I've enjoyed restoring 100s of antique radios since I've been collecting. Here are a few that I'm most proud of.
One of my first "Eureka" radio moments when I came across this classic set. The symetrical sidecar grill openings, the fine wood veneer, compact size, topped by the huge dial and eye tube...hooked me solidly, and I still seek them out.
This Sparton is very high on my best of all stlyled antique radios list. Collectors have nicknamed this model "the Lobster". It features the symetrical grills on each side, but it actually has one speaker. It also has the early mechanical push button station pre sets.
One of Detrola's most iconic radios. Nicknamed "the Egyptian" by collectors for it marvelous winged eschutcheon, in which is featured one of the first elcto/mechanicl station pre set systems.
This chassis was used in about a dozen dfifferent models in the3 year life of the design.
This image dates from early 2010. This was the first 5 S 29 I had ever worked on. In the process of stripping it, I discovered the blending of the dark colored top into the sides. Very solid vintage performer with 5 tubes, and appeals to just about everybody.
This Truetone was produced by Detrola, and is essentially the same as their T 1 series. In this set, the station pre sets were moved to below the dial. This was actually an improvement, as in the T series there was a chance of grounding the pre sets to the chassis, which could cause vey bad things to happen!