Cream Ivory 1957 Motorola Model MK-56H Turbine Vintage Tube AM Radio Collectors Favorite!
DESCRIPTION: This amazing antique radio in ivory is a classic and very collectible. This was a Canadian model. I cannot tell the difference inside or out between US model. The cabinet is factory original urea plastic which is a hard inflexible plastic that predates polycarbonate plastics found everywhere today. The condition of this particular cabinet is good. There is a hairline crack that goes around the perimeter of the bottom. The nose cone has been damaged. This type of cabinet was very susceptible to heat cracks along the top. This is one of the rare Motorola turbines without the crack. This vintage tabletop tube AM radio manufactured by Motorola in 1957 in excellent+ working condition. This design is called the turbine radio for obvious reasons. The clear cone is shiny and original and securely attached. The clear plastic cone has stress fractures. Please review photographs carefully. This cone is very fragile and are very often damaged. Original factory molded color not painted. Picks up AM stations clearly and loudly up and down the dial without need of external antenna attachment. Nice deep rich tone. This radio is over 50 years old! The knobs are in excellent condition. No missing ink, smudges, or rub-off on tuning dial lettering. The Motorola "M" shows tarnish which is usual for this age of radio, but still looks good. The tuning dial works fine and smooth no slipping. The golden tuning dial does have several scratches due to wear and tear. 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. Backing board is in good condition with crisp square corners. 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.
DIMENSIONS: Approximately 15" x 5" x 5.5" (l x w x h)
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Product: antique radio, vintage radio, retro radio, vacuum tube radio, AM radio, art deco, mid-century product.
Cabinet construction: plastic
Period: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Country of manufacture: USA
Electronics: Mounted circuit board or chassis. Vacuum tube circuit.
Vacuum tubes: tested and working. Amplifier, converter, detector, pre-amplifier, rectifier