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Post by Greg Davis on Sun May 04, 2014 1:56 pm

I'm not exactly what you would refer to as an advanced collector, though I have been collecting for years.  Mostly I get things in my price range (cheap) that need some work or some replacement parts.  As a result, my collection has only modest value.  But I do have a broad variety of brands and types.  I'll break them down in separate replies.  But first, a look at the collection as I see it stored in my garage:

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Post by Greg Davis on Sun May 04, 2014 2:01 pm

I have to say the ones that interest me most are the earlier models, mostly because I don't really understand the principle or how they were operated.  Here are the tabletop battery powered radios from the 1920s. And yes, I have two Radiola 18s.

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Post by Greg Davis on Sun May 04, 2014 2:05 pm

I also have a few of the "portable" models that look like small lunch boxes.  These interest me largely because they closely model transistor portables that soon followed them.

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Post by Greg Davis on Sun May 04, 2014 2:09 pm

The type I have in greatest abundance are the plastic/bakelite shelled tabletop models.

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Post by Greg Davis on Sun May 04, 2014 2:13 pm

I only have one tombstone... a family heirloom, of sorts.

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Post by Greg Davis on Sun May 04, 2014 2:15 pm

A few clock radios.

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Post by Greg Davis on Sun May 04, 2014 2:17 pm

Only one console unit. The story behind this is I bought it at an antique auction for $2, because one of the pairs of legs was missing. I ended up removing the other one as well, and fabricating replacement legs. It's a Grundig, by the way.

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Post by Greg Davis on Sun May 04, 2014 2:19 pm

In addition, I do have a couple of Atwater Kents and some other smaller tubers stored away in boxes. Too much trouble to photograph those today.

As an aside, if anyone wants or needs any of the plastic radios for parts, just let me know. I have very little attachment to most of those (except the Crosleys, which my wife is using for decorations).
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Post by mafiamen2 on Sun May 04, 2014 5:33 pm

nice collection greg
what`s the one 3rd shelf 3rd one over next to tombstone
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Post by Greg Davis on Sun May 04, 2014 6:00 pm

Good catch.  I forgot to display that one.  It's a radio/phonograph.

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Post by willy3486 on Sun May 04, 2014 7:17 pm

Looks like a fine collection to me. I am the same way as far as price range. These are more of a hobby for me and not for the value. I have had to cut back recently due to so many,200 at least may be close to 300-400. So now I try to get only RCA or table top models. The bakelite tabletops have always been my favorite. Collect and get what gives you enjoyment. Not collect what others say should give you enjoyment.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Mon May 05, 2014 4:16 am

If those sets were mine they'd be in my house. Very nice collection. The early ones work on the principle of RF , or, Radio Frequency....
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Post by Greg Davis on Mon May 05, 2014 11:06 am

Sadly, I haven't the space in my house for the collection because I (and my wife) have so many other collections inside the house.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Mon May 05, 2014 11:31 am

Boy, does that sound familiar!   Rolling Eyes 

You have several radios that I have.  You have a Silvertone (model number escapes me at the moment), the one with the mesh grill, like mine.  Mine is missing a knob that yours has.  Mine has the knobs that yours is missing.  Nice collection.  I understand the space issue.  My wife is going to have Magnavox stereos stacked like cordwood in her Arizona room. Thanks for sharing!  Very Happy 

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Post by 75X11 on Mon May 05, 2014 1:34 pm

that bright red Motorola is the first one of that model I have seen in red. They are usually a tan/brown color. Nice collection.
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Post by Greg Davis on Mon May 05, 2014 2:25 pm

The Motorola is one of the more recent additions. I no longer actively seek out tube radios (for obvious space limitation reasons), but that one screamed at me from an antique mall booth, and it simply would not allow me to leave without it. You can well imagine that means I got it very cheaply. Wink
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Post by Dr. Radio on Mon May 05, 2014 9:27 pm

Greg, you have some very nice radios. Too bad they can't be inside the house. (But I understand). I hope at least, the garage is at least somewhat climate controlled.
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Post by Greg Davis on Mon May 05, 2014 9:40 pm

Well, we live in a temperate region, not subject to too many extremes... but no, there's no real climate control in the garage. Worse still, it's also where I work on another hobby... knifemaking... which generates a lot of dust.
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Post by Marco-ni on Tue May 06, 2014 5:41 pm

Very nice collection you have Greg. Smile personaly I just have one, a Zenith not all original outside but the interior is all ariginal with 7 tubes. However I prefer the old transistors Very Happy.. congrats
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