Here's an Admiral 24A12 I picked up not long ago. Like some of you, I wanted one of these Admiral bakelite mini-consoles for my collection for some time.
The story on how I acquired this one is a bit convoluted. I was contacted by someone in southern California who was a collector of various antiques, including bakelite items. He had a beautiful bakelite Admiral tabletop 7" set and this 24A12. At first, he seemed to want to sell both of them to me, rather than having me fix them for him. However, his price was too high, so we agreed that I would fix the sets for him. Especially when he came to understand that I don't charge too much, I think he wanted to keep the sets.
So I fixed them both -- got them working perfectly. When the sets were back in his posession (via a third party that drove them down south), he said that the little set worked fine, but the 24A12 didn't. This kind of thing is always a big disappointment, and one of the risks you face when you can't deliver the restored set to the customer personally. I was feeling bad for him, and he had a renewed interest to sell the set to me, so we settled on a price and I bought it. The same third party brought the set back to me again (making money off all three legs of this transportation marathon).
Guess what happened when it got back to me and I plugged it in? It worked perfectly, just like it did when it left my shop in the first place. Not exactly sure what all happened here, but the set is in fact really nice, with nearly a flawless bakelite cabinet. It's quite possible that everyone involved is happy, especially the guy who transported it three times! (he's one of our friendly forum members)