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An Old Crosley [message #96545] Tue, 21 March 2023 18:07 Go to next message
Kingfish is currently offline  Kingfish
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What do you think? I just "inherited" this a few days ago, and I love it! I don't even know yet if there is any kind of antennae I can bring out to get better reception, but it's fine for now. I just like the way it looks.

I am in mountainous territory in the rim country of Arizona, so I'm not expecting miracles in terms of reception. lol

Re: An Old Crosley [message #96546 is a reply to message #96545] Tue, 21 March 2023 20:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
gofar99 is currently offline  gofar99
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Hi. Howdy from southern AZ (Sierra Vista) Your radio looks a lot like a Philco Barn radio I have. It uses a long wire for an antenna. In my case you just string it out for as far as you can. 10 feet is about minimum but up to 100 feet is better. Mine actually ran on batteries and I had to make a power supply for it (it was for use in ...get this... a barn where there was no power). Some radios of similar vintage had flat loop antennas stuck on the inside of the back cover. Some had both loop and long wire types. /forum/index.php?t=getfile&id=3312&private=0
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Good Listening
Bruce
Re: An Old Crosley [message #96579 is a reply to message #96546] Wed, 29 March 2023 18:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Kingfish is currently offline  Kingfish
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Nice. They look like they were made in the same time period. But there is no lid on top and the back is secured, so I don't know where I could string a wire without taking the back off. Even then, it's a maybe.
Re: An Old Crosley [message #96650 is a reply to message #96545] Thu, 27 April 2023 16:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Silver is currently offline  Silver
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That Crosley looks to be in good shape. The only thing I would do, that I can see, is take the nameplate off and give it a good varnishing. Make it shine.
Re: An Old Crosley [message #96651 is a reply to message #96650] Thu, 27 April 2023 21:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
gofar99 is currently offline  gofar99
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Hi I would not use a general purpose varnish. Instead I like to use Howard Restor-A-Finish and use Feed-N-Wax. They are designed for restoration of vintage wood. They work well on projects like yours.

Good Listening
Bruce
Re: An Old Crosley [message #96659 is a reply to message #96545] Tue, 02 May 2023 18:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
dervlin is currently offline  dervlin
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Wait a second, from the way you guys are talking about them, your old radios still work.
You didn't have to convert them to digital or anything like that?

That's a real beauty, Kingfish.
Re: An Old Crosley [message #96673 is a reply to message #96659] Thu, 04 May 2023 21:46 Go to previous message
gofar99 is currently offline  gofar99
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Hi, mine works as good as new. I have a few others that I have restored and they all work to. Wayne I believe has many.

Good Listening
Bruce
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