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 Post subject: sparton lobster?
PostPosted: Jan Sun 06, 2019 5:00 am 
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Hi, has anyone seen radios10467 new listing on ebay for what he claims is a Sparton lobster?. I never seen a Sparton like that before. Maybe I'm wrong. Any thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: sparton lobster?
PostPosted: Jan Sun 06, 2019 5:37 am 
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Cabinet looks like the Sparton I've seen in pictures but the chassis does not look correct. I believe that it's supposed to be from the late '30s and that looks like a later chassis.
Edit: I just did a Google image search for sparton radio lobster and that pulls up the model that I am familiar with.


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PostPosted: Jan Sun 06, 2019 5:59 am 
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Yes I did as well, and both the 1938 and 1939 models show very different dial face and clearly marked as Sparton. Very plain looking dial on this one with no badging.


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None of the versions that Google brings up have that seam above the dial.


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 Post subject: Re: sparton lobster?
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That looks like a Meissner chassis installed. Totally un-original.

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A link would be nice.

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 Post subject: Re: sparton lobster?
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Oh true, here it is

https://www.ebay.com/itm/143077816120

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Indiana Radios wrote:
A link would be nice.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/143077816120

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 Post subject: Re: sparton lobster?
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radios10467 wrote:
SPARTON ( the only maker i know of these radios , this radio may have been made by another maker but i dont know ) CLASSIC " LOBSTER " STYLE MODEL CABINET RADIO .


Even the seller has some reservations as to whether this is a true Detrola or not. I say it's not. That's no Detrola dial I've ever seen and I seriously doubt that Detrola ever used a black wrinkle painted chassis. The cabinet is interesting in that there's a cut between the front panel veneer and the veneer of the top. I would normally expect the veneer to be in one piece continuously running from the front, up over the curve, and all the way to the top rear. The cabinet's obviously been refinished and new grill cloth installed.

Many radio manufacturers didn't make their own cabinets and the cabinet manufacturers sometimes provided the same cabinet or similar cabinets to diffrant radio manufacturers and retailers.

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i wouldnt buy anything from this seller


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Even the seller has some reservations as to whether this is a true Detrola or not. I say it's not. That's no Detrola dial I've ever seen and I seriously doubt that Detrola ever used a black wrinkle painted chassis.


Detrola? I'm confused. Who said anything about Detrola? I mentioned Meissner, but the cabinet is certainly Sparton.

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Sorry to have left you in such a state of confusion, there, Steve. What I meant to say was Sparton. My bad. :mrgreen:

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Ok so given it's not a complete/original Sparton Lobster from 1938 or 1939 can anyone say what years the chassis might be from? I'm clueless trying to date the components.
Thanks K.


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I'd say mid to late 40s, maybe early 50s


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 Post subject: Re: sparton lobster?
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kurt1618 wrote:
Ok so given it's not a complete/original Sparton Lobster from 1938 or 1939 can anyone say what years the chassis might be from? I'm clueless trying to date the components.
Thanks K.

By the looks of the speaker field coil and eye tube hole in the dial I'd say 1939-1940ish.


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 Post subject: Re: sparton lobster?
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Hold back your shock, but it's back

https://www.ebay.com/itm/372589774558


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 Post subject: Re: sparton lobster?
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The cabinet is interesting in that there's a cut between the front panel veneer and the veneer of the top. I would normally expect the veneer to be in one piece continuously running from the front, up over the curve, and all the way to the top rear.


Red flag, IMO.


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 Post subject: Re: sparton lobster?
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It's baaaa-aaack...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-1930s- ... 2589774558

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 Post subject: Re: sparton lobster?
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So he "sold" it on January 12, and now it's back.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-1930s- ... 3077816120
And here we've always accused him of employing shills... :roll:

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