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 Post subject: Majestic RadioBar near me.
PostPosted: Jan Fri 10, 2020 7:48 pm 
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I saw this 5 days after it was listed with no sale. Mostly because it was listed as a bar and the first photo was bad.
It is up in Westchester where a friend lives. I was trying to get it for him but the lady said there was someone ahead of me. :(
For $800.00 someone got a STEAL...


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 Post subject: Re: Majestic RadioBar near me.
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I wonder if that's a Majestic 1050 or a 1250?

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 Post subject: Re: Majestic RadioBar near me.
PostPosted: Jan Sat 11, 2020 10:54 pm 
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Or a Majestic 1280? :D

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 Post subject: Re: Majestic RadioBar near me.
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I didn't know the Majestic Radio & Telev. Corp. ever made a 1280.

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 Post subject: Re: Majestic RadioBar near me.
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Me neither. I just came across it a couple days ago in the RadioMuseum database.

Could be a typo from another source that got plowed into RMorg.

Could also be real. RMorg says 1050-10 tubes, 1250-11 tubes, 1280-12 tubes.

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/majestic_1280.html

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 Post subject: Re: Majestic RadioBar near me.
PostPosted: Jan Sun 12, 2020 10:25 pm 
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Radiomuseum, oh well, that explains it. Radiomuseum's information is only as accurate as the information which is donated to it and much of that data is woefully inaccurate and unreliable. Majestic never made a 1280, 1250 was their top console model, in their 1937 **50 console model line, with 12 tubes.

Radiomuseum is a quick and easy way to do research on something but their technical information and data should be "taken with a grain of salt". I suggest that whatever information you find at Radiomuseum, you should take the extra step and verify it elsewhere just to be sure.

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 Post subject: Re: Majestic RadioBar near me.
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I looked it up in Stein's Pre-War Consoles book, and yup, it's confirmed! LOL, JK. :wink:

A couple times I've been in collector's houses and mentioned a radio they didn't know, and they reached for their Steins books to see if it was "real."

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 Post subject: Re: Majestic RadioBar near me.
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Yup, your right, Stein identifies it as a 1280. Stein also shows a 10 tube Majestic model 1500. You have got to be kidding me, it's supposed to be model 1050.

I was seriously thinking of including Stein's console book in my previous rant but I didn't want to lay it on to thick but now I realize that maybe I should have. It's no more accurate and reliable then Radiomuseum but still a quick and easy way to look up and identify console radios. Radiomuseum and Stein's Pre-War Consoles book sure could have benefited with a little more fact checking and proof reading. I can somewhat forgive the Stein book since it came out in 2000 which, at that time, there wasn't much on the internet to help fact check but Radiomuseum is still an ongoing and continuously updated website. I don't know how receptive or responsive they would be to submitted corrections.

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Many of the problems with RM come from the problems with Mr. Stein's books. If anyone finds a problem, it is very easy to suggest a data change, and is a good thing to do.

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 Post subject: Re: Majestic RadioBar near me.
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The dial of the 1250 seems to match the closest so that of the dial on the RadioBar. That's going to be one nice performing RadioBar when that 1250 is fully restored. Locating all 5 of the Majestic wooden knobs will be a challenge.

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 Post subject: Re: Majestic RadioBar near me.
PostPosted: Jul Mon 06, 2020 9:13 pm 
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This radiobar finally ended up here at my home in NJ......thanks John Hufnagle. This is a big beast 6 bottle set.. The cabinet has beautiful striping in the grain. What really sets this off is the 1250 majestic chassis. Being inside closed doors most of its life, the yellow face of the dial is bright as new. The inside chrome is now polished and is in GREAT shape...It simply is one of the all time great dial faces. The 1250 has a chrome chassis as well. This chassis will hopefully get a recap down the road, once my medical issues are more on the back burner. I have never seen this radiobar before...and it all appears factory. The lack of glassware is obvious, (John had already sold those) but the 1250 chassis tends to make up for that, if not in value, but surely rarity. It joins my other radiobars now, and I'm happy to own it. Oh yes, you now see Majestic knobs on it. The small one to the far right is incorrect, but I have one on the way. :)
Mark in NJ


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 Post subject: Re: Majestic RadioBar near me.
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Mark,
Good story with a happy ending! Beautiful set!!!
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 Post subject: Re: Majestic RadioBar near me.
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It is sad you didn't get to it first so the original glassware could have stayed with it...

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Enjoy it! There are not many of them out there...

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Nothing sad here...glassware shows up. Price was very right, and I got a 16a61 Stratosphere in the deal too. Giddyup


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 Post subject: Re: Majestic RadioBar near me.
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Whoa, wait a minute, back up the cart!

You got a 16A61 in the deal as well? Did they just throw that in because you seemed like a nice guy? How did that come about?

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 Post subject: Re: Majestic RadioBar near me.
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Rodney...I got your attention..lol... Well, the deal was for the Strat, of course. The radiobar was included as a package. I will post about the strat in a separate thread sometime soon, when I get the grill cloth done on it. I now have a 61 and a 63...if a 1000z would just show up here. My bday is in September...just sayin...Hahahaha
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 Post subject: Re: Majestic RadioBar near me.
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Rodney...I got your attention..lol... Well, the deal was for the Strat, of course. The radiobar was included as a package. I will post about the strat in a separate thread sometime soon, when I get the grill cloth done on it. I now have a 61 and a 63...if a 1000z would just show up here. My bday is in September...just sayin...Hahahaha
Mark


Ah you got Rodney on that one Mark !!!

Here is a strange one. Yes, I have a Majestic 1250 and no Mark it still isn't assembled. Pretty sure you saw the cabinet when you were here. The strange part? My 1250 chassis isn't chromed. I also have a model 85 tombstone that has been here for 20 years and it isn't done either. And lastly to set on top of the stack one of the little 2 band table radios. It is done. I had done restoration on a model 85 tombstone for a customer. I loved the radio of course. A few months later Jean and I went to Elgin. Didn't arrive until Saturday morning since both of us were still working back then. Walking up one of the aisles I spotted a Majestic 85 and made the beeline to get it. No knobs of course that took a while to find them but yes I finally have a full set. Next summer I will get these finished.

Love that Radiobar. Finally a REAL RADIO in a RadioBar cabinet!!

Someday I'll tell you the story of the lady from Mexico City who has a Radiobar with a nice RCA radio. It was / is her family heirloom. Sans the Radio Chassis. All better now.

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Any story involving a Mexican lady and a radiobar has my interest...lol...This is my RCA Radiobar... in antique white. Both the radio and option on the cabinet color are rare. NO, this is not a recreation. this was a factory set 528 Radiobar, with the super rare antique white option, which was extra money.


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FStephenMasek wrote:
Many of the problems with RM come from the problems with Mr. Stein's books. If anyone finds a problem, it is very easy to suggest a data change, and is a good thing to do.


Wait, that sounds reasonable ... :shock:

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FStephenMasek wrote:
Many of the problems with RM come from the problems with Mr. Stein's books. If anyone finds a problem, it is very easy to suggest a data change, and is a good thing to do.

In the case of the Majestic 1050 being called a 1500, it's going to be tough to suggest a change that RadioMuseum will accept.

It appears Stein used information from a source contemporary to the radio's production, see the ad below. Considering Majestic Radio & Television had just been formed less than 6 months before this ad was printed, finding anything about these radios is quite tricky... Majestic didn't seem to have their full advertising department quite up and running, and ads are few and far between.

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'Above is shown the 1500 console--10 "G" tubes with cathode ray tuning.' - Radio Today, Sept. 1936.

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