Any vintage radio aficionados?

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  1. bender66

    bender66 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Got these from a neighbor that said he's had for "50 years". All functioning. Just riding past & look in his driveway... he & the wife are sitting in chairs with a driveway full.
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    I've always noticed his radio antennae & meant to talk to him about his interest. Pure luck that I happened by that day. They're the nicest couple.

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    Nice. I don't collect them, but I repair old tube radios as a hobby. Love the art deco look of these. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    some of them make nice guitar amps
     
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    I've picked up a couple of these just for fun and am amazed just how many of these things were made over the years and how many are still around. As a genre they're not at all rare IMO but I also love the art deco look of many of them.
     
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    Cool radio designs.

    If those are working, add an mp3 player so the kids can interact with the old radios.
    Check out the other D-labs videos. He goes to a radio swap meet every year and shows some old radios. He also builds and repairs guitar amps.



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    Nice!
     
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    Its a shame that most old tube radios need tubes that are no longer made...I have a couple that work...but its nice to play the guitar thru the old speaker if it still works...
     
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    I have a chair side radio that uses a tube car radio that was to be installed in the 1942 Studebakers but the US entered WW II so no car production and any new radio production was to directed to the war effort.

    https://people.ohio.edu/postr/bapix/MotChrSd.htm
     
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    can you pick up Tierra Del Fuego on that thing?
     
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    Those are pretty cool, but are you saying you brought them all home???

    I've bought and sold a few antique radios, the black tolex covered portable looks like a Transatlantic and is worth some money to collectors, assuming collector taste hasn't changed drastically.

    The big consoles might have a smaller number of collectors that actually want them, as I recall the buyers of those were elderly in the '90s!

    I had a buyer then in NYC that was some kind of tech in one of the big animation studios, but he liked smaller and rarer radios and medical tube stuff.

    I have one small tube console record player and one tube radio that finally stopped working a couple of years ago.
    Radio tubes still sell on ebay and are pretty cheap due to less demand than guitar and stereo tubes.
     
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    I own a smaller Marconi from early 40’s. It sits on the piano. I’ve repaired a few others. They are cool for nostalgic purposes. Not much else. A lot of areas don’t even have 1 AM radio station left unfortunately. It makes it hard to enjoy them, even if intermittently over a whiskey on ice, listening to a ball game.
     
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    Any vintage radio aficionados?

    I have been for years...

    I had a 1936 Grammont 616 exactly like this one, with an orange neon light tuning indicator, Octal tubes :


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    And a 1935 Pathé 435 exactly like this one, except the grillcloth that was dark grey, US tubes :

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    I haven't them anymore for a long time... The only one I keep is a Blaupünkt Milano from 1957, which is AM/FM with a great sound, Noval tubes :

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    I recently repaired and restored this one for a friend, a Blaupünkt Riviera from 1959 :

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    A+!

     
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    Any vintage radio aficionados?

    I have been for years...

    I had a 1936 Grammont 616 exactly like this one, with an orange neon light tuning indicator, Octal tubes :


    [​IMG]

    And a 1935 Pathé 435 exactly like this one, except the grillcloth that was dark grey, US tubes :

    [​IMG]

    I haven't them anymore for a long time... The only one I keep is a Blaupünkt Milano from 1957, which is AM/FM with a great sound, Noval tubes :

    [​IMG]

    I recently repaired and restored this one for a friend, a Blaupünkt Riviera from 1959 :

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    A+!

     
  17. bender66

    bender66 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Yes, they all work perfectly. I was hoping that might be an option somewhere within.

    Is that where they eat BBQ iguana?

    I brought the Howard upright & the 3 smaller that are stacked up. Yes, the Trans Atlantic is a Zenith with the booklet still inside. It is in great shape.

    Wow. Those are beautiful.

    As someone said, the art deco look to some of them really catches your eye. They just don't make them look like.... well, they just dont make them.

    Thanks all. It is greatly appreciated.

    I've bought radio shells/housing to put small SS amps in just for the looks.
     
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    I have a couple. I have a GE M56 from 1934 and I have a zenith Bakelite tabletop am/fm I got at a yard sale from 1955. Love old radios.
     
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