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 Post subject: Crosley Model 83CP - Not sure what to do with it
PostPosted: Sep Sun 19, 2021 7:18 pm 
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Hi everyone, first time posting. I have this old radio we've been lugging around for a few years. I got it in Ohio a few years back, but it never worked. I was hoping some of you might give me insight into what I might be able to do with it. I don't have the time, nor the skill, to restore it myself and wanted to make sure it ended up in the hands of someone who would appreciate its historical value


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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Model 83CP - Not sure what to do with it
PostPosted: Sep Sun 19, 2021 7:34 pm 
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Your radio has an RF amplifier stage as well as push pull audio output. SW band & AM. The problem is the stile of the cabinet is very plain looking. Also the take up room size. Not worth much to a collector. The parts maybe worth more than the whole.


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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Model 83CP - Not sure what to do with it
PostPosted: Sep Sun 19, 2021 8:01 pm 
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Thanks for the pics of your radio and thanks for including the model name.
Crosley 83CP:
https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/crosley_83cp.html

6K6 output tubes with a 5Y3 rectifier for 6.5 Watt potential output. It will fill a small room with booming audio., due to a very efficient speaker.
But only if the speaker and other parts are good.
Polish it up and sell it for $40 or best offer.
Be willing to take less. For a quicker sale charge less. I'd fix it up myself.
Fixing it to play won't raise its value much but it will be easier to sell, maybe.
The turntable plays only 78's, right? I would not bother with lubing and servicing unless there are good 78 records to go with it.

Radio serviced and playing, use the phono input to stream audio to those big tubes. 8)

You or a new owner can install a 3-speed turntable without causing any terrible changes and the original phono unit can be saved in a box.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Model 83CP - Not sure what to do with it
PostPosted: Sep Sun 19, 2021 8:27 pm 
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If you were gonna part it out, you could be like a sausage maker, sell every part but the squeal. And some old radios come with a squeal! Someone might buy the chassis, the tubes, the speaker, repurpose the case, the knobs and dial, and even the grille cloth is worth something if it is in good condition, to somebody because proper radio grille cloth is getting scarce and some of the junk they now sell as speaker cloth is nothing more than overpriced Jo-Ann fabric store remnants. Old crusty 78 rpm record player mechanisms are not that popular to salvage but someone might want that for the parts in it.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Model 83CP - Not sure what to do with it
PostPosted: Sep Sun 19, 2021 9:52 pm 
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I'd try to sell it AS-IS and let it be someone else problem. If you can't sell it, donate it to your local antique mall. At least that somewhat guarantees that it will fall into the hands of someone who will appreciate it and not wind up out on the curb. I'd say value wise, it's realistically worth around $20 or so in it's current overall condition.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Model 83CP - Not sure what to do with it
PostPosted: Sep Sun 19, 2021 10:36 pm 
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You could possibly sell the knobs for $25 or more on eBay given that you have the correct matching set of four.

The rest of the unit, I see no value in unless someone wanted to strip it for parts, tubes, power transformer and so on. At most of the big radio shows, this one would have zero interest and probably end up in the donation auction at the end, and sell for a few dollars.

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