Only select radios that look
"good" as to cosmetics. It must be acceptable in your home.
Select a radio that the seller
represents "works". Of course that can mean everything from good
static to great reception, but it is better to not buy one that is
represented as "dead"
Buy radios that were
manufactured from 1938 to about 1958. These will all be tube radios
and the cost cutting in terms of the circuits and chassis probably
has not happened on these models. (In other words, they are still
pretty good design and serviceable.)
Select a radio that is
manufactured by a name that you recognize. That would be Zenith,
Admiral, Emerson, RCA, etc. There were some really off-brands that
are sold on the market, some of which are quite collectible. But,
you are buying a radio to USE it, not to increase your investment
The radio should have between 5
and 7 tubes. Any less and it is marginal. More than 7 and you will
be paying for features you do not use or extra shipping weight.
It should weigh no more than
15lbs. This is a general guideline with some exceptions. In the very
old radios, particularly the console and cathedral models, there is
a lot of extra weight for the cabinet and possibly a power
transformer. If the cabinet appeals to you then go ahead and buy it
keeping in mind that large cabinet radios usually weigh a lot and
will cost you money in shipping. The older radios with power
transformers, even in a small cabinet (relatively) can weigh a lot,
and the power transformers don't necessarily mean better
If you can discern it from the
listing, always buy radios that have PM or Permanent Magnet
speakers. That makes speaker replacement fairly inexpensive. Both PM
and electrically powered speakers sound the same.
Once you have bought the radio
on Ebay, use our "GET ESTIMATES
link on the left to establish
communication about your radio.
You can find a great selection
on Ebay by using the following link -
Tube Radios - Ebay