|Hello and welcome,
My name is Paul and vintage radio collecting is my hobby. It provides an escape from the high-tech world
of my career into a realm where everything is much simpler. Through this hobby, I have developed an
immense respect for the early pioneers in the field of radio. Many of the techniques they evolved eons
ago still provide the foundations for the discipline today. The methods of implementation may have
changed drastically but many of the design principles (e.g. the super-heterodyne) still reign supreme.
I started my current collection of vintage radios in May of 2001 and since that time have amassed
several hundred sets. My main interest is in models of the late 20's through the early 40's, the years
affectionately known as the "Golden Age of Radio". My collection has a bias towards Philco, but I am
also partial to Sparton, Zenith, RCA, Majestic (Grigsby-Grunow), Emerson, Echophone and just about
any other collectible make.
As a teen I used to search out old sets to either repair or use for parts to build radios, audio amplifiers or
simply to fix-up other radios. It was these early experiences that set me out on a path to the engineering
profession, one which lead away from vintage radios for over twenty five years. The radios I once had
are long gone but more recently I've rediscovered these wonderful old treasures.
I am when all said and done a collector and seek out restored and original examples of radios. Given a
choice, I prefer an original set but if it's a collectible model that's difficult to find, I'll be glad of one that
someone else has restored, providing it was done right. When I restore a set I believe it should preserve
the original appearance of both the cabinetry and electronics to the greatest extent possible. That said, I
don't feel any compulsion to restore the electronics of all models I own. For starters, I have just too many
to ever expect to find the time to fix them all. Secondly, I have more than enough working radios to listen
to and feel there is no problem in leaving many original as found. In some ways this is preferable, since
when the time comes to pass them on, I know that many serious collectors will seek out examples that
are electrically untouched. For me its just comforting to know that a vintage radio is complete and
restorable should I feel inclined to undertake the work. We collectors are after all no more than the
guardians of our old radios, following in the footsteps of those who acquired and enjoyed them prior to
passing them on to us. We have to some degree a responsibility to preserve these treasures and in due
course hand them on to future generations.
I started this web site with the objective of sharing my collection and the experiences I've had in
assembling it, together with whatever I've been able to learn about the general history of the radios
displayed. It is a work in progress and I plan on adding to the pages as my collection grows as well as
updating the existing material as I learn more about the radios already featured.
I live just North of Boston with my wife Dianne and two juniors Megan and Craig.
I hope you enjoy your visit to my site,
P.S Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or suggestions that you may have. I don't
promise to always be able to find time to respond, but I will endeavor to read whatever you send to me.
Do note that I cannot provide a valuation service - it would take too much time & there are too many variables to do this on an ad hoc basis.
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