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 1940 Astor Radio Console
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 10:24:30 AM on 12 September 2010.
Codan's Gravatar
 Location: Barr, NSW
 Member since 2 July 2010
 Member #: 690
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I have a 1940 Astor Radio Console, could someone help me with the working voltages etc.
I would say it was battery operated.

Another question, what would be the value of this item in fair condition, the material in the front has a few holes & it has two small pieces of lamination chipped on the flat top surface. It has a dark finish but not shiny as some I have seen.
I think it would still work by the look of it as it is in fair condition but I am not sure about the working voltages etc.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 11:58:50 AM on 12 September 2010.
Brad's avatar
 Location: Greenwich, NSW
 Member since 15 November 2005
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G'day Codan,

Generally a console from that era and even fron the 1930s won't go for much more than $150-$200. There are exceptions, the AWA Radiolette with the same chassis as the R27, Astor Arabian Nights models, Anything made by Essanay and anything with four or six turned legs such as the large Airzones.

Consoles would fetch bigger dollars if people had the room for them. This is the main reason why many collectors are so selective about them. This does not mean that consoles any less significant in a historical sense though. In fact in Australia they are moreso because in proportion to table and mantel models, Australia had far more consoles than any other country, or put much simpler, consoles enjoyed a much larger market share here than in other countries.

For us to assist with your query regarding voltages a picture of the receiver and/or model details would be helpful. If you have pictures you'd like published you can e-mail them to me at the address on my profile page.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

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