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PostPosted: Feb Sat 19, 2011 12:52 am 
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It is at $1500 now! I just purchasd my second one for $300. The 1st set me back $150. Wonder how they will sound with both playing at once? Early stereo. LOL


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$1500 used to be a more realistic price for the 38-690. They would actually sell for around that (or a little less) on ePay 3 or 4 years ago. When the economy tanked they started selling for less than $1000. In a better world they would sell closer to $2000. You're talking about one of the finest consumer tube radios ever made, and yet they would often sell for less on eBay than a simple 5-tube table set with a shiny finish. I wonder if they'll ever start becoming more appreciated and scarce. Honestly, I think it's a close to a perfect antique tube radio as has ever been produced.

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Tnanks for confirming that they can still be found for $300. That confirms my decision to stop where I did. Ultimately, I would like a 38-690 and a 1000Z to join my Philharmonic.

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Well, I guess I'll pass, as it has now exceeded my $1,477 bid.

I like the 37-690 cabinet, except that the dial is difficult to read on it, and easy to read on the 38-690.


Why is that? Is it the angle, or the lighting?

Bob
The angle. The vertical dial means you have to stoop or kneel to real it. Of course, the next year, 1938, Philco heavily advertised their "No Squat No Stoop No Squint" models with the inclined dial.

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Console radios in the MD/WDC/VA area are cheap. The most I have ever paid for a console was $600, for a 1938 Beam of light dial Philharmonic. My Zenith 12S370 (mint) was $150, other 12 tube Zenith consoles ran in the same price range.

I tried to sell my first 38-690 about 8 years ago. This radio is an original finish piece, one owner and is about a 9.5 out of 10. I had asked 1.2K but the buyer, a high end collector, backed out when I was not willing to give him a better price.

I found both 38-690's within 20 miles of my home in a county of under 100K people. Considering the production numbers of 3000 sets I would expect that under 300 would remain today.

I have a friend that had a 38-690 but it is missing the speakers. This is the radio that is in the Philco book. Not sure if he still has it.

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David Willenborg wrote:
Console radios in the MD/WDC/VA area are cheap. The most I have ever paid for a console was $600, for a 1938 Beam of light dial Philharmonic. My Zenith 12S370 (mint) was $150, other 12 tube Zenith consoles ran in the same price range.

I tried to sell my first 38-690 about 8 years ago. This radio is an original finish piece, one owner and is about a 9.5 out of 10. I had asked 1.2K but the buyer, a high end collector, backed out when I was not willing to give him a better price.

I found both 38-690's within 20 miles of my home in a county of under 100K people. Considering the production numbers of 3000 sets I would expect that under 300 would remain today.

I have a friend that had a 38-690 but it is missing the speakers. This is the radio that is in the Philco book. Not sure if he still has it.

David


Please point me in the direction of these cheap consoles. I am in the DC area, and I never see them!


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I have no luck finding radios in No.Va,all of mine came from out of state.


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I would recommend going to a MAARC meeting where they just about give away most consoles, including Zenith's. I watched a original finish, like new 10S go for well under 100 bucks. Auction prices are so low that you have to be a fool to put a nice radio up for sale. About a year and a half ago I won a hair line free plaskon Firestone (39 worlds fair) for $125!

My Zenith 12S-265 was $125 at the Apple Basket in St. mary's Co. An antique shop in Leonardtown, MD. has a nice RCA Radio/phone combo with a pair of globe 45's for $50 bucks. If I had the room I would have purchased it.

A shortage of storage is my limiting factor, not a shortage of radios to be found.

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I have been to a couple of MAARC meets - no joy. I will keep on going though. I have found a thing or two in some thirft shops around the area, but not much in the antique stores. I need to hit the "outer reaches" a bit more.


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I own both, and have always liked the higher-end formal styling of the 37-690 better. And I never liked the tambour door on the 38-690, it always reminded me of the crappy looking 46-350 Philcos ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/kb1awv/4229832232/ ).

And for you price conscious buyers, keep a sharp eye on Craigslist. I had this 38-690 in the back of my van within an hour after it was posted on Craigslist for only $75 in December, about $1,200 less than I paid for the 37-690.

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