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December 03, 2008

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geraldj

angelo, does it have seperate tone controls, tuning indicator and light? Thats probably the nicest looking lloyds ive seen.i have an old zenith tube radio and the sound on it is of a depth that the transistor protables dont reach. by the way, how many radios do you have!?

Angelo

It doesn't have separate bass and treble controls, but it has one "tone" knob to adjust the sound. It has a nice, bright dial light. I love the tuning knob---which really isn't a knob, it's a disk. It's almost the size of a 1960's or 1970's television tuning dial. You can practically put your hand around it instead of thumb and index finger like on a small knob. The controls are big and simple. Lloyd's made some very attractive pocket sized transistor radios---especially the ones in leather cases that you could remove. But they also made a few very nice big multiband sets too. I lump Lloyds in with Ross. Too good for discount stores, but not quite audiophile quality. Both of these brands are usually available---comparitively inexpensive, and usually well worth the small investment.

Angelo

Almost forgot---between home and office, I'd say about 15-20 radios right now. And I might have to give in and get a tube radio. The radiohead friend I have agrees with you that it's not possible to get the depth of sound in a solid state that you can in an old tube radio with a big wooden cabinet.

Ed

I agree that the cabinet material affects the audio "tone." Just ask Stradivarius violin owners. Not that I know of any. But it may also do with your range of hearing accuity decreasing as you age... we older guys lose our high-frequency hearing quickly. So a radio that produces mainly lows and mids may sound clearer to us.
Speaking of tubed radios, most have wooden cabinets. There is a distinct warm sound to tubed radios, no argument. Here is my current favorite:

http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/pp298/estrnad/Nordemende.jpg

Angelo

That's a good point about hearing ability diminishing as we age. Some cell phones have high pitched ring tones that teenagers use---people over 40 often don't even hear the phone ring. That is weird. But I notice that in my left ear, my ability to hear high range is shot. It's sad, because I love music. In fact, loud concerts and loud stereo music probably did damage to my hearing when I was younger.

Angelo

Ed: That Nordmende is a work of art. It's beautiful to look at and I'm sure even better to listen to. I know that some old smaller tube radios are metal and a few bakelite. Arvin made a "Midget" that I think is metal, with 4 tubes.

geraldj

i can almost hear bing crosby when i see that radio ed. not that id want to but,,

geraldj

angelo im on forced, indefinite radio buying hiatus. my wife has mandated such as i have 102 radios stashed in boxes in every corner. i dont own a single lloyds radio. when im allowed im gonna look for one. if you want a bargain, look into airline(wards) brand portables. they are great bargains and most were made by sharp electronics in japan. i have 4 different models and all excell. with jeffs permission, when i get my digi camera back, im gonna put up some radio eye candy on here. ive got some off the wall beauties.

Tom Welch

Checkout this Panasonic radio being sold on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-RFB11-Compact-Shortwave-Radio/dp/B00004YJZ4/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

Sangean makes a wooden table top tube radio that they sell in Europe. I would love to own one.

Brian (Scooby214)

Gerald, my wife causes me to go on radio purchasing hiatus, and I only own between 15 and 20 radios!

I'm convinced that wives don't understand the concept of collections, unless we are talking about THEIR collections, like dolls, figurines, etc.

My wife has many more Precious Moments figurines than I have radios. More has been invested in her collection than in my radio collection. Maybe I need to "improve" the value of my collection!

herculodge

Radios are my Precious Moments.

Ed

Did I hear the crack of a p---y whip out there?

Angelo

My wife is into it now that I've made tidy little profits reselling a few radios on E-Bay. No, it doesn't give me carte blanche (spelling?) to spend our kid's college fund on more radios, but she's giving me a little rope to experiment to dig for more gold (usually in the form of Trans-Oceanics). I found a great TV and radio repair shop in my neighborhood---I bring the Zenith's into him for inspections and repairs so they're peak performers---then try to make some money on E-Bay, with a clear conscience. Still, radios are getting on her nerves just a bit, as they're hidden around the house and she stumbles onto them from time to time.

geraldj

ed,,mine uses a cat-on-nine. but i guess thats for another forum. !!

Brian (Scooby214)

There have been times when my wife actually complimented a radio I brought into my life. Perhaps she is afraid that if she acted pleased, I'd max out the credit card with radio purchases.

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