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« Reply #45 on: January 01, 2012, 07:09:11 AM »

Another Vintrola: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9157474

Looks like someone was actively building these for sale as novelty radios. Not much response on the Goodwill web site, but it wouldn't surprise me if they would sell through eBay. Maybe with better packaging of the PC board in clear plexiglass and an AC power supply, or a special version, like a Signal Corpse model:

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9157416        (on second thought, maybe not!)

Also found a real Victrola in Portland: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9151714

Gotta' love the gold plated escutcheons on the control board and the manly layout of the voltage and tuning knobs.
It appears to be a five tube rig, http://images.shopgoodwill.com/8/12-28-2011/sa19950501228-er.jpg so I know you're interested......  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #46 on: January 01, 2012, 08:56:33 AM »

OMG. The skeletons were too funny!
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« Reply #47 on: January 08, 2012, 09:26:49 AM »

This one will sell high: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9200874

Good original unmolested condition and one of the better looking designs to come out of Philco....
It would be years until they hit bottom with the legendary "Edsel Fugly Five" model.  Roll Eyes

BTW: For those of you with low self esteem: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9199234
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« Reply #48 on: January 08, 2012, 10:57:39 AM »

Why is that one so high?
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« Reply #49 on: January 09, 2012, 06:42:15 PM »

If I recall correctly that model is known as 'The Butterfly' and is considered to be one of the better Art Deco designs of the era. If you haven't checked the high bid recently, you should... Definitely a collector's item.

And, here's another auction for you to keep an eye on: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9209071
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« Reply #50 on: January 09, 2012, 08:13:58 PM »

5UP,

I think I am going to put in a bid for this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-GE-4885-4885B-CLOCK-RADIO-PERFECT-/140674580276?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c0dbbf34
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« Reply #51 on: January 10, 2012, 06:00:30 PM »

Regarding "The Butterfly"........... http://www.philcoradio.com/gallery/1935a.htm#u

Scroll up & down and you'll find more than one flavor of the radio. When properly restored it's a looker.........  Wink
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« Reply #52 on: January 12, 2012, 06:14:49 PM »

OK 5UP. I put it up on ebay. I am not sure it will sell at $50, but for the time, effort, and materials, I can't let it go for less.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/190627306851?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
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« Reply #53 on: January 13, 2012, 10:19:14 AM »

Absolutely excellent exterior appearance... Like new if not better. Your lighting on the innards doesn't do it justice as you needed some light coming in from behind the camera, but that's not a big deal as the majority of eBay folks have only three things they care about:

Does it look good?        Does it play?        What's the price?

You covered that ground well and I wouldn't be surprised if you get your price, although eBay can be quirky.

In other news, did you check the final bid on the Philco Butterfly?     $301.50     I figured between half that and $200.......    Woof!
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« Reply #54 on: January 13, 2012, 03:36:59 PM »

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In other news, did you check the final bid on the Philco Butterfly?     $301.50     I figured between half that and $200.......    Woof!

Wow! I did not see the final price. It was in the $100 area with plenty of time left. But that is what you get for a gorgeous radio.

I did not bother aligning this Philco, as reception was superb, and the dial was on the money. I ended up using silicone on the dial glue. There was a pressure ring, but the dial was worn and would not grab the axle of the tuning cap. So I figured silicone was a good choice, as it could be removed and re-applied in the future.
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« Reply #55 on: January 13, 2012, 05:01:05 PM »

So I figured silicone was a good choice, as it could be removed and re-applied in the future.

Exactly right, except you should be aware that both silicone and super-glue type adhesives can release an acetic acid gas as part of their curing process. The gas won't hurt anything unless the chassis gets poor ventilation while the glue sets up. Then it can discolor metal parts and cause switches to go intermittent.

I like silicone because it's both strong and non-permanent but some brands can turn brittle within a year. Check the label for words like non-hardening or permanently pliable...............
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« Reply #56 on: January 15, 2012, 11:15:28 AM »

Nelson,

This is my local goodwill store that I donate clothes, toys, and also shop for old radios:

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird/Deer-Crashes-NJ-Goodwill-Store-136942248.html
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« Reply #57 on: January 27, 2012, 03:15:34 PM »

5UP,

Hit an antique store in in very rural Quinton, NJ. Told the lady what I do. She said she had FADA (Not your FADA, but my FADA) on Craigslist. Here it is: http://southjersey.craigslist.org/ele/2819566477.html

I am expecting a huge console in great shape, and it is this piece of crap little Catalin radio. Completed auctions on this radio were comparable. I said, "I don't think so!" It is not even that pretty. The Edsel is nicer.
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« Reply #58 on: January 27, 2012, 06:15:06 PM »

The advert on Craigslist is a hoot... Not familiar with old radios, doesn't work, have no idea what I'm doing, but $550 FIRM!

Here's the real story, and the seller did their homework: http://antiqueradio.org/fada1000.htm
Catalin radios have a following among collectors: http://catalinradio.com/c-94585-museum-fada.html

That's a reasonably healthy example of the FADA Bullet Radio and, believe it or don't, if that were restored to show piece quality could fetch almost a kilobuck. The dial looks near mint in the pictures. The Catalin plastic case isn't as durable as Bakelite but can be buffed out to near perfection as the color goes all the way through. Anything short of a deep scratch can be feathered and the material was exceptionally attractive when new but does darken with age. You'll note the carry handle is lifted in one of the Craigslist photos and that shows you how little the cabinet has darkened from UV exposure. A carefully restored example can not only look exceptionally good but the 'Industrial Deco' styling of the FADA Bullet stands apart from other radios of the day.

You didn't realize whatcha' were looking at and as far as 'prettier than the Edsel' goes, that's because you're blind in one eye and can't hear too well with the other one. You have much to learn, Grasshopper...............  Grin
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« Reply #59 on: January 27, 2012, 06:15:47 PM »

I wholeheartedly disagree! The Edsel is nicer.

Anyway, these antique dealers know their stuff now with ebay completed auction. That is how he knows. Lets face it. He stepped in it and probably paid $20.
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