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Philco Model 84B Cathedral Radio, second (late) style (1935)
The 'late' version of the Philco 84B was introduced in January of
1935, replacing the
early model offered the previous year.
Selling for just $20 in Eastern & Central states, it was Philco's
cathedral radio price-leader for 1935 and was one of the least
expensive such sets available at the time. To me, it has an odd
and quirky appearance that leaves me preferring the early set!

A visitor to my website suggested that the dial and grille-cloth on
my late 84B are not original and that the knobs should be Philco
Rosettes rather than those shown. To resolve this, I've watched
examples of this set over time and have arrived at the following

  • it should indeed have Rosette style knobs,
  • I have seen late 84B examples having an  alternate dial, as
    suggested, but have also seen many examples with a dial like     
    mine, matching that of the early set. This suggests that Philco  
    switched to the newer dial once production was underway,
  • there appear to be two (if not more) original variants of grille-cloth;
    however the cloth on mine, a replica of the early 84B's, does not
    match that of any of the apparently original late sets that I've seen.

My set therefore does indeed have incorrect knobs and cloth!
Astounding value - yet every inch a Philco in quality, tone and performance.
Gets standard programs plus some police and amateur stations.
"What a splendid cabinet for the person who wants
smartness and style in the low-priced field! Contrasting
tones of medium and dark woods are accentuated most
attractively by means of an ivory snap line. The rich satin
finish gives it a character that's individual & appealing"
One Philco 89L plus one Philco 84B
Philco American receiver of distinguished beauty
and many famous Philco features. $52.50 complete.
Philco 84B table model - regular price $22.90 -
with the purchase of the above Philco at no charge.

Do not confuse these models with an overstock,
obsolete models or close-outs. Emphatically not -
they are the last word in radio perfection just
announced by the great Philco factories.
When I found this set, it had been inhabited by mice and the
chassis was very dirty, though the cabinet and finish were
sound. I have since restored it and it now plays well - all it
basically needed was a cleaning and re-cap. The grille-cloth is a
reproduction from
www.grillecloth.com (see comments above!).

The 84B was in many instances promoted as a second radio for
the home. Indeed, in March of 1935 one store out West in Reno,
Nevada, offered a "2-for-1" Philco special on a limited
first-come-first-served basis, as seen in the ad clip to the right.
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The 84B's chassis is a 4-tube AC-powered regenerative super-
het, covering standard broadcast and the lower end of the old
police & amateur band (540-1740kc). The tube line-up is 77
(mix/LO), 77 (IF/2nd det), 42 (af power amp) and 80 (rectifier). In
spite of its limitations, when properly adjusted with a good ant-
enna, the set is capable of surprisingly good performance. The
adjustment procedure for the regenerative circuit may be found
along with the
schematic, at the NostalgiaAir web site.