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 Post subject: Nice Art Deco RCA 86E Chairside, Bay Area
PostPosted: Mar Sat 11, 2017 8:58 pm 
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I'm personally not a fan of chairside radios, but if I were going to have one, this would be high on my list. The duct tape around the field coil doesn't make for good vibes, but I think it's still a reasonable deal.


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 Post subject: Re: Nice Art Deco RCA 86E Chairside, Bay Area
PostPosted: Mar Sat 11, 2017 9:03 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Nice Art Deco RCA 86E Chairside, Bay Area
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Oowww, that is nice... Wish were here... Just a 5-tube radio no RF but I know the chassis and it is a good performer, slug tuned IF's. A couple of "deer turd" caps but if they ain't leakin'... Last resto I did left GL's on the deck and put in tie strips for new axials. Yup, rubber wiring but RCA in its infinite wisdom provides a diagrammatic makes replacing wiring somewhat easier. Does have a dial belt and a bit of pot metal in the band switch indicator, sometimes it is good.

Dial, FWIR, was called the "Sunburst" glows a pale orange, all over. The eye tube version is a bit odd with a green glow in field of orange...

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 Post subject: Re: Nice Art Deco RCA 86E Chairside, Bay Area
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That one seems to have its back. Craig


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 Post subject: Re: Nice Art Deco RCA 86E Chairside, Bay Area
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I love the dial on this set. I have the table version which was a complete basket case. Almost done with the restoration...

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 Post subject: Re: Nice Art Deco RCA 86E Chairside, Bay Area
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RCA really did seem to eek the best performance possible out of low tube count sets. I own a couple late '30s RCAs with 5 and 6 tubes, and they often sound better than higher end sets. My first antique radio was an RCA 810k, which uses a very similar dial. It is a thing of art-deco beauty. The numerals are in the coolest art-deco font. The warpy tenite dial bezels are the biggest detractors from these sets, but this radio looks to have been really well cared for.

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 Post subject: Re: Nice Art Deco RCA 86E Chairside, Bay Area
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That's one's a no-brainer. You just can't go wrong at that price. I agree that dial is one of the all-time best. It always reminded me of a '30's Chysler-product car speedometer from that era. I'm surprised they didn't use the chassis with the tuning-eye with that model.
A very nice example of art-deco style.


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 Post subject: Re: Nice Art Deco RCA 86E Chairside, Bay Area
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That is nice! Too far for me though. Ten years ago it'd be road trip time, but impulse road trips are over for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Nice Art Deco RCA 86E Chairside, Bay Area
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Apparently that radio is being sold by a thrift store (American Cancer Society Discovery Shop) in Fremont. That means that somebody actually GAVE that radio up for FREE! :shock: :shock: Gee, if the owner wanted simply to get Grandpa's radio out of his hair, he should have just thrown it on Craigslist. That's such a nice radio that the owner could have easily pocketed a few hundred bucks for it. So many people today are looking to get big bucks for radios in awful shape that it's unusual to see somebody simply give one to a thrift store.


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The way that wiring is patched up I'm betting that's a PM speaker under that tape,looks like the original plug off to the left a bit...and the universal OPT helps with the argument.
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 Post subject: Re: Nice Art Deco RCA 86E Chairside, Bay Area
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There is one on eBay right now: https://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-ART-DE ... ctupt=true

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