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 Post subject: Retro Radio Farm
PostPosted: Aug Wed 12, 2015 3:43 pm 
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Anybody familiar with this place? From looking at some of their radios and the descriptions, I have to wonder how bad their eyesight is.

http://www.retroradiofarm.com/collectio ... lamp-works

"BEAUTIFUL Retro Vintage 1959 Mitchell Model TSB47 Tube AM Radio Bed Lamp Totally Restored!...There are no cracks, chips, splits, or missing material anywhere on the cabinet."

Oh, really?

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 Post subject: Re: Retro Radio Farm
PostPosted: Aug Wed 12, 2015 4:06 pm 
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Maybe that's the "BEFORE" restoration photo and they meant to post the "AFTER" restoration photo??? :roll:

I've looked at the site quite a few times but have never purchased anything.

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 Post subject: Re: Retro Radio Farm
PostPosted: Aug Wed 12, 2015 7:07 pm 
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Maybe that's the "BEFORE" restoration photo and they meant to post the "AFTER" restoration photo??? :roll:

I've looked at the site quite a few times but have never purchased anything.

Seller made an opening in the back so the warmth and light will show on dark bedroom wall.


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 Post subject: Re: Retro Radio Farm
PostPosted: Aug Wed 12, 2015 8:00 pm 
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The description is long but this part puzzled me:

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Furthermore, these old designs are 'hot-grounded' to the AC line as opposed to the third prong "cold" ground
:shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Retro Radio Farm
PostPosted: May Thu 23, 2019 6:24 pm 
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Extremely high Prices also, IMHO. :|

WHO is this guy? One of "our people"?

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 Post subject: Re: Retro Radio Farm
PostPosted: May Thu 23, 2019 7:36 pm 
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How much was that radio? I see that adding an input cost $99 alone.

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 Post subject: Re: Retro Radio Farm
PostPosted: May Fri 24, 2019 2:58 am 
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He does explain all the damage in the description. I think he means the chassis has been restored.


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 Post subject: Re: Retro Radio Farm
PostPosted: May Fri 24, 2019 4:34 am 
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Cabinet is in very good condition in original ivory paint. Not repainted. There are no cracks, chips, splits, or missing material anywhere on the cabinet. There a few light surface scratchesdents, and dings throughout but not too bad.


Then he states.
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There anoth back slat that has been broken then glued back on.

So, which is it, "There are no cracks, chips, splits" or "back slat that has been broken then glued back on".

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Yes, the chicken wire screen is original. Painted in white (ivory) with what looks like house latex.

Since when did Mitchell "EVER" use a painted mesh screen over the light?

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Below is a Mitchell with original plastic lamp cover.

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Seller is either hopelessly clueless or shows great potential in becoming a successful used car salesman.

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 Post subject: Re: Retro Radio Farm
PostPosted: May Fri 24, 2019 2:59 pm 
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No screen,

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 Post subject: Re: Retro Radio Farm
PostPosted: May Fri 24, 2019 4:46 pm 
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It also is missing the brackets to attach it to the headboard, and IIRC, the dial does not have a light either.
I would also be curious to what it sold for, not that I would want to sell mine.

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 Post subject: Re: Retro Radio Farm
PostPosted: May Fri 24, 2019 5:39 pm 
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WHO is this guy? One of "our people"?

He does advertise on ARF. At the moment he's the top advertisement in the right-hand ad bar.

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 Post subject: Re: Retro Radio Farm
PostPosted: May Fri 24, 2019 11:01 pm 
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I have bought from him.
Very nice guy and I think the price for the Tropic I bought was very good.

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 Post subject: Re: Retro Radio Farm
PostPosted: May Sat 25, 2019 3:51 pm 
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I'm a bit surprised to see a critical thread on RRF here? I always assumed he was "off limits " since he advertises here. I saw an online interview with him where he claims he makes $50000/year selling mostly damaged atomic radios at twice the price of a nib nos radio. Who in their right mind would pay $1000 for a Motorola turbine? Yet I see radios in his sold section? Buyers must negotiate the price down? The guys an electrical engineer and makes a good living. Yet he offered my friend colby $35 for an nos admiral clock radio yet has one listed for $299. Unbelievable


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 Post subject: Re: Retro Radio Farm
PostPosted: May Sat 25, 2019 4:14 pm 
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carnegiebeer wrote:
I always assumed he was "off limits " since he advertises here.
That should make him "fair game" here, no? He's got the same right as anyone else to share his side of any controversy.

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 Post subject: Re: Retro Radio Farm
PostPosted: May Sat 25, 2019 4:52 pm 
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carnegiebeer wrote:
I'm a bit surprised to see a critical thread on RRF here? I always assumed he was "off limits " since he advertises here. I saw an online interview with him where he claims he makes $50000/year selling mostly damaged atomic radios at twice the price of a nib nos radio. Who in their right mind would pay $1000 for a Motorola turbine? Yet I see radios in his sold section? Buyers must negotiate the price down? The guys an electrical engineer and makes a good living. Yet he offered my friend colby $35 for an nos admiral clock radio yet has one listed for $299. Unbelievable



If a professional does a good job on a restoration, this is not unreasonable. A little high but not unreasonable. It would have to be a GOOD job.

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