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#152091 - 12/04/03 10:27 AM Old Time Radios
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#152092 - 12/04/03 12:34 PM Re: Old Time Radios
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Posts: 769
Loc: Oradell NJ USA
I collect and restore radios like these. Usually, the wax paper capacitors must all be replaced, as well as the electroytic filter cap. See my web site
for more old radios.

#152093 - 12/04/03 07:47 PM Re: Old Time Radios
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Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
I fixed a co-worker's little 4-tube radio and he gave me one of these to have. The dial-scale on mine has a crack (it's made of flexible plastic).

It was sold to him as a bill of goods and since I had repaired his little fire-engine red Firestone, he and his wife decided to give this one to me...and in expectations that I can also fix it. Which I soon as I get some TIIIME!!

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Has Joe caught the old radio bug also? Be careful...they are very addictive..

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#152094 - 12/05/03 03:25 AM Re: Old Time Radios
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Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
Great stuff! I think regulars will know that I also like to search out and restore old radios and associated equipment.

#152095 - 12/05/03 07:45 AM Re: Old Time Radios
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Registered: 10/18/03
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Loc: Germany
have a look at these pages:

this guy built a whole PC with a great circular VU-Meter inside an old radio, to use it as mp3 player...

#152096 - 12/05/03 08:52 AM Re: Old Time Radios
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Registered: 08/07/02
Posts: 1084
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
Nice pictures, folks!

Is it true that these radios only play "oldies?"

#152097 - 12/05/03 11:02 AM Re: Old Time Radios
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
Is it true that these radios only play "oldies?"

That may be ..

My Father gave me an old car once that only got AM stations on the Radio.

He didn't know the FM didn't work !!


#152098 - 01/24/04 01:35 AM Re: Old Time Radios
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Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
I absolutely love old radios like the one above.
I have an old 1930's Dreco set here that I listen to the Cricket coverage on AM on, when I am working in my workshop.
I had to rip all of the paper capacitors out of it and a few busted valves but it hasn't missed a beat in the 10 years I've had it.
74 years on and still going strong, save the bad parts, but I don't think we'll be seeing vintage Mitsubishi gear like this Dreco!.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#152099 - 10/28/06 10:01 AM Re: Old Time Radios
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Registered: 01/06/05
Posts: 58
Another old radio fan....I've only got one though, a Zenith AM/FM tube type bakelite radio from'll have to wait for awhile if you want a pic.

I did have an old non working 1947 Delco AM radio in an all wood housing. Back in Jan 2003 I learned via the newspaper of an old timer 45 miles from my house that was 90 years old but still operated his radio shop that had been in buisness since 1935. He diagnosed it as having bad tubes and capacitors...he had plenty of tubes but had to search for capacitors...unfortunatley I never did get my radio back as he passed in Sept 2004....I didn't find out about his passing until this past summer. RIP


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