

Regal was a small company located in downtown New York City. It looks like they started selling radios just before the war, and continued selling into the early 1950's. There is no definite information that I could find on the company, and I'm going to assume that someone else made their chassis, and they just branded them Regal. The L-46 is a six-tube, AM only set. Blake went in and replaced all of the capacitors, checked resistors and tubes and replaced where necessary. A new power cord, audio cable and safety fuse were installed. After an alignment the radio performs quite well with a lot of sensitivity. It has an internal loop antenna, and retains the original dial, knobs and grille cloth. Gary refinished the radio to better than factory! This is a gorgeous table radio, ready to play for years to come! 10-1/2"W x 7"H x 6"D. $295.00. (1600232)

 

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)

 

Sparton 5A7 (1947)

Sparton 5A7 (1947)

I really like the looks of some of the post-war Bakelite radios. This Sparton is no exception. Still retaining some Art Deco characteristics, a very good looking radio in its own right. This five-tube, AM only radio has had all of the capacitors replaced. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where necessary. The radio was aligned and plays strong with sensitivity across the dial. The Bakelite cabinet is in great condition and has been polished to a nice luster. 9-3/4"W x 6-1/2"H x 6"D. $199.00. (1600139)

 

Sparton 57 (1935)

Sparton 57 (1935)

The brand name Sparton was a product of Sparks-Withington of Jackson, Michigan. We might note that the Michigan State Spartan football team bears the same name, with a different spelling, and a different town too. Hmmm? Anyway, in 1934/35, Sparks-Withington produced 3.8 million radios making it one of the larger producers of radios and tubes in the USA. The model 57 was an AC-DC, superheterodyne set with five tubes and two bands (SB,SW). The radio has an AVC circuit and great sensitivity on both bands. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. He checked and replaced all resistors and tubes. A safety fuse was added as well as a new power cord, replacing the fire hazard "curtain burner" resistance line cord. The radio was aligned and plays loud and strong. Gary refinished the cabinet with his usual finesse. He completed by applying lacquer and hand-rubbing a gorgeous "piano" finish. This radio is an early, rare Sparton that belongs in your collection! 9-1/2"W x 7-3/4"H x 4-1/2"D. $429.00. (1600195)

 

Stewart-Warner R-1812-A "Cube" (1938)

Stewart-Warner R-1812-A "Cube" (1938)

Joe's Radio Shop is proud to present this very rare and gorgeous Stewart-Warner radio. This six-tube, three-band (SB, SWx2) radio has been completely restored by replacing the wax/paper capacitors with new caps of equal values. The resistors and tubes have been checked and replaced as needed. The chassis has had a precise alignment and a safety fuse and audio cable have been added. This is a high-performing radio that receives with great tone and sensitivity. The "Craft Built" cabinet that has been refinished with the finest lacquer and toners, then polished to a gleaming luster. Notice the beautiful Honduras Flame Mahogany front that is picture-framed with straight grain Mahogany veneers. The curved sides are solid wood and the top that supports the speaker is slightly curved giving the cabinet an Art Deco effect. The chassis, knobs and escutcheon are original to the set. 12"H x 15-1/2"W x 10"D. $599.00. (1600143)

 

Stromberg-Carlson 61-H (1936)

Stromberg-Carlson 61-H (1936)

Stromberg-Carlson Co. based in Rochester New York, made high-quality radios, telephones, and after WWII, televisions. They also entered the broadcast industry, acquiring WHAM in Rochester around 1939. The station changed its call letters to WBZA and is still in operation today. The 61 series had eleven models, including the large, 61-H table radio we have here. This seven-tube, two-band (SB, SW) with its iconic octagon dial and gorgeous veneers, is highly collectible. This radio has had all of the capacitors replaced, resistors and tubes checked and replaced where necessary. We aligned the radio and it plays well across the dial in both bands. Gary did his usual magic, stripping the old finish, repainting, toning and adding just the right amount of black trim. He then applied several coats of lacquer and then hand-rubbed the radio to a beautiful luster. The knobs are original, and a period-correct grille cloth was added. I acquired this radio from a guy that said it was used as a prop in the movie "The Untouchables," but have yet to verify that! 20"W x 11-1/25"H x 10"D. $499.00. (1600078)

 

Stromberg-Carlson 231-R Chairside (1937)

Stromberg-Carlson 231-R Chairside (1937)

Stromberg-Carlson radios are known for their heavy-duty construction, Art Deco design and reliable performance. This beautiful "Half Round" chairside is no exception with its "Zephyr" style cabinet and mirror top. In 1937, it drew a crowd wherever it was displayed. This seven-tube, four-band (SB, SWx2, police) chairside has the original 10-inch speaker, knobs and dial scale. The glass mirror top is perfect with some light scratches due to wear and not noticeable. Blake has replaced all of the original wax/paper capacitors with new Mylar caps. The tubes and resistors were replaced as needed. A bright, new tuning eye was installed. A new power cord and safety fuse were installed, along with a cable to plug and play your own device. Gary meticulously refinished the cabinet using grain filler, toners and lacquer for a beautiful "factory-like" finish. A new Stromberg-Carlson badge and dial indicator decals were applied in the finishing process. This Stromberg-Carlson chairside is not only a high-performing radio, it is a beautiful piece of furniture! $1,499.00. (1600072)

 

Trav-Ler TR-287-B "Power Mite" (1958)

Trav-Ler TR-287-B "Power Mite" (1958)

Joe's Radio Shop does complete and long lasting restorations of vintage and antique radios. This 1958 Trav-Ler Super Six is a six-transistor AM only radio made in the USA. Any defective transistors and capacitors have been replaced and a proper alignment ensures years of service. The nine volt battery connector has been changed to accommodate a modern nine volt battery. The ivory and red case is in exceptional condition with no chips or cracks and it shows very little wear. $139.00. (1600159)

 

US Radio (Apex) 8-A (1931)

US Radio (Apex) 8-A (1931)

US Apex was based in Chicago and started producing radios in 1925 as the Apex Electric Pool, later known as the US Radio and Television Corp. Brand names they used were, Apex, Gloritone, Mantola, Carlton, Radiotrope and others. In 1933 they merged with Grunow and became General Household Utilities Company. The 8-A is an eight-tube, broadcast band only set. Produced in 1931, it was one of the earlier super-hets sold commercially. It incorporates an AVC circuit, probably one of the earlier radios to do so. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. Checked resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. He added a new cloth power cord and installed a safety fuse. the radio plays great with plenty of volume through the original 8-inch speaker. The two toggle switches on the side are on-off, and Hi power-Lo power which is basically a local-distant station boost. Gary stripped the cabinet and refinished with a beautiful semi-gloss lacquer finish. The set has its original knobs and a reproduction grille cloth. A very unique and beautiful radio! 17-1/2"H x 16"W x 11-1/2"D. $599.00. (1600190)

 

Zenith 5-S-220 "Cube" (1938)

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Zenith 5-S-220 "Cube" (1938)

Zenith hit a home run when they designed six different models of the "Cube" in 1938. They sold a lot of them, and soon other companies were coming up with their own "Cube" version. Zenith also had great success with their big, black dials, and continued them in the smaller radios, including all of the "Cube" models. I have had several cubes over the years, but this is the first model 220 I have come across. This five-tube, two-band (SB,SW) set is a surprisingly strong radio with good sensitivity across the dial. We replaced all of the capacitors, checked resistor values, replacing where needed. Replaced a couple of tubes, and the radio roared to life. A new power cord and audio cable were installed. Gary stripped the all-mahogany cabinet and refinished, ending up with a "piano" lacquer luster. This model just doesn't show up much for some reason, so here's one all finished for your collection. Shipping is included. 9-1/2"W x 11"H x 9"D. $749.00. (1600229)

 

Zenith 6-D-629 (1942)

Zenith 6-D-629 (1942)

In 1941, Zenith produced five or six models of the "boomerang" radio, named for the shape of the dial. Designed in wood and Bakelite by Robert Budlong, it was one of the last new radios produced before war production started in April of 1942. The other one was the Trans-Oceanic multi-band radio. The 6-S-629 is a six-tube, AM only set. New for 1942, it also had the newly designed "wave magnet" loop antenna. We did our usual replacement of all capacitors, checked all the tubes and resistors, replacing where needed. An audio cable was added for an external player like an Mp3 or iPod. Gary stripped the radio, and refinished using the best products available. The beautiful walnut trimmed with mahogany cabinet was given a lacquer finished, and then hand-rubbed to a gorgeous luster. The radio has its original butterscotch knobs, a crystal clear Palmquist dial cover, and fitted with a period-correct reproduction grille cloth. This collectable radio is a strong performer, and is priced to sell! 14"W x 8-1/2"H x 7-1/2"D. $399.00. (1600225)

 

Zenith 7-S-28 Tombstone (1936)

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Zenith 7-S-28 Tombstone (1936)

The 7-S-28 could possibly be the rarest of the 1936 model year tombstones. Zenith had several 1935-36 models that shared the same multi-colored dial and bezel. They completely redesigned their radios for 1937. Many consider 1935 to 1940 to be the "glory years" of innovation and design for Zenith. The 7-S-28 is a seven-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) set and Zenith had three other "28" models including one finished in ebony. One of the new features was a two-knob, coarse/fine "split-second" tuning set-up. Blake dug into the chassis, replacing all of the capacitors, checking resistors and tubes, replacing where needed. An MP3 cable, safety fuse and new power cord were installed. Gary found this radio at an estate sale, and it has an original finish with minimal wear. The grille cloth, knobs and speaker are original. An incredible find due to its rarity and originality. This is a rare, sensitive, strong-playing radio and I don't think it will be for sale long! The price includes shipping. 22-1/2"H x 16-1/2"W x 14"D. $1,495.00. (1600228)

 

Zenith 7-S-634 (1942)

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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 8-S-548 Chairside (1941)

Zenith 8-S-548 Chairside (1941)

Chairside radios were designed to sit next to a person's favorite chair, allowing them to simply reach over to tune in a station. Zenith made several models of chairsides, and the eight-tube three-band (SB, 2xSW) 8-S-548 is a beautiful radio of style and design. Blake replaced all original paper capacitors with new Mylar coated capacitors of equal values. He checked and replaced resistors and tubes as needed, then aligned the set for peak performance. A fuse is added for safety. Gary has professionally refinished the cabinet to be showroom fresh and installed new Zenith grille cloth. 21"H x 27"W x 15"D. $895.00. (1600039)

 

Zenith 12-S-232 "Walton" (1938)

Zenith 12-S-232 "Walton" (1938)

The Zenith "Walton" series radios are on my "top-ten most collectable radios in the world" list. Named from the Walton's television series, the iconic radio is impressive electronically as well. The radio was available in a seven, nine and twelve-tube configuration and featured several Zenith innovations for the 1938 model year. This numbers correct, twelve-tube, three-band (SB,SWx2) set has motorized tuning, push-pull audio, tuning eye tube and variable tone settings. The shutter dial works smoothly with the best motor drive I've seen on a Walton. We went through and replaced all of the capacitors, checked resistors and tubes replacing where necessary A new power cord, MP3 cable and a safety fuse were installed. The cabinet is original, retaining the original knobs. The new grille cloth is a reproduction of the original cloth. You will definitely have bragging rights with fellow collectors when they see this magnificent radio in your collection! The price includes shipping! 23"H x 17-3/4"W x 13"D. $3,849.00. (1600227)

 

Zenith 288 Tombstone (1934)

Zenith 288 Tombstone (1934)

The Zenith 288 was a big, confident step for Zenith in 1933. This radio was one of their first Art Deco "Industrial" designs. Zenith called the 1934 radios the "Challenger Tombstones" challenging anyone to find a better radio on the market. This eight-tube, five-band (AM,SWx3) monster has a lot going for it. AVC, tuned RF, eight inch dynamic speaker and five selectable wave bands. There were six knobs functions from left-to-right: tone control, volume/on/off, tuning (upper), sensitivity/phono-jack-switch (lower) band switch and short wave trimmer. Blake replaced all of the capacitors. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where necessary. A new power cord, audio cable, safety fuse were installed and he rewired the speaker. Gary stripped the cabinet down to the natural wood. There were a few veneer repairs done, and then the refinish was done using high quality products. The Australian Laurel front is a gorgeous contrast to the walnut on the rest of the radio. The classic black trim, and you have on stunning cabinet! This guy is the best! This very rare, stunning Zenith is ready for your collection. 19"H x 16"W x 12"D. $1,199.00. (1600216)

 

Zenith 715 Tombstone (1933)

Zenith 715 Tombstone (1933)

As the 1930's progressed, radio cabinet design went away from the Gothic cathedral style to the tombstone. Early tombstones would have touches of cathedral design. With a rounded arch at the top and ornate grilles along with the straight, majestic "skyscraper" influence, this radio has it all. The 715 is an eight-tube, standard broadcast only radio. The receiver is one of the best made in 1933. It picked up stations just sitting on my bench with no antenna . Standing 20 inches tall with an 8-nch speaker, this radio is impressive in stature and performance with volume to spare. Blake did a great job replacing all of the capacitors. He checked resistors and tubes, replacing where necessary. He installed a period correct cloth power cord, and audio cable and a safety fuse. He carefully aligned the radio for peak performance. What can I say that hasn't already been said? Gary knocked it out of the park with a stellar refinish. The butt walnut front accentuated with the maple top strip and inlay along the pilasters. I love the fact that he used a satin finish at the end. This rare, perfect Zenith can be yours! They ain't makin' 'em anymore folks! 20"H x 16"W x 9-1/2"D. $1,199.00. (1600204)

 

Zenith 809

Zenith 809

The Zenith 809 was the smallest of the three "Chrome Front" radios. These gorgeous radios are getting near impossible to find. This one was advertised on Craig's List, and when I went to check it out, he had the other two as well! I must have caught him at the right time, cause I ended up with all three. On the drive home, I thought I was going to have a heart attack! The 809 is at two-band (SB,SW,Police) six-tube set, and is the epitome of Art Deco design. Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked tubes and resistors, replacing where needed. I installed a new cloth power cord and an audio cable for your external device. The radio sounds great, and picks up plenty of stations across the dial. Gary stripped and refinished the cabinet; the rich, burled walnut just glows! He finished the radio with a "piano" lacquer finish. The chrome was re-plated, and the radio retains the original knobs and correct speaker. I never thought that we would have an 809 and an 829 on our site at the same time. A couple of beautiful examples of some of Zenith's most collectable sets. Shipping is included in the price. 16-1/2"H x 12"W x 7-1/2"D. $1,995.00. (1600226)

 

Zenith Royal 400 Pocket Radio (1961)

Zenith Royal 400 Pocket Radio (1961)

Zenith started producing transistor radios in 1955. The Japanese dominated the market, but in spite of that, Zenith produced a good radio and sales were strong. In 1961, they came out with the Royal 400. It had a new 3" x 5" oval "extended range" speaker with quite good sound quality. Our Royal 400 doesn't have any dents in the metal front. The corners are not chipped, and many of them are missing the bottom logo plate, but this one has stayed with the radio. The radio plays well, using four "AA" batteries. 5-3/4"H x 3-3/4"H x 1-1/2"D. $129.00. (1600135)

 

Zenith S-829 "Chrome Front" Tombstone (1935)

Zenith S-829 "Chrome Front" Tombstone (1935)

Three of the rarest and most sought after Zenith models are the 835, 829, and the 809, the gorgeous "chrome front" Art Deco radios from 1935. These grilles were designed by Rosenow and Company, who also designed all of the Majestic "smart set" chrome grilles. The S-829 was a revised model with an extended short wave dial with a lot more efficient circuitry. This seven-tube, two-band radio (SB,SW) was sold with a money-back guarantee that insured the best short wave reception. Blake replaced all of the capacitors, checked tubes and resistors and replaced if out of tolerance. He installed a safety fuse, audio cable and a new power cord. Gary continues to amaze folks across the country with his masterful cabinet restorations. The radio was stripped and sanded, grain filler applied. Then lacquer was applied, sanded and buffed out by hand. These "piano" lacquer finishes are better than new! The radio has its original knobs, grille cloth, speaker and chassis. Coming soon is another model 809 as well. I can safely say these are some of the finest restored 1935 "800 series" radios in the world! 18-1/2"H x 15"W x 8-1/2"D. $3,995.00. (1600210)
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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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