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 Post subject: Unknown Atwater Kent Radio
PostPosted: Nov Sun 22, 2020 1:33 am 
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Here is a picture of a cabinet without the radio that belongs to a family that would like to resurrect this "heirloom". There is a plate on the back of the cabinet top cross frame that states "Atwater Kent" - so we know the manufacturer. The speaker grille area is a pretty banged up "sunburst" with rays of narrow plywood radiating from the center of the bottom (many broken). I looked at the AK website and others and have researched my books but find no similar cabinet that would tell me the model #. It looks to me like pre-1930, maybe 1928 or 29. If we can identify it, they would like to find the radio that goes into it. If we can put this puzzle together in theory, then we can look at the estimated cost. I have a Model 70 but this dial opening is not the smooth semi-circle of the 70 -- this one is scalloped. I would greatly appreciate any ideas from you wizards -- with thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Unknown Atwater Kent Radio
PostPosted: Nov Sun 22, 2020 3:16 am 
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In all likelihood that cabinet is for an A-K model 55 or 60.
What happened to the top of the cabinet?

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 Post subject: Re: Unknown Atwater Kent Radio
PostPosted: Nov Sun 22, 2020 3:35 am 
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Many after market cabinets were available for AK radios, and this is probably one of them. AK 55s are fairly easy to find.

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 Post subject: Re: Unknown Atwater Kent Radio
PostPosted: Nov Sun 22, 2020 8:09 am 
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EASY, its for an AK 55 or 60. Both are 1929, a HUGE year for radio sales, so the AK 55's are super common, at least here in the Midwest. You can find a chassis and speaker for probably under $125 in very nice condition. Both are VERY heavy so its not a very shippable thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Unknown Atwater Kent Radio
PostPosted: Nov Sun 22, 2020 2:48 pm 
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Terrific! I didn't think of an aftermarket cabinet but that makes sense. No one knows what happened to the top, but my guess is that the lady of the house put her flower vase on the top and the water ruined it over the years. I have found that the case in several restorations. Thank you very much for the replies. I'll probably have another winter project coming now. I'll check with the owners now and it's likely I'll be in the market for an AK-55 or 60. Thanks again - this Forum is amazing. Happy Thanksgiving! Stay well!!


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 Post subject: Re: Unknown Atwater Kent Radio
PostPosted: Nov Sun 22, 2020 4:34 pm 
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Since those are very common radios, it's possible to find a nice complete one and make it the heirloom.

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