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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 8:28:57 PM on 17 June 2021.
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Many of you would have seen the two photos of some of my radios on the temporary site. This is what has happened to the shelving in the second photo - it has got a little bit bigger. More photos to come as I unravel my radio collection and start displaying the better-looking ones.

Some of those in this photo still need a clean up and there's three or four vacant spaces still for some good radios. These spaces will get filled very soon.

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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 9:52:48 PM on 17 June 2021.
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Brad, what's the name of the radio at top right, under the horn speakers? I've got one in a nice shiny case, but it's missing the dial, the drum, the dial cord, the knobs etc. Electrically it works though.

Also, I notice a bunch of really old stuff along the top - there's an antique shop in Wollongong with a whole bunch of that kind of thing. They want a lot though, and the shop stinks of the numerous dogs they keep there all day.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 11:49:33 PM on 17 June 2021.
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That's quite a display. Going by the wall vent and picture rail, it looks like the room's vintage is appropriate too.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 2:25:49 AM on 18 June 2021.
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Robert, it's an Airzone 'Theatrette' or 'Proscenium', depending on what part of the country you are in. These came in a few models and I can't recall if the dial glass is the same on all of them. This one is a battery model for farm use. There were at least two cabinet styles too, this one and another that had knob labels built into the front panel. This one is a badge-engineered Peal.

GTC, the house is a fairly typical late 1930s Californian Bungalow. Hot in summer and cold in winter, as the fire places are no longer useful. The house is a good match for the radios.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 12:00:53 PM on 18 June 2021.
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the house is a fairly typical late 1930s Californian Bungalow. Hot in summer and cold in winter, as the fire places are no longer useful.

In the 1980s I owned a Federation house with similar seasonal characteristics. The previous owner had ripped out the cast iron fireplaces and sold them, covering up the gaps with plywood. When I got the roof re-tiled I had the chimneys removed as they were ready to fall down owing to the crappy lime mortar used back in the day.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 5:49:34 PM on 18 June 2021.
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In the third bedroom, which was once the dining room, there is a roughcast fireplace but it has been painted throughout and has carpet at the bottom of the hearth. I think the chimney is now used by the rangehood exhaust from the kitchen which is on the other side of the wall. As for the lounge room, the fireplace is the same tuckpointed brick as the front of the house. There is no chimney to speak of and going by the appearance of the gable, tiles and the roofspace there never was one, though there may once have been a Kosi stove as the hearth is about the right size for one. No stove though and again, some brainiac has carpeted the thing.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 8:23:39 PM on 18 June 2021.
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Brad: thanks for the info. Mine is mains-powered with octal valves and an electromagnet speaker. All the labels are missing.

Like most of my collection, it's scheduled for eventual dumping when I get around to it.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 8:25:37 PM on 18 June 2021.
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Dumping?


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 4:31:55 PM on 19 June 2021.
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I need to downsize in a few years, and there won't be room for 180 (or whatever it is) radios. Selling, packaging and all the hassle that entails won't be happening. So, when the time comes I'll put a notice here (if the forum is working) for anyone who wants to come collect them. If nobody does, then they will be dumped.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 4:42:02 PM on 19 June 2021.
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Selling, packaging and all the hassle that entails won't be happening.

I can well appreciate your reluctance. Although I'm no fan of some (most?) of them, 'estate-clearers' can be an efficient way of getting rid of lots of stuff in one fell swoop, with some cash in hand at the end of the process.

There's one estate-clearer on eBay that I've bought from a few times and he seems to be a decent fellow.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 4:45:18 PM on 19 June 2021.
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Depending on the radio (I won't want any that I already have, etc) I'd be happy to collect and pay a reasonable sum for them. This is the beauty of staying off Ebay and having a garage sale. Just post the date here and the fans will come. You won't have to spend time giftwrapping them either - that's down to the buyer. Smile

In the past when I have bought radios and I've run out of boxes or room in the boot I carry them as passengers and put the seat belts on them. They've always arrived home safe.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 12:34:08 PM on 20 June 2021.
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Now that I've gotten my licence I'd be more than willing to drop by when you downsize there Robert.
As Brad, I'd be willing to pay any reasonable price.
Old gear is too good just to be dumped


 
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