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 Post subject: Rare Baby Grand Piano Cabinet w/ Crosley 40S radio
PostPosted: Aug Sat 13, 2022 6:50 pm 
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Baby Grand corner setting cabinet is currently up for auction on Ebay as a Buy It Now.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/195048509687

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For restoration 1928 Antique Wood Crosley Vintage Tube Radio Grand Piano Case.
Plugged in and does tune stations at top of dial only , need proper antenna ,case looks good overall top has plant rings, some edge chips to veneer ,finish on bottom of legs needs attention , 2 prop rods for top so you can have it open at different heights, dial is out of round but turns fine,
Case is professionally manufactured doesn’t seem homemade,41" wide x 30" deep x 36" tall
Pickup only Fort Wayne Indiana

Below a couple pictures of the one that is currently up for sale in Fort Wayne, IN. And then yes I have one that I bought in an auction in Fort Wayne about 20 years ago. Many years ago at Lansing, MI we saw a couple of these Baby Grand cabinets with Atwater Kent AK60's in them and once a poster found one in an antique store in Wisconsin with a Philco coffin box radio in it.

disclaimer: No I don't know the seller.
The first THREE PICTURES are of the radio available in the Ebay Auction. The last TWO PICTURES are of my radio. Yes my Crosley is modified and has one of David Winter's FM modules in it.
John Goller, k9uwa


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 Post subject: Re: Rare Baby Grand Piano Cabinet w/ Crosley 40S radio
PostPosted: Aug Sun 14, 2022 2:27 am 
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I saw one several years ago with a Sparton Triolian chassis installed. The large speaker was pointing down with the two smaller speakers facing out the two front grills.

Not sure who made those cabinets, but they are unique! :D

btw, the radio in the auction may have potmetal issues in the variable capacitor.
This may explain why it only receives stations at the top end of the band. The cap plates are probably touching as they mesh.

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 Post subject: Re: Rare Baby Grand Piano Cabinet w/ Crosley 40S radio
PostPosted: Aug Sun 14, 2022 12:57 pm 
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Really unique cabinet design.


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 Post subject: Re: Rare Baby Grand Piano Cabinet w/ Crosley 40S radio
PostPosted: Aug Sun 14, 2022 1:56 pm 
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I like the cabinet. How tall is it?

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 Post subject: Re: Rare Baby Grand Piano Cabinet w/ Crosley 40S radio
PostPosted: Aug Sun 14, 2022 8:00 pm 
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linick wrote:
I like the cabinet. How tall is it?

Nick


Hi Nick the cabinet is 36" tall It is 43" wide across the front and it is 32" deep from front the the rear point back in the corner. And as you can see in some of the sellers
pictures the top is hinged on one side the same as the baby grand piano cabinets.

Some additional pictures below that show how simple it is to change out the front panel. This makes it easy to put some different radio into the cabinet. Any radio that is
7 - 3/4" high will fit and still have room for the panel that fits over the radio.

Steve above said he saw a Sparton Triolian in one these cabinets. Many years ago at the Lansing Michigan old radio meet I saw two of these cabinets with Atwater Kent AK55 and or AK60 radios in them. And yes those had only one speaker and it pointed downward through a large hole behind the location of the radio. And years ago another ARF poster saw one up in Wisconsin that had a Philco 1929 model 65 which is also a metal coffin box shaped table radio. Interesting that in 40 years worth of collecting and hearing about these Baby Grand Piano cabinets. That is a total of 6 of them. Now 2 from Fort Wayne, IN plus 2 seen at Lansing, MI years ago. 1 in Wisconsin and the one Steve saw Ohio perhaps. All six appeared in the midwest tri-state area. And no there are no markings on the cabinets. I looked this one over again yesterday. Under around inside and all I found were a couple number stamps into the wood.

The one I bought at an Auction here in Fort Wayne, IN was an old antique store closing up and selling off all their stock of antiques. In that auction most of the known antique dealers quit bidding when we got over $300 range. And I only had one other person bidding against me and he didn't stop until I said $400. My radio had the bench with the radio cabinet. Bench was in terrible condition with split legs etc. But I was happy it was with the piano radio cabinet.

No question about the potmetal issues with the Crosley Tuners. My radio has a different Crosley model radio in it and it too has potmetal issues. I managed to get the rear section of the tuner to work and modified my radio for FM only with David Winter's FM Module.

Here is a Link to an Atwater Kent AK-60 in one of these cabinets on radiomuseum. https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/atwater_baby_grand_piano_60c.html

So below the added pictures showing how one removes and changes the front panel for different radios.
John Goller, k9uwa


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 Post subject: Re: Rare Baby Grand Piano Cabinet w/ Crosley 40S radio
PostPosted: Aug Mon 15, 2022 3:50 am 
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I own a somewhat unusual Crosley low boy with a 70S chassis. Can anyone please shed some light on the "S" designation chassis??


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