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 Post subject: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
PostPosted: May Wed 25, 2022 5:31 am 
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Deep in the heart of Texas, everything is big, including the price.
It's in rough shape, might be fun to watch. Will need a big box.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/165492558676?m ... olid=10050


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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
PostPosted: May Wed 25, 2022 2:23 pm 
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Dream big! It won't be much fun stripping off the poly or varnish slopped all over it.


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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
PostPosted: May Wed 25, 2022 3:04 pm 
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Look at the brush strokes on the top of the cabinet. That cabinet was lathered over with varnish and a paint brush.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/165492558676?m ... olid=10050

This would explain why the overall finish looks so bark now. Whoever buys this radioi is going to have a lot of cabinet work to do and if they do an amature Formby's refining job, they'll probibly wind up doing more harm to it then good.

I'll bet that with some time, patience, and 99% isopropyl alcohol, all of that varnish could be striped off leaving the origional lacquer finish, underneath, well preserved.

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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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What's a realistic price for that? maybe $250- $450? I have a brother in Houston he could grab it for me, I really don't need another big unit but I know that's a rare one and I could easily restore it.


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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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Dial glass is cracked, is the lettering on the glass ?


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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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Hey, if that was in my location for $500, I wouldn't give it a second thought of buying it. I'll bet I could strip off all that varnish and work with the origional lacquer finish, underneath, with some Old English and furniture polish to make that cabinet look respectable again, not perfect, but historically respectable.

The dial glass can always be salvaged from a similar model. Thier not all that rare if you really go out and try to find one.

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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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I suppose this is purely subjective.... I've always found these to be sort of.... dumb looking.


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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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bobwilson1977 wrote:
I suppose this is purely subjective.... I've always found these to be sort of.... dumb looking.

When properly restored, they are quite impressive seen in person. They won't be mistaken for yet another black dial Zenith. :D


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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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bobwilson1977 wrote:
I suppose this is purely subjective.... I've always found these to be sort of.... dumb looking.


Gotta go along with you Bob, does nothing for me either.

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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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The dial escutcheon doesn't look right for the set even though I don't doubt it's original. Rather, it's like some designer -- such as Norman Bel Geddes -- designed it but then somebody else totally removed from it at the factory decided to go with whatever dial was being used at the time. The aesthetics of the two don't match. I would've expected more it being a Stromberg Carlson?

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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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It's not for everybody, it was design art and meant for a large room.

From the back, looks like someone plopped a table radio on top of an old dresser.
Doesn't matter what we think, the buyer will be thrilled with it.


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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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I confirmed on mine, the lettering is indeed on the glass.

Fortunately, this model is not the only one with that dial glass.

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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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Well, somebody bought it. If I had the room, I once had, I’d like one of these. Still have too many to fit my place now.


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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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even with an incorrect changer, it sold.

It should have the G-I slasher type.

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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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I noticed that too, Steve. The one you have is a beauty.

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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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Unless what they brushed over it is stupid thick, it wouldn't be hard to strip it with a scraper and refinish like any other radio.

$1.5k seems high with the broken glass but I could see it going for just shy of 1k as rare as this set is. Isn't $1.5k what the one at Kutztown a couple of years ago went for? And it too was in need of a full cabinet restoration.

Strombergs with that dial aren't common where I am, but occasionally one will pop up for relatively cheap. There was a six tuber with that dial near Pittsburgh recently for $100. If I needed a glass for this set, I would have bought that one, swapped glass, and then resold the cheaper model for something like $50. Someone would have bought it and it would have made the cost of completing the better set around $50.


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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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sgath92 wrote:
There was a six tuber with that dial near Pittsburgh recently for $100. If I needed a glass for this set, I would have bought that one, swapped glass, and then resold the cheaper model for something like $50.

A 6-tube Stromberg-Carlson with that dial and 4-band coverage? I wanna see! What model is that?

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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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sgath92 wrote:
There was a six tuber with that dial near Pittsburgh recently for $100. If I needed a glass for this set, I would have bought that one, swapped glass, and then resold the cheaper model for something like $50.

A 6-tube Stromberg-Carlson with that dial and 4-band coverage? I wanna see! What model is that?


It looked similar to a 230 only with the same dial face as a 145. Seller said it had 6 tubes, but for all I know they miscounted. I didn't think to save the pictures and now its not listed now (probably sold) so I can't find it.


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 Post subject: Re: A big Texas Stromberg Carlson 145P
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sgath92 wrote:
It looked similar to a 230 only with the same dial face as a 145. Seller said it had 6 tubes, but for all I know they miscounted. I didn't think to save the pictures and now its not listed now (probably sold) so I can't find it.

That's funny... I recently showed my wife a picture of a 230H, and her comment was that the dial is too small and the design doesn't look balanced. The radio you describe would solve that issue. I'll have to keep an eye out for one!

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