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A limited number of radios in my collection are open to offers. If you see something you want, please enquire to see if it will be included. If you are unsure of what the radio is worth or hesitant to make an offer, please ask for help in determining its value. Thanks.

Vintage Garrard Synchro-Lab 95B Turntable item #1816
Very nice condition Garrard 95B. This is a high quality transcription turntable. It will play 12", 10" or 7" records singly at speeds of 33.33, 45 or 78rpm, or up to six 12" records of identical speed automatically using large record spindle LRS25 included. I tested the unit and it was a bit sluggish at first but once warmed up seemed to work fine. I would still suggest a thorough cleaning and greasing of the mechanism for optimal performance. It comes with a Shure Hi-Track cartridge. Also included is the original owners manual. I will ship securely boxed by Fedex for $25 and if the cost is more I will absorb the difference.

Pioneer Linear Tracking Turntable item #1812
Nice shape Pioneer Linear Tracking Turntable Model PL-X100. These were popular in the 80's because the tone arm tracks parallel to the groves in the record across the playing surface. This was supposed to reproduce music to a "purer" degree then a conventional turntable. Some people swear by them. I have one in my system along with a conventional turntable and one thing I will say is that they are easy to operate and prevent your records from damage as the tone arm is in the cover and you never touch it. Just open the cover and place your record on the platter, close the cover, and the electronic controls do the rest. This unit is in very good condition and operates fine. I also just replaced the needle.

Fisher XP44B Speaker System item #1811
From out of a time capsule come these Fisher XP44B speakers, brand new in their original packing and box, circa 1971. Apparently the XP's were pretty decent and they were based on a proven Wharfedale design, had ALNICO magnets (aluminum/nickel/copper and can make for a very musical speaker), had rubber speaker surrounds (no foam rot), and had what was referred to as the New England sound (typically used to refer to Acoustic Research/Advent/EPI laid back sound from the 60's/70's). I opened the sealed box to take them out for their picture session and now they are safely packed away again. And yes I tested them and they sound great! Don't miss this opportunity as I am positive no one else is selling these speakers brand new and this price is a give away. All paperwork, original speaker wires, speaker emblems etc are in the box. I will place the original box in an outerbox to protect it so expect fully insured Fedex shipping to be in the $30-35 range.

Bendix 111 item #1808
Nicely styled Bendix Model 111 radio. Bakelite case has no cracks or chips and has a nice shine. Molded in handle. Chassis has new electrolytics and some other caps and is playing fine. Chassis on this model pulls out from bottom. Has built in antenna and short wire on bottom for external antenna if needed. Original Bendix knobs.

Philco Tropic item #1806
Here is a very unusual radio. It is a Philco Model B3101B also called the "Tropic". The painted green bakelite case is in good condition and will clean up nicely (no chips, no cracks). What is interesting about this radio is that it was made in England. The English version of this radio features a LW (long wave), MW (middle wave or broadcast) and a SW (short wave ) band but this is their overseas version and has a MW band + 2 SW bands. I powered it up and was able to get a station or two on the MW band. It takes a while to start to play because it has a tube saver circuit. The chassis features all loctal tubes (unusual for an English radio) which made me curious as to what's on the bottom of the chassis so I opened it up. Sure enough there are English parts but it appears to have been recapped with modern equivalents. Everything looks good and there are no shorts, so I am now guessing that a good alignment will bring this set back to operating condition. I am including the schematic downloaded from Radiomuseum which has alignment instructions. The rest of the radio looks all original including the back, knobs, and the sticker inside the cabinet. If you collect Philcos I bet you would like this one.

Garrard AII Transcription Turntable item #1805
This is a Garrard Model AII Transcription turntable. Anyone familiar with Garrard knows this is one of their high end turntables. It is in excellent working condition but I would still suggest a thorough cleaning and lubrication to return it to optimal performance. Complete with detachable head stage with an Audio Technica stereo cartridge and solid walnut base. Also, very rare to find this with its original molded dust cover. I have a second Garrard turntable, Model 210. It is also in excellent working condition. I will include it with the Model AII for $25 additional, but only if you pick up. If I have to ship, it will not be included at that price (but you can buy it alone for $50). So $125 for both - what a deal which no one will top.

Century Fast Check Tube Tester item #1803
Century Model FC-1 fast check tube tester. Good condition. I tested a number of different types of tubes and it is working fine. Tests octal, loctal, and miniature 7 and 9 pin tubes. Has handy built in tube pin straightener and short indicator. Comes with original tubes chart (someone in the distant past put scotch tape over the pages which has mostly come off but you can still read all the information necessary to set the filament, load, and socket selector for every tube). This is a very good tube checker to quickly identify good vs bad tubes. You can then rely on more sophisticated checkers to give you more qualitative information if necessary (I use this same checker in my shop and very rarely have to resort to needing more information about a tubes condition).

Powerstat 116 Variac item #1802
If you buy, sell, repair or collect tube radios or vintage HiFi you need one of these. It is a Powerstat Model 116 variable autotransformer (variac). You plug in your radio and slowly and safely increase the voltage with the large knob until you reach 120 volts. Along with a dim bulb tester this will protect you and your radios from possible damage if they are not working properly. Never power up an unknown radio to full power or you are asking for serious trouble. I cannot keep these in stock and they are getting harder to find at prices under $100. This model varies the voltage from 0-130 volts, and has a fuse to protect against possible shorts in whatever is plugged into the variac. I used a 6 amp fuse as this unit is rated for 8 amps but its always better to go smaller (most tube radios will draw just a few amps anyway). I also installed a safe heavy duty cord and plug. I know this one will sell quickly but I am still keeping my price reasonable.

Hallicrafters S40A item #1801
For your viewing pleasure, a Hallicrafters S40A communications receiver. This is one of the earlier models from 1947 and is in really nice clean shape (I did not even wipe down the cabinet but if you do it will look even better). I took it apart and replaced 4 electrolytics and one paper capacitor and it is playing perfectly on all bands. Unbelievable sensitivity and selectivity especially with the bandspread dial. You should hear this at night when the short wave and amateur radio bands really come to life. Top lefts up to replace tubes. Chassis is clean. Someone added a wire out the back which I first thought was for an external speaker until looking at it closely and then realized it provides an external input. So I added an RCA phono jack and now you have a way to hook up your IPOD, MP3 player, turntable etc. Just leave off the antenna connection or detune the radio to where there is no station and you can hear your device play great music. Better yet, add a Bluetooth receiver to this jack and go wireless and stream music from your Smartphone, IPAD, Tablet etc. I sell these separately but they are currently out of stock. This is a great deal for this quality of a communications receiver in this condition. It also comes with the original installation and operating instructions. If you want additional information on the band coverage and the functions of the various controls, please ask or you can simply look up on the internet as there is plenty of information available on this gem. Please expect shipping to be in the $30-40 range. ON HOLD

RCA MI-12188 70 Watt Power Amplifier item #1800
What a find. This is an RCA MI-12188 Type SA-70B industrial power amplifier like you would find in movie theatres from the 1940's. It is a heavy beast with massive power and output transformers. It is all original and untouched. I even have the copy of the original instructions. The amplifier has 8 tubes, 4 of which are type 807 output tubes. It is in good condition with just a little cleanup (wipedown) needed (chassis bottom is remarkably clean). Look it up on the internet for more information. Untested of course. Would prefer pickup but will also ship. I priced this at $300 but would consider offers. Can you imagine this as a guitar amplifier with a pair of 15" speakers hooked up to this beast (it could easily handle that and more).

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