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 Post subject: Re: Own a radio that you've not seen another like it?
PostPosted: Jul Mon 09, 2012 1:37 am 
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If you search through radio guide books you will find this exact radio under at least a dozen differerent names. I have yet to see another under the Silvertone name though. With their large selection of radios with their own unique styling, I don't see how this set fit in their '35 line-up. It's a great set though and one of my top favorites in my collection.
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 Post subject: Re: Own a radio that you've not seen another like it?
PostPosted: Jul Mon 09, 2012 1:59 am 
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Re the Silvertone mystery tombstone radio: Absolutely gorgeous radio ... almost good enough to leave home for, eh ... ? :wink:

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I have the Admiral battery version of that one. I've seen some other names on that set also, but no Silvertone. It's one of the better looking tombstones.


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 Post subject: Re: Own a radio that you've not seen another like it?
PostPosted: Jul Mon 09, 2012 2:10 am 
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Re the Silvertone mystery tombstone radio: Absolutely gorgeous radio ... almost good enough to leave home for, eh ... ? :wink:

Thanks, Frank


Thanks. Yes, it is an impressive looking set with real marquetry on the front. The previous owner had a difficult time restoring the chassis because he could not find a schematic for it. I was told once it's origin is a Continental 7169, but I have yet to confirm that.
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 Post subject: Re: Own a radio that you've not seen another like it?
PostPosted: Jul Mon 09, 2012 3:26 am 
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I have this Crosley 83cp. I have never found another one and can't even find a picture of one doing a google search.


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 Post subject: Re: Own a radio that you've not seen another like it?
PostPosted: Jul Mon 09, 2012 10:39 am 
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I have the Admiral battery version of that one. I've seen some other names on that set also, but no Silvertone. It's one of the better looking tombstones.


I would dare say that the set was sold under the widest variety of any radio. It had almost every orphan brand name attached to it as well as some of the bigger names too!
(In reference to my '35 Silvertone tombstone pictured several posts earlier)


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 Post subject: Re: Own a radio that you've not seen another like it?
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Radio Products/Continental was a big "private label" manufacturer in addition to making the Admiral sets. Their X8 chassis is one which shows up a lot:

http://www.nostalgiaair.org/PagesByMode ... 003116.pdf

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a Coronado 990B about 1941 an still works [ needs a little cabinet work ] David


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I'm sorry, but there appears to be someone peeking out of your radio....

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cant help that its made that way


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 Post subject: Re: Own a radio that you've not seen another like it?
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So it looks like Doc Hudson from the movie Cars .. Still a rare radio. :wink:

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I love this thread. It has to be my favorite. I like to see all the unusual radios the ARF members have. I have to add my namesake, Atchison cathedral. This is a model 26, I have seen no others.
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 Post subject: Re: Own a radio that you've not seen another like it?
PostPosted: Aug Wed 08, 2012 5:12 pm 
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missouriguy wrote:
I have this Crosley 83cp. I have never found another one and can't even find a picture of one doing a google search.


I have one of these as well, nice piece of furniture

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 Post subject: Re: Own a radio that you've not seen another like it?
PostPosted: Aug Wed 08, 2012 6:54 pm 
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U106 wrote:
missouriguy wrote:
I have this Crosley 83cp. I have never found another one and can't even find a picture of one doing a google search.


I have one of these as well, nice piece of furniture


Could you possibly post a picture of it? I'm wondering how far off mine looks from the original. This one has a different grill cloth, a replaced phono, etc. Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Own a radio that you've not seen another like it?
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I have this one. Have never seen another. Doubt that i ever will. Did a complete restoration. All the wood slats are separate and it took a ton of sanding to get them to fit back together. This one is going to my grand kids. Want them to be able to say to there friends " My grand pa did this"
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 Post subject: Re: Own a radio that you've not seen another like it?
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I think this may be a prototype, as I never seen another...
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...The chassis and components are almost the same as this...
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...made by "Ultimate Radio" and called the "Explorer 8", for it's 8 transistors and a tuned RF stage.
Here's the innards, although not an original battery. The Ekco has a bakelite holder for 6 "D" cells.
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 Post subject: Re: Own a radio that you've not seen another like it?
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My humble and beaten up Echophone E-220

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 Post subject: Re: Own a radio that you've not seen another like it?
PostPosted: Aug Sat 11, 2012 6:31 am 
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I haven't been able to find much of anything on this guy:

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I posted about it on here some time ago and someone came up with a very similar radio with a different output tube (Montgomery Ward/Airline, IIRC). Simple 4-tube AC/DC/Battery set. My guess its that its one made shortly after WWII using whatever parts were available at the time. Its still awaiting a restoration.

There's also the mid-30's "Baby Grand" child's console I have, though I did find out that it has a Warwick 510-c chassis in it. There's apparently a few of these floating around still, but nobody seems to know who sold them or were they came from.

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 Post subject: Re: Own a radio that you've not seen another like it?
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Yes, my Faraway set from Cincinnati ohio, Faraway is an identical set to a cleartone, but final assembly is done in the Faraway factory using kit parts made by Cleartone.

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 Post subject: Re: Own a radio that you've not seen another like it?
PostPosted: Aug Sat 11, 2012 2:49 pm 
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I have not gone through all 23 pages of this thread, but I will be. I will say that I have a few radios that I believe to be very rare. The one I will post here I believe to be a prototype. I wrote an article for the ARC recently but Jon Hummer has yet to respond to it. I've done alot of research on it. There is only one other like it known to exist and it is entirely different in that it is an all-white metal set. Mine is chrome with copper base. It is definately not a homebrew as it has tags on it from the company's maker and the chassis was produced just for the radio by Mission Bell radio. My best guess is that an entrepeneur from Salt Lake City commissioned the radio for production and then WWll got in the way. Any further info on the piece will be gladly accepted. With regards, Ken
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