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January 26, 2010 7:56 AM   Subscribe

Antique radio tuning dials [flash] from Michael Feldt's collection. [via]
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse (20 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow, beautiful. Great post.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:03 AM on January 26, 2010


These are great. I need a reason to burn a CD so I can use one of these as the label.
posted by Pastabagel at 8:08 AM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


The fourth one from the bottom (remember to scroll). Is there a name for that sort of aesthetic?
posted by seliopou at 8:11 AM on January 26, 2010


Great post.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:20 AM on January 26, 2010


So great. Thanks.
posted by JBennett at 8:30 AM on January 26, 2010


Nice !
posted by nicolin at 8:36 AM on January 26, 2010


I think #6 from the bottom was designed to scare the bejesus out of young children.
posted by digsrus at 9:10 AM on January 26, 2010


Beautiful. I've considered taking classes just so I can learn to restore old radios like this to working order. I like the idea of a radio being a piece of furniture.
posted by TrialByMedia at 9:39 AM on January 26, 2010


yes - very nice

I have built small tube and transistor regen radios using some salvaged tuners, vernier dials etc, and there's an RCA tombstone radio in our living room waiting patiently to be restored.
posted by Artful Codger at 9:52 AM on January 26, 2010


Beautiful!
posted by Termite at 9:54 AM on January 26, 2010


Fuck yes I LOVE THIS! Thank you!
posted by Lutoslawski at 9:57 AM on January 26, 2010


yum yum
posted by Monkeymoo at 10:18 AM on January 26, 2010


the old philco radio i had as a kid in 1967 wasn't one of those shown - but it had the shortwave and police bands, although i hardly ever got anything on them - what i did do was listen to a lot of top 40 radio - there was something about that radio's sound that was much better than the transistor radios of that time - tube amp and a big speaker - stevie wonder, the beatles, the stones, the who, the grassroots, everything sounded so punchy through one of those and the bass was right there - and at night, i could pull in wabc and lots of other distant stations

it was very cool
posted by pyramid termite at 10:22 AM on January 26, 2010


it was this one
posted by pyramid termite at 10:30 AM on January 26, 2010


or maybe this one - i can't really remember, but it was one of those
posted by pyramid termite at 10:33 AM on January 26, 2010


Beautiful. I've considered taking classes just so I can learn to restore old radios like this to working order. I like the idea of a radio being a piece of furniture.

I have done this and it is rewarding. I didn't take a specific class but I had built some tube amps and had a thorough enough understanding of basic circuit theory etc. You can definitely teach yourself. I would start with NEETS which explains electronics in plain language and at a pace suitable for self teaching. Here are a few other radio links:

http://www.antiqueradios.com/
http://www.radiophile.com/
http://www.angelfire.com/electronic/funwithtubes/index.html
http://www.radiodaze.com/
http://www.radioantiques.com/supplies.html
posted by caddis at 11:50 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Good links, Caddis- I'd also suggest these:

Antique Electronic Supply
Prof. Elizabeth Tuttle's vacuum tube page- a subset of:
this index
Technical books scan project
and this ought to keep y'awl quiet for a while!
posted by drhydro at 1:26 PM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Awesome, reminds me of my grandparents old Blaupunkt with shortwave. I have an irrational obsession with variable capacitors, and wish I could find a radio where they are somewhat exposed by design.
posted by BrotherCaine at 2:03 PM on January 26, 2010


Nice find; really neat graphics. In a related vein, a friend use to have an old radio that used "magic eye" tuning: a small fluorescent tube that glowed brighter and moved together to show signal strength. Pix and a better description. I always thought it was the beesknees...
posted by Bron at 3:47 PM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Technical books scan project

That was the one I was looking for but could not find. I have hundreds of electronics links, poorly organized, and that is one of the crown jewels. Thanks for posting that. I am going to make a new easier to find favorite for that one.

To anyone interested in tubes this is a treasure trove. It's easy to forget because it's the library. You take the books out of this library and don't have to go back. For any tube aficionado this is a treasure trove of information.
posted by caddis at 7:22 PM on January 26, 2010


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