March 8, 2008 at 12:42 am #913AnonymousInactive
Just to have a little fun here. I am curious as to what the rest of you folks out there are collecting.
My interests are late 50’s to mid 60’s stereo receivers, I really like listening to music so I am after what would be considered audiophile type equipment, you know the stuff you could never afford, the stuff the rich kid neighbor owned and you could only get a chance to listen to it if you were with your big brother, till you got the boot and sent on your way . I started collecting almost a year ago now, my first decent sounding stereo receiver was a Grundig, this was the one that set the hook. I ended up with 4 more of these some stereo and some hi fi. I hit a home run by picking up a Fisher 500B I am told it was worth 360 bucks back in 1963, thats when a Ford Mustang cost 2500 bucks, I think a pop and a chocolate bar cost you 20 cents. I have a Sansui 1000 waiting for my eyes and ears to view, again that too is around 1963.
Having a blast, wish I had more time to immerse myself in this new hobby. I feel like a kid when I come upon something I really like, I’m always searching and trying really hard to keep the costs down. A few more then I will become a little more selective and little more fussy.
Grundig, Sansui, Pioneer all tube of coarse.
DaveMarch 17, 2008 at 6:14 am #921Gerry O’HaraKeymaster
I collect (UK) Eddystone communication receivers and accessories/components etc (some photos attached – my 940, 870A, 820 and 750). These are mostly post WWII tube sets, though I have a couple of solid state sets also. In addition I collect mid-1920’s TRF’s, including a Grebe MU-1, FADA, Kings-Hinners and Freed-Easmann, as well as 1930’s wood-cased sets (TRF and superhet) – table-top and some consoles, including Philco, RCA, GE, Westinghouse, Zenith, Detrola, Silvertone, Airline and Crosley. Tube HiFi would be nice – I might start looking out for some…
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This is a hard question for a radio addict.
It’s good to know that you can still buy yourself hours upon hours of radio fixing pleasure for 20 bucks.
If it is a box with wires coming out the back, even part of a radio it is an item of intense interest:)
One thing I would like to collect is 1930’s radios with clocks. I also like Roger’s sets. I don’t have many of either but I admire them.
My ‘junque’ is pretty much a mix of mainly pre war radios, battery sets, consoles, table sets, ranging in age from the 20’s to the 50’s. bakelite and wood. No specific brand, mainly local sets. I tend to gravitate toward project sets, meaning all or some of the parts are there, a box of fun waiting to happen. I think I like to work on a variety of things because each one I find interesting in different ways. I try to refrain from opening too many projects at once, but it is hard to do as often it takes years to come up with, or make the missing bits. Often the enjoyment is in the thrill of finding and or making all the parts, and the friends I make in the process.
One of the fun things about the hobby is that it touches on so many different skills and techniques. gluing things, making parts from metal, computer skills, straining your eyes by googling until the wee hours, learning from everyone’s questions. doing dial scales in photoshop, Ebaying till your eyes are sore,, making missing wood parts, stripping paint , refinishing, repairing finishes. masking, toning, fine painting, spraying, sanding and rubbing out.
Taking things like capacitors apart and restuffing them, taking transformers apart and fixing them or putting new guts inside, or finding a match. Taking switches apart and fixing them, fixing speakers, removing rust and repainting, making specially shaped bits of molding, turning knobs, making dial scales and pressing out dial covers. gluing veneer back down and filling marks. Electonics, and electricity, tuned circuts. the list goes on..
I have a lot to learn about electronics. Usually I do so by getting stuck and then figuring it out bit by bit. I am very patient that way, good thing because some problems have lasted months:) Having friends to ask really helps. And then, when they play , and they haven’t worked for so many years that the mice moved in, and now they not only work , but will play, perhaps for many more years to come, and you think about the days when it was new, and listen to the golden oldies, and then you think , how long could this old table radio potentially last? has it passed it’s day of being thrown out because it is worthless? Will that day come around again?.. or will it be an artifact in a case in another 200 years? you may never know but It is interesting to think about how long they could potentially ‘survive for"
PhilApril 1, 2008 at 5:07 am #956AbbotsfordGerryForum Participant
I guess I collect whatever catches my eye, it could be anything from a total basket case old wooden cabinet needing total cabinet re-construction to a small novelty radio and anything between. As I am a newbie in collecting radio’s, most of the ones that I have on display are smaller AC/DC sets. I have a whole bunch in the back room to repair when my technical ability improves.
In novelty radios I have: Heinz Ketchup Bottle, Miracle Whip Bottle, Guildens Mustard Bottle, Campbells Tomato Soup Can, Hershey Syrup Bottle, several Transisitor AM/FM sets,
In AC/DC sets, I must have about 10 Northern Electric Baby Champs, various Models,
Portables include: A Zenith TransOceanic G500, Hallicrafters TW 2000. Numerous Cathederals, Tombstones, and full size cabinet models. TRF’s and Superhets. (Rogers, Deforest, Northern Electric, Zenith, Westinghouse, Philips, Nordmende, Grundig, Stewart Warner, Airline, Splitdorf, RCA, Majestic, ERLA, Sparton, Philco).
After I had about 25 or so repaired and working again, I had them piled up on the basement floor. My wife came up with a really good idea. She insisted that I had some nice looking radio’s, and it was time to think about setting up a room to display them. After careful consideration, we liked what we had seen in the Bellingham Museum, and followed there display style. Glass Shelving with Slot Board for the lighter radios, and Heavy Slot hangers screwed into the studs for the heavy radios. Painted the wall with the Heavy radios, the same colour as the slotboard, and it came out pretty good. Here’s a couple of pictures of my radio room. (Only those that are working). Back room is a mess.
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I have many different makes, models, years and styles but I prefer the early to mid 30s wood mantle radios. I have no preference as to who made it – like most of you, if it catches my eye…
Mine are mostly of the "curtin burner" variety with the line cord resistors. Maybe it’s because of the fairly simple design, I don’t know…
One thing I DO know is that there is nothing better than to listen to an old radio in the evening during a thunderstorm as the lightening makes the signal crackle (so long as it stays away from my antenna!)August 5, 2008 at 1:12 am #1124Dan WalkerCVRS Member
You wanted to know who collects what,,,,well I collect more than old radios,,,aladdin lamps ,motion lamps ,torchiere lamps, flashlights,and anything from the 20s,30s and 40s.As for radios I like anything that catches my eye,,floor models tombstones table models and especially anything that has a nice dial when it lights up
here are some photos of my basement showing some of my collections.
AS you can see I am also a deer hunter as I live in Alberta.
August 15, 2008 at 4:42 am #1134GordCVRS Member
I too am new to the radio craze. I have been collecting wood radios since 2004 and have amassed a sizable collection of around 200 models. Earliest, a 1924 Mcload to a 1956 Graetz "Fantasia". It all started with the family Viking combo unit that needed a refinish job. After the wood work was done I had the radio repaired and didn’t like the job this fellow did. Hay wire and duct tape. So I took a self teach coarse on electronics and started repairing them myself. I really enjoy the wood work and the electronic is still hit and miss. With practice I am getting better. Some of my pride and joys are a 1927 Metrodyne Super Seven with matching Metrocone Speaker and a Zenith 7S28 tombstone that I refinished. I at presant I have tons of projects to get to this winter, as the summers are to busy at work.
November 28, 2008 at 1:44 am #1201kuzzyForum Participant
My main radio interest lies in North American wood table tops. Having said that, I also have several consoles that magically appear every now and then. Although radios is what started this craze I’ve also developed an affliction for anything made by Stark Electronics. I have many, many different pieces including some very early tube tester and meters. I’ve also managed to amass quite a collection of Stark manuals, all of which are posted on the Pacific TV web page. John’s worked tirelessly to have them all scanned and available to all who might need one.
As my collection of all things tube has grown, I’ve started to become more selective in what radios I buy, trying to stay with interesting and unique sets that catch my eye. There’s only so many parts sets you can have before momma puts her foot down…LOL.
Paul in Barrie Ontario
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