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Posted 6 years ago


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This was in attic, looks old. I wanted to plug it in and use it, but cord looked sort of frayed and thin. I fell for that old trick recently w/ ancient X-mas lights, and won't make that mistake again. I thought it would make for a good box, if you removed the guts out, it is a pretty good size. But would that be wrong of me, to destroy it. It has a lot lot lot of records with it. Any suggestions would be appriciated, Thank-You!

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  1. MichiganMillsJr MichiganMillsJr, 6 years ago
    Well, it's an AM/short wave radio, so it's probably from the 30s or so. I love that grill cloth design on it! Are there any markings on the back? A small metallic plate containing a lot of patent numbers, maybe? If there's nothing on the back, have you checked underneath?

    It's a beautiful piece! I'm assuming that it's a tube radio. Before you gut it, I would splice the power cord with one that you don't care much about (an old extension cord or something) to ensure it works or not. If it works, and you're going to gut it, carefully remove the tubes from inside. They're worth quite a bit, depending on what the maker is and what style tube they are.

    If the insides are still functioning, then it probably wouldn't be too hard to restore it. In fact, it looks fine as it is! Maybe you have a local tinkerer that would be interested in it?
  2. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 6 years ago
    MichicaganMillsJr- I love C.Weekly! Thank You for your kind help. I don't even know what radio tubes are. One more thing for me to learn about :) I never would have considered value in whatever they are. I only hope they are not filled w/ toxins.
    Only AM!
    There is metallic plate I could see when I opened lid, I took photo, & will add but it's not clear. I will go back and check this radio out more, I may bring it home. But things are getting a bit cluttery around here. There was a box of things that looked like extra spare parts to some ancient appliance, made of heavy black rubber.
    I can splice cord, but in light of (Ha) recent incident, I am VERY Nervous of electrical outlets.
    And I don't know anyone interested in it, I was drawn to it by the wood trim around lid. On top of box there are two water rings where someone forgot to use a coaster! But not bad enough to make me want to throw whole thing into trash. Thank-You!
  3. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 6 years ago
    Hey BeauxPurdy,very nice radio !! When I'm nervous about plugging something in(Yeah I've been bit more than once...I guess that could explain a few things) I plug it into an outlet that is controlled by a switch (with it off ) and flip the switch from a safe distance.If there is a problem you just turn the switch off.
  4. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 6 years ago
    Aha! (I call those the "hot outlets") Very wise, Thank-you!
  5. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 6 years ago
    Pain is a good teacher Beaux !!
  6. MichiganMillsJr MichiganMillsJr, 6 years ago
    Haha, good advice, Hedge! I've had my fair share of shocking moments as well.
  7. TubesValves TubesValves, 6 years ago
    Hi, nice Radio/Phono. It looks to be an AIR-KING 5000 from 1941. AIR-KING were made in Brooklyn New York. Your model has a slightly different speaker grill but otherwise exactly the same. Many radio manufacturers made different cases/cabinets but used the same chassis your model number might be 5000A, 5001 or 5002 etc. It should have 6 tubes inside and is built to receive 2 bands AM and Shortwave.
    Please do not destroy it!...sell it if you have to and buy a box! :)
    Anyway enjoy the set, it is fairly rare but not worth a lot of money as many people do not like the bulky radio/phono combos....but one day they will be sought after!
  8. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 6 years ago
    Thanx, Tony- I went back & brought it home, but didn't gut it, I didn't have the heart to. It's in my garage, where my car should be parked! I also brought home the little brown plastic record player. I'm clueless to these devices, never had one before. There was a huge stack of records also, & now I am just as confused as to the different Types of records, I didn't know there was such a wide variety.
  9. TubesValves TubesValves, 6 years ago
    Hi again, the other plastic record player you have looks like a RCA Victor Phono player which is actually made of Bakelite and are quite collectable, especially if in working condition. My garage has not had a car in it for quite a long time now....many storage areas later you just look around and think....where the bleep did all this come from!
    All the best
  10. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 6 years ago
    That plastic unit appears to be an old 45 RPM only player (that would be the small records with the big hole ! from the 50's and very nice if it works. Please don't destroy the old radio, put it on e-bay if nothing else......

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