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 Post subject: Sharp custom chromed Russian radio
PostPosted: Nov Fri 24, 2017 1:34 am 
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Beautiful-Vint ... SwEaBaFy5h
I'm not really into foreign sets or even custom sets, but I must say this is a piece of eye-candy.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharp custom chromed Russian radio
PostPosted: Nov Fri 24, 2017 4:36 am 
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In my opinion, the Zvezda 54 just doesn't look all that commanding in any color other then red. The chrome distracts from the overall design of the radio. I'll take a good ol' commie red Zvezda 54 over that chromed thing any day.

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 Post subject: Re: Sharp custom chromed Russian radio
PostPosted: Nov Fri 24, 2017 6:21 am 
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I think I agree, the chrome has such a mirror finish it makes it hard to see the details and the lines of this beautiful radio. It's interesting but I don't think I would pay for it in this state.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharp custom chromed Russian radio
PostPosted: Nov Sat 25, 2017 12:08 am 
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I expect they were trying to make lemonade from a lemon- probably a cabinet with the finish too far gone and basically un- reproducible. Looks very much like a vintage automobile grille in this incarnation.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharp custom chromed Russian radio
PostPosted: Nov Sat 25, 2017 1:01 am 
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How many slices of toast does it make? 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Sharp custom chromed Russian radio
PostPosted: Nov Sat 25, 2017 10:15 am 
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I hate ta say it, but the chroming makes it look like a cheap Chinese knockoff.

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 Post subject: Re: Sharp custom chromed Russian radio
PostPosted: Dec Sun 03, 2017 9:42 pm 
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1. Radio receiver "Zvezda-54" in its external design is a complete copy of the French radio "Excelsior-52" release in 1952. It is not exactly established how the French receiver got to the IRPA (AS Popov Institute of Broadcast Reception and Acoustics). According to some reports, diplomats who visited France in 1952 on the issue of Austria's independence brought it as a gift. According to another version, the radio receiver was specially purchased for copying and issuing by order of senior management.
2. Very beautiful shape of the case.
Awful reception quality of radio stations
3. The radio receiver "Zvezda-54" is only suitable for decorating the display case.

Now a few words about the device being sold. which the author of this topic gives the link:
- I got the impression that the receiver was painted in a car repair shop. Terrible bad taste. There is such a Russian proverb-not everything that glitters is gold

For purchase it is necessary to search for an unrecovered receiver. To paint the metal case of the radio receiver "Zvezda-54" you can do it yourself.
Buy a new scale and pens in Russia is quite possible. There is a person who is engaged in their manufacture.By the way, on the receiver that is sold are just such pens and a scale.
Here is a receiver with native details.
https://fotki.yandex.ru/next/users/solj ... 190?page=0

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 Post subject: Re: Sharp custom chromed Russian radio
PostPosted: Dec Sun 03, 2017 9:58 pm 
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For example, here is a link to the sale of the receiver in its normal state at a normal price.
https://forums-su.com/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=11689
Scale and handles in it are original and factory color.

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 Post subject: Re: Sharp custom chromed Russian radio
PostPosted: Dec Sun 03, 2017 10:23 pm 
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So the value of a Zvezda-54 in Russia, would be in the USD 250-300 range?

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 Post subject: Re: Sharp custom chromed Russian radio
PostPosted: Dec Mon 04, 2017 9:52 am 
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I would not advise taking a recovered receiver. Take the receiver that requires recovery. The receiver is uncomplicated, to restore any radio amateur.

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 Post subject: Re: Sharp custom chromed Russian radio
PostPosted: Dec Wed 06, 2017 4:09 am 
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I think the red ones are the nicest IMHO.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharp custom chromed Russian radio
PostPosted: Dec Wed 06, 2017 9:46 am 
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They, basically, also were issued red color.

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 Post subject: Re: Sharp custom chromed Russian radio
PostPosted: Dec Sat 09, 2017 4:46 pm 
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I actually have two Zvezda 54's (one vertical and one horizontal chassis')...and I agree that Red is the color to own. Below is a picture of them aside my SNR Excelsior 55:

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BTW, I also own an SNR Excelsior 52 in red. All are fully functional!

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 Post subject: Re: Sharp custom chromed Russian radio
PostPosted: Dec Sat 09, 2017 5:08 pm 
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Very nice Terry, Thanks for sharing.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharp custom chromed Russian radio
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+1.
So Terry, how do they perform, as compared to AA5's or 6's?

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 Post subject: Re: Sharp custom chromed Russian radio
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fifties wrote:
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So Terry, how do they perform, as compared to AA5's or 6's?


My 54's and 52 are OK performing radios. Better than or equal to some AA5/6's, worse than others. Not great but OK. The 55 OTOH is a very good performer. Having said this, to me they all are really true eye candy.

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