Posted 2 years ago
1946 Arvin 558 Radio/Phonograph Tablemodel Wood Console WORKS Rare Tube Combo
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For model 558 Ch=RE-204 RE204, Arvin, brand of Noblitt-Sparks Industries.
I am the second owner - this was my stepmother's. This 5-tube (12SA7, 12SK7, 12SQ7, 50L6GT & 35Z5GT)) radio is in excellent condition. The radio works GREAT! You have to let it warm, though - and the volume is good, but you can't blast it. Some stations are louder than others (the Giants baseball game is coming in REALLY loud on KNBR!) No Station drift or volume loss.
There is a slight hum when it radio is turned on and goes away as it warms up. I get several AM stations in the SF Bay Area with no external antenna wire (there may be an internal one). There is a bass/treble tone button, too! Speaker has NO buzz, and has a really good tone! Permanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil) / Ø 4.81 inch = 12.2 cm.
The 78 RPM (ONLY speed) phonograph works, too! 12 INCH 78s WILL fit on it! There is a hum in the motor - could probably use a good cleaning or oiling. HOWEVER - there is a needle in the arm, how old? Who knows? - you can hear the record play, but NOT through the speaker. So the sound feed from the needle arm to the speaker is impaired - maybe a bad needle, maybe a broken wire? There is an extra needle in the case (see pic), but I don't know if it is for this unit. It is marked 1960. ON/Off switch for the turntable inside the lid, as well as a radio/phono switch on the front.
The wood case (They call it a tablemodel box WITH lid) is in very good condition - some minor (not deep) scratches on the top of the lid, and one 'bump' in the fabric speaker cover, upper left (DARNED old cat!). It looks like the back panel has never been removed and probably has the original tubes in it - hard to believe, I know! Screws show no signs of use! But my stepmother's first husband was pretty fastidious - he engraved the number in the back - he labeled everything.)
It measures 12" high, 12.5" deep, and 14.5" wide. It weighs 20 pounds