Aura White 1958 Philco Predicta Model H765-124 Vacuum Tube AM Radio Excellent Condition! Outta This World!
DESCRIPTION: One of the most recognizable and sought after radio designs of the mid-century period. A 1958 vision of a future that now seems endearingly naive. Predicta has come to epitomize retro-futurism of 50s with dystopian overtones. Tabletop AM vacuum tube clock radio manufactured by Philco in 1958 in excellent plus physical and working condition. This is the highly desirable all white version. Like a white-ish spectral aura!
CABINET CONDITION: Original factory molded ivory white plastic radio bottom and matching clock top. Mirror glossy. No cracks, chips, or missing pieces anywhere on the cabinet! Not repainted, no touch up, no over spray. None needed. Gold control trim plate is in excellent shiny unscratched un-rusted condition. No dents no dings. Factory printed functions are not faded or rubbed off. Original factory grill gold fabric is clean, no rips no water stains. Clock ivory white plastic back has no cracks, chips, or major scratches. Usually the clock top front edge is cracked but not this one. Clock gold metal surround and metal pivot base is shiny, not rusted, not pitted. All matching original factory screws.
WORKING CONDITION: Picks up AM stations clearly and loudly around the dial without need of external antenna attachment. These Predictas take longer to warm up and play compared with other radio designs of the era. About 30 sec is normal compared with 15 secs.
LOGO: No missing logo front bottom plate. Front Philco gold metal logo strip is original not dented or dinged and not wavy. Often these Philco labels come off over the years or come unglued and look wavy not this one.
PUSHBUTTONS: The factory original matching gold metal clock push buttons are in excellent condition securely attached. Usually some or all these buttons pop off and go missing over the years.
KNOBS: Factory original volume and tuning cylindrical disks. Round and planar rotating like flyer saucers!
LETTERING: No missing ink, smudges, or rub-off on tuning dial lettering. The tuning dial works fine and smooth no slipping.
DIAL LIGHT: Dial light works and lights brightly.
SOUND QUALITY: You can almost hear Theremin coming out of this thing even if it's not turned on! Has original elongated oval speaker special to the Predicta radio and clock radio series. It measures 9" x 2.5" Wow! There is no loud or pervasive hum. There is no loud or pervasive static between stations unless you operate near modern megahertz devices. The set has been aligned according to factory specifications.
CLOCK: Clock works and keeps accurate time. Clock motor is silent, no humming, no grinding, no ticking noises. Clock and alarm time set function work. The knurled clock adjustment knob is not missing which is often the case. Wake to radio and and alarm buzzer. Sleep timer works. By design, sleep timer has 4 settings, 15 mins, 30 mins, 45 mins, and 60 mins, but there's no markings or indication which sleep setting you've set. So you need to count 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 to turn off. Philco engineers spaced out on this.
INTERNAL ELECTRONICS: All out of tolerance paper and wax 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 radio has been thoroughly cleaned and inspected. All wiring has been thoroughly checked for possible bridging and weak solder connection.
BACKING BOARD: Original factory bottom backing board is in excellent condition.
POWER CORD: The factory original power cord and plug are in excellent original working condition with no cracks, or splits. No exposed wiring.
FACTORY LABEL: No missing factory labels. Clear and readable.
COLOR: White on white. Like a space rocketship bound for the outer reaches of the galaxy!
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DIMENSIONS: Approximately 11" x 7" x 11" (l x w x h)
WEIGHT: 5 lbs 4 oz
ADD BLUETOOTH MP3: See info here
ADD SMART SPEAKER: See info here
ADD DIAL LIGHT: See info here
Product: antique radio, vintage radio, retro radio, vacuum tube radio, AM radio, art deco, mid-century product.
Cabinet construction: plastic
Country of manufacture: USA, a country in the western hemisphere on the third planet of the Sun in our solar system in the Milky Way Galaxy of the Universe.
Electronics: Mounted circuit board or chassis. Vacuum tube circuit.
Vacuum tubes: tested and working. Amplifier, converter, detector, pre-amplifier, rectifier