February 19, 2011 at 1:27 pm #2217
Here are some photos of my latest acquisition, a Midwest 16-37. The Midwest Radio Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio was is business from 1920 until about 1958 (in their last few years, they built only television sets). They had no dealer network and sold by mail order only. The buyer could order a chassis and speaker only and many did as the chassis came with a large rectangular faceplate (originally wood-grained metal, later Bakelite or plastic) surrounding the dial, knobs and escutcheons, allowing the new Midwest to be mounted in cabinets from competing radio makers with a minimum of modification. Tube count was a big selling point for Midwest and the 16-37 came with 16 of them — modest by Midwest standards. This particular chassis has two 80 rectifiers and four 6N6G audio output tubes. Midwest’s own cabinets were often stylish but were known for "quick and dirty" construction. No screws, just nails and glue and very thin coats of lacquer. My Midwest has a factory cabinet, beautifully rebuilt and refinished by the eBay seller (how often does that happen?). Mike Simpson, an expert on all things Midwest, has a neat site devoted mostly to this brand at https://www.midwestradiomuseum.com. It’s worth a visit. Thanks for looking.
Guess this is going to be all tell and no show. My pictures were too big. I’ll have to hire a five-year-old to show me how to reduce the size.
There is a picture of a 16-37 on Mike’s site. Believe it is under "S-16."February 19, 2011 at 5:56 pm #2235
Thanks for the tips, but I have an Apple MacBook Pro and Snow Leopard. If you, or anyone, would like to see pictures of this set I’ll gladly Email them. It really is a beautiful piece and it would be a shame to compress the photos.
EricFebruary 27, 2011 at 11:38 am #2260
Thanks a bunch for your help.
EricFebruary 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm #2261radionutForum Participant
That is one beauty of a radio.I am like you will have to get a 5 year old to show me how to post pictures. I have somewhere between 3 to 500 radios in all different states of shape (rough to nice ) , but I don’t know how to post pictures so as to get help when trying to explain problems.The guys on this form have been good helping me. ( Phil, Dan, Jerry , and Don with schematics )
Bruce RuttanFebruary 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm #2263
Thanks for the shout-out. Guess I’ll have to call Apple for picture shrinkage directions. Like most of my gender, however, I hate to ask for directions.
I’ve acquired a half-dozen or so Canadian radios and have found CVRS to be a really sweet site for schematics, advice and just general help. Stefan Weresczcynsky, Bob Masse, Don White and several other members have been most helpful. Stefan even drove some miles from his home to Scarborough, Ontario to pick up a Toronto-built Stromberg-Carlson 694 table radio for me, rounded up packing materials and shipped it to the States on my behalf.
Re: The Midwest. I have been looking for a decent Midwest console for some years now. They occasionally pop up on eBay, but invariably the cabinets (often home-brew) are really rough. Suddenly, this 16-37 appears, for a reasonable "buy it now" price, plus the seller was willing to ship the radio (consoles usually are "local pick up only"). Guess "never give up hope" applied here.
Since Midwest sold by mail-order only and had no dealer network, I suspect they are not thick upon the ground in Canada. It’s a real shame, as these are great radios.
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