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 Post subject: Air King Tombstone Model 66
PostPosted: Feb Fri 09, 2018 1:04 am 
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Picked up this Air King Model 66 Wood Tombstone. I cant seem to find much information on the wooden versions of this radio.Most of the Model 66's are Art-Deco Bakelite in the skyscraper shape. I see that those command a pretty penny depending on condition. Does anyone have information on the wood tombstone style of this radio?
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 Post subject: Re: Air King Tombstone Model 66
PostPosted: Feb Sat 10, 2018 5:47 am 
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Very plain Jane compared to the other versions.


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 Post subject: Re: Air King Tombstone Model 66
PostPosted: Apr Fri 06, 2018 11:38 pm 
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Still have been unable to find any information on a wooden Air King cabinet with a 66 Chassis. I'm inclined to think the cabinet may be homemade. Any thoughts?

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 Post subject: Re: Air King Tombstone Model 66
PostPosted: Apr Fri 06, 2018 11:54 pm 
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I see that there used to be a metal name tag mounted on the front of the radio. Chances are that this radio was either sold under the Air King brand name or maybe some other generic brand name. In my opinion, the cabinet looks very factory made. It's also in my opinion that this wooden cabinet version is very boring looking compared the it's deco bakelite version. It's almost like the dial, knobs, and chassis were primarily designed for the be housed in a deco bakelite cabinet and housing it in a wooden cabinet was merely an after thought.

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 Post subject: Re: Air King Tombstone Model 66
PostPosted: Apr Sat 07, 2018 12:17 am 
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Thanks Michael. I hadn't though about the potential of a nameplate where the two holes are but now that I look at it, it sure does appear that way. I also think the design is very plain especially when you compare them to the fancier skyscraper models.

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 Post subject: Re: Air King Tombstone Model 66
PostPosted: Apr Sat 07, 2018 2:04 am 
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If you scale the tuning-knob of this Wallgreen's Athena (different radio) in photoshop, the name tag holes line-up exactly... :)

anyhoo... it kinda has that Drug store look. lol

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 Post subject: Re: Air King Tombstone Model 66
PostPosted: Apr Sun 08, 2018 7:35 pm 
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Thanks Greg. Interesting comparison. I hope my radio doesn't have feelings. We all pretty much think she's ugly including myself!

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 Post subject: Re: Air King Tombstone Model 66
PostPosted: Apr Mon 09, 2018 5:46 am 
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You can still have fun with it. It just won't command a fabulous resale price.
I have an ugly GE tombstone in storage. Get them playing and they take you back to the 30's, cool.

Some people toiled for months to save up for one of those, while fat cats drove by in their big Packard sedans. But they could all listen to the same radio programs.

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 Post subject: Re: Air King Tombstone Model 66
PostPosted: Apr Mon 09, 2018 8:58 pm 
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Yeah I don't think it will command the thousands of dollars the plaskon or bakelite models go for but I have been offered $700 for the chassis. My wife says sell it to pay for my other radios and test equipment! lol. :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Air King Tombstone Model 66
PostPosted: Apr Mon 09, 2018 9:15 pm 
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Forget about the money and keep the radio.

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 Post subject: Re: Air King Tombstone Model 66
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twthornton wrote:
...but I have been offered $700 for the chassis. My wife says sell it to pay for my other radios and test equipment! lol. :shock:


You should take your wife's advise. She's wise beyond her years.

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 Post subject: Re: Air King Tombstone Model 66
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Sell it or ask for more haha


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