Tom Hunt's Radio Attic
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Lexington, KY 40503

 


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Airline 62-386 (1937)

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Airline 62-386 (1937)

Here is a sweet, Art Deco Airline made for and sold in Montgomery Ward stores circa 1937. The brown/maroon Bakelite case has beautiful molded ornate design on the top. Unusual due to tuning eye in a Bakelite model and the "tele-dial" which is used to preset stations. The case is a one piece molded piece of Bakelite that slides down over the chassis which is mounted on a metal bottom…very unusual & in super nice condition without any cosmetic issues like breaks, cracks or chips, and is very hard to find in this condition. Even the back is also Bakelite. It has a super cool Tele-Dial tuning, and a very bright, good functioning green eye tube. The dial light shows thru the red Tele-Dial which gives it a real presence. The radio is playing clearly, picking up all my local stations. I will include an extended piece of antenna wire to facilitate picking up distant stations at night as well. The chassis is accessed by removing the original knobs and lifting the case off the chassis. This is the nicest example of this model I've ever seen. About 11"W x 7-1/2"H x 6-1/2"D. $329.00. (1640204)

 

Atwater Kent 217 (1934)

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Atwater Kent 217 (1934)

Nice and Sassy seven-tuber with unique look for sure. AK made some of the best traditional cathedral style radios but this model has a very distinctive arch design, sometimes called "Double-Wide" or "Barn Top," which sets it apart from all others. This model is not offered for sale often, very unique in style and design. It retains its outstanding original finish with amazing veneer and inlays. The radio has an original finish, in fact, all original parts, including grille cloth, knobs, brown crinkle coated speaker + transformer, backlit dial, escutcheon marker "217" as well as the brassy AK tube shields. Unrestored by me, but does play well across the dial. The power cord + antenna wires have been replaced which leads me to believe it has been restored by previous owner. Notice the beautiful diagonal cut veneer arched over top front as well as the panel below grille area. Just a nice accent to contrast with the other uses of mahogany and walnuts. The Philly AK factory did make some top of the line sets of that era. This is one of the cleanest chassis I've seen and nearly looks chrome, Shipping weight 35 pounds. 17"W x 14"H x 10-1/2"D. $459.00. (1640203)

 

Atwater Kent 456 Tombstone (1935)

ON SALE
until
July 16

Atwater Kent 456 Tombstone (1935)

Here is another one of those beautiful Atwater Kents with the multi-colored dial (called rainbow dial in their ads). There are separate lights for each band and the lighted arrows (notice in 2nd pic) are the moving pointers, rather unique. Atwater Kent was a high quality and leading manufacturer in the 20's & 30's until unions and the depression forced closure of the Philadelphia monster factory. This is a multi-band, six-tube super-het that receives on both BC & SW with antenna (supplied). It is a very nice refinished tombstone with original grill cloth, knobs, dial, speaker, etc. as you can see. It is a recent restore with all caps, weak tubes, resistors being replaced. It also has a new silk cloth power cord + original Bakelite plug and very clean, rust free chassis. 18"H x 14"W x 8-1/2"D; 28 lbs. Was $429.00, now $399.00. (1640175)

 

Emerson 517 (1948)

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until
July 16

Emerson 517 (1948)

Beautiful example of this Mid-Century radio designed by the famous industrial designer Raymond Loewy. Great factory color combo of shiny black and maroon grille. This model 517 in black Bakelite is identical to the Emerson model 511. The case is in near mint condition, without scratches, repairs or touchups with a very nice shine. The Emerson logo is very plain on cabinet in front of maroon speaker panel, plus the embossed Emerson Factory is clear below the gold reverse embossed station numerals. Original Plaskon knobs and Plaskon pilot light diffuser, dial, dial cover & metal bottom with factory sticker + even the four factory rubber feet. Beautiful lighted clear dial with gold lettering.The plastic dial cover floats over the metal grille. The dial lamp is hidden in the small plastic piece at the top, and is very dramatic when the set is on. The radio is fiver, unrestored by me but plays very well across the dial picking up all my locals and beyond clearly & loudly. These were offered in several colors including Black Bakelite, brown Bakelite, ivory Plaskon, ivory Plaskon w/gold marbling, green Plaskon w/gold marbling, red Plaskon w/gold marbling. About 10-1/2"W x 7-1/2"H x 6"D. Was $229.00, now $199.00. (1640194)

 

Kennedy 42 "Coronet" (1931)

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Kennedy 42 "Coronet" (1931)

1931 Kennedy by The Colin B. Kennedy Company of San Fransisco, CA. Original finish & built like a tank. I could not bring myself to refinish it as it displays very well as is and *only* original once. All I did is wipe it down with Howard's oil. This set is one that you rarely see, and has a very unique cabinet, tulip cutout grille design, with features of both cathedral style and tombstone style cabinets, flaring out at the bottom (unique) It has what appears to be original cloth power cord and Bakelite plug. The three knobs are original as is the speaker, but grille cloth appears to be era correct replacement. Although it is in "as found" condition, it does play well across the dial picking up all my locals and beyond with short wire antenna. This is a very sought after set and this one is as good as it gets. The chassis is gorgeous and very clean, still has its big copper capacitor on the chassis which is always missing on these. This set is as original as you will ever find, if you can even find one of these. This is a very high end set and will be a great addition to the best of collections. They are only original once. 17"H x 16-3/4"W x 10-1/2"D. $750.00. (1640205)

 

Motorola 69X11 (1949)

Motorola 69X11 (1949)

Here is a very stylish, burgundy Mid-Century, six-tube table radio covering the standard broadcast band. Very artsy front with half-moon shaped dial and pointed dome front covering the dial connect. Looks a lot like the front grille of a car the same era. Totally original including dial, knobs, speaker, and factory back which has all the graphics very legible; grille cloth may have been replaced, but is era correct and looks great as you can see. No cracks, repairs, nor scratches. Chassis is very clean and rust free. Radio plays loud and clear, has been fully reconditioned including new cord. Approx. 10 lbs. 12-1/2"W x 7"H x 7"D. $179.00. (1640172)

 

Philco 53-566 (1953)

Philco 53-566 (1953)

This is a stunning Mid-Century Philco Transitone, without cracks or chips or repairs and looks fantastic with an original shiny finish. Right out of the Jetsons! The radio is maroon in color. A striking futuristic looking radio from the mid fifties! The "look" from the back is just as cool as the front! It has been electronically restored recently and aligned and plays great! There is a second "Special Services" band that does work, but the frequency doesn't get much use these days. All five tubes are strong and the chassis is clean, too. Absolutely minimal wear. Just one of those radios with styling that captures the era perfectly. All original including knobs with "brights," dial, bottom + factory sticker. The "Philco Transitone" lettering below dial are near perfect as well (un re-touched). Same for the dial...and has excellent graphics. The cord and plug are in great condition too. Please review all photos as they are part of the description. This is an excellent example that would be a wonderful addition to any collection or an unforgettable gift. Will be packed expertly using heavy duty box + all new materials. 14"W x 9-1/2"H x 8"D. $279.00. (1640199)

 

Philco 551 Colonial Clock Radio (1932)

ON SALE
until
July 16

Philco 551 Colonial Clock Radio (1932)

This Philco Colonial model 551 is a five-tube, single band, superheterodyne radio with an original working clock! The clock is a manual start, as it predates auto start electric clocks. Give it a spin & it takes off. It keeps accurate time & is in excellent condition. The finials look out of place with the gold color, but are correct. The Philco 551 Colonial Clock-Radio was introduced in January of 1932 with an original selling price of $60, complete with "Philco Balanced Tubes." It was claimed to be an exact reproduction of a 19th century Eli Terry Colonial clock. Note the deep red mahogany case, with the seldom seen, Birdseye Maple inset. The radio has been recently electronically serviced. Original finish, new era correct grille cloth, works great picking up all my local stations and beyond with short antenna wire (supplied). It is complete with original speaker, knobs, etc. It has clear sound and is ready to enjoy! It has the original triplex tube shield & the original factory schematic. These models do not show up very often, so hope you like it enough to purchase now. 22"H x 14"W x 8-1/2"D, shipping weight 30 pounds. Was $569.00, now $529.00. (1640169)

 

RCA 1AX (1940)

RCA 1AX (1940)

A diminutive pre-war, 1940 RCA 1AX "Nipper Dog" dial. Five-tuber. The original dial, dial pointer, knobs, etc. The dial cover is clear with no cracks, and knobs are in perfect condition. The back which is often missing completely is a reproduction & conceals a very clean rust-free chassis. The dial shows Nipper the RCA dog "listening to his master's voice" and lights up beautifully in the dark. A classic Art Deco pre-War RCA radio. The hand polished Bakelite case is in mint condition with no chips, cracks, hairlines or scratches. Recent restoration. The radio has been completely checked by a professional, and all tubes, resistors and capacitors were changed out that were either failed or weak. The radio is playing fine, picking up all my local stations and beyond, loud & clear. This little guy is a collector favorite. It will be expertly packed and promptly shipped fully insured. Only weighs about 6 lbs. 10"W x 6-1/2"H x 6"D. $239.00. (1640193)

 

RCA 66X8 Catalin (1946)

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until
July 16

RCA 66X8 Catalin (1946)

Here is a simply beautiful red Catalin "Tuna Boat" with some of the heaviest yellow swirls I have seen and is unbelievably translucent (see pic). Even the bottom and insides show beautiful swirling. The radio cabinet has been cleaned and hand polished to a high gloss using Novus #2 only (no buffing). It appears all original including knobs, grille cloth, dial, etc. No cracks, repairs or scratches. The cardboard back is a reproduction but exact pattern. The "Tuna Boat" as it is known to collectors is the largest Catalin radio ever made. It is from my smoke free and pet free personal collection. It is unrestored, but plays well picking up all my local stations & beyond (never play my Catalins). Near flawless. It maintains most of the factory sticker on bottom showing serial #3640. Very clean chassis! Sorry for reflections (not flaws). You do not see this model/color for sale very often. About 15-1/4"W x 8-3/4"H x 6-3/4"D. Was $1,259.00, now $1,099.00. (1640153)

 

Silvertone 4204 (1954)

Silvertone 4204 (1954)

This mid-century Silvertone eight-tube AM-FM radio has a beautiful red Plaskon cabinet in superb condition, with no cracks, chips, or significant scratches. This not a painted Bakelite. It is Plaskon & looks like poured Catalin with swirls in the material on both top and sides. Not many of these cabinets were made and this particular one is seldom seen. Sorry, I could not capture swirls with camera. It maintains most of the factory schematic tag on the bottom + two full paper labels inside of the cabinet. The transparent dial window is edge lighted when set to AM, giving a nice visual effect under low lighting conditions. When set to FM, the rotating dial/pointer is backlit, with the FM scale illuminated in red along with an "FM" indicator (see dial closeup picture). Performs well on FM with the built-in antenna, but not so well on AM, tho it does play better with longer antenna wire. If you plan to play daily, it may need some “tweaking” on the AM band. All cabinet parts (less replacement grille cloth) appear to be original including the knobs which still have printed "On/Off," "Tuning," and "AM/FM" on the brass "brights." 13-1/2"W x 7"H x 8"D. $189.00. (1640179)

 

Stromberg-Carlson 1000J (1941)

Stromberg-Carlson 1000J (1941)

Ingraham = beauty. No doubt this is an Ingraham cabinet with just one look. It's a rather elaborate style with pretty inlays + combo of mahogany & walnut woods. This was restored in and out by previous owner and plays loud and clear picking up all my locals & beyond. Very clean chassis. You can not beat the beauty and elegance of an Ingraham cabinet, and this Stromberg Carlson is no exception. Nicknamed the "Humpback" for its top curved streamlined design, the mahogany cabinet is just gorgeous with the off setting "fins" for grille louvers which really add a classy touch along with the waterfall ends & sides. The original backlit dial, clear dial cover, pointer, wooden factory back, orig. knobs are all in perfect condition. The chassis is powered by six tubes and features a loop antenna which provides for very sensitive reception with lots of volume, nice warm tone, and no hum picking up all my locals & beyond. The repro Ingraham name plate remains intact on the bottom of the cabinet and the original full wood back is included. 14-3/4"W x 9-1/4"H x 9-1/4"D. $459.00. (1640195)

 

Sylvania R519 (1956)

Sylvania R519 (1956)

Seldom seen or offered for sale. Mid-Century at its best! The set will brighten a room or collection nicely with its two tone factory color scheme of Aqua front grille and white cabinet. It's nicely accented with the two large symmetrical gold trimmed side knobs, one for tuning, and one for volume plus the concave front grille shows so much style for that era or this. The tuning knob has AM frequencies stamped including the CD marks. Recently restored electronically and plays clearly and loudly across the dial picking up all my locals and beyond. Dial rotates smoothly, numerals and graphics on the tuning knob are sharp. All the lettering is perfect. The five-tube design works well, receiving AM stations across the band with clear sound Radio was well cared for over the decades, and hasn’t a nick, crack, scratch or mark on its cabinet except there is a chigger bite on the tuning knob edge only between the 5 & 6, but hardly noticeable plus two very slight/short stresses (typical for Plaskon sets) on backside top edge which I tried to capture in one of the last pics. Should ship quite cheaply (I do pack well). 12"W x 6-1/2"H x 6"D; weighs 4 lbs. $239.00. (1640191)

 

Tele-Tone 990 (1959)

Tele-Tone 990 (1959)

Here's a rare little Mid-Century tabletop five-tuber AM radio manufactured by Tele-Tone in late fifties in excellent working condition. Picks up AM stations clearly and loudly up and down the dial without need of external antenna Cabinet is original Aqua or Seafoam Green & beige. Bottom has 1 small (1/2") stress at only 1 screw...have to look hard to even see. Very cool and rare color combination. Not repainted. This radio is 63 years old! Appears all original and very glossy. The logo below the waffle type grille is very good. The tuning dial works fine and clearly has the CD marks. Factory back also excellent. Clean chassis. 10-1/2"W x 5-1/2"H x 5"D. $149.00. (1640177)

 

Westinghouse H549T5 (1955)

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Westinghouse H549T5 (1955)

Here's another Mid-Century color gem from my collection. Seldom seen or offered for sale (1st time on the Attic I think). Sea Mist Green Westinghouse Model H549T5, AM Clock Radio with CD marks. In excellent+ cosmetic and working condition. Original factory molded color, all original. Both clock and radio work very well with no distortions. Near perfect, tho there are two very tight stresses along back edge (have to look for them, see last pic) parallel to the the two top vent holes on very top, back. Hardly worth mentioning, but they are there. The radio works very strong across the dial picking up all my locals and beyond. Clock motor is very quiet and all functions well. All three original little clock knobs are still present. These often go missing over the years. The clock bezel is clear and transparent not yellowing. No stress fractures, yellowing, or major scratches to the front clock panel. No missing ink, smudges, or rub-off on clock dial lettering nor of the Westinghouse paint from raised logo. This radio is 67+ years old, but had a mod look! Bottom factory labels are mostly intact. Approximately 10"W x 7"H x 5"D. $249.00. (1640202)

 

Zenith 5-S-59 (1935)

Zenith 5-S-59 (1935)

Here is one of the most popular and beautiful Zenith tombstones with the ever popular "Black Dial." The radio is a five-tube super-het that plays on both AM and Shortwave. The dial lights up beautifully and bright in green, red and yellow and changes as you flip between the bands. The previous owner refinished nicely within the last year plus completely restored electronically. The tubes and resistors were checked and replaced as needed.The radio plays like beautifully picking up stations all across the dial. The speaker cloth is an accurate replacement, period correct and in excellent condition. The radio retains the iconic "Z" wood knobs which are Zenith originals as is dial and cover + bezel retains original patina vs. the sometimes removal to show the brass. These are one of the most popular models, nicely sized and a solid player. A gorgeous radio and a great display of curly maple inlay strips around the bottom sides of the walnut cabinet. Depression era radios are getting harder to find, and this one has that Art Deco design that most collectors want, and some 80+ years later, & are still very collectible. Great play/display set. 18"H x 12-1/2"W x 8"D. $529.00. (1640200)

 

Zenith 5-S-319 (1939)

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Zenith 5-S-319 (1939)

Here is a classic Zenith with attractive "Racetrack" dial and is a highly sought-after and excellent performing radio. It is a five-tube Superheterodyne, with Broadcast and Short Wave bands (550-1700 KC, 5.5-18.5 MC) and plays great on both bands using a short wire antenna (supplied), picking up all my locals and beyond. The beautiful, lighted, gold dial and tuning is excellent and the push-button selectors all work properly. Appears to be original finish as the faux finished band is still intact on right hand side as you can see. The knobs, dial, push buttons all appear original and the new grille cloth is period correct and looks stunning. The filter caps, all paper caps, and grille cloth were replaced, all tubes checked, weak ones replaced, and alignment performed to peak performance. Chassis is super clean, no rust! Excellent condition for an 83 yr old radio showing very little wear... simply nice! This would be a wonderful addition to any collection. Shipped weight is 18 lbs. 13"W x 9"H x 8"D. $499.00. (1640201)

 

Zenith 6-S-528 (1941)

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Zenith 6-S-528 (1941)

Here is a sweet six-tube Zenith that utilizes the same chassis as the model 6-S-527, but has ornate wraparound sides which really give it a unique appearance. The burled walnut veneer is book matched on ends as well as on top. The cabinet is a previous refinish but looks great with only a couple of very small touchups in inconspicuous places that actually blend with the burl. Recently restored electronically replacing all caps, weak tubes, resistors where needed and alignment. Plays great picking up all my locals and beyond using only the Zenith "wave magnet" internal antenna + there is a terminal for longer antenna for longer distance SW listening. One of the last of the pre-war radios, the Zenith 6S528 is very attractive and packed with features, including the latest innovation from Zenith, the "wave magnet" internal antenna, shortwave, and pushbutton tuning. The radio is playing clearly picking up all my local stations, and beyond. The knobs and push buttons are original, and the back is a perfect replacement from Retro-Tronics. The dial lamp really makes it pop at night. This would be a super addition to any collection! 15"W x 8-1/2"H x 8"D, shipped weight 20 pounds. $289.00. (1640206)
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Tom's Terms:

Goal: My intent is to sell quality radios that are clean and complete, and in nearly all cases working.  I try my best to accurately describe my radios and provide close up, clear photographs to show any defects if present.  Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.  If they came from my personal collection, chances are they are either "recent restores," "older restores," "unrestored but working," or "unrestored & not working," all of which I will make notation in my descriptions.  Also, pictures should be considered as part of the description.  Very few radios are museum quality and very old, so they are not perfect.  Of course, beauty or perfection is in the eyes of the beholder, but I am picky myself.  Having said that, I think my prices reflect the rarity, condition, quality, completeness, etc.  I want satisfied customers so they will become return customers and even tell other collectors about me and my radios.  Although selling for $$ is important, this is still and always be a hobby for me.  Saving radios from the dumpster, bringing them back to life, collecting, and in this case putting them up for adoption is more fun than the law should allow.  Please ask questions before we make a deal.

Packing and shipping: Prices listed do not include shipping or insurance costs.  Unforeseeable things can happen in shipping and given fragile nature of antique electronics, I am not responsible for shipping damages.  I prefer sending through UPS, but USPS and FedEx are also available.  I strive to get the radio to you in the same condition as it left here.  Proper packing is important.  I personally package all radios and use plenty of packing material to make sure it gets to you safely.  This may cost more and take more time, but it's worth it to get the radio to you safely.  Also, I insure all radios in case there is damage or it gets lost in shipping.  This is not my first rodeo for packing & shipping.

Payment: Once a buyer agrees to purchase a radio through email, I will hold for five days until payment is received.  If still unpaid after five days, the radio is once again for sale to other viewers on the website.

1) Money Order or Bank Cashiers Check.
2) PayPal funded from your checking account or PayPal balance only.  No credit card payments.
3) Personal checks (must clear prior to shipping; usually 5-7 working days).
4) Cash (in-person local pickup only)

Returns:  I want you to be satisfied with your radio.  I will take returns, but these conditions must be met.  You must contact me before returning it, and it must be shipped within four days after you receive it.  It must be returned as packed and arrive in the same condition as I sent it, thus please hang onto all packing.  Return postage is at your expense and shipping charges are not refunded.  Once I receive the radio back in good condition, I will refund your money.

Note:  I will not ship outside the CONUS. Sorry, Lower 48 only.  I will not ship to P.O. boxes.


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