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AA5 and AA6 Table Radios

Here is a list of the AA5 and AA6 type table radios that I have in my collection. These have been a fun hobby for me over the years and I enjoy listening to AM at night since it is possible to hear stations from across the country. I also enjoy doing "broadcasts" from within my home to antique AM radios in other rooms or on the back patio. This is particularly effective with Old Time Radio shows such as "Fibber McGee", "Jack Benny" and "CBS Radio Mystery Theatre." During my teen years I listened to CBS Mystery Theatre through some of these sets nightly.

  • Arvin 450-TL I am very fond of this beautiful bakelite radio. It is dated 1953 on the bottom. Purchased at a local thrift store.
  • Early model which has no name brand or I.D. on it. It isn't in a box because the wooden one it was in was dilapidated beyond repair. It was given to me as junk but works fine. Uses all octal tubes. Probably late 1940s.
  • Emerson 602C 1950 FM only set in dark red polystyrene plastic and gold painted grille. It's obviously not an AA5 and actually uses 7 tubes. This set was designed by Raymond Leowy, the designer of, among other things, the 1953 Studebaker. This particular set was evidently not one of those that just sat on a shelf unused. It has blue paint overspray on it and has a chip out of the left rear corner. The volume knob was also missing and there is a mar on top of the set where something hot rested one time or perhaps some chemical was spilled on it. It looks well used. I have not tried to get it working yet. The photo was taken before cleaning. It, like many other things on this site, was given to me by my friend John Mc.
  • Esquire model 550U Small clock radio in a bakelite cabinet using miniature tubes. The cabinet is somewhat faded as though it sat in the sun for many years. The electronics work fine however so it is a welcome addition to my collection. Perhaps the neatest thing about this one is that it says "B.F. Goodrich Stock Number 92-534" on the label on the bottom. Purchased at a local thrift store.
  • General Electric This is an old clock radio for which I have no model number. It was my mothers when she was in high school. White plastic. I have acquired another radio that is almost identical but has slightly different dials on both the radio and the clock. The cabinet is the same. It is marked as Model C-403B. I don't know the exact year model of either of these sets but they were among the last of the tube sets. There are transistor sets which are externally indistinguishable from these.
  • General Electric model 218 Not truly an AA6, this 1950 model AM/FM set uses 6 miniature tubes and a selenium rectifier to give two-band reception. It is in a beautifully designed bakelite cabinet that pleases the eye. It also pleases the ear thanks to a bigger than usual 5 inch speaker. Bought at an estate sale.
  • Motorola 6T26M This is truly one of my favourites. It is a 1957 model. It's a 6 tuber and works very well. I bought it at an estate sale in 1981. Brown bakelite. Two speakers. This set was also available in white.
  • Philco H762-124 My grandmother got this one new in 1959. It sat in her kitchen for many years. I have all the original manuals with this one. Plastic.
  • Philco K853-124 A very pretty plastic one which was given to me by my friend John Mc. Probably about 1960.
  • Zenith model A400 Not an AA5 or AA6 but certainly worthy of mention, it is a white plastic 4 tube radio designed for battery operation. The tube complement is 1R5, 1U4, 1U5, and 3V4. For line operation the set used a selenium rectifier (which was bad, of course.) The tubes are designed for very low power consumption and their directly heated cathodes do not glow brightly enough to be seen except in total darkness. With 90 volts available the 3V4 is able to provide about 250mw of output which plays plenty loud in this set. The directly heated tubes come to life very quickly. The set is almost instantly on when the switch is turned on. The original batteries were Z495 and Z707. The date inside the radio says July 1956. This set is a fine example of where tube electronics could have gone if transistors hadn't come along when they did. Bought at an estate sale.
  • Zenith H615Z Gorgeous AA5 with a combination of octal and miniature tubes. 1951 Bakelite model with speaker behind the tuning dial much like the Arvin above but 50% larger in size. Has a red jewel lamp on top of the set to indicate that the power is on. Bought at an estate sale.
  • Zenith J506C. This radio is similar to the M508B below. Brown plastic with white knobs. Best I can tell the two chassis are the same. Bought at an estate sale.
  • Zenith M508B This radio belonged to my great grandfather's sister. It's been in my family a long time. Pale aqua colour is unique. Similar to J506C above.

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