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1938 SPARTON 1068 Console Radio .. 10 Tube 3 Band w/Original Finish / Working See original listing
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Aug 19, 2012 20:00:44 PDT
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1938 SPARTON 1068 Console Radio .. 10 Tube 3 Band w/Original Finish / Working

Free Delivery to Rochester AWA or to Sept Kutztown meet

Very hard to find ... Sparks-Withington Co ... 1938 deluxe Sparton 1068 console with the original finish and still working! This is a large [42" tall] and elaborate 10 tube set featuring "Selectronne" push button station selection, a large colorful dial and covering the BC band plus two short wave bands up to 18 Mc. [nice dual speed tuning helps on SW].

Original finish in very nice condition .. original grill cloth, original knobs [band switch knob is an excellent reproduction]. Largely original under the chassis as well .. looks like only two added filter caps [in 1948 according to a note on the chassis] and a replacement tuning belt. Brought up slowly with a Variac ... Works well with minimal hum .. nice bright eye tube.

While the set is working fine ... it is operating on most of the original components and should be restored electronically before extended use. Please do not expect a "plug and play" restored set .. This will require restoration to be used safely!! A new tuning belt was installed and the dial plastic lens is a new replacement as well.

The pluses to this set are obvious in the pictures .. known negatives include: small veneer chip & some white paint spatters on right side rear, the top is stained & finish is thin .. probably would benefit from re-finishing, the on/off switch is stuck in the on position [it's a separate rotary control [not part of the volume control] .. I just didn't have a replacement with a long enough shaft] and the original grill cloth is somewhat frayed at the bottom [see pix #9] .. Otherwise a very nice Classic Era deluxe BC/SW console!!

The set measures approx 42"h x 24.5"w x 14"d. Pick up preferred or Free Delivery to the Rochester AWA meet 8/22-25 or to the Kutztown, PA meet in Sept. This can be properly packaged and safely shipped to anywhere in the U.S .. Due to size and weight it will have to be shipped in 2 boxes [chassis in one and cabinet w/speaker in another] ... A packing charge of $25 [covering custom console size carton and packing materials] will be added if it needs to be shipped. Please email for shipping quote ... THE EBAY SHIPPING CALCULATOR IS NOT CORRECT !!

If the set must be shipped .. please not that I will be at the Rochester AWA World Convention for the week following the auction end ... First possible ship date will be August 27. I will be reading and answering email while on the road.

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 I have been a collector of Scientific Instruments, Early Radios and Wireless era equipment for the past 40 years ... Discovered eBay in 1996, got hooked on the concept and have been a member of eBay since 1997. I still attend many local and national radio meets every year and travel extensively. I will always try to describe items honestly and make every effort to make the the process smooth and pleasent for both parties. I have completed well over 5000 transactions {both buying and selling} during the last 14 years and intend to be here for a long time. Accurate descriptions, good pictures, GREAT packing and fair shipping practices are my goals to produce a great buying experience and happy, repeat customers.


Buyer to pay shipping, Insurance and/or tracking are included on any item over $30.  PayPal is accepted and allows the use of credit cards.

Unlike many others I do not have a huge list of petty rules and threats for non compliance. It is all very simple...pay within the specified time and I will ship the item!

ALL INTERNATIONAL BIDDERS WELCOME! No hidden fees. No charge to fill out customs forms! No extra fee if you pay with PayPal !  I will always work to find the lowest possible shipping costs. I get rather good discounts from FedEx International and sometimes can beat the USPS Priority Mail rates with far superior service.

Please note that Customs duty is the responsibility of the buyer and that I have no control over the amount of duty charged or any delay that Customs clearance may involve. In particular there have been Customs delays in shipments to Italy in the last year or so and buyers from Italy should be aware of that and allow extra time for delivery.

Winner prepays and shipping is extra. Payment should be received within 5 days following the end of the auction. Thanks!!



1. Questions? Contact me BEFORE bidding!

2. As with all used equipment, particularily electronics..this item, unless stated otherwise is sold as-is with no guarantees expressed or implied.

3. Please remember that this is an auction..items are NOT shipped on approval and returns are only accepted in the  rare instances where I may have missed a flaw or described an item inaccurectly. The pictures form a major part of the auction descriptions and should be previewed closely before bidding.

4. Please do not ask me to file false Customs valuations or under insure items.

5. My packing is second to none but I cannot be responsible for uninsured damage or loss in shipping!

6. There are NO hidden packing or handling costs .. unless otherwise stated in the auction description, you will pay only actual shipping charges. On rare occasions [and with awkward or fragile items] I will charge for packing.

7. There is never a problem combining multiple auction items to save on shipping costs .. just ask!



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