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 Post subject: Question about AK33
PostPosted: Nov Sun 22, 2020 11:37 pm 
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Hello all. This is the only picture I have of the chassis and I am not very familiar with this type of radio. Just wondering, other than the missing tubes, does the chassis look complete and in decent condition? Hopefully the picture will allow some feedback. Thanks for the education.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about AK33
PostPosted: Nov Mon 23, 2020 1:53 am 
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Hard to say from the topside up, would need to see it from underneath for a closer inspection.

One thing that is obvious from the photo is the first audio transformer has been replaced. Originals can still be found in working condition.

Also not clear if the battery cable is there or missing.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about AK33
PostPosted: Nov Wed 25, 2020 12:03 am 
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Thanks for the reply. I just found out the the cabinet has been "restored" sometime in the past. I wish I could find one in original condition for the $30 asking price.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about AK33
PostPosted: Nov Wed 25, 2020 3:32 am 
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Looking again at that photo I wonder if the chassis has been painted? What does the front panel look like? If its still got its original crackle or wrinkle finish and color then I wouldn't worry too much about the cabinet if it looks OK; if it doesn't that's not too difficult to fix (just time consuming). You should be able to find a set of 201A tubes for around $10, they are common. Is the battery cord still present?


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 Post subject: Re: Question about AK33
PostPosted: Nov Wed 25, 2020 4:07 am 
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The 01A tubes will be about $10.00 each. If the rest of it looks as good as what can be seen in the photos, its worth the $30.00. The AK33 is less common than some of the other AK coffin radios.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about AK33
PostPosted: Nov Wed 25, 2020 12:40 pm 
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Have a couple more pictures. Still not sure about the battery cord, but it does look like a cord next to the hole marked "speaker".


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 Post subject: Re: Question about AK33
PostPosted: Nov Wed 25, 2020 2:33 pm 
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AK33 was actually the first set I ever bought from that manufacturer. They're pretty good performers, the extra stage of
RF with the trimmer control makes a difference. You'll enjoy that.

The paint on mine was pretty far gone, I repainted also. Gloss black, what was I thinking, but it came out so well I've had
folks wonder if they were produced that way.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about AK33
PostPosted: Nov Wed 25, 2020 3:04 pm 
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I can't tell from your photo how much of the power cord remains on the set. Often, the original cable can be pretty ratty and frayed, but if its not too bad, you can trim them back and keep using them. When they were new, they were pretty long 6-8 feet if I recall.
The colors will often be faded and hard to make out. Sometimes you may need to trace out the cable wiring back to the set with an ohmmeter to make sure you get it connected correctly.

For cables that are not usable, you can make a new one to replace the old one.

Jim is right. They are good performing sets.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about AK33
PostPosted: Nov Wed 25, 2020 3:58 pm 
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For $30, I'd be all over that set. These are great performing sets,
perhaps the best of the last battery era sets (1927-28) Parts are
available as the original service info. The cabinet "restoration"
wouldn't deter me. You could always restain it darker to be more
in line with an original.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about AK33
PostPosted: Nov Thu 26, 2020 2:05 am 
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brnhornet52 wrote:
For $30, I'd be all over that set... The cabinet "restoration"
wouldn't deter me. You could always restain it darker to be more
in line with an original.


Agreed. Now that we can see it that front panel looks very minty indeed. Probably worth the $30 but if they'll take an offer try it.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about AK33
PostPosted: Nov Thu 26, 2020 2:33 am 
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Wait - what?

You haven't bought this yet.

Sorry, it's really a worthless piece of junk. Please send me the seller's contact information so that I may
chatise them suitably for attempting to cheat you!


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 Post subject: Re: Question about AK33
PostPosted: Nov Thu 26, 2020 3:48 am 
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It's a steal at $30, grab it!

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 Post subject: Re: Question about AK33
PostPosted: Nov Fri 27, 2020 2:54 pm 
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Well, I was able to grab it this morning. The seller was a super nice guy who held on to it for me even though he had other offers.

The battery cord is intact and in very good condition. Although it was not a great refinishing job, it is not as bad as it looked in the photos. The seller also said he definitely has the tubes "somewhere" and will call when he finds them. Fortunately, He's only about 20 minutes away.

He also has several other 30s radios that he wants to get rid of and when he is ready I will be his first call. Hopefully he has some good ones that have not been refinished.

Lots to do before this is playing again but I am happy with the purchase, especially if he comes up with the tubes.

Here is a picture of the end of the battery cord.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about AK33
PostPosted: Nov Fri 27, 2020 4:21 pm 
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Good for you! This will be a nice performing set for you.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about AK33
PostPosted: Nov Sat 28, 2020 1:18 am 
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Yes, that's definitely a nice one with that crisp front panel. If you should decide to replace the first audio with an AK original its an easy fix, and that transformer shouldn't be too difficult to find. All the best with it.


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