Majestic (Grigsby-Grunow) Model 461 Tombstone Radio (1933)
As SMART as "smart" can be! Majestic Master 6
The Majestic Model 461 was introduced in the
early summer of 1933 as one of Grigsby-
Grunow's new line of "smart-sets". Conceived
as part of a bid to revive their flagging fortunes,
the new line contained sets that were radically
different to those that had gone before. Out
were the large, traditional console and table
models that had been the company's mainstay,
replaced instead with smaller, lighter sets ins-
pired by the modernism of the Chicago 1933
Century of Progress Exposition.
The model 461, officially called the "Master Six"
because of its 6 tube chassis, initially listed at
$42.50. Being one of the first "smart sets" intro-
duced, it's one of the most easily found today.
|MASTER Six - Model 461
6-tube receiver giving 8-tube performance
with tone control, automatic volume control,
illuminated dial. Receives police calls. Front
panel of cabinet is of matched butt walnut
with highly polished chromium grille.
17" high 131/4" wide 81/8" deep
The ads for this set describe it as having book-matched veneer on the front, and certainly all of them that I've seen do indeed ex-
hibit this characteristic. That is all except for this one. A close look at its front panel reveals that either the left half or right half has
the veneer attached flipped back to front. I've looked closely to see if the set was re-veneered at some point but see no signs of
that ever having been done. This leaves open the possibility that the reversal was the result of a small manufacturing snafu! Per-
haps this set has a "Friday afternoon" cabinet!