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 Post subject: I hit the Jackpot this time! Also need some advice..
PostPosted: Jul Mon 22, 2019 2:10 pm 
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Well, to me it's a jackpot! I got a call from an older gentleman this evening and he said he had 3 complete tube radios, some part radios, parts, and a few tubes! He gave me a-

Crosley Model 58TK, this one os my next project!
Stromberg-Carlson Model 1400-H
Admiral Model YG559
A very large Zenith "Long Distance" Chassis- It's parts only though
Lastly, a parts Radio, I can't read the name on it.

I'm uploading pictures of the Zenith first. I am going to part it out, so I need help figuring out what parts to sell, and how much. I want to put make an offer, but as i' i'm sure you know, there has to be prices on everything, but I don't know what to ask for the items!The dial glass is near mint, i think I saw a bubble or two in the glass, but that has to be worth something!. If you want to PM with that info, I would appreciate it!


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 Post subject: Re: I hit the Jackpot this time! Also need some advice..
PostPosted: Jul Tue 23, 2019 2:39 am 
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The black dial chassis is the low end "Walton", farm radio version. With its cabinet and restored it is worth more than $1,000. However, I don't know how get there with what you are starting with. Parts. The shutter dials like this are my favorite 1930s radio.

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 Post subject: Re: I hit the Jackpot this time! Also need some advice..
PostPosted: Jul Tue 23, 2019 7:16 am 
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This is the mystery radio, it was in bad shape, as you can see from the pictures. It had a name on the front, but you could make out what it said. It has four beautiful knobs, well they will be beautiful after a good cleaning. If you can can think of any information on the radio, please let me know. Thanks guys! -John


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PostPosted: Jul Tue 23, 2019 7:54 am 
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The name is Sonora.

It looks like the Sonora TX-53. The chassis layout seems to match.

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/sonora_rad_tx53.html

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 Post subject: Re: I hit the Jackpot this time! Also need some advice..
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Those pix of the Sonora radio are a perfect example of what a “barn fresh” radio looks like. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: I hit the Jackpot this time! Also need some advice..
PostPosted: Jul Tue 23, 2019 2:47 pm 
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Lots of 'patina' on that stuff. Not sure about hitting the jackpot though. It's really mostly material for a repair guy's parts boneyard.


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PostPosted: Jul Tue 23, 2019 11:19 pm 
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The "pointer" knob on the back of the Zenith chassis is there to change the voltage the radio uses. Be sure to save it. :shock: The wood should clean up nicely and be worth $. The knob on the front below the dial is NOT original


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 Post subject: Re: I hit the Jackpot this time! Also need some advice..
PostPosted: Jul Thu 25, 2019 10:50 am 
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Yeah, I know, not the jackpot to most, but finding any antique radios where I live is like winning the lottery for me. lol What could that knob be worth, after it's cleaned up? I don't know how to price any of these thing, I want to offer them to anyone here first, but I can't put "make an offer" so I'm not sure what to do.. Also have another issue, I was planning on restoring the little Crosley because it looked pretty straight forward and would be good for me to learn on. The biggest issue, I think, is the two huge cracks on the side on the case, and the holes on the other side. Is that something that could be repaired or should I look for another one? The gentleman that gave me these radios said that the little Crosley is the radio he listened to while he was in the Army, So I'd really like to save it, but I know I don't have the experience to do that. Any ideas? Thanks guys! -John


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 Post subject: Re: I hit the Jackpot this time! Also need some advice..
PostPosted: Jul Thu 25, 2019 1:22 pm 
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Okay, here’s the way I see it. Jackpot means different things to different people. For me, this is no jackpot. I look for radios that need a minimal amount of work. However, if you want to repair/restore/tinker.....you may be looking for different types of radios. So, jackpot! The small Crosley, while it will never really be worth anything, might be a good one to learn some restoration/repair skills on.

The Emerson I sent you was something I got on eBay years ago and really had no idea of how far, if any, restoration had taken place. From what I’ve read here, it’s not in need of much restoration. Btw, look up the value of that radio on completed eBay sales. As far as the cardboard back goes, it’s better than the vast majority of original backs that you'll find on this model radio. Most don’t even have the original back. So, I wouldn’t be too quick to dismiss the original back and throw it away.

You can always ‘flip’ the radio I gave you and use the proceeds to buy another radio(s) that’s in need of more restoration. Won’t hurt my feelings the least bit.

I suppose one man’s jackpot is another man’s recyclable. I think it’s always better to buy what you value and not buy based on what others think.


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PostPosted: Jul Thu 25, 2019 4:55 pm 
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ARF member Squire was looking for a speaker for a S-C 1400H. He may be interested in that one if it's good.
I've been trying to locate one but keep striking out.


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 Post subject: Re: I hit the Jackpot this time! Also need some advice..
PostPosted: Jul Fri 26, 2019 3:34 am 
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The speaker looks good, has a little rust, but no rips, tears, or holes. I don't know what the little thing connected to it is, so I decided to cut it out too. Let me know what ya think! -John


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I wouldn't be so quick to pull things apart, especially if you don't know what you're pulling and have 5 different models mixed together. There is an output transformer attached to the speaker. Treat it with care as the thin wires are brittle.

A complete working Stromberg 1400 has some value because it has the machine age style, and is a good 6 tube radio, (or 5 tube and a selenium rectifier). You won't make any money selling parts from a cheap radio. Fix it up and try it out at night, you'll be amazed.

Bakelite is fixable with glue. Crazy glue works well, but you want to practice fitting the pieces perfectly aligned, then apply glue and hold until glue sets. Epoxy such as JB Weld works very well. Reinforce the inner side of the crack with a strip of cloth soaked in glue or epoxy. I've found good quality white glue (Weld-Bond) works well, but needs to be clamped overnight.

A nicely polished, but "untested" SC 1500 sold on eBay recently for $135.

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