1581 - 1940 model
This is after restoration
This radio is a new acquisition, just started working on it. This one
is an 8-tuber...there was a similar model with 10 tubes. We've got a
6K8-Osc/Mixer, 6U7-IF, 6J5-Detector, 6J5-AVC, (yeah, AVC!) 6F5-First
Audio, 6F6-Final Audio, 6U5-Tuning Eye (weak) and a 5Y3 rectifier.
Its a four-band radio - BCB, 1.5 to 2.5 Mc, 5.6 to 18 Mc, and 9.35 to
9.9 Mc. I guess the engineer was fond of 31 meters since he gave it its
own band on the dial. That engineer could have been Rube Goldberg given
all the bandswitching and tuning mechanisms that resemble a high-tech
mousetrap! Kinda like a car radio where they do all that just to get
the knobs to fall decoratively on the front panel. We've got 2
different dial cord combos and a flexible Yaxley bandswitch drive.
Concentric knobs and gears for On-Off-Volume/Tone Switch and
Tuning/Bandswitch, not to mention the pushbutton assembly.
It looks like a promising project, but we're kinda short on plastic
Silvertone push-buttons in the Sparkbench Warehouse if anybody knows a
source for these. Initial work has been to re-cap it, and since most of
the resistors are out of range, they're all being replaced too. Judging
by the three layers of tape holding on the back cover, I'm guessing
that three others have given up on it. One of the wires coming out of
the power xfmr was pinched and grounded out...I'll bet the Sparkers
before me thought the xfmr was shorted.
To you eBayers, that is what "haven't tested, power cord has been cut
off" translates to.
Stay tuned for more
Update, 3 June....Well I've hit the radio with juice and boy does she
play nicely. I have to say that its one of the best performers to sit
on the Sparkbench. Real nice audio quality to boot. Almost finished
re-doing the cabinet, too and its coming out pretty. This was a fine
radio in its day, shame it doesn't look like a Walton's set so that
vintage radio buffs would find it interesting...this is the radio that
The Walton's WOULD HAVE BOUGHT if things weren't so tough up on Walton
More Update, 18 June...This has become my favorite radio and a daily
"lissener". I astounded myself at how well the refinish job on the
cabinet came out and the sound quality makes it a "natural" to listen
to. Its one that you "like" to listen to! It deserves some repro
push-buttons and knobs to make it "as new". Leaves me awestruck how far
radio advanced between say the early 30's and 1940.
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- June 1998, June 2022