'The Cole' Vintage 1957 Maroon RCA Victor Model 8X51 AM Vacuum Tube Radio
DESCRIPTION: Probably named in homage to the jazz legend all over the airwaves in the late 50s Nat King Cole. Tabletop tube AM radio manufactured by RCA Victor in 1957 in excellent working and physical condition. Picks up AM stations clearly and loudly up and down the dial. No chips or major scratches. Some dings along the edges. Some small short hairline cracks (approximately 1/4") around the top center by the backing board under side edge retaining tab. This plastic cabinet has a beautiful maroon color. Center gold metal design trim and tuning pointer is in excellent shiny condition securely attached. Original factory molded color no repaints no over spray and no touch ups. None needed. Knobs are original and securely attached. Original RCA round logo emblem is intact and not missing. Often these pop off and go missing over the years. This radio plays great without need of external antenna attachment. This radio is over 60 years old! All the dial numbers are crisp and clear. The tuning dial is clear no missing center metal cap. No missing ink, smudges, or rub-off on dial lettering. The tuning dial works fine. 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! Original backing board is in excellent condition with crisp square corners and edges. Bottom factory label is in excellent condition. 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. The set has been aligned according to factory specifications. The original power cord and plug is in 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.
DIMENSIONS: Approximately 9.5" x 5.5" x 6.5" (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
Country of manufacture: USA
Electronics: Mounted circuit board or chassis. Vacuum tube circuit.
Vacuum tubes: tested and working. Amplifier, converter, detector, pre-amplifier, rectifier