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 Post subject: Admiral YK8418 17A4A
PostPosted: Jan Tue 23, 2018 4:48 pm 
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Very recently, I have come into possession of an Admiral Console with a Reel-to-Reel, AM/FM radio and phonograph player. I have done some research on it and figured it to be circa 1967. The unit is in pristine condition with no marks or scratches and the finish is still impeccable. I have all the manuals as well. I'm curious as to the worth of the console. As I know with anything, the value is equal to how much someone is willing to pay or the sentiments involved. I've noticed through my research, that older consoles either get an "upgrade" or gutted and turned into something entirely different. Is the latter more likely the case here?


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 Post subject: Re: Admiral YK8418 17A4A
PostPosted: Jan Fri 26, 2018 8:51 pm 

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Hi brewfan76,

Welcome to the forum.
That radio is beautiful, almost show room condition, someone has taken very good care of it over the years. It's fully solid state and not the kind of tube equipment most everyone here is interested in restoring. The radio is very nice but sadly, from my brief experience with big box 60s, transistorized, stereo consoles, the condition does effect the value. I see these on our local Craig's list as free on the curb. I see them a lot in various 2nd hand stores for $100.
If you wanted to pass it on as a complete set, you might list it on Craig's and see what happens. There are people that collect these and some that prefer this kind of radio for their everyday use. A couple of years ago while working on a modern day turntable I stumbled across audiokarma forum and they talk a lot about these, not just your Admiral but many other big box stereos.

Good Luck


 Post subject: Re: Admiral YK8418 17A4A
PostPosted: Jan Fri 26, 2018 11:19 pm 
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Any of these 1960s consoles with an open reel deck built-in would likely be high end equipment.

They may not have a lot of value now, but in time they will rise. Some parts of the country they are going for a few hundred to several hundred.
Other parts you would be lucky to get $50


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 Post subject: Re: Admiral YK8418 17A4A
PostPosted: Jan Sat 27, 2018 4:30 am 

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I'll try again. That's an Ampex R to R, a fairly ambitious additlon to a console. I wonder what the rest f the electronics and speakers are? I never thought of Admiral shooting quite that high.

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 Post subject: Re: Admiral YK8418 17A4A
PostPosted: Feb Mon 12, 2018 7:53 pm 

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I doubt if it's really worth the $300 the seller wanted for it, and I hope you didn't pay anywhere near that amount.

I also highly doubt that this was $2,700 when new. Similar credenzas (without a tape deck) go for free to about $100 here.

Admiral YK8418 radio console- $300 (original sale price $2700 in 1967)
Circa 1967 in pristine condition. Reel-to-reel, AM/FM radio, phonograph
74" wide, 20" deep, 29" height ... 51617.html

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