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-
eader 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!

The 84B's chassis is a 4-tube AC-powered regener-
ative superhet, covering standard broadcast and the
lower end of the old police & amateur band (540 to
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
antenna, the set is capable of surprisingly good per-
formance. The alignment procedure for the regener-
ative circuit may be found along with the
at the
NostalgiaAir web site.

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 (see
comments above!).

The 84B was in many instances promoted as a sec-
ond radio for the home. Indeed, in March of 1935 a
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 upper ad clip to the right.
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.
Philco 84B Cathedral Radio (Late, 1934/35)