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Cliff Jones
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PostSubject: What is considered an Antique Radio   2010-12-08, 1:45 am

Radios that were manufactured with tubes up to the end of the 1960s. Also Transistor radios of 1960s vintage or earlier.
There are differing opinions on this of course. Nothing is cast in stone of course.
Do you have any opinions on this? Suspect Question

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PostSubject: Re: What is considered an Antique Radio   2010-12-08, 4:06 am

Hi all,

Over the last couple of years, I have also started picking up any AM only transistor sets. Also, I've collected a small assortment of germanium components still in their blister packs just to add to my display stuff.

Since this stuff is around the half century mark as far as age is concerned, I figure, pick it up when I can find it. How many folks wished they would have picked up a particular old tube radio way back when it could have been had for next to nothing and there were more around than now? My own interests lie more in the historical rather than the technical aspects. Though, I'll read gladly read anything I can regarding both.

It's what each person finds interesting and/or attractive I guess. To each his own. Heck, it would be kinda boring if we all collected the same thing. Not to mention the competition of everyone trying to get the same items for their own collection at the same time. Rolling Eyes

It'll be interesting to see what other comments folks make on this topic.

Cheers for now, Bob
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PostSubject: Re: What is considered an Antique Radio   2010-12-09, 11:08 am

My oldest set is 81, my youngest is 62. I think if it has tubes it is a antique. tongue
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PostSubject: Re: What is considered an Antique Radio   2011-03-28, 9:48 am

Oh my gosh! Now that I think about it, I'm in between that range in age myself. affraid

What does it all Mean? Suspect

I guess I'll have to go and do an Inventory of my junk, ER I mean Treasures! Yes Treasures AH Hem!

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PostSubject: Re: What is considered an Antique Radio   2011-11-13, 3:41 am

What constitutes 'antique' is irrelevant untill you try to SELL it! Laughing WE know it's only junk untill AFTER we pay for it. Unless you're caught walking in the back door after retrieving that box of priceless history you 'just remembered' was left out in the passenger seat at 3A.M. Embarassed I have since learned to stash the items in dispute in the garage, and casually upgrade their status by bringing them into the house a bit at time, making me feel like a reverse-burgler sneaking the items IN!

"How much for this box of junk?"

"Honest Darling, I forgot it and was afraid somebody'd steal it out of the car. I haven't seen one of these in YEARS and it's nearly all there!"

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PostSubject: Re: What is considered an Antique Radio   2011-11-13, 9:50 am

You have that problem too? Oh my gosh were partners in crime! Er at least thats what my wife would say.

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PostSubject: Re: What is considered an Antique Radio   2011-11-13, 11:45 am

Hi all,

Fortunately, I really don't have that problem anymore. As long as I keep my stuff in 'my' space, it doesn't seem to matter. When I'm not sure though, my usual plan was to always leave with a box that I knew was gonna be bigger than the one I might be bringing home. That way, it could be either be a trade, or I sold the big box and used to money to buy this much smaller item. Very Happy

Once in a while, the old mind works. Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: What is considered an Antique Radio   2012-12-04, 10:37 pm

Technically, an "antique" is considered to be 100 yrs old or older, per an antique dealer I know.
I do have some radios approaching that "yearage" as well as many tubes and components.
Sadly, that means los of my cookware, some of my furniture & eating utensils, and many of my books are already antiques.
If I actually can make the 100 yr mark, maybe I'll sell myself on EvilBay as an antique. lol

In reality, I consider anything with tubes in it "antique" as well as transistor items dating back to the 50's and early 60's; ie: "Rocket Radios"
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PostSubject: Re: What is considered an Antique Radio   2012-12-05, 10:51 am

I can not believe that rocket radios are such a premium. It is ridiculous.
Ho Hum supply and demand I guess. Funny though I had a lot of them as a kid, at 99 cents each.

Nothing but a bunch of money grubbers playing on our sentimentalities.
Often wondered why they can no longer be produced. Well I really know the answer, IPADS!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: What is considered an Antique Radio   2013-02-14, 8:36 pm

OK, lets all have a good cry. When I was a kid in Jr high school I had to walk about 2 miles back and forth to school. I would see these big consol radios being thrown out on garbage day, so I would lug what I could home along with my books and put them in the basement of my parents house for investigation. I was very interested in electronics but knew little at the time except what I wished I could have from the Allied Radio catalog. Well one such garbage day I found a big old Zenith being thrown out. I remember the excitement and wonderment I felt as I saw so many tubes and, if I remember correctly, 2 speakers inside. Like 20 something tubes. Well, over time the radio got destroyed and I think I used the tubes as hand grenades. Years later as I learned more I realized the radio was a ZENITH STRATOSPHERE ! Probably the most prized radio to have today. If I had kept it intact, I probably could sell it and get enough $$$ to buy a house today. I think less than 1000 were made. Makes you want to CRY CRY CRY!!! Sad Sad Sad
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PostSubject: Re: What is considered an Antique Radio   2013-02-14, 8:54 pm

@Cliff Jones wrote:
I can not believe that rocket radios are such a premium. It is ridiculous.
Ho Hum supply and demand I guess. Funny though I had a lot of them as a kid, at 99 cents each.

Nothing but a bunch of money grubbers playing on our sentimentalities.
Often wondered why they can no longer be produced. Well I really know the answer, IPADS!!!!
99cents was big money back then! You must have been a rich kid if you had many. I only had one. It was red and shaped like a rocket and you tuned the station with the rod at the top that slid in and out. And you had to attach the attached wire to a ground pipe. No batteries Also it had an earphone to put in your ear.
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PostSubject: Re: What is considered an Antique Radio   2013-03-17, 7:38 pm

Well, if it is as old as me, its antique. In other words, if its repairable and not a throwaway, its antique. I can't even see the components on this new stuff. Nevermind fix it. Mad
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