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 Post subject: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jun Tue 26, 2018 1:23 am 
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I have a 306G Capehart Sheraton phonograph AM radio/shortwave all original parts I want to sell. It's in good condition with some veneer missing at base, and hasn't been played for decades. Any ideas of price range?


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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jun Tue 26, 2018 2:19 pm 
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We do help with assessment of value if for no other reason than to prevent the owner of a desirable set from being taken advantage of. The mid-1930s Capeharts were upscale sets that are sought after today. Like all radios of that time, the value depends greatly on the model, condition, and features. Many Capehart sets were ordered as custom installations so features may be important here. It is my understanding, however, that the 300 series of Capeharts were radios only without phonograph. Can you recheck the model number? Also photos will be needed, front, back, doors closed and opened, and inside including the chassis


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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jun Tue 26, 2018 4:10 pm 
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Thank you Norman. This set has it all, including the record changer, original arm, lots of extra tubes, original capehart speakers. It's been in the family probably since new! I will indeed double check the numbers, etc. and try to get some photos posted soon. Thanks so much again!


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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jun Tue 26, 2018 4:58 pm 
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Thank you for inquiring. As Norman stated, pictures will help in an evaluation on selling price. You may have to wait a day or two to post pictures as you are a newly registered member. Once you are able to post pictures you may need to decrease the size of said picture to 800 by 800 or smaller depending on your camera, no bigger than 256KiB.


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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jun Tue 26, 2018 6:21 pm 
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There is also a radio classified section you
may post your item to.

Product demand and location, of course,
determines sale-ability as in any commerce.

I keep my expectations low when selling something,
and then I'm not disappointed.
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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jul Mon 02, 2018 5:54 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jul Mon 02, 2018 6:03 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jul Fri 06, 2018 1:25 am 
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Capehart was well known for producing some of the finest entertainment equipment available to the consumer and commercial markets during the late 1920's thru the late 1940's. The company produced jukeboxes (early years), home combination units (such as yours), as well as custom installations for the home or business. The company re-organized in the late 20s/early 30's after Homer Capehart (founding innovator) was ousted by company investors. Farnsworth Radio and Television Company purchased the Capehart Company sometime between 1938 and 1939. Capehart came to fame during the 1930's and early 1940's with the introduction of their deluxe home units. Capehart was best known for it's deluxe home units and custom installations. Capehart marketed their products toward the wealthy. Their products were status symbols, but also much more. Sound quality, performance of the record player and radio outperformed most of the what was available on the consumer market back then. The company's 400 series manufactured between 1930's and 1940's were just about the company's finest radio/record player combination machines one could buy. The 500 series were the best of the best and only offered for several years between the late 1930's and early 1940's, they were for the wealthiest of wealthy. Capehart had a patent on it's "flip over changer" aka model 16-E and later variations which lasted all through the 1930's. No one could replicate their amazing changer. This changer and later variations were the finest one could by in the 1930's. The Achilles heel of Capehart's flip over changer was it would only play 78 rpm records. Upon the commercial release of LP 33's in the late 1940's, the Capehart flip over changer become obsolete overnight. Due to the "long playing capability" of 33's, a flip over changer was no longer needed as several LP 33's would out last a full stack of 78 RPM records. Upon the introduction of the LP 33 to the market, Capehart offered a modification allowing the changer to accept 33 LP's. Declining sales and new technology caused Capehart to eventually abandon the flip over changer. Farnsworth cheapened the Capehart line after WWII, production of the flip over changer seized to exist shortly before 1950.

To answer your question: The 300 series were a step below the 400 series during the 1930's. The 300 series could be had as a "radio only" console or "radio/record player" such as what you have. Your model 306G was introduced for the 1939 sales year. Capehart labeled your cabinet as the "Sheraton". It has a later variation 16-E flip over changer. It looks as though part of your lower "separation panel" (separating radio compartment from changer compartment) is missing. You had mentioned the cabinet is missing veneer near the bottom as well. This and any other missing parts will affect overall value of the machine. From my experience, I would value your machine as it sits now unrestored at $500.00-$1,000. Electrical and mechanical restoration of this machine is no small task. I recommend not powering up the unit until an analysis and electrical restoration have been performed. It would be un-wise to play the radio or record player before servicing. Doing so can damage or destroy vital components which will further hurt the value of the set.

Restoration of such a unit can be very costly. For example: I am currently restoring a 1937 406E with a 1936 406D soon to be second in line. I have quoted a customer $2,500.00 for an electrical and mechanical restoration on a 400 series machine. These Capehart's are complex and involved machines to service whether a 300, 400, or 500 series. The 300 series being the smaller, I would quote $1,500.00 for restoration work. I know you are looking to sell (Above being an example of what is involved with such a unit).



*****Correction, your cabinet is the Sheraton as mentioned in the first posting********


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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jul Fri 06, 2018 4:39 am 
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Thanks for all your info Jon! Did my pics come through then??? I don't believe it is missing any parts, as it worked just fine years ago, and has not been moved from it's location or played in many, many decades! Just sat there ignored by my family. My grandmother played piano for vaudeville and silent movies, and the whole family was musical. This must have been their Big Splurge. I fondly remember playing it as a child! I also think the veneer strip missing on the base would be an easy fix. It is a large beast of a cabinet, but very nice veneer work on the front doors, and fancy knobs and beadwork on the radio tuning area.


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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jul Fri 06, 2018 11:39 am 
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In order for pictures to appear in the forum, they need to be posted as a common jpeg (.jpg) image file. Other image file formats may also work but I could not open your .zip files which resulted in a black screen even after jumping through the hoops required to open them.

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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jul Fri 06, 2018 1:18 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jul Fri 06, 2018 1:38 pm 
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Capehartlove wrote:
Thanks for all your info Jon! Did my pics come through then??? I don't believe it is missing any parts, as it worked just fine years ago, and has not been moved from it's location or played in many, many decades! Just sat there ignored by my family. My grandmother played piano for vaudeville and silent movies, and the whole family was musical. This must have been their Big Splurge. I fondly remember playing it as a child! I also think the veneer strip missing on the base would be an easy fix. It is a large beast of a cabinet, but very nice veneer work on the front doors, and fancy knobs and beadwork on the radio tuning area.



Thank you for sharing further history of the set. Very interesting your Grandmother had a hand in Vaudeville during the early 1900's to 1920's. Did she ever play the Wurlitzer organ for silent movies back then? I would say the Capehart was a big splurge for the family as original sale cost according to my literature was $795.00 in 1939. A good car could be purchased for that price back then!

Larry kindly posted your photo's, thanks Larry.

Could you include a photo of missing veneer and a picture of the rear of the unit please?

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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jul Fri 06, 2018 1:50 pm 
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A little more information on your machine:

The changer is indeed a later variation 16-E model. The 16-E was so revolutionary upon it's introduction due to the fact it can play both sides of the record automatically. Something no other manufacture could do in the 1930's due to Capehart's patent.

The radio receiver incorporates standard broadcast as well as shortwave bands.

The small item below the radio panel is a mechanical play control allowing the use to set the amount of record plays before shutting off automatically.

I really like your machine and the history behind it.

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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jul Thu 12, 2018 12:10 am 
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ok....hope these smaller pics come through!


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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jul Thu 12, 2018 12:22 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jul Thu 12, 2018 4:01 am 
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Sweet! Great pictures! Thank you for loading them. I had a couple of questions about the 306, of which most have been answered with the pictures. Yet, I still wonder about the tone controls. Is there an indicator in the dial area which visually shows the amount of Bass and Treble?

The changer looks nearly identical to the one in mine, which is a model 113 M2 FM. There is another thread here detailing the restoration of it, if you'd like to know what is involved in doing so.

Cheers, Russie


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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jul Thu 12, 2018 1:38 pm 
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Russie,
The vertical radio dial has bass and treble levels 1 - 10 on the sides of it. The Brown wooden lyre embossed control knobs are also for various bass, etc. levels.
I'm still hoping to get a price range on this.
Thanks for your info!


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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jul Thu 12, 2018 1:41 pm 
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Thank you for uploading more pictures. It looks as though your machine is entirely complete electrically. Interior pictures confirm you do have the 12 inch speaker Capehart used on many of their products post 1935. I would like to re-evaluate your set once again concluding your pictures. Confirming the set is entirely complete electrically and cabinet showing only minor damage, I would now value your 306G between $1,300.00 and $1,600.00. Good luck on selling and thanks for joining the forum to inquire further about your machine.

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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jul Thu 12, 2018 2:59 pm 
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That is a great looking radio-phono. I concur with Jon's assessment.

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 Post subject: Re: Price range please???
PostPosted: Jul Sun 22, 2018 5:33 pm 
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Thanks so much everyone for all the info! Sorry for all the heated controversy I caused in posting! I am glad the pictures were helpful to some also. I will list this beauty in the classifieds here, and try selling locally also. I am in the Cleveland, Ohio area if anyone has interest. Again, many thanks!


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