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 Post subject: Radiola III in old shop.
PostPosted: Mar Fri 30, 2018 2:49 am 
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Hello all, I was in a small "pickers paradise" at least it would have been if you were the guys from the t.v. show that being said they had more old advertising signs then one would have known what to do with and all in very good shape. That said among all the signs and other stuff was a very nice looking RCA Radiola III. From what I could see it was complete, had the head phones and the lead to battery. All knobs and switches were there as well. He was asking $150 for it or best offer.
Now I have no idea what one of these are worth. Even had two tubes still in it.
What is one of these worth? A good investment or not?


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 Post subject: Re: Radiola III in old shop.
PostPosted: Mar Fri 30, 2018 3:19 am 
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I would, only if the two WD-11's were good. Will the vendor allow you to take a continuity check of the tubes? You could push your luck and check the audio transformer too :roll: That can be done without taking the case off via the battery leads and the tube socket connections.

If a tube is out or you can't scratch a continuity through the transformer, make a low-ball offer, say 75, but I think that is still too much... Especially for display tubes and a bad transformer.

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 Post subject: Re: Radiola III in old shop.
PostPosted: Mar Fri 30, 2018 4:17 am 
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Plenty of them around, $150 too much, unless the tubes are good.


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 Post subject: Re: Radiola III in old shop.
PostPosted: Mar Fri 30, 2018 3:04 pm 
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Chas is correct, but I might pay more for one that is cosmetically in near mint condition, those are hard to find. I paid 90.00 for a Balanced Amplifier that goes with the Radiola III. It has a blown primary on the input transformer, but the case and bakelite top are like new.

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 Post subject: Re: Radiola III in old shop.
PostPosted: Mar Fri 30, 2018 6:03 pm 
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Yeah, the top of this radio and the wooden box it fits in are in excellent condition the white lettering and the knobs all very good. I thought the radio was to lite in weight to be complete, so he took the top off and we could look inside. I have no experience as to what should be there, but all looked in its place no signs of work having been done.


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 Post subject: Re: Radiola III in old shop.
PostPosted: Mar Fri 30, 2018 6:24 pm 
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I have a bunch of thin black rubber sheet that can be cut to replace the shock mounts in those Radiolas. I did that on one I had at one time. Cuts easily enough with a razor blade and probably with sharp scissors.


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 Post subject: Re: Radiola III in old shop.
PostPosted: Mar Fri 30, 2018 11:36 pm 
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These radios are very light and don't have a lot to them inside. Go to Ebay and search Radiola III, there's one that's currently at $59.00. It has photos of the insides you can look at and compare to what you've seen.

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 Post subject: Re: Radiola III in old shop.
PostPosted: Mar Fri 30, 2018 11:37 pm 
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As Chas mentioned, it's not too out of line if and only if the WD-11s are good. If they turn out to be duds, I think about $50 is more realistic.

Although they can look good to a browser, a lot of these old shops have had the same things in them for a decade or more, usually because the seller was delusional when they were priced.

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 Post subject: Re: Radiola III in old shop.
PostPosted: Mar Sat 31, 2018 9:25 pm 
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Great info, as to the WD 11 tubes I afraid to ask as to what those would cost to replace....


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 Post subject: Re: Radiola III in old shop.
PostPosted: Mar Sat 31, 2018 11:11 pm 
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WD-11's have come down in price, still an expensive tube, but not crazy high like they used to be.

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