Le Corbusier Citron et Citron Vert 1958 Radiola Model RA248-A AM Shortwave Vacuum Tube Radio
DESCRIPTION: Tabletop vacuum tube AM shortwave radio manufactured by Radiola of France in 1959 in excellent working and physical condition. This model is an original Le Corbusier design renown architect of the twentieth century.
SOUND QUALITY: Picks up AM stations clearly and loudly across the dial. Unable to test shortwave frequency reception without original long and medium wave antenna.
CABINET CONDITION: Cabinet is original factory molded chartreuse lime and ivory color plastic in very good to excellent condition. There is a hairline crack on the front lower right hand corner. No chips or major scratches anywhere. Not repainted. No touch up. No over spray. Original factory front clear glass tuning window with a multitude of European countries identified. No cracks, chips, or flaking lettering on tuning glass. Front grill metal mesh is original factory painted white with spots, minor discoloration and a few small dents no warping. Bottom metal feet are original secure slightly oxidized.
KNOBS: Original matching conical stacked knobs are securely attached. Two center metal tips are not missing. Incredible. Front power on off rocker switch is intact and functional no cracks no chips.
LOGO: Front metal Radiola cast logo is intact, oxidized no chipped.
DIAL LIGHT: Top corner dial light works. Tuning dial light works.
INTERNAL ELECTRONICS: 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. Uses UCH81, UBF80, UCL82, and UY85 vacuum tubes which are available in USA on EBay. 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. The set has been aligned according to factory specifications. All wiring has been thoroughly checked for possible bridging and weak solder connection. The radio has been thoroughly cleaned and inspected.
POWER CORD: The original power cord and European two prong plug are in excellent condition with no cracks, or splits. No exposed wiring. Requires AC power and plug converter which is included for USA mains power.
BACKING BOARD: Original back cover is intact, excellent condition, and securely attached. Molded in lime green plastic with no cracks, no chips, no major scratches. All 4 original back plastic screw covers are not missing matching green.
FACTORY LABELS AND STICKERS: Bottom label is intact but yellowed.
DIMENSIONS: Approximately 12" x 7" x 9" (l x w x h)
WEIGHT: 7 lbs 11 oz
COLOR: lime green and ivory
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Product: antique radio, vintage radio, retro radio, vacuum tube radio, AM radio, art deco, mid-century product.
Cabinet construction: plastic
Country of manufacture: France
Electronics: Mounted circuit board or chassis. Vacuum tube circuit.
Vacuum tubes: tested and working. Amplifier, converter, detector, pre-amplifier, rectifier