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1955/56 German shortwave radio..$30

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by John Backlund, Jan 19, 2021.

  1. John Backlund

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    It was cheap (IMO), big, and pretty cool-looking, so I bought it.

    It's a Loewe Opta Plastik Model 741 W... don't know why it would use the word "Plastik" on an all-wood cabinet radio. Perhaps 'Plastik' has a meaning I'm not aware of in Germany?
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    Does it work?....not really, though the dial face lights up and it quietly 'hums' when it turns on. The seller's price tag on the front of the radio says it's from the 1940's, but a quicky web search (like two minutes worth) showed that this model was made in 1955/1956.
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    It has some nice original 'paperwork' with it, but it's all in German, so it's content will probably stay a mystery.
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    Doesn't matter, it looks cool, and we all know that sort of thing is often a deciding factor when I'm considering a new piece of interesting junk.
     
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  2. 68tele

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    Wizza und Munster? Noice
     
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    Cool old radio! I'd bet there are some nice Telefunken or Phillips/ Amperex Holland tubes in there. Hope you can get it up and running.
     
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  4. John Backlund

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    Probably not. I'm way over my head with just about anything that has electricity zapping through it (yes, I mean guitars too), and nobody in my area messes with things like this anymore.
     
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    Well, I'd bet if anyone can help you get it up and running it'd be the amp experts here on the forum.
     
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    Beautiful
     
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    Cool.
     
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    Probably needs a recap.Then hook up a long wire and listen to world band radio...nice.
     
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    Radio's like that were often converted to (pretty decent) guitar amps.
     
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    Easy to get it working, and cheap if you do the work!!
     
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    it's beautiful. good that you found the Radio Museum, they are very helpful. and though there are members from all over the world, the main repository is in Germany I think. they let you download 3 documents a day free too. I have an old Opus of that vintage that looks similar but is about 50% bigger. the first thing I learned about mine is you need to watch the selenium rectifier. they are notoriously weak when old, and when it fails it can take out the transformer. a silicon diode rectifier makes a higher voltage (less drop) so a power resistor needs to be installed. also it was originally built to run on 115VAC. there are antique radio sites that can help too. and yeah.... a re-cap is prolly in order

    btw..... they sound GREAT! if you have never listened to a tube radio, the depth of tone will surprise you.

    it has an EL34 in it

    heres a picture of mine

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    I had a (I believe) Grundig shortwave when I was 10 or so. It was a cool radio and I think my parents paid $10.00 for it. Later on I got a Telefunken. A nicer radio but my interest was waning.
     
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    Put new Caps and tubes in it, it will probably sound great.
     
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    I am told that selenium rectifiers can release toxic vapor if overheated, so be careful.
     
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    Very cool!

    In one of her whimsical spells, Mrs. German bought a German console stereo for $40. It was a Kuba, much like the attached pic from the Radio Museum. I cannibalized some tubes from it, mostly Telefunken, and at least one of them is still in an amp around here somewhere. The stereo itself made a small but very interesting sideboard in our old house.

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    I see a 3.5 watt amp. With three speakers. And a "3D" button to boot.

    The heck with the radio receiver, I am thinking full Frankenstein here.
    But that just how I roll. :cool:

    Hmm. Let me show you my basement my precious.... :)
     
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    The comments about tube radio sound quality is very true. I have a mid-40's Zenith Trans-Oceanic SW radio on my bookcase next to me that I listen to every night. It really does sound very "live" compared to modern radios. Not much to find on the SW stations these days, but I have found both Canada and Mexico stations from my home in Nebraska. I bought it at an estate sale for $50, and thankfully have not had to repair anything yet.
     
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    Very cool. Some guy here in my neck of the woods takes these and turns them into little 5-10 watt guitar amplifiers.
     
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    Had a big Grundig radio like that, short wave, AM, FM and probably got Mars stations too. Pulled it apart to service it and replace the string that runs the dials, a complicated affair really. Then life happens and I moved so it sat in a box, next to other boxes with unfinished projects in them.
    Fortunately they all burned last October. :)

    I'm joking! I'd love to find another one sometime, preferably in working condition!
     
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