Vintage Radio

Discussion in 'Related Gear' started by Stony, Nov 26, 2018.

  1. Stony

    Stony Well-Known Member

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    I started this thread in the "related gear" section as what self respecting military man didn't sit beside the radio during the war and listen to music or "fireside chats" from FDR.

    I've had this Zenith radio for about 20 years. It's a console model and it picks up stations nicely. As you can see by the info, this radio was somewhat pricey for 1941.

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  2. Edward

    Edward Well-Known Member

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    wow! beautiful! and I'm amazed at the price.... certainly was considered a top of the line luxury item! I have an old 1930s wood / bakelite General Electric that picked up both short wave and broadcast but sadly it needs to be restored and I doubt I ever will bother. it displays well and it was my great-grandfather's so a family heirloom of sorts.
     
  3. B-Man2

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    That brings back some memories. My grandmother had one almost identical and it worked every time it got turned on.
     
  4. dmar836

    dmar836 Well-Known Member

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    I love those! I have some small tube radios but not a console. Beautiful!
    Dave
     
  5. Falcon_52

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    Really nice one there! I still have my grandfather's Zenith cabinet radio with AM/FM/SW and on the other side is a variable-speed phonograph that can play 16, 33, 45, and 78 rpm records. It was working for a long time but has stopped working in recent years. It may be a bad tube or some of the old capacitors may have given up so it needs a little love.

    Funny thing: I have never seen a 16 rpm record so I guess that the idea of an EP record didn't really take off. :) Perhaps the audio quality was marginal at that speed.

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  6. Silver Surfer

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    man, i had an old grundig table top job that was from the 1940s, some many, many years ago. it worked, looked, and sounded beautiful, always. always, that is until a tube would die. no probs, as there was a everything surplus store on canal st that had tonsa tubes. if they were not in their original box, ya just had to take the burnt tube to the store, and there was a guy there who would look at it and pull a tube from the bin [huge] and say, "this will work". he was always right. over time, the shop-store closed, and it was now a search for "specialty" electronics shops. one by one, they went bye bye. bottom line is that i gave the radio away due to the expense and hassle of try to find tubes for it. i would not be supprised if there are now small companies making tubes for these oldies again, as lps, turn tables, old radios and all manner of anlalog stuff have now become gotta haves for collectors and folk who appreciate the look and sound of the old tech.
     
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  7. Stony

    Stony Well-Known Member

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    Mine also picks up SW stations in foreign languages, I just don't remember which ones as I haven't tried a SW one in a few years.

    Mine also has preset station buttons on the right that all start with the letter "K", so it would have been a model sold west of the Mississippi River (at least I believe all stations starting with a "K" were west and all stations starting with a "W" were east of the MS River). It also has all the bass, treble, etc. buttons on the left.
     
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  8. dmar836

    dmar836 Well-Known Member

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    I got into tube radios just enough to buy a couple radios, books, and a vintage tube tester. Never grasped too much about electronics though I find it fascinating. I do know to not let the smoke out of the wires! The hobby never took too much of a set but I still find it very interesting.
     
  9. STEVE S.

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    I have this one that belonged to my grandparents. It is the one they listened to news of the Pearl Harbor attack on.
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  10. Stony

    Stony Well-Known Member

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    Nice radio Steve with family history to boot.
     
  11. dmar836

    dmar836 Well-Known Member

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    Now that’s cool!
     
  12. STEVE S.

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    All of the scratches on the left side are from my mothers shoes. When she was little, she would prop her feet up on it while listening to the radio shows. She was 3 months old when news came across about Pearl Harbor. Story is my grandmother was pinning a diaper on her when the news broke.
     
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  13. Silver Surfer

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    our "things" have a kinda history, but its the history of those who have owned and lived with them that makes those things so near and dear.
     
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  14. Geeboo

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    Not exactly the same thing, more on the HiFi side but time-wise it is about WWII. RCA BA-1 c.1945 broadcast preamp - fuly restored

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  15. dujardin

    dujardin Well-Known Member

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    wowwwwwwwwww splendid radio you present

    i'm fan
     
  16. B-Man2

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    Geeboo
    Your different skills are impressive.
     
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  17. EmergencyIan

    EmergencyIan Active Member

    Terrific radios, guys!

    - Ian
     

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