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 Post subject: Top 10 ?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 09, 2017 2:35 pm 
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What are your top 10 favorite radios? Whether you own them or not, table top, cathedral, tombstone or console, here are mine in no particular order. You try narrowing it down to 10...it isn't easy

1. AK 82
2. Emerson "Mae West" BD 197
3. Philco 90
4. Airline Movie dial (63-313) but I like them all
5. GE J-100
6. True Tone D727
7. Emerson model 60? very beautiful tombstone some question as to the model number. saw it at the Dallas show two years ago
8. The Walton 12-S-232
9. AK 558
10. Stratosphere 1000-Z
11. The AK bread boards


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 ?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 09, 2017 3:33 pm 
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For what I can think of right now, this is my list. I like sleek big console, and big dials on tombstone.

1. The Zenith Walton
2. Zenith 1000-Z Stratosphere
3. Imperial Tombstone (don't know model)
4. Sonora RCU-208
5. Detrola T-3 "Egyptian"
6. Silvertone Gold Dial Model 4586
7. Zenith model 5-S-218
8. Zenith model 8-S-463
9. Atwater Kent Model 206
10. Crosley "Victory" Model 63TJ

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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 ?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 09, 2017 6:16 pm 
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We've done Top 10 lists before, but I'm gonna do it again, then go look up the old threads and see what I've changed. :twisted:
This time I think I'm going to take it from the point of view of stunning good looks...

1. McMurdo Silver 1939 Masterpiece VI on an ebony Carlton cabinet.
2. Sparton 566 Bluebird (or 1186 Nocturne only need one either will do)
3. Zenith 16A63
4. startgroove's mirrored RCA console (best radio never manufactured)
5. Zenith 15U269
6. Silvertone 1968
7. Philco 29CSX
8. Setchell Carlson 'Jet'
9. Majestic 174
10. Zenith 835 / 935

Ugh, that's so difficult. Many more that deserve to be on this list. Philco's 16B Version 3, 45C, 201X conspicuously absent, as well as Zenith 10S130, 12S345, Majestic 307, ebony RCA 9K10... etc. etc. etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 ?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 09, 2017 9:55 pm 
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I am always on the lookout for an early Grebe set. Tough to come by.

These days my favorite is a Hallicrafters SX28A, recent acquisition. Also
using a westinghouse RA-DA up in the attic.


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 ?
PostPosted: Jan Mon 09, 2017 11:37 pm 
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My top 10 in the house here at the command center
based on which ones I am currently playing and listening to the most (except the 509X Philco High Fidelity
which is so stunning just to look at and is currently under electrical restoration)

1-Philco 509X console-1935 (oh so rare)
2-EH Scott Philharmonic 30 tube Gothic
3-McMurdo-Silver MP 6 on a Clifton
4-EH Scott AW23 in a Laureate Grande with tweeters
5-Capehart 406E in Adam cabinet
6-Magnavox Concert Grande circa 1961 with 42 tubes and 5 chassis
7-Magnavox Windsor Imperial with TV circa 1949
8-RCA D-22 1935 22 tubes
9-RCA Berkshire in Blonde Regent cabinet with TV and 69 tubes.
10-EH Scott 16 in a Warrington cabinet and with great sound

I actually rotate my showcase radios I listen to but this is my current list of daily players
out of maybe 40 total I have here.


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 ?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 3:05 am 
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This is hard!
Each radio seems to have its own charm.
So, tonight, I'm going with this list of the top 10 in my collection, based mostly on design - not in order:
(That's right! These are transistor radios.)

1. Zephyr ZR-620
2. Global GR-900
3. Toshiba TR-193
4. Toshiba 6TP-309
5. Viscount 6TP-102
6. Continental TR-623
7. Arvin 61R13
8. Trancel TR-80
9. Realtone TR861
10. Golden Shield 7109

I could immediately add another 10 from Bulova, Mitsubishi, Emerson, Sears and Sharp radios.


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 ?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 9:34 am 
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KnobDial wrote:
This is hard!
Each radio seems to have its own charm.
So, tonight, I'm going with this list of the top 10 in my collection, based mostly on design - not in order:
(That's right! These are transistor radios.)

1. Zephyr ZR-620
2. Global GR-900
3. Toshiba TR-193
4. Toshiba 6TP-309
5. Viscount 6TP-102
6. Continental TR-623
7. Arvin 61R13
8. Trancel TR-80
9. Realtone TR861
10. Golden Shield 7109

I could immediately add another 10 from Bulova, Mitsubishi, Emerson, Sears and Sharp radios.



Cool list. I have a couple of "Nipco"s which my Japanese wife thinks are cute :)

Personally, I favor early '20s sets. Made in America by Real Americans! :)

Dale

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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 ?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 3:36 pm 
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1. Hallicrafters SX-28 - still a favorite for many reasons
2. Zenith R (not Royal) 7000-2 - loved by some (including me) but hated by others
3. Philco Tropic 42-788 - not many of these around
4. RCA 143 - one of my first projects when I began collecting
5. National HRO-7 - with matching speaker and 8 coil sets
6. Kenwood R2000 - bedside SW radio gets a lot of use
7. HH Scott 340(A) - tube FM Stereo receiver and room heater used daily
8. Panasonic RF-2200 - wicked BCB DX
9. Grundig Satellit 500 - superb FM and versatile sleep timer
10. HP Pavilion - vintage laptop converted to streaming receiver, can't seem to kill it.

These are not necessarily listed in order of favoritism, just highly appreciated and/or often used.

Dave


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 ?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 4:01 pm 
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SW receivers BC receivers

R-390, 390A, 392 AK breadboards
SP-600 Philco catherdals (20, 70, 90)
Collins 51J series Grebe MU-1 also CR-9, etc
Collins 75A series Westinghouse RA/DA, RC
Racal RA-17D Kennedy 110
Racal RA-6790 Kennedy 220
National HRO series Federal 61
IP-500 and -501 Lemco crystal set
SW3, SW5 Uncle Als Miracle (xtal)

I'll leave out the TV's, transistor and ham sets...
Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 ?
PostPosted: Jan Tue 10, 2017 10:41 pm 
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DaleMidori wrote:
Personally, I favor....Made in America by Real Americans! :) Dale

Hard to choose from all my made in America by Americans transistor radios, but, here's my top 10 list for today (in no particular order):

1. General Electric P850B
2. General Electric P830C
3. Westinghouse HP65675
4. RCA Victor 3-RH-32
5. Zenith Royal 500H (500s are a great series, pure American technology)
6. Zenith Royal 85L & 85J
7. Silvertone 1203
8. Emerson 849
9. Emerson 888 series (another great real American set of radios)
10. Regency TR-1 (of course!)

The thing I particularly like about transistor radios is that they were invented by American ingenuity from the transistor to the PCB to the micro-electronics, unlike pre-1950s radios which were built from mostly borrowed (stolen?) technology from Europe. Transistor radios are the real American radios. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 ?
PostPosted: Jan Wed 11, 2017 2:50 am 
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KnobDial wrote:
The thing I particularly like about transistor radios is that they were invented by American ingenuity....unlike pre-1950s radios which were built from mostly borrowed (stolen?) technology from Europe.
Huh?
I always thought both pre- and post-1950's American radios were built with Edwin Armstrong's inventions (an American) and Radio Corporation of America (RCA) licenses. I never realized that they stole the technology from Europe.

Dave


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 ?
PostPosted: Jan Wed 11, 2017 3:50 pm 
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I agree.... this is certainly hard!
After a lot of deliberation I come up with this list. Who knows, it may change tomorrow, but for now...

1.- Zenith 441*
2.- Zenith 1000Z
3.- Zenith 990*
4.- Sparton 136
5.- Sparton 1867
6.- Sparton Visionola*
7.- GE HM136*
8.- Stromberg Carlson 480
9.- Capehart 406D
10.- Philco 201X

Honorable mentions Zenith 40A, Zenith 22H698/9 and GE GM125*

(* = I don't own)

Yeah, I know.... they are all consoles... :lol:

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