Near Mint, Working 1923 Rca Radiola Iv W/tipped Tubes, Brochure, Batteries, More For Sale
Make sure to check out all of my sales after you've looked at this one. You'll find four examples of beautiful, working and eminently collectible instrumentation that span the first 70 years of home audio entertainment -- from 1895 to 1965.If you've ever wanted to know what an RCA Radiola IV might have looked like when it was new, sitting on a dealer's shelf or on a table in your great-grandfather's living room, you're looking at it now. This is the cleanest, most complete, most awe-inspiring Radiola IV I've ever laid eyes on. It's a working radio -- works great, in fact -- and it comes with a set of good brass base, tipped 99 tubes, all of the A, B & C batteries with which it was originally sold (they're for display only), both of its original bakelite back jacks (one for the antenna connection, the other for the ground connection) and the original RCA brochure announcing its release in 1923.The cabinet finish is original and it's beautiful, with no checking, no wear -- just a few minor marks on the top and sides. The enameled brass panel is basically like new. No finger marks, no blurred lettering, no brass peeking through the black paint. The black metal interior of the cabinet is virtually free of corrosion or wear. The B battery hold-down bracket is still in place, and its condition is almost like new. The chassis is also like new. No rust, no bent wires, no corrosion on the transformers. Both transformers are of course original, and both are still good. The tube sockets are neither cracked nor swollen, and the tubes sit in them properly. The cotton sheathing on the wires leading to the tube deck is still supple and not frayed. The tipped 99 tubes all have good emissions and have been tested in the radio. The original Radiola driver is still in the cabinet, and it's still good. All three original cabinet decals are intact on the bottom of the cabinet, and they are all practically mint. The Radiola IV cabinet decal on the underside of the lid is perfect. The silk sheathing on the ground and antennas is clean, with no fraying. The small hardware and escutcheons retains its original gold-plating, and it's in excellent condition, with a beautiful patina and very little tarnish or wear.And the list goes on and on. But I won't. Just looks at the photos. They should tell the story better than I do. The last photograph shows the radio with its batteries installed. I will of course remove the batteries before I ship the radio and send them off to you in a separate package.Please note: no feet were ever installed on this set. There are lead holes in each of the four corners of the underside of the base, but no screws were ever threaded into them. Despite its advanced age, the radio still works very well. If you wish to operate it, you'll need a good regulated power supply (I'd recommend an ARBE III), a good indoor ground connection and a longwire outdoor antenna (ham radio type -- about 120 feet long and 20 feet off of the ground). You'll also benefit greatly from having operated a 1920's battery radio in the past. They're not like contemporary radios, which is to say, you don't just plug them into the wall and turn the dial to tune a station. Operating an early regenerative radio requires a little bit of skill and quite a bit of patience, but I'll send along a repro copy of the owner's manual, which should be invaluable to you if you've never used a set like this before. The radio has its own built-speaker, so no additional output device is needed.Thje radio measures approximately 23" wide by 14" deep by 16" high. Shipping weight, properly packed, will be about 55 lb. The batteries will be shipped in a second package that weigh approximately 20 lb.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: This radio is large and heavy, and it's going to be quite expensive to ship it 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 everything 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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