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    Ralph Spracklin
    CVRS Member

    My Favorite Radio

    There are some attractive Radios, and there are some that are downright ugly. But what are the reasons that all of us Collectors/Restorers, for whatever the reason, we claim them as our Radio of favor?

    My favorite radio(s) gain my approval for reasons that are sentimental, and yet they happen to be pleasing to the eye. The top one on my list is my Telefunken/AEG Super Banjo 61. I acquired this Radio, this piece of post WW2 technology, as a gift, from a neighbor of ours who needed help at a troublesome time in her life, when she had to move away from our area, in order to prevent her young daughters from being kidnapped and then being whisked away to another far away country in the Middle East. The threat was real and she feared that she would lose her daughters forever. She needed help to clean out her home in preparation for her up coming move. My self and my wife rolled up our sleeves and helped her out during this trying time in her life.

    When the cleanup was finished, she presented me with this Radio as an appreciation of our kindness. I have held on to this Radio for over forty years. It was always a reminder to me of this little family, especially in their time of need. That covers the sentimental side of it all, On the other hand, this Radio, as I have stated above, just happens to be quite an attractive set. And after its manufacturer over sixty years ago, it still works reasonably well, considering it has never been worked on. A few minor nicks and scratches here and there, and a missing escutcheon clip on the front. this Radio had found a place in my memory of things now long past and gone. I am now in the process of re-capping this set, so that it will hopefully give another sixty years of service.

    There are a couple of other Radios, neither of which I own, that I deem as sets I really am partial to. One of those Radios is a Crosley Dashboard Radio, and the other a Philips Model 145, of which I owned some fifty years ago. Whatever happened to that particular Radio, I do not remember. Rogers also had this Radio with their own emblem on it. And while I am not really certain, somethig tells me that RCA also pushed this same Radio. That fact, regarding RCA, I would like to verify.

    Let us know what your favorite Radio is and why.

    Regards

    Ralph

    #18280
    Sterling Spurrell
    CVRS Member

    The Philips 145 radio, do you mean the p145 radio?

    #18281
    Ralph Spracklin
    CVRS Member

    Hello Sterling

    Yes! I did mean the P 145. Actually I did have one of those. My Grand Mother and my Aunt also had the same model.

    Ralph

    #18284
    Sterling Spurrell
    CVRS Member

    Very nice radio, had one and got it sold.

    #18306
    Dan Walker
    CVRS Member

    I would have to say that my favorite radio is a Rogers 10-12.
    Since it was Rogers 10th anniversary [1935] , they put quite a bit of special treatment in the cabinet ,not to mention the Chrome chassis
    and speaker. It had 12 tubes so they called it the 10-12. The first one I bought didn’t have a power supply or a clock,but I only paid $25.00 for it.
    I put an add out for a power supply and a fellow told me he had the whole radio for sale for $300.00. I bought the radio and now I have two 10-12 radios.
    I recapped both radios and refinished the cabinet on one of them. The other one has the original finish but no clock or power supply.
    The first one I got had a huge mouse nest it . I am still looking for a power supply.
    Here are some photos and a link to my you tube video

    Dan in Calgary

    #18317
    Ralph Spracklin
    CVRS Member

    Hey Dan

    That is one nice radio. A show piece indeed. I enjoyed the video. Hopefully you will run into a power supply for your other unit. Does your other unit have an opening for a clock or is it just missing??
    Ralph

    #18321
    Dan Walker
    CVRS Member

    Ralph;
    All the 10-12 radios have the clock in front. Each cabinet is the same.
    The Rogers 10-10 has the same chassis but a different grill and it does not have a clock.
    The 10-120 has the same chassis and cabinet ,but a different grill [see photos]
    On these radios the clock can be set to turn the radio on and off at the desired setting.
    [Quite a clock radio]
    I have a Rogers 4821 with a clock on the side, and it is the same clock. You can see the opening on the side for the clock
    Dan in Calgary

    #18329
    Ralph Spracklin
    CVRS Member

    Dan that is one very nice radio, I can see why it is a favorite of yours. As for the other radio, why don’t you find a chasis of suitable in size and build a replica of the Power Supply, using the good power supply on the Radio in your post as the pattern. The Transformer may be the hardest to find, but as for the job itself, it should be easy to do.
    Ralph

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