Sunday, December 19, 2010

You Can Have Them, Also!

Even if you have no knowledge of how to rebuild or refurbish old radios, you can have that "look" easily and economically!  The pair of tabletop radios I have above are a manufactured by Thomas America Corporation; the one on your left (my right) is a 1940 replica #3 (of which I have two) and the one on your right (my left) is a 1932 replica Model 317.  My wife found them at garage sales for about $10 each.  They're available at all kinds of on-line auctions for $15 or $20 each.

I've also seen these radios (and others) in little sales flyers which offer all kinds of household "goodies", that have been mailed out on a bulk basis; the problem is, these replica radios are listed for $99 to $129 apiece!

To be sure, they are NOT tube radios, but transistorized versions of such.  The cabinets of mine are real wood.  Both radios (as well as others) are typically AM/FM with a cassette player on the side.  In my opinion, if any more show up on the market, they ought to include a CD/mp3 player, as well- there's plenty of room in the cabinets on these models.  It might be interesting to experiment with an input jack to enable the radio(s) to take CD/mp3 audio devices, but, since they are not stereo, an audiophile might not appreciate the effort.  Although the audio is monaural, I still enjoy some of my old-time radio shows played on cassettes through them.

Just another little tip from ol' "Bud Santa"!  Ho ho ho! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Bud S. (


  1. Dear Santa,

    Permit me to be the first to say "Bah, HUMBUG" to any audio system that does not contain vacuum tubes. All those iPods wouldn't be THAT much bigger if they had a pair of 12AX7s in 'em, and the younguns would be just a bit more mellow, thanks to the negative ions that tubes generate.

    Then, there's the added physical warmth from the tubes--just the thing for those hard-to-reach places!

    Grinch-ily Yours,
    David B.

  2. An aux jack would be a fun addition if you have an iPod filled with classic radio shows. I have a little Sstran AM transmitter which works fine, but sometimes it would be nice to just be able to plug the player directly into it. I have a few of these replica radios around the house in addition to the "real" ones. Great idea.