As previously mentioned, due to a need for more space around my home and workshop, I am planning on selling a number of radios I have had in my collection for a long time. Some of these radios have been restored by me or purchased as restored radios and others require restoration of the chassis, cabinet or both. The first group of radios is in this post with descriptions and accompanying photographs along with a sale price.
I will consider all offers made for these radios over the next few days. The priority for the sale of a radio or a job-lot of radios will be as follows:-
1. First to make an offer that exceeds the sale price shown.
2. First to meet the sale price shown.
3. Highest offer made.
Conditions of sale are as follows:-
1. All prices are in whole Australian dollars.
2. I will reserve the right not to proceed with a sale if the highest offer does not meet or come close to expectations.
3. Radios must be paid for by EFT and funds shown as available before radios will be posted/delivered/picked up. Some other payment options will be considered for consoles since they are too large to send through the post. I am unable to accept Paymate, Paypal, Western Union, cheques, money orders and the like however.
4. The default option for delivery of a radio is by registered express post. If an offer exceeds the sale price I will provide this postage at no charge.
5. In the case of a console radio, I can deliver these to any address within 25km of North Sydney or North Ryde (suburbs of Sydney). Buyers outside this zone will need to arrange their own carrier or consider picking up the radio by prior arrangement.
6. Photos form part of the description. All descriptions are as accurate as possible.
7. All radios are sold on the strict condition that the buyer will service the radio if they are competent to undertake this task or have a competent person do this for them before applying electricity to the radio. This condition applies whether or not the radio is in working order. This servicing will be at the buyer's expense.
8. All radios are second-hand goods and no warranty applies. Refunds and exchanges will not be considered under any circumstance. Please choose carefully.
9. Where radios are posted they will be double-boxed and sufficiently padded so they can endure the normal treatment parcels receive from the post office.
Radios for sale:-
AIRZONE CUB (SOLD!)
This mottled pink Airzone Cub from around 1950 is as close to mint condition as a radio can get. The bakelite is in very good condition and the radio still has its original matching control knobs which are free of cracks. This radio is in working order and picks up Sydney stations with a clear sound on a short aerial. The chassis was restored two years ago and contains what I call the Savell Pack, new condensers, knob felts, power cord and cord grommets supplied by Radio Revival Parts in Perth.
This radio is about 52 years old yet it performs and looks like it just came out of the box. Aside from the slighest surface corrosion on the chassis this radio is pretty much free of the signs of age. For those who appreciate the coloured bakelite radios of the early post-war era, this Cub will form a significant part of your collection, particularly for those who already have this model in mottled blue or mottled green.
AWA RADIOLA R51 (SOLD!)
This radio is the 'big brother' to the Empire State
Radiolettes of the same pre-war period. It is believed that about 60% of these Radiolas were made to suit battery power and this one is no exception, having the markings on the chassis for 1.4v valves. However at some stage this radio was converted to AC operation. This does not detract from the radio's value though and the radio is currently in working order and picks up Sydney stations with a clear sound.
The cabinet is in very good condition. A photo shows a couple of chips on top of the cabinet which are less than 1mm in width and this is as bad as it gets. There are no cracks or missing pieces and the back panel is also complete. The control knobs are not original but are the same colour as the receiver. Originals are at times available from sellers on Ebay. The plastic dial cover is a little loose but this is easily put back in place.
Over all, this radio is in very good order and displays well, even before accounting for its age - around 74 years. I've seen this model go for well over $1,000.00 on Ebay a number of times but if you need this receiver alongside your collection of Radiolas it can be yours today.
AWA RADIOLETTE 500M (SOLD!)
Many thousands of these Radiolettes were made in 1946/7 and there was a choice of seven colours that I know about. Walnut, Burgundy, Jade, Turquoise, Cream, White and Marbled White. If you have some of these colours but not this walnut one then you can add this to your collection today. The cabinet is in very good condition, with a few surface marks that can be polished out with no trouble. The knobs and dial glass are original. The chassis is complete but requires restoration and thus the power cord has been cut off.
The 500M is not considered rare but is pretty much a necessary addition to any collection of post-war mantel receivers. When restored correctly they produce a clear sound and perform well. Whilst a fairly modern radio by comparison, their design maintains that art-deco link to the golden days of radio.
AWA Radiola R173
This console radio from 1938 is an up-market beast for its time. Boasting AM and short wave reception, pushbutton tuning and a magic eye tuning indicator, this console would have been aimed at the luxury end of the market where a lesser radio simply wouldn't do. The bakelite escutcheon, pushbuttons and control knobs are an attractive two-tone brown with a random turtleshell pattern rather than the standard walnut that was also available on this model.
This console is in working order though it would require being fitted with new condensers and the tuning mechanism needs some adjustment. Whilst all the bakelite fitted to the front of the console is all original and in very good condition the plastic dial cover is a replacement and seems to be a material similar to an overhead projector transparency sheet or clear drink container. This does not detract from this set's ability to display well though. This radio is currently tuned to Sydney's 2CH and the station comes in with a loud signal. The varnish on the cabinet does not appear to be original but is in fairly good condition.
AIRZONE RADIOSTAR (SOLD!)
The Airzone Radiostar from 1937/8 is one of Australia's most coveted radios. Sadly, the ones shown here are not in the pristine condition they deserve to be in however it is certainly possible for someone who has the time to get this job done. There are three radios here, one is all white and the other two are walnut with a white grille. The white one has an AC chassis which someone has started to restore though they never finished the job. It also has a small clean crack on one side as shown in the photos. By 'clean', I mean a crack that can be repaired easily by an expert but has not resulted in a piece breaking off the cabinet. Because a previous owner did not complete restoration, some parts are missing from this receiver. The knobs are blue-tacked in position for the photo shoot and will come that way with the radio.
The second radio, shown bottom left, has a clean crack in the top of the cabinet as shown in a photo. Again, this can be repaired by someone experienced with this task. The chassis appears complete except for one valve and a full set of the correct control knobs. This is an AC model and will restore and display well with the right amount of attention. The front of the cabinet has some fine scratches that make the radio look like it's been dragged along a footpath but I'd say 99% of these marks can be polished out.
The third radio, shown bottom right, has a group of clean cracks in the top of the cabinet, again as shown in a photo. These can be repaired by an experienced person. The grille looks like it is in good condition. This radio is a 6 volt model, fitted with a vibrator to generate the required high tension voltage. The chassis appears to be complete but does require restoration.
Also, there is a spare chassis for a Radiostar cabinet. This is an infamous AC/DC chassis and those who are experienced restorers will know the dangers of operating one of these. There is no isolation from the mains supply on this type of receiver, which was designed for areas that were originally supplied with DC mains. When conversion to AC mains came about the radio would still work. Whilst this type of radio is perfectly safe in an unpowered state I must stress that only an experienced restorer should attempt restoration and subsequent connection to mains power. The risk of electric shock is high and there's no real reason why this chassis can't simply be fitted to a cabinet for display purposes only. This chassis appears complete apart from a set of valves, most of which are P-base types. The chassis also requires a P-base barreter. This chassis is pictured with the original power cord fitted but this will be cut off before postage.
I should point out that these Radiostars are in typical condition for this model and their age - 75 years for the two AC receivers and the AC/DC chassis and 74 years for the 6 volt receiver. A lot of repair work is needed but the result will be three working radios that would make a fine addition to any collection of sets from the early 1930s.
Price: $300.00 for each radio and $200.00 for the extra chassis or $750 for the three radios and extra chassis together.
These two timber radios from about 1933 were a mantel version of a cathedral model equipped with the same chassis. Both radios are in good condition, with only minor repairs required on the cabinets. The chassis in both receivers appear to be complete but will require restoration and thus the power cables have been cut off. With some work on the cabinets and a full restoration of the chassis, these radios will display and perform well and due to their age they are a perfect addition to any collection.
The first radio requires minor patching of the timber plinth with some wood filler. The front panel is slightly ajar of the rest of the cabinet but a bead of PVA glue and some clamping will have that sorted. Some dill has drilled a hole in the top of the second radio but again, this is easily patched with some wood filler.
Price: $350.00 for each radio or $600.00 for both.
This equipment must be inspected and/or serviced by a competent person and declared safe by that competent person before being operated. This equipment should only be operated as intended by the manufacturer.
A valve a day keeps the transistor away...