AM FM GREY AND MAROON Mid Century Retro Vintage 1953 Stewart Warner Mo – Retro Radio Farm

AM FM GREY AND MAROON Mid Century Retro Vintage 1953 Stewart Warner Model 9166 Tube Radio Rare Functional and Sounds Dreamy!

$ 249.00

AM FM GREY AND MAROON Mid Century Retro Vintage 1953 Stewart Warner Model 9166 Tube Radio Rare Functional and Sounds Dreamy!

DIMENSIONS: Approximately 14" x 7" x 9" (l x w x h)

COLOR: Grey and maroon knobs

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DESCRIPTION: One of the more memorable designs one of the period's best quality manufacturers. Late deco cum industrial cum modernist-ish looking design. The muted grey painted bakelite serves as a thoughtful contrast to the askew grill and oval tuning dial. This radio has a very good audio sound quality. I was amazed at the quality of the electronic components inside! Almost all the components were within 10% of manufacturer specifications! There was an abundance of over-engineering and fault tolerant circuitry to ensure frequency and signal response remain true over time and varying conditions. I like. This is an impressive listening radio. Very loud and clear no humming or buzzing on AM and FM bands. No cracks, splits, abrasions, or missing material anywhere on the cabinet! There are flea bites of missing paint throughout due to normal wear and tear but not neglect. Very slight. No cracks, chips, or major scratches any where on the cabinet. All original molded factory bakelite with factory painted grey color no repaints or repairs. All knobs, dial pointer, etc are present, working, not missing. Original factory molded maroon color serves as nice color counterpoint to the grey cabinet. Very attractive and unique color combo for the period. Picks up AM and FM stations clearly and loudly up and down the dial without external antenna attachment. Excellent mid century design! The knobs are securely attached. This radio is almost 65 years old! All the dial numbering and lettering is crisp and clear. No missing numbering, dots or dashes, or anything. No smudges or yellowing. The back panel is in excellent condition. The tuning and volume dials work fine. The unit powers on and off with a definite click. All out of spec capacitors have been replaced with modern equivalents so this radio has another 50+ years or more of playing time! The tubes are working fine. All out-of-spec resistors have been replaced with modern correct value and voltage equivalents. The original power cord and plug is in good working condition with no cracks, or splits or electrical tape repair. No exposed wiring. The radio has been thoroughly cleaned and inspected. All wiring has been thoroughly checked for possible bridging and weak solder connection. Comes from non-smoking, mature, clean professional environment no pets. 

WEBSITE: For more info on this and many other radios I have for sale, please go to my website Retro Radio Farm: http://www.retroradiofarm.com

SHIPPING: I make best effort to package all my items carefully using industry standard packing materials; styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap, foam sleeves, or a combination of any or all these (depending on the item). I insure every package for the full purchase price. If any damage occurs during shipping, I will be happy to give you a full refund including your shipping paid. Shipping and handling charges are estimates only. There are no refunds on overpaid shipping amounts. Please bid accordingly. There are no warranties on the items. International shipping is provided using most economical means for actual shipping amount as calculated in auction listing "Shipping & Payments" details section. I can accommodate for your FEDEX Global Ship account if you provide your account number. You must notify FEDEX to schedule pickup. You can use Ebay Global Shipping program. Please contact me if you want a more accurate shipping quote in advance. Ebay international shipping calculator is notorious for overestimating shipping costs to certain countries. International shipping insurance covers only to US Customs border. No refunds for damaged or lost shipments after it has cleared US Customs. You must buy your own insurance if you want coverage after it clears US Customs. No guarantees on international delivery timeframes. That being said, I have heard good experiences from all my international buyers over the years. To date, I have not experienced any damaged or lost shipments.

OPERATION: These old tube radios are better sounding than solid state audio devices, in my opinion. Nothing beats high voltages and heat in generating a warm organic sound that seems to fill the room. By comparison, solid state or digital seems to just approximate this effect. It's for this reason that the highest quality audio equipment and amplifiers used by musicians today are still based heavily on vacuum tubes. Not surprisingly, rewards come with risks. Old vacuum tube technology until the sixties operate at high voltage and high heat compared to solid state electronics prevalent from sixties onward. Furthermore, these old designs are 'hot-grounded' to the AC line as opposed to the third prong "cold" ground. Vacuum tubes are an obsolete technology and very few manufacturers are still making them today. However, old stock vacuum tubes are still readily available for not much money approximately $5-$20 per tube. Contrary to widespread belief, they are not prone to failure. Very rarely will you ever need to change a tube because it has blown out or because it has shaken too hard. Most of these old radios still have the original tubes that came with the radio when it left the factory and they still work fine. Most of the radios made in the forties were wired point-to-point which meant inconsistencies during manufacture. Never put your hands inside one of these old radios when it's turned on or plugged in. Never leave these radios turned on for an extended period of time unattended. Do not operate these devices on a metal table. Do not operate these radios on a wet surface. If the surface underneath one of these radios gets wet, pull out the plug before turning it off and dry everything off before attempting to turn it back on. For best performance, do not operate this radio near a modern electronic device; computer, microwave, home security, fluorescent light, etc. You will hear a constant humming or whining. All vacuum tubes take some time to warm up, no more than 30 sec to a minute at the most.The radio listed in this auction is restored only, not refurbished. With the right care and proper use, it should provide a (another!) lifetime of use. Great for décor, a conversation piece, etc. They getting more collectible and increasing in value too. Besides, everyone already has an fancy stereo, iPod or MP3 player!

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