1921 Paragon Ra-10 Radio & Matching Da-2 Detector / Amp * Near Mint & Working For SaleMake sure to check out all of my sales after you've looked at this one. I'm listing an outstanding assortment of antique radios and cylinder phonographs.Here's a Paragon RA-10 Regenerative Receiver with its matching DA-2 Detector Amplifier. Both pieces were manufactured and sold by the Adams Morgan Company of Upper Montclair, New Jersey, a pioneer in radio development and the manufacturer of the first commercially made regenerative radio -- the Paragon RA-6.
In all the years I've been collecting early radios, I don't think I've ever seen an RA-10 and DA-2 that were this clean. I suspect that that both components never left the dealer's shelf from which they were being merchandised.Both the radio and the detector amplifier are in near mint, 100% original condition, and both still work. They're being offered with three good brass base tipped UV-201 tubes. These tubes pre-date the more common UV-201a tipped tubes (and they're arguably more beautiful, with an elaborate plate structure and tinted glass envelopes). Also included are a near mint, working pair of NKK headphones. NKK made John Firth headphones (identical to NKK phones except for the branding), and they're widely considered to be some of the best around.The brushed bakelite panels of both the RA-10 and DA-2 are pristine, with no chips, no cracks, no blotchiness, no filled holes, no issues of any type. The panel lettering is close to perfect -- crisp and clear everywhere. Dials and dial lettering are also close to perfect. The vernier controls exhibit virtually no wear except to the little hard rubber "doughnuts" which have dried out with the passage of time. The binding post nuts are original to the radio and DA, as are the panel screws, and no nuts or screws are missing. All of the nuts and screws are still beautifully plated, with virtually no tarnish.The inside of the RA-10 is almost like new. Wiring on the all of the tuning components is tightly wound around the forms, and the soldered connections inside the radio are all secure. The radio is very sensitive when patience is exercised while tuning, but if you're interested in using this radio, please note that Paragon radios are difficult to tune, even if you're experienced with the operation of 1920's regenerative radios. If you're not familiar with how to operate a 1920's battery set, you're going to find it very difficult to use this one.The DA-2's chassis is close to perfect. Both of the early Adams Morgan transformers have their original paper labels, and both of the transformers are good (all windings). The selector switch is working properly, as are the rheostats. I can't imagine you'll ever find a nicer Paragon Detector Amp anywhere.The fumed oak cabinets are beautiful, as you can see in the photographs. Their finish is original, with virtually no wear. Their interiors are likewise pristine (see photos). Original paper label on the underside of the RA-10 is intact, and it's complete and almost like new.If you want to operate the pair, you'll need a longwire outdoor antenna (ham radio type -- approximately 120 feet long and 20 feet off the ground), a good regulated DC power supply (I'd recommend and ARBEIII), a sensitive pair of 1920's headphones (or a loudspeaker) and a good indoor ground connection. The tubes have only modest emissions, but they'll still work with the radio and DA. If you're familiar tuning principles of an early 20's regenerative radio, and you have the proper antenna erected, and the proper DC power supply, you should be able to use them as soon as they arrive, although as I noted above, early Paragon radios -- while extremely collectable --can be confounding to the unseasoned operator.That's about it. I will package the components properly so that they arrive at your doorstep safely. I have been shipping antique phonographs and radios for years, and if you check my response, you'll see that I know how to do it correctly. OVERSEAS BUYERS PLEASE NOTE: it's going to be expensive to ship this set abroad, so if you're offerding from outside the US, please contact me first for a shipping quote so that I confirm my ability to get it to you. Buyer prepays and includes shipping. Overseas customers may remit payment with Paypal only. sale participants with no prior response should contact me prior to placing a offer. Thanks.
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