BEAUTIFUL PRISTINE Rare Art Deco Retro 1946-48 Brandes AM Shortwave Tube Radio Works! Wow!
DIMENSIONS: Approximately 12" x 7.5" x 8.5" (l x w x h)
COLOR: Brown Swirly Bakelite with Gold Metal Mesh Grill
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DESCRIPTION: Tabletop tube radio manufactured by Brandes in the 1946-50 timeframe still in excellent+ working condition. Not sure of the model number or exact year of manufacture. I've never heard of Brandes. This must be a really rare one! This radio demonstrates some of the best quality manufacturing standards inside and out! For example, I noticed cloth covered wires were carefully routed between connections. The dial glass is attached to cabinet with metal brackets wrapped in rubber that was still spongy. Picks up AM stations clearly and loudly up and down the dial without external antenna attachment. I wasn't able to pick up any shortwave stations but it's not often that I do. I did not try to attach an external antenna. Maybe the third knob is for tone. Excellent art deco design! Front gold mesh grill solid and classy. Quintessential art deco. Brown bakelite cabinet is still in mirror-like glossy condition. There's not a single crack anywhere in the cabinet. The knobs are original matching brown bakelite securely attached. The gold metal grill is in great condition. This radio is over 60 years old! All the dial numbering and lettering is crisp and clear. The dial is glass plate in pristine condition. No missing numbering, dots or dashes, or anything. No smudges or yellowing. I looked hard to find a single flaw or blemish on this radio and there are none! Even the leatherette back panel is in excellent condition. The tuning and volume dials work fine. The unit powers on and off with a definite click. All out of spec capacitors have been replaced with modern equivalents so this radio has another 50+ years or more of playing time! The tubes are working fine. All out-of-spec resistors have been replaced with modern correct value and voltage equivalents. The replacement power cord and plug are brand new replacement with no cracks, or splits or electrical tape repair. No exposed wiring. The radio has been thoroughly cleaned and inspected. All wiring has been thoroughly checked for possible bridging and weak solder connection. Comes from non-smoking, mature, clean professional environment no pets. When this radio was new, Harry S Truman was president! This thing belongs in a museum!