BORDEAUX RED Art Deco Vintage Retro Industrial Age 1949 Stromberg Carlson Model 1500-H Bakelite Tube Radio Totally Restored! – Retro Radio Farm

SOLD! - Feb 11, 2016 - BORDEAUX RED Art Deco Vintage Retro Industrial Age 1949 Stromberg Carlson Model 1500-H Bakelite Tube Radio Totally Restored!

$ 299.00

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BORDEAUX RED Art Deco Vintage Retro Industrial Age 1949 Stromberg Carlson Model 1500-H Bakelite Tube Radio Totally Restored!

DIMENSIONS: Approximately 12" x 7" x 7" (l x w x h)

COLOR: Red BORDEAUX bakelite. Original factory molded color not repainted

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DESCRIPTION: Tabletop tube radio manufactured by Stromberg Carlson in the 1949 timeframe still in excellent+ working condition. This radio is a RARE bordeaux red Bakelite! Most of these models were brown or white. The front grill slats are perfect. All knobs, dial pointer, etc are original and securely attached. Picks up AM stations clearly and loudly up and down the dial without external antenna attachment. Excellent art deco design! Original red bordeaux bakelite cabinet is mirror-like glossy condition. Dial light lights up brightly! There is a repaired crack that starts at the bottom right back edge and continues approximately half way across the width of the cabinet. No other cracks, chips, or major scratches. The knobs are original matching dark brown or black bakelite securely attached. This radio is over 60 years old! All the dial numbering and lettering is crisp and clear. The numbering by the "60 70 80 khz" is a bit faded. Look at the perfect Art Deco-ish type logo font! No cracks, smudges or yellowing on concave clear dial face. 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 replacement 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. 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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