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 Post subject: Federal model 61
PostPosted: Feb Wed 07, 2018 4:17 am 
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I've added a 1923 Federal model 61 to my collection. I wasn't sure of pricing when I bought it, but I was wondering what the gang here thought one in excellent shape should go for. Opinions please?

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 Post subject: Re: Federal model 61
PostPosted: Feb Wed 07, 2018 5:39 am 
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In the 80's these were bringing $625 or more on the East Coast.

If that's yours, a really fine example.

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 Post subject: Re: Federal model 61
PostPosted: Feb Wed 07, 2018 11:49 am 
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Yes, it's mine. Thanks Chas.

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 Post subject: Re: Federal model 61
PostPosted: Feb Wed 07, 2018 12:39 pm 
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For the past 20 years the Federal 61 value has hovered around $1000 and the 59 has hovered around $800. A mint original 61, in working condition, could reach around $1200.

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 Post subject: Re: Federal model 61
PostPosted: Feb Thu 08, 2018 9:40 pm 
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Right now there is a far less than mint condition one on Ebay asking around $2300.00? Of course, that doesn't mean they are going to get it.


www.ebay.com/itm/Amazing-Restored-1923- ... SwnbZYIOUR

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 Post subject: Re: Federal model 61
PostPosted: Feb Thu 08, 2018 11:58 pm 
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atwaterkent1 wrote:
I've added a 1923 Federal model 61 to my collection. I wasn't sure of pricing when I bought it, but I was wondering what the gang here thought one in excellent shape should go for. Opinions please?


I'm guessing this was the auction. https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-1920s- ... 7675.l2557


I think the $1,295.00 price you paid for it is just about right on the money. That example looks to be in exceptionally nice original condition. I can't seem to find any real flaws with it other then subtle cosmetics due to age. The Federal 61 is sort of a "cream of the crop" kind of radio to add to any collection and I think you did just fine. It should retain it's value for years to come. Now, if your the type who has a lot of patients and love to totally restore old battery sets to museum condition, the Federal 61 can become a restorer's dream. Good catch!

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 Post subject: Re: Federal model 61
PostPosted: Feb Fri 09, 2018 1:36 am 
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Thanks Michael.

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 Post subject: Re: Federal model 61
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I would agree. Have seen them go a lot higher, but also a lot lower. Can't remember what I paid for my 61, under $1K and (oddly) less than what I paid for a 59 a few months earlier.

Seems we all get that 'ebay price' explanation from time to time. You're right - asking is one thing, getting is another. If radio X was really worth that much, it would sell as soon as it appeared online. Instead we see them relisted over and over. I wonder if that $2300 radio is the same one that claims it was 'expertly restored' but looks like it was pulled through a keyhole backwards?

Will be curious what you think of it when you power it up for the first time (if you do). A lot of knobs to twiddle and getting it dialed in takes a minute or two. Unfortunately there's a dead RF transformer in one of mine. Need to see if it can be repaired. Looks like someone already attempted it once.

They look real purty inside when they're lit....


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 Post subject: Re: Federal model 61
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Yours is very nice. If you were firebottles and selling it you would get big bucks for it. LOL I saw him sell one for 3K.
I have one and got lucky on the price.
I think a fair price these days for one this nice is what ever you are comfortable with.
I would be comfortable if I paid between $ 1100 and $1500.
If I had 10 million dollars in the bank I would pay more. LOL
Does if have original manual with it?


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 Post subject: Re: Federal model 61
PostPosted: Feb Tue 13, 2018 9:54 pm 
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If you bought it from radios10467, count yourself lucky. I have heard that this seller is not very honest. I do not bid on his stuff even though I am sure some of it is nice.
He has a Federal 59 that looks nice on eBay. I just do not trust the guy.


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 Post subject: Re: Federal model 61
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Wow! Cool! And I thought my Kennedy had too many knobs to fiddle with. That thing is the original "busy box"!


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 Post subject: Re: Federal model 61
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I admit to being a dial and knob nut, the more there are the more interesting a radio is to me.
I think the price can vary wildly due to condition. Your going to pay a lot more for a working, museum condition 61 than ones in rough shape. I've been looking for one for a long time and the 61's seldom come up for auction and usually look like the one on Ebay right now.
Mine did not come with a manual so I bought a repro and schematic from the Radiola Guy.

I've always found Ebay's guarantee rock solid. When a radio I have bought is not what was described or wrecked in shipping, I've always had my money refuned. A couple of seller's have refused to refund my money and Ebay paid me back and charged it to the sellers, so they end up paying anyway and take a hit to their feedback rating.

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