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Anyone know anything about the 1936-vintage Silvertone Model 1965 "tombstone" radio? Is it a collectible? Just inherited this and it actually works!
Yes, it is a collectible.
How much would this model cost today? What year were they produced?
Looks like about a 1935-36 model. Many of the fancier Silvertones of that period were very well made, with shielded coils i have a chassis out of a similar model that has 14 tubes, a separate oscillator tube, and a 2-stage IF!, 6 of the tubes 45a Tridoes- which are worth more then the rest of it combined. push pull parrallel output, with a push pull 45A driver! If yours has type 45 tubes in it they will boost the value.
its very rare for a console of any kind to fetch more than 500, the cabinets need to be in very nice shape, mostly the "shutter dial" Zeniths are the ones that go for real money. Most radio collectors dont have room for another console, I've seen unsold ones(with condition issues) end up in dumpsters at antique radio swap meets. whether it works or not does not have a big effect on value, since even a "working" one will almost always need a lot of new capacitors for it to be reliable. See if you can get a model number off of it. You should be able to find a schematic for it. (old Rider's manuals)
Eric in Milwaukee
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