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Exceptionally Nice Condition * Good Brandes Headphones

Excellent, Working 1923 RCA Radiola RS Regen. Radio & Amplifier w/Good Tubes
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Make sure to check out all of my auctions after you've looked at this one.  I'm listing another eclectic assortment of antiques and collectibles this week, and I suspect that there will be something of interest to just about everybody.

Here's a pristine 1923 Radiola RS combination regenerative receiver and single-stage audio amplifier . The set is original, it's working, it's in excellent condition throughout, and it includes a good Brandes headset and a pair of good VT-24 triodes with WD-11 adapters.  The VT-24 tubes are electrically similar to WD-11 tubes, but their filaments are more rugged than those used in WD-11s, and VT-24s are much less costly to replace than WD-11s.

Manufactured by Westinghouse and sold by RCA, the Radiola RS was in production for less than a year, and fewer than five thousand sets were manufactured.  The receiver was intended to be a single-box solution to the problem of distant station amplification, but by the time it had hit the market, the Radiola III (which also featured a single stage of AF amplification) was already in the RCA product pipeline and just a few months away from release.  The difference?  The Radiola III was going to be offered for less than half the price of the Radiola RS, effectively rendering the latter radio obsolete and overpriced.

As you can see in the photos, this RS is in exceptionally nice condition in all respects.  The panel is nearly perfect, with no scratches, no scarring, no dull or muddy areas, and original lettering that's crisp and clear everywhere.  The tuning pointer is likewise in excellent condition, with virtually no pitting and original nickel plating that still gleams.  Same is true for all the binding posts and binding post nuts.

Inside, the chassis looks as you would expect given the condition of the exterior, which is to say excellent, with straight, original wiring throughout and the original fuse-type grid cartridge still in place. The original Westinghouse AF transformer has been professionally rewound, and both of the windings are now good. 

The cabinet is in very good condition, and the finish is original. All four original feet remain intact on the underside of the base, and the two original green felt shock absorbers remain in place on the front two corners of the lid.  There are scattered minor marks on the cabinet's sides and top, but that's about they're consistent with the radio's age and authenticity.

The Brandes headphones are in excellent, working condition, with no damage or signs of significant wear. 

As noted above, the radio still works.  On a clear, dark night, you'll be able to  pick up stations from all over the country, provided you've got a long enough outdoor antenna.  At the higher end of the tuning range, there's intermittent ground hum, but reception in the majority of the range is clear and the radio tunes fairly easily if you're familiar with how to operate a 20's battery radio.

If you want to power up the radio, you'll need a good regulated DC power supply (such as an ARBEIII) and an outdoor copper line antenna that's at least 100 feet long and 20 feet above the ground.  You'll also need a good indoor ground connection and a bit of patience as you climb the learning curve if you've never used an early 20's battery radio before.

That's about it.  I will pack it carefully and properly.  I've been shipping antique phonographs and wireless sets for years, and I know how to get fragile antiques to you safely. Auction participants with no prior feedback history should also contact me before placing a bid.  Buyer prepays and includes shipping. 

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