SOLD! - May 23, 2017 - SNAKESKIN Haute Couture Vintage Antique Mid Century 1952 Arvin Model 654P Portable Tube AM Radio Restored and Very Rare!
SNAKESKIN Haute Couture Vintage Antique Mid Century 1952 Arvin Model 654P Portable Tube AM Radio Restored and Very Rare!
DIMENSIONS: Approximately 11" x 4" x 9" (l x w x h)
COLOR: Black and faux lizard or snakeskin covering
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DESCRIPTION: The ladies at the country club will be green with envy when you show up with this Chanel looking portable radio! They will breathe mimosas out their noses when you play your MP3 tunes through it ($99 extra). This is a rare one. Unbelievably, it has survived all these years without any cracks to the cabinet which is rare when you consider it is a portable. Portable tube AM radio manufactured by Arvin in 1952 timeframe in fair working condition. Picks up AM stations clearly and loudly up and down the dial without need of external antenna attachment. There is an audible hum unless you tune into a strong station. Cabinet is in excellent condition. This radio is over 65 years old! The knobs are in excellent condition. No missing knobs. The clean dial face has no stress cracks. Tuning disk rotates when you turn the tuning know on the side. How cool is that? Please see the photo close-up. The gold bezel is gold with no tarnishing. The gold handle is strong and secure. Slightly tarnished but no cracks. The faux lizard or snakeskin covering is not peeling. No stains. The Arvin logo is slightly tarnished. No missing ink, smudges, or rub-off on dial lettering. The tuning dial works fine and smooth no slipping. 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 unless you operate near modern megahertz devices. The set has been aligned according to factory specifications. The power cord and plug are good original working condition with no cracks, or splits. 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, tailfins were all the rage! This thing belongs in a museum!