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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 10:53:31 PM on 6 September 2011.
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Hi Brad, just found this Site and found it very interesting. I have a Pilot Radio T-48, plywood cabinet, multi-voltage.That a mate gave me a long time ago, it used to work fine.But I haven't fired it up for many a year, I think it is an American Radio made pre 1942. As I will be downsizing to a unit shortly and have to get rid of a lot of stuff. I wondered if it was worth anything or do I just take it to the tip.

Pilot T-48
Pilot T-48
Pilot T-48


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 11:23:39 PM on 6 September 2011.
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Radiomuseum.org lists the T-48 as a 7 valve dual wave set made in the USA c1942.

Two don'ts:

* Don't power it up; after years of non-use you could inadvertently cause irreparable damage.

* Don't take it to the tip. They don't make 'em anymore and somebody will want it. If nobody on here is interested, then I would put it on eBay with in-focus pictures and a low start price and be willing to post it anywhere in Oz.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 11:28:32 PM on 6 September 2011.
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Thanks GTC, for your reply. Any idea on what it could be worth? I have no idea.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 11:50:31 PM on 6 September 2011.
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My usual answer to the question of worth is: It's worth what somebody will pay for it on the day you want to sell it.

And that buyer may not even be there on the day that you want to sell it.

The value of radios, like that of many collectable things, depends on a number of factors, not least of which is "attractiveness". Some Aussie radios -- such as the AWA 'Empire State' -- fetch thousands in bidding wars because they are considered highly desirable objects of art. However, the great majority of sets that I see sold on eBay fetch in the low hundreds, if that.

That said, I have also seen pretty ordinary looking radios in pretty ordinary physical condition fetch good money, too, for reasons that escape me. It's hard to predict the market price unless it's a well-known and sought-after model.

I'm not familiar with Pilot sets, but we have an American member (wa2ise) who may be able to give you some guidance.

My advice with eBay listings is to start with a low price and let the buyers bid it up. Setting a high start price often results in no bids at all. And as I said, be prepared to post it. Stating 'local pick up only' can severely limit your chances of a sale.

Note that posting a radio requires extremely good padding and double boxing. You ought to see how Australia Post drivers toss around parcels when they think nobody can see them.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 8:08:41 AM on 7 September 2011.
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There's some info at Radio Museum. Seems that they made some of these radios with 230V transformers.

You might consider posting it on the American eBay as well as the Australian eBay, if the cost isn't too much. Some American collector might be interested (not me, I have too many radios as it is) Smile


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 4:58:30 PM on 7 September 2011.
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Thanks for the Info, GTC & Wa2ise. I took some photos of the Pilot T-48 today, was going to post them in the forum, but can not find anything on the site, on how to do it.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 7:27:25 PM on 7 September 2011.
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If you don't have a Photobucket or similar hosting account, then simply email them to Brad and he'll host them for you. His address is in his profile.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 7:42:07 PM on 7 September 2011.
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Thanks GTC, should have thought about that meself.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 7:59:56 PM on 10 September 2011.
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I agree with GTC - never ever take a radio to the tip. There's two thousand collectors in Australia, many of whom collect foreign receivers. Someone will definitely want it and will be happy to pay a fair price.

If by the time you shift house you haven't managed to offload it then post in this thread again and we'll see what we can do to help. Smile


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