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Admiral Argyle

Admiral Argyle

Regular price $475.00 CAD
Regular price Sale price $475.00 CAD
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Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Network Music Player
Case: Table Top Tube Radio
Admiral Argyle model Y3012 from 1961.

The front of this radio is totally dominated by slim vertical lattices which give it a very clean look, typical of the design of the jet age. The elliptic dial further emphasizes the 60’s feel radiating from this cabinet. The frequency digits are large and gold coloured. The plastic tuning wheel with its red lined indicator is combined with a background plate of polished brass. To emphasize the sophisticated design, the words ‘de luxe’ are printed below the scale. To the left is a more discrete looking on/off and volume knob. The colour combination is called coral white. This radio looked good in any modern home of the era.

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. 

The original on/off knob is still functional and the tuning control moves smoothly over the station indicator dial. In the back you will find the USB-port, the four speaker terminal posts, the RJ-45 port for LAN, the mini sized USB memory stick which holds the software (not shown in the pictures) and the DC power input. A dimmed orange LED light in the front indicates when the player is on.

This radio has been thoroughly cleaned and polished. There are however a few smaller scratches consistent with normal wear and tear. There are no cracks. The upper part of the three lattices just above the dial have some minor imperfections. The round dial is still clear, no hazing. The plastic cabinet looks nice and shiny. Overall the radio is in excellent condition.

Dimension: 29 x 16 x 15 cm
Weight: 1.4 kg

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