EDITOR'S COMMENTS From Antique Radio Classified for November 2007
(Copyright 1996-2007 by John V. Terrey - For personal use only.)
"It was a privilege to be there." So says our
intrepid reporter Ray Chase about the Estes auction of
April 2007, and it's not hard to see why. First, it totalled
over $300,000, a sum not wholly dependent on Art
Deco items. Yes, the Sparton Nocturne, King
Skycraper, and mirrored radios were all represented, but so
were more traditional high-end sets, two of which sold
for $55,000 each. Second, the broad assortment of
Catalins, plastics, AC, and battery sets, led me to
conclude that just about everyone there must have had a
sense of "privilege."
Perhaps this auction will also be a lasting
memory for some attendees, just as the 1982 Orr auction
has been for several people I have spoken with since
my article appeared in the July 2007 issue. Jim
Sargent and Robert Lozier both have written about their
vivid memories of that auction, and Bob has added
an article about a home brew purchased there. One
is tempted to quip, "Old auctions never die."
Luckily for us, Richard Arnold never says die
when tracking down a radio or a company. In this case,
he has come up with something new about Pooley,
the name we associate with fine radio cabinets. Through
a descendant of the Pooley family, Richard was able
to borrow a brochure that touts Pooley radios, not
just cabinets -- another link in the chain of radio history.
The latest Slusser Collector's Guide to Antique
Radios, Seventh Edition, contributes mightily to that
history by keeping us apprised of the ever-changing
market. Jim Moneghan's review is definitely positive,
and no doubt most of us will join him in "using it until
the cover comes off."
A bit of childhood history by Walter
Lindenbach about acquiring a Heathkit Type OM-1 oscilloscope is a memory to which many of us can happily relate. Walter conveys his frustration when he built a
coveted oscilloscope from a kit and found it didn't work.
But then came the triumph of fixing the problem! And so,
an inquisitive boy became an equally inquisitive engineer.
But, William Gourd's unhappy story of
being scammed via the Internet is one that he hopes
will never happen to anyone else. Hats off to William
for being willing to share his "confession" in order to
save others from a similar fate. Though we often print
a scam warning on our "Editor's Page," William's
very personal story may have a more meaningful effect.
Similar scams are so prevalent that a
television commercial points to a website, fakechecks.org,
which issues warnings about fraud involving checks.
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Coming Radio Events. Though holidays loom,
the radio community stays engaged. Listed this month
are 8 meets, 26 meetings, and 6 auctions.
John V. Terrey, Editor
ON THE COVER
The handsome, red King Model 52 "Skycraper" on our cover was photographed by Ray Chase for his report in this issue on the April Estes Auction. The set sold for $15,000 and was one of several high-end items in this auction.