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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: May Thu 17, 2018 2:54 am 
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This one I picked up last week. It looks to me to be a Haynes Griffin. This super is well built and compact.

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: May Fri 25, 2018 3:05 am 
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When I was new to radio collecting back in the early 90s I would see Billy Richardson's fabulous creations in Texas shows in Houston and Dallas. I was always blown away by the workmanship and folks had to inform me these were modern creations by Billy. I have always been a big fan and I always considered them art made by a true artisan. So when I had a chance to get one of Billy's radios after his passing I pulled the trigger. I'm the current caretaker of Billy's Madison-Moore set. Its based off of the ealrly coils (before one-spot) and Madison-More audios. Is it a recreation of a period set or something completely out of Billy's mind? I don't know and it doesn't really matter to me, its just a fantastic set that i'm incapable of taking good pictures of :). I removed the "c cells" Billy installed in 1995 which I can only assume that this is when he completed it. I'm undecided if I should polish all the chrome and nickel or continue to let it age. I suspect maybe Billy would have wanted it to eventually fade into looking more aged considering he used 'aged Laquer" in the lettering instead of bright white.

I want to get a loop to go with it but really it should be a reproduction loop :)


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From my understanding the sets in the below picture have been placed in collections/museums in different places. It was impressive seeing them all together, i can attest.



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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: May Fri 25, 2018 12:53 pm 
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Just... WOW! :shock: :D

Reproduction or not, that is just stunning. I'm drooling. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: May Fri 25, 2018 1:23 pm 
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I witnessed the results of his awesome craftsmanship at the AWA Conferences in NY. But as an amateur historian, his creations always left me uneasy. He apparently drew perverse delight in never coming out directly in saying what was 'legit' and what was from his fertile mind. i.e. Some of his 'supporting bogus documents'. What I surely hope is that the provenance of these creations is never separated from the artifacts. There should be museum grade catalog tags attached permanently. And yes, properly identified, I'd love to have one of his creations in my collection.

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: May Fri 25, 2018 1:47 pm 
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Was it meant to look like a new radio that might have been sold in the 20's in like new condition?

If so then definitely polish it.

If not then don't.


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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: May Fri 25, 2018 6:10 pm 
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Congratulations on acquiring one of the best that Billy produced! It is a great looking set. I would let it age gracefully.

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: May Fri 25, 2018 7:15 pm 
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Robert Lozier wrote:
I witnessed the results of his awesome craftsmanship at the AWA Conferences in NY. But as an amateur historian, his creations always left me uneasy. He apparently drew perverse delight in never coming out directly in saying what was 'legit' and what was from his fertile mind. i.e. Some of his 'supporting bogus documents'. What I surely hope is that the provenance of these creations is never separated from the artifacts. There should be museum grade catalog tags attached permanently. And yes, properly identified, I'd love to have one of his creations in my collection.

Robert

I guess at some point he got the message. This one has a "Richardson Radio" tag inside it.

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