1932 Art Deco Iconic Philco Model 70


1932 Art Deco Iconic Philco Model 70

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1932 Art Deco Iconic Philco Model 70:
$286


1932 Art Deco Iconic Philco Model 70

This is a beautiful Art Deco iconic cathedral Philco Tube Radio is a stunning radio is in beautiful fully original condition and true art deco style. The lovely multiple wood detailing is fabulous.

Philco introduced their fabulous cathedral cabinet in March of 1931 for themodel 21. However with the debut of the 70 & 90 in June the 21 was discontinued, with the result that it's by far the rarest of the trio today. The cabinet was designed by Edward Combs and has gone on to become one of the most well-known of all cabinet designs from the tube radio era.

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“At Last! A radio that truly meets the modern demand for
performance, a superheterodyne receiver PLUS balancedunits PLUS balanced tubes. ... Remember, superheterodyneis not enough. It takes Philco's BALANCEDsuperheterodyne to meet the modern demands of crowdedbroadcasting conditions"

The Radio’s technical Description

The model 70 covers the standard broadcast band from 550-1500kc. For this radio, through until early 1932, the 70 used a type I chassis having tube complement 24 for RF (radio frequency) amplifier, 24 mixer, 27 local oscillator, 24 IF (intermediate frequency) amplifier, 24 as 2nd detector, 47 power pentode audio amplifier and 80 (rectifier). It did not use the Philco "multiplex detector" and therefore did not provide AVC (automatic volume control).

The Radio’s Condition

The cabinet is totally original, it has a few scratches and the ‘decorator’ types would refinish it but it’s totally original. The grille cloth is perfect and original too. The knobs are all original as is the Bakelite dial bezel. The chassis is the cleanest you or I will ever see considering Philco used unprotected cold rolled steel. Only the removable tube shield has a small amount of surface rust from handling by people. Since the radio was basically used little and stored well most of the capacitors were perfectly okay and not leaky, either physically or electrically. It had some ‘40s electrolytics hanging under the chassis that I replaced and I replaced all capacitors that would make the radio unsafe but kept it as original as possible. The radio has been fully restored electronically, with all tubes tested and those at or below minimum transconductance replaced with NOS tubes, resistors tested and out of tolerance resistors replaced. The volume control is the original and in perfect condition and noise free. Anyone who knows the Philco 70s knows that the volume control is dual section wire-wound potentiometer that one section varies the RF and IF amplifier gain and the other section varies the antenna signal to the antenna input coil. The AC power cord looked original and did not need replacing. Additionally, the radio has undergone a full RF and IF alignment and plays beautifully, loud and clear with good sensitivity and excellent tone.

This Model 70 SN: A19287 is up for sale.


1932 Art Deco Iconic Philco Model 70:
$286

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