Antique Radio Parts and Vacuum Tubes

The vacuum tube was a necessary part of early radios, used to create and amplify an electric signal necessary for the radio to work. These were first made en masse about 1914, and companies like Philco, Sylvania, Westinghouse, and RCA soon became some of the biggest tube manufacturers. Collectors today look for antique and vintage vacuum tubes in working condition, as well as those made by the more famous manufacturers. Other key antique and vintage radio parts include knobs, switches, handles, and housing legs.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Jim's Antique Radio Museum

Jim's Antique Radio Museum

Jim Tripp's showcase of radios from the 1920s to late 1950s, organized by style and theme (wood, console, plastic, … [read review or visit site]

The Radio Attic's Archives

The Radio Attic's Archives

This photo gallery of over 7800 vintage radios, categorized by manufacturer and model number, is a group effort wit… [read review or visit site]

AntiqueRadios.com

AntiqueRadios.com

Alan Voorhees' reference resource for vintage radio collectors includes a photo gallery, article library, PDF archi… [read review or visit site]

Radiomuseum.org

Radiomuseum.org

This vast archive and community of radio collectors features over 120,000 radio model listings and 350,000 photos a… [read review or visit site]

Phil's Old Radios

Phil's Old Radios

This extensive collection of antique radios includes beautiful photos and detailed historical descriptions. The sit… [read review or visit site]

Radiophile.com

Radiophile.com

John Pelham's collection of wood and plastic radios from the 1930's and 40's. What sets this site apart is the deta… [read review or visit site]

Radio-Guy

Radio-Guy

Steve Erenberg's extremely wacky and well-done collection of vintage mad-scientist devices and contraptions. Writte… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vintage 1963 Hickok 539c 539-c Mutual Conductance Tube Tester - Mint W/ ManualsWestern Electric 300b Vintage Audio TubesVintage 1950's Supreme I-177-b Dynamic Mutual Conductance Military Tube TesterMajestic Tube RadioZenith Radio Knobs, Tabs, Push Buttons, Band Switch Levers, Etc.Lot Of 16 Kt61 Genalex Kt 61 Leak Hi Fi Amplifier Tubes New In Box - No Reserve2 Nos Nib Vintage Mullard Brown Base Oo Getter El34/6ca7 Tubes Xf1(3) Mullard 6ca7 El-34 Metal Base Tubes, UsedRadio Knobs2 New Western Electric Tubes 349a(3) Rca Crc 5692 Red Base Tubes, Mil-spec. New StockVintage Nos 1965 Hickok Ca-4 Tube Tester Socket Adapter For 600 6000 800 539 Etc2 Nos Nib Western Electric 396a 2c51 Black Plate D Getter Tubes2 Vintage Mullard 5ar4 Gz34 Slim Base 4 Notch Tubes Test Very Well Tube Amp2x Philips Triotron 4683 Ad1 Nos Tubes2 Tung Sol 6a3 Vintage Smoked Glass Vacuum Tubes 6v 2a3 Kt-88 (1) Genalex "gold Lion" Used Tested Vacuum Tube (u74)Lot Of 8 12ax7 Vacuum Tubes - Ge, Rca, Matsushita, Sylvania3 Brass Tipped Sylvania 201-a ( Uv-201-a ) Globe Triode Radio Vacuum Tubes 2a3 (2) Ge Nos-nib Tested Matched Vacuum Tubes (u77)Mullard/hammond Gz34/5ar4 Tube Tests Very Strong Picture Test Results Shown2 Mullard Cv378 Gz37 Rectifier Tubes 5u4 Sub Test Well Tube AmpLot Of 92 Used & New Tubes, Tung-sol 6550 X 6, Amperex El34 X 3, Ge, And More!!Telefunken 12ax7 Tubes ~ Set Of 5 ~ Strong ~ Late 1950s, Early 60s Production2 Telefunken Ecc 83 Vintage Amp Amplifier Tubes 12 Ax7Nice Pair Of 12ax7 Ecc83 Mullard Uk Made Vacuum Tubes6550 (2) Rca "lightly Used" Tested Matched Vacuum Tubes (u73)2 Rca 5ar4/gz34 Made In Great Britain Vacuum Tubes Tested.Matched Pair Mullard/hammond 12ax7/ecc83 Tubes Test Very Strong Pic Test ResultsLot Of 4 Vintage Sylvania Quad Matched 6sn7w Audio Tubes Test Strong! See MorePair, Cunningham Type Cx 345 Globe Shaped Radio Audio Amplifier Tubes4 Matched Tubes Ecc83 12ax7 Telefunken Ribbed Plates With 17mm Long Plates 3 Ge 5 Star 5751 Black Plate D Getter 3 Mic Spacer Vintage Audio TubesWestern Electric 300b Tube / Condition Is Unknown / 30 Day Guarantee To WorkHickok Tube Tester Ks-15560-l1 W/modifications2 Vintage Rca 6l6gc Blackplate Tubes 6l6 Gc Test Well Fender Tube AmplifierA Pair Western Electric Tube Socket For 300b,101d,216a,vt-1,vt-25,etcTelefunken 12ax7 Long Smooth Plate Tubes ~ Set Of Six, Strong, Close Tests ~ 4 Vintage Rca 6l6gc Black Plate Tubes -tested- Matched- 6l62 Western Electric 417a 5842 Black Plate D Getter TubesPair 12ax7 Tubes Blackplate Rca Raytheon Test At New Values Tube Amp Ecc83Vintage Pair Mullard 12ax7 Long Plate Amp Tubes StrongAtwater Kent Type E2 Radio Speaker - 1920's WorkingNew Unused Amperex 813 Power Tube F/ Old Ham Radio Tube Transmitter Audio Amp2 Nos Sylvania Gec Kt66 Cv1075 Vacuum Tubes Tv7 Tested Guaranteed! England Nr!Radio Knobs (9)Western Electric 300b Vintage Tube (pair)Telefunken 12ax7 Date Matched Set Of Seven Tubes ~ Real Nice! ~ Diamond BottomsLot Of 23 12au7 Vacuum Tubes - Ge, Rca, Amperex, Sylvania...Lot Of 7 6v6 Gty Vacuum Tubes - Nos See Both PicsCx-345 Cunningham Engraved Base Globe Tube4 Vintage Arcturus 127 27 327 Uy-227 Blue Glass Tubes Test Well Tube Amplifier12ax7 Ecc83 Amperex Bugleboy Vacuum Tube Long Plate D Foil Getter 1958(2) Tung Sol 6sl7gt Tubes - Round Plate - Usa Western Electric 216a Vacuum Tube 19221 Vintage Eveready Raytheon Er-245 Box Plate Audio Amp Tube 45Set Of 5 Good Cunningham Cx-301-a ( Ux-201-a ) Globe Triode Radio Vacuum Tubes4 Ge 6l6gc Vintage Dd Getter Audio Tubes4x Siemens Halske El84 6bq5 Matched Quad For Tube Amp.Nice Broadcast Band Receiver Variable Capacitor - Old Ham Radio Tube Crystal Set