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 Post subject: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Fri 01, 2015 3:51 am 
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I thought it might be fun for people to have a place for "show and tell" to show other collectors some of the really unusual stuff out there that many of us have never seen.


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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Fri 01, 2015 4:50 am 
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Very very nice, but now you will have to show us more of your collection.
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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Fri 01, 2015 6:21 am 
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How can anyone top those????? You started with the summa cum laude!


But OK... as style exercises go, these are probably my best two, and my two most contrasting, being at nearly opposite ends of the Golden Age.


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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Fri 01, 2015 2:49 pm 
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I always liked the Setchell Carson radio, just never able to get one. Here is another set I just got, no idea who made it.


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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Fri 01, 2015 3:14 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Fri 01, 2015 5:52 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Fri 01, 2015 11:01 pm 
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Michael Katz wrote:
I always liked the Setchell Carson radio, just never able to get one. Here is another set I just got, no idea who made it.

Which one, Michael? Far left, round dial and one other knob? Can we see a closer picture of the one you can't ID?

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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Fri 01, 2015 11:08 pm 
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Okay, how about this McMichael 135 that I got from another ARF contributor (you know who you are :) )

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Not as sexy as Phlogiston's though :(


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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Fri 01, 2015 11:38 pm 
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I was originally attracted to this design because it was kinda-different. A bit unusual yet classically influenced with a touch of Oriental influence. In any case it now holds a place of honor in my dining room.
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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Sat 02, 2015 2:00 am 
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Of course, I have already posted this a million times, but the thread would not be complete without it.

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P.S. Yeah it MIGHT be a cathedral, might not. And Allen thinks it is "hideous". But one thing is sure, it is unusual.

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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Sat 02, 2015 12:57 pm 
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My example is sort of pedestrian---a Packard-Bell model 47M. I found this in an antique store in CA maybe 6-7 years ago. So far, I have not found anyone else that has one. The circuitry appears to be based on the 35 series, with a twist: It has the early style gain control---antenna shunt + bias control---AND a more modern control in the audio stages.

So--all those "virtual knobs" you see in the picture: Volume, tone, RF gain, bandswitch, and--under the dial--concentric vernier tuning. Sorry no picture assembled--the chassis done, but I have to reassemble.
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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Sat 02, 2015 9:21 pm 
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phlogiston wrote:
Of course, I have already posted this a million times, but the thread would not be complete without it.

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P.S. Yeah it MIGHT be a cathedral, might not. And Allen thinks it is "hideous". But one thing is sure, it is unusual.



At this point of my collecting there is very little that makes my heart go thumpity bump====This set makes my heart jump out of my chest!

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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Sat 02, 2015 9:49 pm 
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Here is a clearer picture of the set I was referring to. Bill says it looks like it came out of a whore house. I guess I can't argue that! But it's still a nice set!


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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Sun 03, 2015 12:03 am 
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The De Forest W-6 is pretty strange. If you had $450 in 1925 and a warped sense of taste, you could have bought one:
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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Sun 03, 2015 12:34 am 
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Alan Douglas wrote:
The De Forest W-6 is pretty strange. If you had $450 in 1925 and a warped sense of taste, you could have bought one:
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HOLY MOLEY !! After seeing this set I think I passed out for a bit. Alan please place me in your will for this set!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Sun 03, 2015 2:02 am 
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Dave Slusarczyk wrote:
Alan Douglas wrote:
The De Forest W-6 is pretty strange. If you had $450 in 1925 and a warped sense of taste, you could have bought one:
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HOLY MOLEY !! After seeing this set I think I passed out for a bit. Alan please place me in your will for this set!! :D

I agree. That is one impressive looking early radio Alan!


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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Sun 03, 2015 2:07 am 
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How about Ozarka radio's! :shock:
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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
PostPosted: May Sun 03, 2015 2:39 am 
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palegreenthumb, I love the look of that Setchell Carson and will be keeping my out for one at Kutztown (I know they are rare/expensive, but who knows). Odd that it has Art Deco styling, but it's from the early 1950's.

There are a ton of odd looking "novelty" transistor radios, but the Sylvania Thunderbird has to be the oddest first generation transistor radio (it was introduced in 1956). It looks like a cross between a car hood and a upright vacuum cleaner head!


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 Post subject: Re: Weird, unusual and very decorative radios
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