Dove Blue 1956-59 Olympic Model 553 AM Vacuum Tube Radio Little Cutie Great Sound!DESCRIPTION: Compact tabletop vacuum tube AM radio manufactured by Olympic in the late fifties timeframe.
SOUND QUALITY: Picks up AM stations clearly and loudly up and down the dial without need of external antenna attachment.
CABINET CONDITION: Cabinet is original factory molded light blue plastic. No cracks, no chips, and no major scratches. All original factory molded colors. Not repainted. No over spray, no touch up. None needed. Front fabric grill is in excellent condition with no rips, no discoloration, no stains, no separated or loose edges. Front gold color aluminum trim panel is in excellent condition no dents or dings, no rust or oxidation.
KNOBS: Factory original matching plastic volume and tuning knobs. No cracks no broken attachment posts. Original factory gold metal inserts are not missing securely attached.
LOGO: No missing logo. Black on Gold lettering is clear and precise.
DIAL LIGHT: No dial light not designed with one.
CLOCK: No clock
INTERNAL ELECTRONICS: All 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. Both Intermediate Frequency Transformers have been rebuilt to reduce possibility of static operation in the future. All out-of-spec resistors have been replaced with modern correct value and voltage equivalents. There is no loud or pervasive hum. There is no loud or pervasive static between stations. The set has been aligned according to factory specifications. All wiring has been thoroughly checked for possible bridging and weak solder connection. The radio has been thoroughly cleaned and inspected.
POWER CORD: The original cord and plug are in excellent condition with no cracks, or splits. No exposed wiring.
BACKING BOARD: Light blue
FACTORY LABELS AND STICKERS: No missing bottom labels. Intact but yellowed not peeling.
DIMENSIONS: Approximately 9" x 4.5" x 6" (l x w x h)
WEIGHT: 2 lbs 8 oz
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Cabinet construction: Plastic
Country of manufacture: USA
Electronics: Mounted circuit board or chassis. Vacuum tube circuit.
Vacuum tubes: tested and working. Amplifier, converter, detector, pre-amplifier, rectifier