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 Post subject: Made by RCA?
PostPosted: Sep Tue 10, 2019 9:36 pm 
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-RCA-8T ... 3907935686

Well parts of it were. Cabinet looks home made, although the edge moldings look correct. Oak doesn't work for me.


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PostPosted: Sep Tue 10, 2019 10:24 pm 
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Definitely looks homemade to me. Not bad but its certainly not original.


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 Post subject: Re: Made by RCA?
PostPosted: Sep Tue 10, 2019 11:52 pm 
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Here's seller who knows his stuff. :roll: Or should try writing fiction books.
"The oak is much scarcer than the mahogany model and makes this such a win."
Worth the value of a chassis, speaker, parts, etc. Nothing more.

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 Post subject: Re: Made by RCA?
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The speaker surround and the floor of the cabinet appear original. RCA always put some kind of label in the cabinet. I very much like oak.......l do like this radio. Craig


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 Post subject: Re: Made by RCA?
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Gotta give whoever built this an "A" for effort. Love it or hate it, it's pretty well done and took someone quite a bit of time, skill, and effort.

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 Post subject: Re: Made by RCA?
PostPosted: Sep Wed 11, 2019 10:37 am 
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Although that grain was popular on early Victrola's, it was never used on '30's radios. As a homebrew it's a nice set, but it's of little collector interest.


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 Post subject: Re: Made by RCA?
PostPosted: Sep Wed 11, 2019 3:44 pm 
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I have a 1932 radio in my collection with that kind of oak.

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/pye_grgdc_gdc.html

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 Post subject: Re: Made by RCA?
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Oh, just for reference, the radio that's the topic of this post...


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 Post subject: Re: Made by RCA?
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palegreenthumb wrote:
I have a 1932 radio in my collection with that kind of oak.

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/pye_grgdc_gdc.html

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I would definitely say that's a foreign set. I've seen that quarter sawn grain on an English radio too, but nothing like that in the US.


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 Post subject: Re: Made by RCA?
PostPosted: Sep Wed 11, 2019 5:53 pm 
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Definitely an E for effort but not $799 worth.

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 Post subject: Re: Made by RCA?
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I'd say the cabinet makers for Rodney's set and the one on the Bay were fairly talented. As has been said, quarter sawn oak is nice, just wasn't a normal choice for most 30's radio cabinets.


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 Post subject: Re: Made by RCA?
PostPosted: Sep Fri 13, 2019 5:06 am 
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Wow!! They sold it!!

Edit: For the record, it was listed for $799 OBO. Looks like they took a BO.


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 Post subject: Re: Made by RCA?
PostPosted: Sep Fri 13, 2019 12:38 pm 
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Philco did make a cabinet in Oak.

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=277284

I think I've seen one other, but US made Oak radio cabinets are few and far between.

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 Post subject: Re: Made by RCA?
PostPosted: Sep Fri 13, 2019 3:25 pm 
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decojoe67 wrote:
Although that grain was popular on early Victrola's, it was never used on '30's radios.


There were a number of 1930s radio manufacturers offering oak cabinets none the least of which were Scott, McMurdo Silver, Lincoln, and Capehart.

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