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
Turquoise 1957 Motorola 56H Turbine Tube AM Radio Works Amazing!
DIMENSIONS: Approximately 15" x 5" x 5.5" (l x w x h)
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DESCRIPTION: True turquoise Motorola classic that sounds lovely! 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 very good. This type of cabinet was very susceptible to heat cracks along the top. This antique radio does have this characteristic heat crack on the top but is it light, rather small and in the left corner quadrant. Thankfully it is not very noticeable. However, there are two more cracks. The first is on the back left top corner (near the heat crack mentioned before) and the second is a long the bottom left corner on the edge. Please review photography. This vintage tabletop tube AM radio manufactured by Motorola in 1957 in is 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 in clear and free of any blemish. This cone is very fragile and this one is in fantastic condition for an antique of this age. No other major scratches on the nose cone. No chips or dents or discoloration any where on the cabinet. All original turquoise is very much sought after for its rarity. 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 tuning dial works fine and smooth no slipping. The golden tuning dial does have several scratches due to wear and tear. This adds to the overall vintage mystic of the piece. 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.
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