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1938 Marconi Canada Model 136 Automatic Shortwave Radio - $399 (Terminal and Quebec)


condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Canadian Marconi Company (CMC)
model name / number: Model 136, serial 660480
size / dimensions: 23½" x 11" x 13"

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Hard To Find Art Deco Radio

Guglielmo Marconi, after - as a first - successfully having sent a message across the Atlantic in 1901, founded the "Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company of Canada" in 1903. In 1925 the company was renamed Canadian Marconi Company (CMC). On April 14, 1912 shortly before midnight the brand-new S.S. Titanic was on her maiden voyage and hit the iceberg. Marconi employees Phillips and Bride were working on the ship and sent a distress signal over Marconi Wireless. But only 705 passengers could be saved the next morning by the R.M.S. Carpathia.
The striking feature of this rare radio for sale is its "overlapping layer style" cabinet; the radio is covered with at least 7 different beautiful burl veneers. Model 136 has 6-station automatic tuning and a magic eye (6U5) tuning helper. The dial and push-button escutcheons are made from a ceramic composite with a burl wood grain photo-finish. The adjustment screws for the 12 automatic caps are made from (insulating) wood, not needing a screwdriver for setting them.
The radio is in excellent and electronically restored condition, the cabinet has its original finish, the few unoffending irregularities not warranting a refinishing. The photo-finish of the two escutcheons is perfect. All other parts, including knobs, speaker and speaker cloth, the Marconi and HEPC decals, are original too. A new old stock (NOS) new in box (NIB) 6U5 magic eye tube with a strong green shine has been installed and the chassis recapped. The two bias cells could be rejuvenated but were finally replaced by mini-batteries. The left side green "Automatic" indicator including lettering has been recreated. All moveable parts have been treated with contact spray. The radio plays fine on all bands, which is hard to demonstrate since AM reception at my place in South Chilliwack is very poor. An AM transmitter and the newly installed closed circuit 3.5mm phone plug (to replay CD and mp3 players, iPods and cell phones) have been used in a youtube video (ref.1, below) showing the radio working. Please also visit my extended restoration report with 47 high resolution pictures at ref.2. If you like to come for pickup to Chilliwack , you will have the opportunity to test it yourself, and see many more restored vintage radios, phonographs and gramophones. Alternatively, delivery to Vancouver and anywhere in between is possible. I am not a dealer, but an 82 year old hobbyist, and have no shop. I get flagged, if I publish under owner, since my ads look too professional. Please make me an offer, you may be surprised.

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