SOLD! - Jan 25, 2017 - LAGUNA AQUA Mid Century Vintage 1959 Medallion – Retro Radio Farm

SOLD! - Jan 25, 2017 - LAGUNA AQUA Mid Century Vintage 1959 Medallion Model 5583 Tube Radio Probably Only One In Existence!

$ 249.00

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LAGUNA AQUA Mid Century Vintage 1959 Medallion Model 5583 Tube Radio Probably Only One In Existence!

DIMENSIONS: Approximately 13" x 5" x 7" (l x w x h)

COLOR: Aquamarine. Turquoise. Absolutely beautiful color.

YOUTUBE VIDEO here. I live in rural Connecticut and there's only one radio station that comes in loud and clear depending on the day.

MP3: Plays MP3 for $99 more, includes cable. See details here.

DESCRIPTION: Tabletop tube AM radio manufactured by Medallion in 1959-60 time frame in excellent+ working condition. Cabinet is original aquamarine color. There was a chip on the top right corner that has been repaired and repainted. Never seen, never heard of manufacturer Medallion. In all my years of collecting, I have never seen another Medallion radio of any design. No mention of this manufacturer anywhere on Radio Attic Archives or Radiomuseum. Looks like a re-labled Arvin Model 5583 which is rare in itself. Medallion company must have contracted Arvin during the late fifties or early sixties to sell a few of these as their own. Knobs are original and securely attached. The handle is built into the back of dial display. Very functional. This radio is one of the better ones for listening purposes. This radio is over 55 years old! No missing ink, smudges, or rub-off on dial lettering. Clock has large legible numbering. The tuning dial works fine. No dial light. Not designed with one. All paper and wax 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. There is no loud or pervasive hum. There is no loud or pervasive static between stations. The set has been aligned according to factory specifications. The radio has been thoroughly cleaned and inspected. All wiring has been thoroughly checked for possible bridging and weak solder connection. The thicker power cable is securely attached and excellent condition. No fatigue by the interconnect. No exposed wiring. Comes from non-smoking, mature, clean professional environment no pets. When this radio was new, tailfins were all the rage!


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

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!

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.

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