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 Post subject: Had this given to me today. Not sure what it is.
PostPosted: Sep Wed 19, 2018 12:56 am 
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I went back to the lady that sold me the Crosley clock radio on sunday. She emailed me and asked if I want some speakers. I said I'd come get them, since she said I could have them. Some HUGE speakers with no name on them.

I was loading them into my truck and she came out and asked if I wanted an old radio, and handed me this. It was dirty, but after I wiped it down, it's half decent.

I see no name brand on it. The power cord is a mess, and I doubt I would plug it in anyway. I will get a little more precise with cleaning it eventually.

Any ideas?

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 Post subject: Re: Had this given to me today. Not sure what it is.
PostPosted: Sep Wed 19, 2018 1:01 am 
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Belmont 638/6D111.
https://www.radiolaguy.com/Showcase/Pla ... ont638.htm


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 Post subject: Re: Had this given to me today. Not sure what it is.
PostPosted: Sep Wed 19, 2018 1:08 am 
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Bingo. That is it. Thanks!

It's kinda cute, in a weird sort of way. It appears to be complete. Rather heavy for it's size.

There was some tape on the bottom, I managed to take it off, and there's a label underneath that says that is a Model C640.


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That one is called "The Rabbit". it is collectable because of the unique design.

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C640 was the (Belmont manufactured) model sold by Gamble-Skogmo stores.
https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/gamble_sko_c640.html

Procedure for setting the Automatic Tuner push-buttons + schematic.
http://americanradiohistory.com/hd2/IDX ... e-0085.pdf
http://americanradiohistory.com/hd2/IDX ... e-0084.pdf

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That radio is worthless. Take off the knob and screw on the side and ship it to me :wink: .

Just kidding. That's actually a very nice radio. I have its cousin, an Airline 15br-1537b that uses similar knobs. Unfortunately, mine is missing the knobs and they are extremely hard to come by. I bet if someone made reproductions of the set screw for the knobs, they could make a lot of money.

Here's the radio:

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/montgomery_15br1537b.html

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Wow, you were given a Belmont Bunny? :o

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Mr Carlson just restored a similar radio a Belmont 636 on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWXbdCz-AiY


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Wow, you were given a Belmont Bunny? :o

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After looking at it from a few angles......it would appear so.


what could I use to patch the small chips in the finish? Some sort of filler?


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Here's what they go for on Ebay: https://picclick.com/?q=Belmont+Radio&f ... e%22%7D%7D

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So what you are pointing out is, if a radio doesn't sell for a lot, it's not worth much. 8)


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Bondo is the go-to filler.

Mix a pea-size of hardener to a golf-ball size of filler. Mix thoroughly. Don't hang around as it can go-off quickly. It's best not to make it too proud. Sand with some girly nail emery boards.

Color match/mix some artists acrylic paint.

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rdnzl wrote:
Indiana Radios wrote:

So what you are pointing out is, if a radio doesn't sell for a lot, it's not worth much. 8)


I'm just pointing out reality without any bias or opinion. You can go and interpret that any way you want.

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Nice radio. Please don't power it up until caps have been checked out!
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I would leave the radio finish the way it is!

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I would leave the radio finish the way it is!

I agree! It shows well and has no missing parts.

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There were a couple of variations on that cabinet, and Belmont made them under several different brand names, before and after the war. I have the earlier version with the Delco name on it, from around 1939-40.

I have heard that version called the "pig".

One peculiarity of the tuner design, is that removing the tuning knob releases the pushbutton presets!

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Indiana Radios wrote:
rdnzl wrote:
Indiana Radios wrote:

So what you are pointing out is, if a radio doesn't sell for a lot, it's not worth much. 8)


I'm just pointing out reality without any bias or opinion. You can go and interpret that any way you want.


I do it for fun. I like old things. I enjoy the hunt. It’s not about money at all. It’s not a competition.

What something goes for on EBay matters not to me.


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In case someone doesn't see the reference to a rabbit.

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