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  • #9468
    Les Dickson
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    Does anyone know anything about this radio? It says Sheraton on the dial. The tube lineup is pretty common (12SA7 12SK7 12SQ7 50L6GT 35Z5GT). stamped on the back of the radio is S-515. I haven’t been able to find out anything about who manufactured it, what country, what year. Thanks for any info you may have.

    #9557
    phil
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    its a stab in the dark but I think I have seen detrola radios with similar knobs. not white but see the way the knobs have those little “fins”
    I think I had one that had automatic tuning with kind of similar knobs.
    I’m wondering if it might be re-branded? could it relate to those plant A, B or C radios? as I recall there were some plants that manufactured a lot of radios and re-branded them for department stores and such. maybe others know more about what I’m refer to.

    sorry not much to go on. Nice radio!
    Phil

    #9564
    Don Henschel
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    Phil I think you hit the nail on the head here.
    http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/unknown_unknown_4_tube_trf.html

    #9565
    Don Henschel
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    #9567
    Les Dickson
    CVRS Member

    Don, the radio in the Radio Museum link is different because it has only four tubes. The radio in the Antique Radios link is almost identical, showing “Sheraton” on the face; however, the dial numbers are not backward on mine as they are on the one shown. Interesting that nothing much seems to be known about this radio.

    #9569
    Don Henschel
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    I guess Les will have to search the chassis and cabinet for more forensic clues to the identity of his patient. No ID, maybe an illegal alian that snuck across the border. Some of the older Detrola have quite a high value but if that was an Adison made in Canada, wow that would be a find. I was at an auction sale a number of years ago where there was one and a radio collector I know said that one will probably fetch 400-500 and I said you got to be kidding? It was bid up to $475 in a piddly small auction in butt crack Saskatchewan AKA Rosthern. They were Canadian but didn’t last very long and went belly up in the late fifties. What surprised me is these plastic radios are going up in value because people couldn’t afford the older rarer or some of the rarer console radios and gravitated to these smaller table or mantel top radios.

    #9577
    phil
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    Ive got a neat detrola table radio. it has motorized electric push button tuning which is pretty uncommon for table sets. the speaker says “Rola ” I restored it.. then I also found a weird lookng one with a wooden case. I restored that one too. it seems pretty selective. the funny looking radio turned out to be a home made cabinet. They even made the knobs ! I wondered if it was a leftover from a bankrupcy or something. maybe a project done in the 30’s or 40’s.. I restored the home made cabinet.. both had the same dial cover and some other similarities. i made both new bubbles with the smae form. but the brand on the home made one is not detrola. I can check the maker, forget just now.. I should try to get a pic of both of them. these are both wood cased radios.

    Addison made some catalin ones they are very valuable and you don’t see many floating around. I met a guy here that had a lot like 10 or 20 of them it was his retirement plan , at the time I think he said 1700? quite an investment! they are nice but wow.. there are some wooden ones with the same chassis, maybe those are sought after for the chassis? maybe that could explain a seemingly plain wooden addison tabletop for going higher than it seemed it should?

    #9579
    Don Henschel
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    And how long are they going to stay up there? One auction I was at we were talking about glass and one collector pointed at some orange glassware where he said was worth a fortune in the seventies is now nickel and dimes for value. The Addison I saw was a blue plastic model very plain and “inexpensive” looking (a polite way of saying cheap 😉 in its construction and back in the day it was probably a much lower priced radio to toss out on a counter or table in the kitchen. There are many makes out there that don’t exist anymore and for a while the console models weren’t a big seller due to size but a number of mine are those.

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