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Rock-Ola
08-26-2003, 10:54 PM
I recently found a nice old Philco console. It's from 1938 and the model is 38-116. This is a 15 tube radio and it plays well on both am and shortwave. I am surprised at the sound quality of this radio on local am music stations. It's not as good as fm but better than my new Sony sourround system sounds on am.

Kamakiri
08-27-2003, 07:31 AM
OOOoooooh! A 38-116X!

You've got probably what I would call the pinnacle of Philco radio, and probably antique radio in general in terms of sound and quality. I had one of those that I sadly sold before I ever had the chance to get working (needed the space :( )

The only thing that comes close IMO is the model 16, which predates your 1938 model by a couple years. In 1939 they came up with the "Mystery Control" gimmick, which sold well, but the sound quality doesn't even come close from what I understand.

Enjoy her! Be proud to know you have the best Philco ever made, and quite valuable as well.

dingus
07-11-2005, 12:18 AM
In 1939 they came up with the "Mystery Control" gimmick, which sold well
would that be this (http://seattle.craigslist.org/ele/83644782.html)? no affiliation, but i would think these are fairly rare, for craigslist anyway.

Kamakiri
07-11-2005, 07:53 AM
Yep, that's a 39-116. Had one of those years ago. I never did get the "mystery control" working, but then again I never really tried :)

Nice sets :)

wa2ise
07-11-2005, 11:57 PM
I recently found a nice old Philco console. It's from 1938 and the model is 38-116.

If it hasn't already been done, all the wax caps in it should be replaced. See http://www.geocities.com/wa2ise/radios/repair.htm and http://www.antiqueradio.org/recap.htm though I would not try to remove all of teh old caps' leads from terminals on band switches or tube sockets. They are rather fragile and you don't really want to break a band switch. Just clip the old
lead and solder on the new. Practice on a junker tube radio first if you haven't done this before.