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 Post subject: AK Model 5 BB
PostPosted: Feb Tue 06, 2018 3:08 am 
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Atwater-Kent-M ... 100623.m-1

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 Post subject: Re: AK Model 5 BB
PostPosted: Feb Tue 06, 2018 4:25 am 
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Here's what I see:
1. The board is not factory (Too long and not wide enough)
2. The Type 11 tuner has a broken terminal on the back left (been replaced with some kind of bolt.)
3. The 5 tube TA looks to be original AK. Will need to be repainted. ( no telling what's been done inside)

Looks like it may have been put together in the right time frame with AK parts, but set does not look to be factory made.

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 Post subject: Re: AK Model 5 BB
PostPosted: Feb Tue 06, 2018 3:02 pm 
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Seller was less than frank about what this is. Looks like parts mounted to a board (which is legit...) but not nearly as rare as a factory issue.

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 Post subject: Re: AK Model 5 BB
PostPosted: Feb Tue 06, 2018 4:55 pm 
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Many extant examples of AK breadboards were not built by the AK factory.

Some were built back when real AK BBs were being built, using parts that AK sold separately or using parts that were scavenged from sets that were perhaps damaged or whatever. Kent already had a nationwide distributor network when he got into radios. Some of them built breadboards using genuine AK parts Those BBs are usually identified as such.

In the modern era, similar BBs have been built using a combination of vintage parts and modern replica parts. Some of these look similar to the originals, but easily identifiable as modern. Others seem to have been built in an attempt to pawn off modern sets as original.

With rare BBs like the 4333, it really takes an expert eye to validate one as original.

For example, many of the two- and three-tube TAs were made in different versions. Some were known to have only been sold as parts, some only used in real factory BBs, and some as both.

Anyone wishing to pursue this is directed to the multi-part Radio-Age article series:
http://www.atwaterkent.info/akArticles.html

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