MP3 READY Art Deco 1952 General Electric Model 66 AM Brown Swirly Marbled Bakelite Tube Clock Radio Totally Restored! – Retro Radio Farm

SOLD! - March 3, 2017 - BLUETOOTH MP3 READY - BURLED TOP Art Deco 1952 General Electric Model 521F AM Brown Bakelite Tube Clock Radio Totally Restored!

$ 229.00

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BLUETOOTH MP3 READY - BURLED TOP Art Deco 1952 General Electric Model 521F AM Brown Bakelite Tube Clock Radio Totally Restored!

DIMENSIONS: Approximately 10.5" x 5" x 6" (l x w x h)

COLOR: Swirly brown marbled

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BLUETOOTH MP3: Plays MP3 with cable or wirelessly from any MP3 playing device over 30 ft. Includes 3.5mm to mono RCA cable. Just plug in your MP3 player or connect wirelessly via Bluetooth. Works with any iPod, iPAD, iPhone, or Android. Switch from MP3 to AM radio with rocker switch installed on back panel. See details here.

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DESCRIPTION:  Tabletop Tube AM clock radio alarm manufactured by General Electric in 1952 excellent+ working condition with MP3 ready conversion. AM tabletop tube clock radio manufactured by GE in the 1952 time frame still in excellent+ working condition. This radio is very post war industrial looking even a little Art Deco. The faux burled top is a nice touch. No cracks, chips, or repaints. This design series from General Electric from the early fifties was very popular. It is difficult to find surviving examples without missing knobs especially the top clock set knob. Curiously, this knob was reverse threaded which means it easily came loose and spun off over the years. It is a difficult replacement knob to find too for that reason. Without the clock set knob, it is more difficult to set the time. None of the other two knobs are interchangeable either because those two are split shaft attached. Go figure. You can easily find this model online but not always with all the knobs. Picks up AM stations clearly and loudly up and down the dial without external antenna attachment. Excellent art deco design! Looks very studious, dignified, in my opinion. The contrasting gold painted faschia is a nice counterpoint color-wise. The gold paint has dings and shows distinctive vintage character. The volume knob is original matching ivory bakelite securely attached. Clock works and keeps accurate time. Clock is quiet. Alarm works, Alarm set works. Clock set works. Sleep function works. The brass colored metal clock surround is a nice classy touch. The clock face is a pale blue and burgundy colored face. Very pretty. This radio is over 60 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 tuning and volume dials work fine. The tubes are working fine. The power cord and plug is is a 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!

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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