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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Marconi Would Be Proud...
Philco Model 46 circa 1946
They are waiting for me....
For those that don't know it, I collect antique radios. I have been doing that for a few years now. However, I don't spend much time restoring them although I would like to. Other things are always pre-empting my bench time with the radios.
The other day, I decided to sort out my transistor radios and repack them according to brand. I previously went through my tube radios and they are patiently waiting on the shelf in their shrink wrap for my attention. If all goes well, I will be tinkering on them soon, maybe commencing during the cold days of winter.
Philco Model 48 circa 1948
I have always guesstimated that I had between 100 and 200 radios, without knowing an exact count. Yesterday, as I finished up my sorting, I came up with an actual grand total. I was surprised to learn that I had 325 radios! My wife, Lesley, has often indicated a lack of enthusiasm for my radios (and I for her many shoes) and that's ok. I wasn't going to share with her the knowledge of how many radios I have, but I think full disclosure is always better in the long run. She was surprised that I had 325 radios, but took it okay. I thought she would rush right out and buy a couple hundred pairs of shoes, or dozens of handbags, but she didn't.....yet.
Grundig 2540 circa 1959
Actually, I have restored a few radios and have been giving them as gifts to family members. I also have a couple around the house.
When I am testing a radio, or sometimes I will actually listen to it, I have it tuned to the local AM station that plays oldies. That is the only thing you should hear coming out of an antique radio!