SOLD! - May 25 2014 - BEAUTIFUL PRISTINE Rare Art Deco Retro 1940 RCA – Retro Radio Farm

SOLD! - May 25 2014 - BEAUTIFUL PRISTINE Rare Art Deco Retro 1940 RCA Victor 15X AM Tube Radio Works! Wow!

$ 169.00

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BEAUTIFUL PRISTINE Rare Art Deco Retro 1940 RCA Victor 15X AM Tube Radio Works! Wow!

DIMENSIONS: Approximately 12" x 7.5" x 8.5" (l x w x h)

COLOR: Brown Swirly Bakelite with Gold Metal Mesh Grill

DESCRIPTION: Tabletop tube radio manufactured by RCA Victor in the 1940 timeframe still in excellent+ working condition. Picks up AM stations clearly and loudly up and down the dial without external antenna attachment. Third knob is for tone and works great!. Excellent art deco design! Front slatted design solid and classy. Quintessential art deco. Brown bakelite cabinet is still in mirror-like glossy condition. There's not a single crack anywhere in the cabinet. The knobs are original matching brown bakelite securely attached. This radio is over 60 years old! All the dial numbering and lettering is crisp and clear. The dial is glass plate in pristine condition. No missing numbering, dots or dashes, or anything. No smudges or yellowing. I looked hard to find a single flaw or blemish on this radio and there are none! Even the leatherette 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 replacement power cord and plug are brand new replacement 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. When this radio was new, Harry S Truman was president! This thing belongs in a museum!

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!


Just tell you that I have received the radio, thank you for your prompt shipping (ULTRAFAST), all in order. It has been a pleasure to do business with you, and I hope to go on. I leave feedback, positive of course.
Best regards from Spain

"Thanks for the restoration work on the ADMIRAL radio electronics. As a 12 year old, I fell in love with rock n roll listening to WABC on this very model, which of course was tossed by my mom many years ago. Amazing but when it warms up it even sports the same smell. Something this radio person had to have, and in such great condition, it looks great in the breakfast nook where it will get plenty of use (albeit listening to the local news stations now) Thanks once more.- johnxxxxx"

Just tell you that I have received the radio, in perfect conditions, it is very nice and works very well.  A great buying. Thank you very much for the celerity and care taken in the shipping. It has been a pleasure to do business with you, and I hope to go on. Of course, I leave positive feedback in ebay.
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"This guy sells great radios at great prices, well-packed & shipped fast. My 3rd!"


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