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Admiral Serenade Clock Radio

Admiral Serenade Clock Radio

Regular price $380.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $380.00 USD
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Price in Canadian Dollar - CAD.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Network Music Player
Case: Clock Radio,
Retrofitted Admiral Serenade YG713 from 1963

Every bedroom in the Sixties needed a clock radio. This one is a contemporary looking model in ermine white and with a nice sleek design. The dark clock dominates the front of the clock radio; the digits are really big and easy to read. Surrounding the clock is a mesh in an abstract art like pattern, all in durable plastic. Two discrete buttons also contribute to the clock’s elegance. To be waken up by this stunning clock radio would have made you happy, every morning.

The radio brand Admiral was marketed by the American Continental Radio & Television Corporation based in Chicago, Illinois. It started its operation during the Great Depression in the early 30’s. It continued to grow its business during the 40’s and was one of the early producers of colour TV sets in the 50’s. As many other national TV manufacturers of their time the company succumbed to international competition on the TV market in the 70’s. The brand Admiral survived for a time providing household appliances. However, they eventually closed their doors in 1979. 

Retrofitted, the clock radio has a USB-port, a RJ-45 port for LAN, speaker terminal posts, a DC input and the mini sized USB memory stick which holds the software (not shown in the pictures) in the back. The original on/off switch on top of the face of the clock was unfortunately not reliable and is replaced with a new on/off switch, also in the back. To the lower left of the clock there is now a dimmed orange LED light indicating if the player is on or not.

The clock works, which is not a surprise. These clocks seem to be indestructible. The Westclox clock is accurate and there are no irritating humming noises. Note that there is no dial light, as that was not a part of the design for these clocks. After retrofitting, the alarm is no longer functional.

Also note that the clock now uses a separate electric cord which has to be fed with 120 V/60 Hz since it was originally designed for North America. The plug is the typical one for North and Central America. If you have the 220 V system you have to use a converter otherwise the clock motor will burn and be damaged. It is also important that the converter delivers 60 Hz, not 50 Hz, or else the clock will be four hours behind after 24 hours. The clock motor needs 60 Hz cycles in order to keep the accurate time. Converters for 220 V/50 Hz to 110 V/60 Hz are more expensive than the ordinary travel converters.

The cabinet is in a very good condition. It is shiny, blazing white, with no noticeable scratches or cracks; there are no major issues. However, the plastic cover of the clock has some very small, almost invisible dots of scratches, but the glass is still very clear, no haziness. The sturdy Masonite back panel looks pretty nice too, no bad stains or other deficiencies. The clock radio has been thoroughly cleaned and polished. It is in an excellent condition.

28 x 12 x 17 cm   -   1.6 kg

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