SO JETSONS LOOKING Retro Vintage Turquoise and White 1959 Travler Mode – Retro Radio Farm

SO JETSONS LOOKING Retro Vintage Turquoise and White 1959 Travler Model T-204 AM Tube Radio Near Mint!

$ 399.00

SO JETSONS LOOKING Retro Vintage Turquoise and White 1959 Travler Model T-204 AM Tube Radio Near Mint!

DIMENSIONS: Approximately 10" x 5.5" x 6" (l x w x h)

COLOR: Turquoise and white 

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DESCRIPTION: I come across a lot of these old Travlers but none ever like this one. This Travler radio has the most factory correct original grill color I've ever seen. Often the factory painted grill fades over the years or begins to flake or rub-off. The grill on this particular piece is immaculate. The color tone is outstanding. I hesitate to sell it because of its utility to me as a color reference and as a feature piece for my upcoming book. I purposely did not repair or restore the electronics because of its originality but I will perform these repairs if the buyer requests it for no additional charge. This is currently a non-working radio. The radio hums loudly when turned on because it needs electronic repairs and restoration. Tabletop tube AM radio manufactured by Travler in 1959 in excellent+ condition. Cabinet is original shiny ivory plastic. There is a hairline crack that has been repaired on the back left edge. No other cracks, chips, or major scratches. The grill is not repainted. This is a very rare color combo for this radio. Black-turquoise, black-pink, white-pink seem to be more common. Iconic tri-star tuning knob is original and securely attached in excellent condition but the center shows some paint wear. I will restore this tuning knob at no additional charge upon request. I chose to keep it original. This radio is over 60 years old! No dial light. Not designed with one. No missing ink, smudges, or rub-off on dial lettering. The Travler grill logo is pristine condition. The kitschy-est of kitsch! The tuning dial works fine. The power cable is securely attached. 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!

WEBSITE: For more info on this and many other radios I have for sale, please go to my website here

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!

WEBSITE: For more info on this and many other radios I have for sale, please go to my website Retro Radio Farm here

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.

 

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