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RCA 811K Console
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Author:  OldHam [ Dec Sun 10, 2006 4:26 pm ]
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Does anyone have any info on this unit and are these units more sought after than other models of that era? Thanks

Author:  Norm Leal [ Dec Sun 10, 2006 4:33 pm ]
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Here is information on RCA 811K: ... 015152.pdf

It is a good model with 11 tubes. Worth over $100 in Collectors Guide to Antique Radios.

Author:  tubular bob [ Dec Sun 10, 2006 5:49 pm ]
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In a promo brochure by RCA in 1937 called "A Short-Wave Journey of Discovery", here is what RCA had to say about the model 811K.

"Travel should be a pleasure, not a chore. Here is pleasure in a superb radio heightened to the point of luxury. An 11-tube superheterodyne capable of tuning in standard domestic and foriegn programs, the 811K also offers Electric Tuning, Sonic-Arc Tone Chamber, Straight-Line Dial, Magic Voice, plus a host of other outstanding conveniences newly developed by RCA. It is housed in a console of striking simplicity and charm."

Sounds like a wonderful radio to me!

Author:  y2kbruce [ Dec Sun 10, 2006 5:55 pm ]
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The 811k's 2 big brothers have been mentioned on these forums in the past as great sounding and performing radios. Real Thumping bass output.

I am listening right now to the 813 and its great except it has some gaps in the s/w bands that the 816k fills with more bands.

The 811k schematics look like it is more of an all-wave in coverage. It should be an outstanding performer for you. I have an original 811 also but have never plugged it in to try it out yet.

Author:  Lyndell Scott [ Dec Sun 10, 2006 11:33 pm ]
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Have restored two of them with a third waiting. I consider them to be one of the better radios I have restored. One of the features along with the electric tuning is the automatic frequency control. I know Zeniths have the cache, but from my experience, I consider the RCA's of that era to be better radios by almost any criteria.

Author:  doug houston [ Dec Mon 11, 2006 7:24 am ]
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RCA did themselves proud in 1938 with these sets. The 811 K was the first in the major "family" of RCA sets that year. there was an 812K, and as already mentioned, the 813K and 816K. Their high ticket phono combination that year was the U 109. The receiver chassis from the 812K (as I recall) was used with a separate audio amplifier, having volume expander and 2A3 output stage. All of these high line models had the motorized preset tuning, and the wired remote selector was optional for any of them.

A few years ago, I had a spare 816K chassis that I sold, but checked it out before I shipped it. The set was as found, and not restored. It was one of the hottest radios you'd ever find. Those sets had everything.

Author:  cliff_marsland [ Dec Mon 11, 2006 8:29 am ]
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Hi - noticed tubular bob's comment - did the brochure have anything to say about the 810K-1? I have one of those.

There was also a chairside with that sunburst dial.


Author:  tubular bob [ Dec Mon 11, 2006 1:58 pm ]
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There is no mention of the model you speak of in this brochure. However, there is the model 810T, which is the really nice 10-tube table radio (tombstone).

Author:  Cloudy [ Dec Tue 12, 2006 6:51 am ]
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Cliff, I have the RCA brochure from 1938. Here's what the marketing types have to say about it:

"RCA Victor 810K-1 - Another marvelous value is this Metal-tube, Magic Brain, Magic Eye, Magic Voice Superheterodyne. Brings in stations from all over the world with no effort at all. Covers standard wave and international entertainment bands to 13 meters. Big 12" Dynamic Speaker with 12 watts out-put; new Sunburst Dial with Vernier Pointer and Illuminated Tone and Band Indicators in bezel, and many other features. Modern Console cabinet revealing the influence of Chippendale in design. H 42", W 26", D 12-1'2"

A helpful soul also wrote the 1938 prices on the brochure and the 810K-1 was $129.95. The 810T was $89.95.

Alan H.

Author:  cliff_marsland [ Dec Tue 12, 2006 10:18 am ]
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Thanks Cloudy.

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