With no brand name given to this Class Vintage Wood Cabinet Radio from Hong Kong, this Tivoli Model One look-alike makes me curious. Is it any good? What kind of speaker does it have? What kind of tuner sensitivity? At a price of $35, I have to guess it's cheaply made, but who know? This could be better than I expect.
I found this at today's monthly Hamfest, a pristine Zenith Royal 2000 (see original ad here). This was the first non-tube AM and FM radio sold in the US... in 1959, it sold for $190--nearly $1,000 in today's dollars I'd guess! It cleaned up nice and only needed some shots of contact spray. I paid 40 bucks for it. It came with the original instruction manual, too.
It is a beast of a suitcase radio, weighing 8 pounds *before* you put EIGHT "D" cells in it. It's battery-powered only. Very manly and reflective of its time, with lots of chrome, 2 telescoping FM antennas and an 8" ferrite bar for AM built into the handle. A great big 6" oval speaker sounds great. AM reception seems its strong point, being more sensitive than FM, which maybe they hadn't perfected with transistors yet in the 50's. It puts the sound of the Kaito 2100 and Eton 350 to shame. Best AM sound I've heard in some time. This is the radio you take outside to play while washing your car!
This same basic design was put out under a couple different manufacturer names (including Radio Shack back in the day), with only minor variations. The seller claims this one is a 19 transistor model, which would put it in rare company if that's true. It's heavy---and even with the higher shipping (around 21.00) this is worth every penny of $25.00-30.00---a capable "sleeper" model.