SOLD! - Sept 9, 2015 - MAD FOR PLAID! Mid Century Retro Vintage 1956 Westinghouse H503T5A Tube AM Radio WORKS!
MAD FOR PLAID! Mid Century Retro Vintage 1956 Westinghouse H503T5A Tube AM Radio WORKS!
DIMENSIONS: Approximately 10" x 5.5" x 6.5" (l x w x h)
COLOR: Light beige cabinet with painted plaid metal grill
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DESCRIPTION: In all my years of collecting old radios, this is the only one of these I seen. Love it or hate it. You'll never see another one. There must have been a micro-trend during mid fifties that favored this Scottish tartan plaid motif. I've seen it on camping gear, Thermoses, and furnishings. The only other plaid on a radio is the Capehart which is rare too but slightly more common. Tabletop Tube AM radio manufactured by Westinghouse in late 1950's in excellent+ working condition. Picks up AM stations clearly and loudly up and down the dial without need of external antenna attachment. Cabinet is in excellent condition in molded light beige plastic still glossy with mirror shine. Not repainted not buffed. No cracks, splits, seams, or missing material. There is a cigarette burn on the left side. Looks melted at some point. This radio is over 50 years old! All the dial numbers are crisp and clear. No missing ink, smudges, or rub-off on dial lettering. Original tuning knobs are matching light beige. The tuning dial works fine and smooth no slipping. The volume knob is original and nice. The power cable is in good condition and securely attached. 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!
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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. 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!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.X