I picked up the hobby of restoring and collecting them in 1996. My collection is slowly growing. I have had lots of good time, but also I have nearly burnt down my home when a paper capacitor exploded and sent burning paper chips into the curtain behind the radio... I enjoy it anyway!
Here you will find pictures and stories about each of my radios. They are sorted by age. This is NOT the order in which I got them! Some of the stories include extensive instructions on restoration.
The Cosmos mystery (1932?)
Mystery radio (1933)
Atwater Kent 206-X (1934)
RCA T4-8 (1934)
RCA Victor 87T-1 (1938)
Belmont 542 (1941)
General Electric HE-740 (1941)
General Electric JE61L (1942)
Philips 916 X-10 (1947)
RCA Chile (1948?)
RCA Chile 5Q25-A (1950?)
RCA Chile (CRC) 528-XM-6 "Acuarium" (1958?)
Telefunken 648WP Trop "Caprice" (1962?)
And a special feature: My first radio restoration, at age 13.
I will be adding pages about any other radios I can get for my collection as soon as each radio is in a presentable shape! At the time of this update, december 2004, there are seven radios awaiting restoration. They include the two mystery radios (info dearly needed!), a Stromberg-Carlson 226-H rosewood Art Deco set that I ripped out of the hungry mouths of termites, a big Blaupunkt desktop from the late fifties, and another two Chilean RCAs, one of them a lowboy radio/phono combo that weighs a ton and then some...
Where should I start???