1921 Paragon Ra-10 Regen. Radio & Da-2 Detector Amp * Original, Working Pair For Sale
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.The radio and the detector amplifier are in good original throughout, and they both still work. Included with the set is a good (ie, working) pair of 1920's headphones.Bakelite panels are in good condition, with no chips, cracks, filled holes or other issues. The panel lettering is worn in areas but can be re-filled with a lacquer stick if you're so inclined. The binding post nuts are original to the radio and amp, as are the panel screws. A couple of panel screws are missing on the receiver, and one of the binding post nuts has been replaced with a nut from the same era.Wiring on
the radio tuners is still 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.Both of the AF transformers in the detector amplifier are the original and correct Paragon transformers, and both of the are good (all windings). the DA can be used with either headphones or a 1920's horn.The cabinets are in decent shape, with finish wear evident on both the radio and the detector amplifier.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 pair come with 3 good tubes, so 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 -- are not good radios for the novice.
That's about it. I will pack everything carefully and
properly, and Ican assure you that it willshow upat your doorstepin
the samefine condition in whichits leaves mine. I
have been shipping antique phonographs and radios
for years, and if you check my response, you'll see that I know how to
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1921 Paragon Ra-10 Regen. Radio & Da-2 Detector Amp * Original, Working Pair: $650