Purists and historians avoid rebuilt radios, or seek all original parts, buying two or three of the same radio to make one complete set. Other collectors, especially of later sets, just want to get a radio working, and aren't concerned with the authenticity of the parts

 

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CONDITION OF ANTIQUE RADIOS
 


Soaring Popularity of Collecting Antique Radios

The Market for Antique Radios

Old Radio Values

Old Radio Speakers

Old Phonographs

 

 
ANTIQUE RADIOS


1931 Hartco

This 1931 Hartco is still
in excellent condition.


CONDITION OF ANTIQUE RADIOS
Surprisingly, working condition and sound quality are minor factors in collectibility. Most radio collectors are more interested in the physical thing. It does change the value a little bit, but someone who wants a particular radio will take one whether it works or not, because usually someone can get it working.

You can find people in the radio clubs who do repairs, many of them experienced radio and TV repairmen. Most tubes are easy to find; there are companies that sell either replacement tubes or new old stock.

Purists and historians avoid rebuilt radios, or seek all original parts, buying two or three of the same radio to make one complete set. Other collectors, especially of later sets, just want to get a radio working, and aren't concerned with the authenticity of the parts.

REFERENCES
In addition to various books specific to particular manufacturers, valuable references include:

 


Collectors Guide to Antique Radios:
Identification and Values, 5th Ed

by John Slusser, Kathy Slusser

Complete Price Guide to Antique Radios:
Tabletop Radios Vol. 3, 1933-1962
by Mark Stein

Antique Radio Restoration Guide
by David Johnson

The Complete Price Guide to Antique Radios:
Pre-War Consoles

by Mark Stein

Complete Price Guide to Antique Radios:
Tabletop Radios Vol. 2,
1930-1959

by Mark Stein

Antique Phonograph: Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gimmicks
by Timothy Fabrizio, George Paul