As part of an effort to give this site its first update
since late 1999, I am now making sure these links actually point to something still
in existence. (Now, of course, part of a site update might mean that I actually
have to invest time in making things LOOK better....)
Radio Collector Links:
page - My personal page, in whatever state it happens to be. Professional details,
other things of interest or relevance (at least to me, or at least as it was several years ago).
The VairQuest - After 320K,
the '85 Prelude is showing its age. Uh oh, methinks I see a new project looming - how about a 1966 Chevrolet Corvair?
page - my partner in crime. One day, I am sure, Sue will forgive
me for getting him involved in this.
Nova Scotia - This is the ancestral home and one of my favourite places of all.
I have made a couple journeys out that way and have truly enjoyed them.
For a quick glance, check out the
Halifax is a great city. I'll head out for another look one of these days.
Adams' Page - home of 'The Radio Attic'. Steve gave me my first
link. He also managed to get inside an old abandoned radio repair
shop and find lots of goodies. Some people must just live right or something.
Adamson's Antique Radio Page - this place is huge, with tons of links
of all kinds and the ARP gallery, which is an index of most every set out
there on the web, and links to find them. Makes me wonder why the
rest of us bother having links at all. Seems to be an erratic site, though.
Sometimes there, sometimes no.
Old Radio - Marc Graviere's collection. Marc has a collection
of US sets he has managed to put together in France, along with some technical
documentation. A lot of plastics, one interesting tombstone.
Antique Radios by Watkins Restorations - I get a good laugh out of this page.
The radio work is very good, but it is the attitude behind the writing and little
hidden details in the page that make it a fun read.
Check out the section on his car
repair. Maybe I can save the Prelude after all....
Antique Radios - really nice collection, a lot of expensive stuff.
One irritation for me is that he never lists the model number of anything.
Worth a snoop anyway.
Radio Website - as the name suggests, all radios here are AK's.
This doesn't list all of them, but the ones it does show are fantastic.
Breadboards, metal-case sets, cathedrals, the whole nine yards. Advertising,
links, all on a funky 20's wallpaper. What more could you want?
Radio Gallery - Merrill Mabbs' site. Has a nice interface (animated Waltons'
tombstone) and is a potential source of schematics. Very nice collection with a
lot of high-calibre stuff.
Tube Radios - Was of particular interest to me since he had a shot
of the back of the Sparton 410. Generally nice sets, a lot of 40's-looking
table radios, both wood and plastic.
Dowell's RadioDaze - Not a lot of text, but what a collection!
Spectacular refinishing jobs and original sets. A master of his craft.
He'll also do your dirty work for you, from the look of it.
Museum of Radio - a local (Guelph) museum that gives a nice little
tour through the history of radio in Canada. They have an entire
page devoted to the history of the Rogers
Batteryless company, which made most of my favourite radios.
Crosley Antique Radio Page - Like the title suggests, Jim's page is
devoted to Crosley radios. If you have one, send in the picture.
All the spectacular repwood models are shown.
Old Radio Zone.com
- biggest collection of Zeniths I have ever seen, which first makes me wonder how on earth
he stores them anywhere. The most awe-inspiring sets are the
Stratospheres. I have never actually
seen one of these before, but he has managed to acquire three. I tend to gauge relative
value in terms of how many instances of my car could be bought for the same price. By my
estimate, to have the 1000-Z,
you could buy 132 of my car (122 if the tank is full).
John Pelham's Antique
Radio Collection - I really like this site. He has a great collection of
wood and plastic sets, repaired with great attention to detail and a philosophy
I can admire. He also does a lot of dial shots, which I always find
Old Radios - Just tons of stuff - pics, projects, how-to's, everything
I'm trying to do here, just moreso. A lot of newer radios, but some
very special older sets (check out the GE S-22-X). Great site for
anyone new to the hobby.
- not a lot of text here, but a tremendous collection of beautiful radios
(especially consoles - check out the Ozarka - it's incredible). Plus,
I'd like to steal their wallpaper.
Radiotrader's Antique Radio World
- a new site from a name I've seen on eBay a few times.
He shows a couple of very nice restorations (including one that has garnered
a blue ribbon) and some projects still in the works. He is also
offering access to the schematics in his collection of Rider's manuals,
so this could help a lot.
- This gent wrote me a very complimentary letter. Can't understand
why. His collection blows me away.
Rogers Corporate History - Far be it from me to post corporate sites all over here, but
this is my favourite make of all and Ted Rogers is a great name in radio. Ted Rogers'
son (also Ted) now sells me cable TV. Sometimes I even watch.
Ron Ramirez Enterprises
- Literally wrote the book on Philco Radios. I have a copy that I am very fond of.
John Rose's Vintage
- Home to a nice collection of Canadian radios. He is
particularly fond of Northern Electric sets in the same way that I am
about Rogers. I can deal with that as Northern Electric is my
second favourite. He also has a nice collection of other sets,
along with a neat section where he gets into the license stickers found
inside old Canadian radios. Worth a look and a read.
Jahre Radio-Design 1923-1998 - German (no, really?) page with a number
of interesting pre-war, mid-war and modern sets. Worth a look even
if you don't read the language.
Electronic Supply - has a lot of stuff. I go to them for replacement
decals and knobs. They'll also sell tubes, transformers, most anything
you need. Tempe AZ.
Scales for Antique Radios - I will go here to replace the dial on the
Philco 610. I've also noticed that they carry a dial for the RCA
4X. No pics. Have to trust them. :) Note that Radio Daze below
will do dial scales for GLASS dials. These guys do translucent plastic.
Air - Get whatever schematics you are after, plus various other technical
Radios - Toronto-based site that offers Canadian radio schematics. They had
an obscure Rogers schematic I couldn't get anywhere.
Radio Clubs / Societies:
All Things Radio -
not really sure where to classify this site. This is a multipurpose site where
you can find repaired radios for sale, project radios, an assortment of parts and refinishing/
repair products, memorabilia and even streaming audio of Old Time programming (haven't tried
that yet). Very interesting.
The Radio Attic
- Many moons ago, this was the original RadioGallery. Still evolving, the Radio Attic
is a place to list and buy old radios as well as a forum for people to wax rhapsodic about
their favourite sets (guilty as charged), ask for help about things they can't recognize
and generally immerse themselves in radio-related things. Steve Adams is now building
an archive of radios seen online. Quite the project.
- run by Scott Stambaugh, these are some of the nicest radios available. The nice
thing about the radios offered there is that they all run and generally have their own
finishes. I have yet to buy from there, but have been sorely tempted on more than
Radio Listings - home to everything, but be ready to pay for
it. Like any auction, prices can skyrocket, but there are some bargains,
and it's fun to window-shop, anyway.
Guy - Always has a couple of nice sets (I lust after the consoles)
for sale. Has a little tour set up. Does a fair bit of plastic,
transistor and TV work, which isn't really my thing, but may well be yours.
- an online collection of radio/antique dealers. Some of the
choicest sets available online can be found here. There are six
or seven stores there which will cater to just about every taste.
- this is the Machine Age
site I came to know first and best. He describes his radios as
'investment quality', and that should be an indication of the calibre
of radios available. Some of these are a little beyond my scope,
but if ever there was a place to go and drool, this is it.
- the site is still under development, but the store is loaded. Wandered in there and
just about fell over backwards. Zenith consoles, Philco cathedrals, the whole nine
yards. Nice people, too. I plan to relieve them of some of their inventory.
They have just gotten into silk screening glass radio dials.
Radio Society - sort of explains itself. Has want ads, newsletters,
probably shows (provided we ever have such things). I should probably
- a French-language European club site. It is the only European site
I've seen with a listing for schematics, which makes it ideal for hunting
non North-American radio info. They seem to have a fairly well-developed
club, as well. THE site (so far as I've seen) for European radios.
(Societe Quebecoise des Collectionneurs de Radios Anciens) - un site
pour nos amis quebecois. A very well-done Java-enhanced site.
It seems to be primarily a reference site with links to all sorts of different
things. A lot of fun to read. Similar in nature to Retro-Phonia,
but with a better interface.
New England Antique Radio Club -
this is the closest US-based club to me. Aside from newsletters and other
informational services, they have four serious meets per year (usually in New Hampshire)
at which I suspect some pretty good stuff appears.
Association - this is the big one. Once a year, these people descend on a Marriott
hotel in Rochester and have a week-long radio bash. I can only imagine what appears at
the swap meet. They also have a museum worth investigating.
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