Is this what's it's come to?

Is this what's it's come to?

Post by philo » Tue, 05 Mar 2013 08:43:40



Over a period of about a year or two, I repaired about 14 various
console radios that were given to me in non-working condition.

Though one collector in Ohio gave me $75 a piece for six of them...
in the last 20 years he was the only taker and I now cannot even give
them away. (I'm in Wisconsin and was able to deliver them on a trip to PA)

Recently on the local Craig's List under the "wanted" section I found a
guy who was looking for old tube "equipment" and he said he'd give me a
few bucks for two or four of them.

Glad he was honest when I asked what he was going to do.

He was going to toss the cabinets and simply "part them out".
I declined to sell.

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Is this what's it's come to?

Post by Joe Bent » Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:14:44



Quote:

> He was going to toss the cabinets and simply "part them out".
> I declined to sell.

Shame, isn't it?  Those #45 tubes are worth far more individually than
the worth of the whole working console.  I have several consoles myself
that I will not sell for that very reason.

Joe, N6DGY

 
 
 

Is this what's it's come to?

Post by philo » Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:40:41



Quote:

>> He was going to toss the cabinets and simply "part them out".
>> I declined to sell.

> Shame, isn't it?  Those #45 tubes are worth far more individually than
> the worth of the whole working console.  I have several consoles myself
> that I will not sell for that very reason.

> Joe, N6DGY

Yes, 45's are worth a lot of money.

There was a guy who ran an antique shop near here (who went out of
business for idiocy) who had a radio cabinet he was trying to sell.
I told him, without it being a working radio...it would have little value.

He said the radio was not working so he was just going to throw out the
"guts" that he still had.

I told him I'd fix it for him no charge.

As it turned out, it had a pair of 45's in the output (one dead) and
then realized I did not want to give one of mine away...so modified the
set to take a couple of 2A3's. I wired the filaments in series and
documented the modification.

I felt a bit guilty about modifying it...but at least I saved the radio.

Next time I went into the store, I saw the radio was gone
and felt a bit guilty for what I had done...
however, as it turned out, the radio was not sold, his partner, while
moving it dropped it down the stairs and declared it a loss and threw it
out!

I am sure that I could have fixed it , no matter what, but
and kind of glad they went out of business.

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Is this what's it's come to?

Post by . » Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:42:43



Quote:

>> He was going to toss the cabinets and simply "part them out".
>> I declined to sell.

> Shame, isn't it?  Those #45 tubes are worth far more individually than
> the worth of the whole working console.  I have several consoles myself
> that I will not sell for that very reason.

> Joe, N6DGY

while it isn't a radio, I recently had a Unisaw from the 1940s -
couldn't sell it for what they are worth (about $300 to $500), so I
parted it out, the trim pieces (switch cover, dust door, knobs) brought
most of the money, there are still a few pieces left which I will
probably take to the s***yard - so, yes, this is what it has come to -
working equipment is worth less than parts.
 
 
 

Is this what's it's come to?

Post by Brenda Dye » Tue, 05 Mar 2013 15:04:26


Over a period of about a year or two, I repaired about 14 various
console radios that were given to me in non-working condition.

Though one collector in Ohio gave me $75 a piece for six of them...
in the last 20 years he was the only taker and I now cannot even give
them away. (I'm in Wisconsin and was able to deliver them on a trip to PA)

Recently on the local Craig's List under the "wanted" section I found a
guy who was looking for old tube "equipment" and he said he'd give me a
few bucks for two or four of them.

Glad he was honest when I asked what he was going to do.

He was going to toss the cabinets and simply "part them out".
I declined to sell.

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Now this is why it really stinks to be over here sometimes. I can't seem to
get a console over here for any kind of money. This because there doesn't
seem to be anyone that has one that can be stripped down and shipped in
pieces. :( And unfortunately, unless I want to spend $600 or more on FedEx
plus customs fees, that's the only way I can get one.

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Is this what's it's come to?

Post by Carte » Tue, 05 Mar 2013 21:16:19



Quote:
> Yes, 45's are worth a lot of money.

> There was a guy who ran an antique shop near here (who went out of
> business for idiocy) who had a radio cabinet he was trying to sell.
> I told him, without it being a working radio...it would have little value.

> He said the radio was not working so he was just going to throw out the
> "guts" that he still had.

> I told him I'd fix it for him no charge.

> As it turned out, it had a pair of 45's in the output (one dead) and
> then realized I did not want to give one of mine away...so modified the
> set to take a couple of 2A3's.

Interesting...but have you noted the price of 2A3s lately? I believe you
will find that (2) 2A3s are easily worth as much (and probably more)
than one 45.   :-(
 
 
 

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Post by philo » Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:11:50



Quote:

>> Yes, 45's are worth a lot of money.

>> There was a guy who ran an antique shop near here (who went out of
>> business for idiocy) who had a radio cabinet he was trying to sell.
>> I told him, without it being a working radio...it would have little
>> value.

>> He said the radio was not working so he was just going to throw out the
>> "guts" that he still had.

>> I told him I'd fix it for him no charge.

>> As it turned out, it had a pair of 45's in the output (one dead) and
>> then realized I did not want to give one of mine away...so modified the
>> set to take a couple of 2A3's.

> Interesting...but have you noted the price of 2A3s lately? I believe you
> will find that (2) 2A3s are easily worth as much (and probably more)
> than one 45.   :-(

Don't tell me about it, I have made some major errors in my life that I
don't want to be reminded of.

OTOH: I had no spare 45's but for some reason an abundance of 2A3's

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Is this what's it's come to?

Post by philo » Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:13:31



Quote:


>>> He was going to toss the cabinets and simply "part them out".
>>> I declined to sell.

>> Shame, isn't it?  Those #45 tubes are worth far more individually than
>> the worth of the whole working console.  I have several consoles myself
>> that I will not sell for that very reason.

>> Joe, N6DGY

> while it isn't a radio, I recently had a Unisaw from the 1940s -
> couldn't sell it for what they are worth (about $300 to $500), so I
> parted it out, the trim pieces (switch cover, dust door, knobs) brought
> most of the money, there are still a few pieces left which I will
> probably take to the s***yard - so, yes, this is what it has come to -
> working equipment is worth less than parts.

I'm going to keep my excess radios until I get a good home for them.
I am not expecting to see any money though.

I never even heard of a Unisaw before.

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Is this what's it's come to?

Post by philo » Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:14:30



Quote:


> -----------------------------------------------------------

> Now this is why it really stinks to be over here sometimes. I can't seem
> to get a console over here for any kind of money. This because there
> doesn't seem to be anyone that has one that can be stripped down and
> shipped in pieces. :( And unfortunately, unless I want to spend $600 or
> more on FedEx plus customs fees, that's the only way I can get one.

Maybe I can seal it up and "float" a few over to you:)
 
 
 

Is this what's it's come to?

Post by Michael Blac » Wed, 06 Mar 2013 02:37:33


Quote:



>> -----------------------------------------------------------

>> Now this is why it really stinks to be over here sometimes. I can't seem
>> to get a console over here for any kind of money. This because there
>> doesn't seem to be anyone that has one that can be stripped down and
>> shipped in pieces. :( And unfortunately, unless I want to spend $600 or
>> more on FedEx plus customs fees, that's the only way I can get one.

> Maybe I can seal it up and "float" a few over to you:)

Doesn't the current go the other way?  So all those odd things that wash
up in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest are comeing from the west. You
don't hear about things falling off ships near the west coast and later
landing in Japan.

   Michael

 
 
 

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Post by philo » Wed, 06 Mar 2013 05:38:32



Quote:

>> Maybe I can seal it up and "float" a few over to you:)

> Doesn't the current go the other way?  So all those odd things that wash
> up in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest are comeing from the west. You
> don't hear about things falling off ships near the west coast and later
> landing in Japan.

>    Michael

Fill it with Helium maybe?
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Is this what's it's come to?

Post by Michael Blac » Wed, 06 Mar 2013 05:53:23


Quote:



>>> Maybe I can seal it up and "float" a few over to you:)

>> Doesn't the current go the other way?  So all those odd things that wash
>> up in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest are comeing from the west. You
>> don't hear about things falling off ships near the west coast and later
>> landing in Japan.

>>    Michael

> Fill it with Helium maybe?

Oh, flying.  I have no idea which way the wind blows.

I was imagining you dropping it in the Pacific ocean, and letting it float
over to Korea.

Every so often there's a story of running shoes or whatever showing up in
large quantities on the beaches of the west coast, and they can track them
to some ship that was holed or lost a shipping container.

     Michael

 
 
 

Is this what's it's come to?

Post by philo » Fri, 08 Mar 2013 20:12:09



Quote:

>> Fill it with Helium maybe?

> Oh, flying.  I have no idea which way the wind blows.

> I was imagining you dropping it in the Pacific ocean, and letting it
> float over to Korea.

> Every so often there's a story of running shoes or whatever showing up
> in large quantities on the beaches of the west coast, and they can track
> them to some ship that was holed or lost a shipping container.

>      Michael

Well, I "offered up" my spare radios on my Facebook page and it looks
like at least one of them will be getting a new home.
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