Near Mint Working 1922 Kennedy 220 Radio & Matching 525 Amp * A Pristine Pair
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Near Mint Working 1922 Kennedy 220 Radio & Matching 525 Amp * A Pristine Pair:
Make sure to check out all of my sales after you've looked at this one. I'm listing an outstanding assortment of musical, electrical and mechanical antiques, and I suspect that there will be something of interest to almost everyone.Let me start by saying that I've been buying and selling early radios for a long time, and I've owned some nice Kennedy items in my day, but the 220 receiver and matching 525 amp that I'm listing tonight are the nicest matching Kennedy pair (of any type) that have ever passed through my hands. Both components are complete and correct, and they're being offered with a set of good (yes, working) brass base tipped rainbow tubes -- a Radiotron 201a detector for the receiver and a pair of Cunningham 301A's for the amplifier. Condition of the 220 radio is near mint both inside and out. Panel is almost perfect, with a polished bakelite finish that's as glossy as black glass. The original engraved lettering is just about perfect everywhere. The German silverplate on the dials is about as clean as it gets with these early Kennedy sets. There's some wear evident, sure, but there's very little tarnish and no corrosion. Moreover, the numbers and hash marks on the dials are all still crisp and legible. Binding post nuts, lid chain, lid locks, tap switch contacts, panel screws, etc. -- everything is in excellent to near mint condition. The cabinet finish is original and it's beautiful, with very little wear evident. The Kennedy metal tag on the underside of the lid is nearly flawless. Inside, the chassis and the chassis components are pristine -- literally, almost like new. Just look at the photos. The wiring is original throughout, and all of the soldered connections are secure. The bank-wound tuners are beautiful, with their shellac still intact, and there is no loose wire anywhere. The sheathing on the wires is glossy and unmarred. Condition of the Type 525 amplifier is as nice as that of the radio. The panel is glossy; the chassis is pristine, and the cabinet finish is original, with very little wear evident. The tag on the underside of the lid is perfect. Both of the AF transformers are original, with their windings are still good. The radio and amp have been tested as recently as this week, and both components still work well. Tuning is sensitive and selective, and the output is clean. The amplifier output is also clean, and there's enough gain to power pretty much any 20's loudspeaker with which you might want to pair it. Tuning the 220 can be a bit of a challenge, but if you've had some experience using a complex 1920's regen. radio, you should be able to figure out how to use it with just a bit of practice (no guarantees, however -- a lot depends on your patience and willingness to experiment with different settings). If you want to operate the pair, you'll need a longwire outdoor antenna (at least 120 feet long and 20 feet off the ground), a good regulated power supply (I'd recommend an ARBEIII) and a good indoor ground connection. Headphones and a speaker are also required of course. 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: These components are large and heavy, and it's going to be quite expensive to ship them 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 them 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.