EDITOR'S COMMENTSFrom Antique Radio Classified for January 2010
(Copyright 1996-2010 by John V. Terrey - For personal use only.)
A happy new year to all! And, many thanks to all who have responded to our holiday subscription specials. By offering each of you a saving, our monthly revenue has actually risen because more of you responded to this opportunity.
So, in the spirit of the new year, we are continuing to offer discounted subscription rates: 1-year subscriptions by Periodicals Mail will be $36; by First Class Mail, $48. These 20 percent lower rates are part of an experiment to restructure our revenue, but, of course, they could be discontinued at any time. Foreign rates have been discounted, also.
We also will be offering a $30 per year, web-only subscription. The web-only subscriber can read the magazine PDF on the web and will receive all subscriber benefits, such as book discounts, free ads, etc.; however, no copy is mailed. Of course, the full issue PDF is available on the web for all subscribers as well. For web-only subscribers, as with all print subscribers, a real U.S. postal address will be verified since permanent passwords will be mailed. Web-only rates will be most beneficial to our foreign subscribers where postage drives the price up considerably. Also, the $9.95, 2-month, web-only subscription will be discontinued.
With these practical matters covered, on with what's in A.R.C. this month! Though it may be a new year, all of our January articles reflect the same collector spirit in the perennial hunt for an old radio or knowledge about radio in general.
In our lead article on the Cockaday LC27, Art Redman proves not only that he's an inveterate hunter of radios made by Northwest manufacturers, but also that he's a perfectionist. In this case, the radio he had found did not have a Cockaday circuit. And so, his hunt goes on for the perfect Cockaday.
But, Art also reports on a happy ending to a three-year hunt for an Allwave 5 in his follow-up to his Hallock and Watson article in the June 2006 A.R.C. For that article, he had only ads for the set, but in this issue, he shows photos of the real thing, an Allwave 5 acquired at last from a fellow collector.
Help from fellow collectors is a sure way of enhancing our collections, but there are many other ways. John Miller lays them all out for us with eight tips for hunting down old radios that have led to his personal growth as a collector. John urges us to leave no stone unturned -- or yard sale or curbside trash unexplored -- in pursuit of a great collection.
In that same spirit, Paul Moens describes his penchant for adopting old radios in the same way some people adopt stray dogs. His GE H-87 console arrived at his door in a snowstorm. Already a basketcase, its future was even less promising when the chassis and various parts fell out in the snow on the way to his front door. However, even though it took five years, Paul has restored the GE H-87, a set that he hopes his grandchildren will treasure.
Something to treasure is perhaps the driving force behind every radio collector's hunt. Mark Fitzgerald describes how he rediscovered his early interest in old radio by a chance encounter with a Philco 41-296 on its way to the dump. Restoring the Philco to working order awakened all kinds of past memories of radio programming and performers of the past. And so a new and true collector was born.
Maybe Bob Murray's unusual GE Model GRC2, made in England, will fire up a reader of these pages and give birth to a new interest in foreign sets.
Needless to say, firing up interest is not an issue at radio shows like the highly successful Kutztown show run by the Delaware Valley Historic Radio Club (DVHRC). In location, size, and amenities, this show draws people of wide interests who might also be captivated by the radio technology on display. We're always grateful for Kutztown reports from both Stan Saeger and John Hagman.
On the other hand, Dave Crocker reminds that an event need not be large to be interesting. Dave introduces us to a new-to-radio auction house, Nest Egg Auctions of Connecticut. The Herbert C. Morgan collection offered many bargains and is an example of how checking out local auctions can be another way to enhance your collection.
A.R.C. Benefits. Be sure to take advantage of A.R.C. benefits: A New Year Subscription Special; a toll-free number (866) 371-0512; Discover, MasterCard, American Express, Visa accepted; a secure shopping cart on the website, www.antiqueradio.com; for current subscribers, a 10 percent discount on all book orders; and the full magazine available on the website. Note: Please do not send credit card info by e-mail. Use our secure website or U.S. Mail, or call or fax.
Coming Radio Events. Start the new year off right by attending at least one of the events listed this month: 2 auctions, 7 meets, and 27 meetings. Meanwhile, best wishes from all of us at A.R.C. for a happy and more prosperous 2010.
Happy Collecting in the New Year!
John V. Terrey, Editor
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We continue to receive reports from advertisers of e-mail responses to their classified ads proposing to pay them with a check, sometimes via a third party, in excess of the purchase price. The seller is asked to refund the difference by wire. In more than one case reported to A.R.C., the check received was "bad."
To minimize problems, we suggest that you always know whom you are dealing with or ask for references.
ON THE COVER
One way to start your hunt for old radios in 2010 is at a radio meet auction or a private auction house. An example of a $525 find is the Atwater Kent 82 on our cover. The photo is by Dave Crocker.
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