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 Post subject: Re: Going to buy radio tomorrow PLEASE HELP!
PostPosted: Mar Sat 03, 2018 3:26 am 
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I like the RCA in the last photo. It is the one on the upper left. Ivory colored and 3 knobs. I restored one of these, and it is a good performer. If you can get it for $20 or less, that would be a good buy.

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 Post subject: Re: Going to buy radio tomorrow PLEASE HELP!
PostPosted: Mar Sat 03, 2018 5:52 am 
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dandypanty wrote:
Thank you. I think 10 dollars is a fair price for the sets. What would you all give for the large wooden philco? That's the one that appeals to me the most. I'll probably try to get the hippopotamus and maybe one other plus the large wooden philco.

It looks to me like the fancy wooden appliqué is missing across the top of the cabinet. I would say it was a $60-80 radio if complete, but that piece of decorative woodwork is kind of central to its overall aesthetic, and I don't know how you'd replace it. Maybe mold it from another radio of the same model? The piece was molded to begin with, repwood I believe. Without it, I feel like it's only a $20-40 radio. If you think about the effort to replace that part, it will take a lot more than $40 of effort.

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/philco_112.html

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 Post subject: Re: Going to buy radio tomorrow PLEASE HELP!
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glasdave wrote:
Then in the 4th photo, on the left hand side there is an airline set, with a tuning eye, Unless the case is really badly broken, I would grab it. These are good looking sets, though not beginner level! If complete and clean I would pay a bit more the 10.00 for it!

That's a good point. There were a couple different models that used that cabinet, and even the most common one is not that common. I've seen them sell for a fair bit of $$$ on eBay.

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/montgomery_62_280.html

Some of the other radios in the thread:
GE with blue dial: https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/general_el_l651.html
RCA 68R3: https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/rca_68r3_rc608.html
Philco Hippo: https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/philco_46 ... e_125.html

I still say that GE is the one you want as a practice radio.


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I agree with Glasdave about the airline, although the eye tube is not a regular 6e5.
I have one [ 6 volt battery set], and it is a very nice looking radio if it is cleaned up.
It is hard to get it in and out of the cabinet.
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The Emerson in the 5th pic.

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After the Hippo, the best bang for your bux would be the wooden table sets, and the one with the eye tube. If you buy multiples, sort them out from easiest electronically to hardest (maybe the eye tube set), and of course begin your education with the easiest. You can get the prints on nostalgia air; http://www.nostalgiaair.org/Resources/.

The plastic clock radios you can't give away.

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The early Philco console would be one of my picks; they're not that difficult to rework, even with the Bakelite capacitors.

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Art Hoch wrote:
Don't assume you don't have to work on "those that work." Bad capacitors and other parts will require you to "go through them" carefully. Plan to work on each & EVERY set you buy. Better to be safe than sorry.
+1. To start, I suggest the white RCA, so-called "AA5", in your last picture... most of this type are easy to restore. Then go for the nicer, wood cabinet radios after 1940 with AC transformers in them. When you get more skilled go after 1930's wood cabinet radios that are more challenging.
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I just did an Admiral like the one sits on top in the third picture -- paid around $20 -- just sold for $50
It was a good starter -- I also like the wood radio in the first picture ($20 - $30) and the wood radio in the 5th picture ($20-$25)

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I purchased 2 of them. The hippo was in horrible shape as were many of the others. The tall boy philco was in pretty good shape but I couldn't come to a decent deal. The lady was crazy. She didn't have prices on anything when I got there and busted out eBay to show me buy it now prices. I thought the trip was a total waste. We came to a deal on these two but honestly I over paid. I was in a huge rush and mispoke. I meant to bundle three for the price I offered instead of the two and she immediately took the offer. Shame on me. Oh well, I really wanted them. I don't know anything about either of these except that I love the way they look... Yall tell me what you think.


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dandypanty wrote:
Oh well, I really wanted them. I don't know anything about either of these except that I love the way they look... Yall tell me what you think.

You did fine!
Congrats on getting some nice looking sets!

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Nice finds! :D

The Zenith is a 7-S-657R. Other than the usual re-capping, you will find that there is quite a bit of rubber insulated wiring that will probably need replacement as the insulation is crumbling.
Its not hard, just an additional amount of work involved.

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thanks guys! I need a knob for the zenith. One of them is in terrible shape. I'll fix it for now but I'd ultimately like to replace it. I'm going to start with the Zenith in restoring. What is the first step? Buy caps and replace them all, then replace the wires? This is my first radio restoration and I have never done anything with electronics except soldered 6 wires to a motherboard.


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I thought the idea was to get a typical AA5 radio to practice on. I still think that is what you should do. There are lots of them for sale. After you've soldered caps into a simple radio, you will be better equipped to dig into the Zenith. Congrats on acquiring both of those.

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The GE *is* a standard AA6... What's wrong with that for a 1st radio?

And those GEs were strong performers... I honestly wouldn't be surprised if it's a better DXer than the Zenith. Plus it's a nice looking radio!

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/general_el_l651.html

Good choices, Dandy. :D

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I would agree with palegreenthumb in that you might consider starting with the GE table set. Get your feet wet with that, and then perhaps tackle the Zenith.

It also wouldn't hurt if you got acquainted with schematic diagrams. You can get them for both sets here;
http://www.nostalgiaair.org/Resources/

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dandypanty wrote:
thanks guys! I need a knob for the zenith. One of them is in terrible shape. I'll fix it for now but I'd ultimately like to replace it. I'm going to start with the Zenith in restoring. What is the first step? Buy caps and replace them all, then replace the wires? This is my first radio restoration and I have never done anything with electronics except soldered 6 wires to a motherboard.

Some generic steps:
--if it's a transformerless set, get an isolation transformer
--inspect..look for bad wiring, solder joints, signs of overheating...
--measure..continuity of all coils and transformers, resistor values ( for starters just flag any that are more than 20% high.)
--replace all electrolytics before power up. Some say also all paper/wax caps before power up.
--once you think you are ready, power up using a variac and ammeter**.


**you'll also hear about the "dim-bulb" method. The objective is simply to limit input current so that a defect does not cause further damage. Using the Variac, increase voltage slowly while monitoring current. You know what to expect from the service info for the set.

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According to the book "Zenith the glory years 1936-1945" your Zenith is uncommon and worth $120-$160. The book was published in 2003.

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