Zenith Model S-871
1935, AM Broadcast, Police/Aviation, Shortwave. Recapped, aligned, new period grill cloth. Somebody chopped off the cabinet bottom, but it's too rare to find a replacement.
Zenith Consoltone, Model 5D011Z
1946, AM Only. Recapped, aligned, new period grill cloth.
Philco Model 46-350
1946, Portable AC/Battery. Recapped, aligned, finish restored.
Emerson Model AJ-130
1937. Battery power only, farm set. Made a battery pack with 15 9v batteries for B+, and C and D cells for A+ and C-. Sounds good, I left the chassis original.
RCA Model 65U
Combo Radio/Phonograph, 1947. Had an open power resistor (green leads, yuck.) Plays like new, after getting cartridge rebuilt.
Motorola Model 67T61BN
1948. Broadcast, phono input, 5 shortwave bands. Has military grade oil caps, a few were leaking. Replaced an open 3 watt dogbone to bring it back to life, great sound. Had a burlap grill cloth, I like the forties nightclub theme better.
Sparton Model 121
1949, AM/FM. Sparton is a great brand. This one had leaking filters, otherwise no major malfunctions. This design was made for at least two years, found a similar 1951 model (141).
Olympic Continental, 1960
AM/FM/SW. Haven't found much information on it yet, it's a West German radio, probably made for the US market and sold in NY. Typical good German materials and workmanship.
Cute little FM tuner, made by Pilot Radio Co. for radios that had a phono input, to allow the new FM reception without buying a whole new radio.
|1938 Zenith 6-S-238.|
Chairside, made to sit on the side of the gentleman's easy chair, so the dial faces backwards.
|This cabinet has its excellent original finish, and the chassis is original except for an early filter cap substitution.|
|1929 American Bosch 48AA|
A TRF set (Tuned Radio Frequency). Was stored in a barn or shed for decades, had lots of water damage, and damage from the commune of mice living inside the chassis. Was missing one of the 45 tubes, and had a burned open power resistor and input audio transformer. Speaker surround was completely gone. Re-stuffed all the capacitor cans, and rewired the mouse damage. Repaired speaker, and replaced a couple tubes. Sounds pretty good for 75 years old.
Top veneer was all gone, replaced that. Finish stain was washed off the sides and legs, re-stained it with dark walnut. Re-lacquered the whole cabinet, changed grill cloth, and generally perked it up, not a restoration.
|1929 Radiola 46 (R.C.A.)|
Found this set in a junk shop, talked the gentleman down to $30, since I had little room for it anyway. So far, all I've found wrong is missing 45 and 80 tubes, and open power resistors. Unlike the Bosch, this one was never stored in wet conditions, and appears to have never been serviced outside of tube replacement, and the cannibalization of the two tubes and dial light.
Another TRF set, with two RF stages using type 24 tubes, and also a 24 for the detector stage. Only one type 45 tube for the output, probably a good thing since they are getting so pricey. Haven't found anything close for the replacement of the grill cloth, but the speaker itself looks to be in remarkably good shape, no cone problems seen. It's currently in the rehab ward.
1941 G.E. L-660
Solid walnut, electronic pushbutton tuning. Has phono input. Neat art deco styling.
1950 Philco 50-522
Unremarkable AA5, had an open speaker and rectifier filament, as well as about 10 pounds of dirt.
1946 RCA 56X2/Radiola 61-2
Bought two damaged radios together. Chassis are identical. Used the RCA case and speaker for the Radiola chassis and dial scale.
Belmont made this style for a number of different store brands, including Delco and Grantline. Unable to determine original mark, and the knobs are probably not original.
Very deco-looking wire recorder, used to transcribe audio dictation and record broadcasts before the tape era. Uses spools of thin stainless steel wire.
|1952 Zenith Mountbatten
Was a combo TV, radio, and record player. TV is long gone, Cobra-Matic player and radio work well. Managed to find all three needle cartridges (1, 2, and 3 mil.) Crud was solidified fumes from old liquor bottles, it cleaned up well.
1957 RCA 7-HFR-1
This is a high fidelity unit, sporting 18 tubes (2 of them tuning eye and level.) Main amp had more leaky caps then I've ever found before, but sounds awesome now. Four speed record changer still works but needs cleaned/lubed. Cartridge is ceramic, so no rebuild needed. Got nothing from the tape deck, but it has its own amp and power supply, so I'll be working on that next. Truly a class act, this sold in 1957 dollars for $600 (original owner got it wholesale from the RCA distributor for $400.) It's got enough bass to sound like a sub-woofer, even though it's only 15 watts max power out to one 12" woofer, and the highs are crystal clear through two tweeters. And the icing on the cake was that the original owner ordered all the factory service documents for everything, and kept the sales literature including pricing. A great find for $25.