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 Post subject: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....1938
PostPosted: Sep Tue 26, 2017 8:20 pm 
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Today I found this set...and simply had to bring it home... it is a real gem, IMHO!!! ... A Wells Gardner 11 tube OEL series radio. All metal tubes, with a super cool red dial and amazing huge escutcheon and tuning eye. I just got it home, so I will be checking it out really well. It appears it has a very special tuning dial, as there is no visible pointer... it must light up from behind. The dial is in perfect shape. The cabinet has the rounded top, which is real striking. I know this same radio was made by Lafayette... and it seems this set has not gotten the "respect" it may deserve here. Perhaps because they are simply not found often.

I love this set..its been a good week...


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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Tue 26, 2017 9:53 pm 
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Very nice find! A really impressive deco console. That bold arched top and large dial are nice touches. Enjoy.


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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Tue 26, 2017 9:57 pm 
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Those knobs look like RCA knobs. Here's a photo of what I believe the original knobs should look like.

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Model 7LL 8 tube set.

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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Tue 26, 2017 10:15 pm 
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Hmm that looks familiar. My "Lafayette" version of the OEL

Yes, I will get that dial done...

-Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Tue 26, 2017 10:41 pm 
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I took the chassis out of the cabinet to clean it..and it came up pretty good... and when I was done, i flipped it over to dust off the underside components...and to my amazement... the chassis has already been re-capped...!!! Holy Cow... what a stunner. My $40 find now is really paying dividends...lol

This label also indicates it to be a "high fidelity" set... wow... cannot wait to get it all done and fire it up... 11 tubes, twin 6l6 outputs..should sound good!!


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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Tue 26, 2017 11:05 pm 
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I agree about the knobs...but this set may not have THOSE you posted.... when you google images of wells gardner consoles, all sorts of knobs show up on similar sets. My first radio in 1971 was a wells gardner table set, a 5K... it is a chassis only set..and i still have the wood knobs. 46 years later, i can finally re-purpose them..lol gotta dig em out!!


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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Tue 26, 2017 11:07 pm 
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Indiana Radios wrote:
Those knobs look like RCA knobs. Here's a photo of what I believe the original knobs should look like.

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Model 7LL 8 tube set.


Agreed!

Below is a picture of my restored Wells Gardner Model A1-MB (8 tube plus a tuning eye). The picture has had a superimposed watermark of "radioterry" added to discourage unauthorized copying.

BTW, the dial is referred to as a Phantom Dial ( see here: http://www.nostalgiaair.org/pagesbymode ... 023488.pdf )

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Terry


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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Wed 27, 2017 12:02 am 
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Very nice set!! I too, have a weak spot for 1930's Wells Gardner built radios. They seemed to be willing to fight the style norms of the day, on many of their sets..


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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Wed 27, 2017 8:10 am 
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Very nice set! I would replace the 5 or so wax caps still in the set though. Unless they left them in there and cut the leads. Sam


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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Wed 27, 2017 2:28 pm 
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I see them.. they appear disconnected...I have to look carefully in there when I get some time..and my magnifier..lol... stranger things have happened, but i cannot see someone swapping all the others and not those.


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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Wed 27, 2017 11:00 pm 
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reno219 wrote:
I see them.. they appear disconnected...I have to look carefully in there when I get some time..and my magnifier..lol... stranger things have happened, but i cannot see someone swapping all the others and not those.


I agree it would be strange not to have changed those out. I would have pulled the old ones out myself to have more room to work in. To each his own. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Wed 27, 2017 11:06 pm 
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There are some who will leave paper caps in low voltage circuits such as cathode bypass or AVC where the voltages never rise above 10-20 VDC.

Some people don't like that, but hey, its personal choice.

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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Fri 29, 2017 1:54 am 
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Very cool cabinet. I like that style.

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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Fri 29, 2017 2:28 am 
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The beam if light dial system is very similar to the Deforest Crosley I just worked on..
They are a very unique system but quite simple.
I would also change the rest of the capacitors if it was mine.
That radio should turn out very good when you get it all finished..
Dan in Calgary


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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Fri 29, 2017 1:52 pm 
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Hey Midwest guys...this one is for sale in the Milwaukee area on C/L... I would love to have it.... different cabinet, glass dial face has green letters instead of the gold on mine. Likely the same OEL 11 tube chassis. There simply are no pictures of these sets online in any quantity, and very little written either. I Think they have a VERY well made chassis, look amazing... and yet very little known.


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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Fri 29, 2017 3:41 pm 
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Here is the chassis powered up... all good. Old caps are inert. You can see the way the dial is backlit....so very cool. It switches to each band too.. Looks better at night, with the other lights reflecting the red.... Got lucky also with a perfect NOS testing tuning eye.


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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Fri 29, 2017 3:43 pm 
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oops here it is...lol


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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Fri 29, 2017 3:56 pm 
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reno219 wrote:
Hey Midwest guys...this one is for sale in the Milwaukee area on C/L... I would love to have it.... different cabinet, glass dial face has green letters instead of the gold on mine. Likely the same OEL 11 tube chassis. There simply are no pictures of these sets online in any quantity, and very little written either. I Think they have a VERY well made chassis, look amazing... and yet very little known.


Is this the same one discussed here before?
http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/vie ... 1&t=317101


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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Fri 29, 2017 4:07 pm 
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it must be...


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 Post subject: Re: Wells Gardner OEL series 11 tube super cool dial set....
PostPosted: Sep Fri 29, 2017 5:05 pm 
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If that was here, the ad would've been long ago deleted, due to that radio being in my collection already.... :D


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