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Old 04-30-2017, 12:42 PM
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The great little '30 Philco "Baby Grand" consolette

I just did a trade to acquire this one. It's got a very nice original finish that came out beautiful after a few hours of refreshing. It was missing one small knob, so I put two non-original subs in temporarily. The trim on the bottom appears to have a patch in the photo, but is actually a natural tone variation of the veneer. The chassis was restored and plays loud and clear although about the quality of a good late '20's set with a good cone speaker. You can see just how small it is in contrast to the other sets. Very cute radio!
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Gorgeous!
Thank you. I've seen this model in books for years, but never realized just how small it is, which really makes it appealing. I actually had it on top of my kitchen table to detail the cabinet!
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Beautiful! I feel like my house is not fancy enough to display a piece like that!
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Beautiful! I feel like my house is not fancy enough to display a piece like that!
Thanks. It has it's nearly 90 years worth of minor bruises, but it's amazing what a few hours of buffing with various products can do. As long as a wood set has most of it's original finish and no severe gouges/scratches, it's just a matter of some elbow grease to make a jewel out of it!
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Not quite a baby grand. More like a consolette. Very stylish! I like my 37-665B Philco. Playing now courtesy of Walter Beers.
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Not quite a baby grand. More like a consolette. Very stylish! I like my 37-665B Philco. Playing now courtesy of Walter Beers.
Actually in 1930 only Philco called both the 20 cathedral and the 20 consolette the "Baby Grand". It's a simple pleasing design that has nice details, especially the birds-eye maple veneer in front.
By the way the 37-665B is a nice set too. You just got to love '30's Philco radios!
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Actually in 1930 only Philco called both the 20 cathedral and the 20 consolette the "Baby Grand". It's a simple pleasing design that has nice details, especially the birds-eye maple veneer in front.
By the way the 37-665B is a nice set too. You just got to love '30's Philco radios!
That's a real early model, using 71A's in the output stage.
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That's a real early model, using 71A's in the output stage.
Yes. It sounds something like my '28 Radiola 60. Good, but basically "tinny" sounding.
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