Seville, Ohio - April 26, 2003
Reported by Ray Chase
The April 26 Estes Auction was held at the Expo Auction Center in Burbank, Ohio, just a few miles from the Estes Barn in Seville. As usual there was a good assortment of early battery sets, 1930s table models, consoles, ham gear and many tube lots. Added attractions were many home-brew sets that were not old but exhibited excellent workmanship. Many of these were from John Haught of western Pennsylvania and were made from plans or ideas noted in Ham and Electronics publications. It was a pleasure to see such attention to detail and display of craftsmanship. There also was a large collection of novelty radios and crystal sets.
The most interesting piece offered was a Western Electric CGR-1-A superhet, made for the Coast Guard, that covered 1.5 to 3.0 Mhz and used eight of the 215A "peanut" tubes. It was very heavy due to a nearly 1/4-inch thick steel front panel. I had never seen this set before, but, unfortunately, the front panel was quite corroded, although the rest of the set was in reasonably good shape. It sold for $1,400.
The auction lasted all day, from 10:00 a.m. to past 5:00 p.m. to handle the approximately 700 lots. A couple of dozen boxes of knobs, meters, parts, and wire, selling from $5 to $130 each, are not included below. Total sales were in the area of $45,000. There was a 5 percent buyer's premium at this site which is not included in the prices listed below. Please see the print version of A.R.C. for a complete listing of the items auctioned.