Honoring those radios I've owned but have since moved on to others who could appreciate them more.
Zenith A big beautiful Tombstone style set with a huge black "airplane" dial. It's a model 6-V-27, a 6-volt farm radio, long since converted to AC. A birthday gift to myself, I found it at a local antique store. Sold to someone who could do the challenging cabinet restoration properly.
Zenith A model 4-B-639 6-volt farm radio from 1942, in a sort of golden-hued cabinet with faux zebrawood trim. The original tubes and caps were all fine (but one cap), as was the synchronous vibrator supply. I added an external AC supply and donated it to our church's Youth Group Mission Project fundraising auction.
Automatic Radio From 1946, this model 614-X is a hot-performing 6 tube set. The RF stage has only input tuning, but really adds to the reception. The bakelite cabinet polished up very nicely. Donated to the church Youth Group auction.
General Electric I owned one of these AM/FM transistor portables 'way back when I was in college, and grabbed this one up at a yard sale. Since sold, as not fitting into my collection.
Emerson This model 745 Town & Country AC/DC/Battery portable is very mid-'50s. Its 6 miniature tubes give it decent performance to go with its Eisenhower-era styling. It uses an almost-unobtainable 1L6 converter tube, which luckily can be replaced in this Broadcast-only set with a 1R5. I owned 4 of these radios at one time! (Some were the nearly identical model 754.)
General Electric This 1946 GE model 220 has six tubes and both broadcast and shortwave tuning in its somewhat bulbous bakelite cabinet. I'm not sure why I liked this set -- maybe the spacious and easy-tuning dial.
SilvertoneI guess I'm a sucker for 1936-era airplane-dial sets like this model 4466 from Sears, even when they're coated with white paint. It looked much better when I refinished it and replaced the grille cloth. And it works on both Broadcast and Shortwave bands -- I'm always amazed when 60+ year old sets still play.
Silvertone This Silvertone (Sears) 3351 Commentator pushbutton table set, made in 1939, was found in a junk shop for $5. Dark brown bakelite cabinet with gold trim, 5 tubes. This rather dignified bakelite receiver was missing its knobs and dial pointer, for which I have found replacements. I recapped it, and it played OK, but never as well as I thought it could.
Philco Only the second console I've bought, this 1932 Philco 112x is sorta tattered, but at least I saved it from the dump! It even powers up and makes noise (though no reception yet). With 11 tubes, it's the biggest set I've ever owned.
Philco One of the early AM/FM sets from Philco is this model 48-472 from 1948. A nice and hefty bakelite cabinet houses its 7-tube chassis, which of course includes some of those dreadful Loktal tubes. Bought during delusions about my ability to fix FM radios...
Philco I couldn't pass up this Philco 610 stepped tombstone, languishing at a thrift store. It had been a "decor item" at a local clothing store, so it looked nice but the cords (including speaker and antenna) were cut off, so it's still silent.
Sheffield I picked up this cute midget stepped tombstone at the local Salvation Army store. It's in such good shape that at first glance I thought it was one of those modern replicas. Needs tubes, but quite amazingly clean and complete. It wears a Sheffield nameplate, but little other identification. The tube types used (stamped on the tube sockets) indicate about 1935 vintage.
Updated February 21, 2013