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 Post subject: What other radio things to collect
PostPosted: Jun Fri 04, 2021 6:24 pm 
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Just thinking about this the other day, 1920's audio frequency transformers are unique in their own right. Some are just utilitarian, where others have different shapes and are made of different materials, inexpensive as well. They would not take up a lot of room on ones shelf, and can be mounted on a 4" wide board.

Here are some of them from ebay

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 Post subject: Re: What other radio things to collect
PostPosted: Jun Fri 04, 2021 7:39 pm 
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Just thinking about this the other day, 1920's audio frequency transformers are unique in their own right. Some are just utilitarian, where others have different shapes and are made of different materials, inexpensive as well. They would not take up a lot of room on ones shelf, and can be mounted on a 4" wide board.


Hmmm, that is an interesting thought!


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 Post subject: Re: What other radio things to collect
PostPosted: Jun Fri 04, 2021 8:10 pm 
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That Hallordson is nice, almost looks like a Premier one

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 Post subject: Re: What other radio things to collect
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It’s common to find other artifacts while looking for radios. Lightening arresters, capacitors, tubes, speaker plugs, magazines, test equipment and antenna insulators are just a few. All collectible.

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 Post subject: Re: What other radio things to collect
PostPosted: Jun Fri 04, 2021 10:18 pm 
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Years ago I when someone asked that question, I proposed that he start collecting rare vacuum. There were so many old tubes made in SO many different places for such a long time, and every one of them had a slightly different vacuum. Since it doesn't matter if the tube works when you're only collecting the vacuum, it should still be a fairly inexpensive hobby, and each one comes with its own container!
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 Post subject: Re: What other radio things to collect
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I would suggest collecting and displaying just about any 1920s electronics component that is new in the box. This way, not only do people get to see how such components looked when new but they also get to enjoy the wonderful graphics of the boxes. A large variety of items can take up a small space. Advertisements would definitely be the other item to collect. Most can be hung on walls and literally be out of the way of the rest of the collection plus their colors and graphics really add substance to any collection.

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 Post subject: Re: What other radio things to collect
PostPosted: Jun Sat 05, 2021 12:57 am 
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I can't believe all the NOS stuff from the 20's that are still in the box showing up on ebay.

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 Post subject: Re: What other radio things to collect
PostPosted: Jun Sat 05, 2021 1:34 am 
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Here is some of the items I add to my collection room display.


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 Post subject: Re: What other radio things to collect
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I am always amused by the Hedgehog transformers made in the USA. The little critters are not native to North America and the name is apt.


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 Post subject: Re: What other radio things to collect
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My acquisition of old radio parts and access. is mainly in the interest as spare parts, not as collectibles in themselves. Someone out there collects radio knobs, and leaves the radios, from what I have seen.

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 Post subject: Re: What other radio things to collect
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Well, that SORT of makes sense. After all, knobs occupy less volume than the whole radio. It's like 2400 Series TEK scope covers. Someone must have a large building full of those things.

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 Post subject: Re: What other radio things to collect
PostPosted: Jun Wed 09, 2021 7:36 pm 
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I’ve saved up a shocking number of insulators , lightning arrestors, and empty tube boxes, some very old, that I hope to make into displays some day. I don’t know which day......

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 Post subject: Re: What other radio things to collect
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I found myself collecting vacuum tubes, at least I think I am. I have over 1500 that test good. This is in part because I have a Hickok 752 tester unit. I'd collect more but people want crazy prices for tubes they don't know if they're good.


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 Post subject: Re: What other radio things to collect
PostPosted: Jun Sat 12, 2021 3:56 pm 
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Quite often, I would buy a box of parts in order to get a certain part but there would be many interesting other parts in it. They are also good as talking points and to demonstrate how a radio worked back then.
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