MAJESTIC MONARCH Vintage LONE RANGER CHARACTER RADIO Model 104 AM Tubes c.1951
Rare Majestic Monarch Lone Ranger Character Radio from the early 1950's.
We are pleased to present this rare Majestic Monarch Lone Ranger Character Radio for your consideration. It was purchased by Laurence and Sally Martin on the Travel Channel hit series Baggage Battles (S03E03 in Denver, Colorado which aired recently). The Radio received quite a bit of air time - we've included a few clips from the episode.
The Radio measures 6 inches high, 7-1/2 inches wide, and 5-3/4 inches deep. It weighs 3 pounds 6 ounces. The underside has a label showing the model number 104, and serial number 483600. Power is 110-120 volts AC or DC, supplied by a 2-wire line cord. A rolled up wire exits from the rear of the cabinet - this is a long wire antenna that can be unrolled to improve reception, although we were able to hear local stations with it rolled up.
The physical condition of the Radio is quite exceptional given its age. The Lone Ranger graphics are bright and vibrant. The cabinet shows only scattered tiny chips to the white outer layer of the plastic, plus a couple of small hairlines on the left edge which we have pointed out in picture #8 (it is where the curved surface on the left meets the lower part of the Radio). Both of the clear knobs have visible fracture lines, but they both feel solid (see close ups of both knobs). We rate the physical condition as very good.
The Radio was tested during the appraisal portion of the TV episode and was found to be working. The light inside the Lone Ranger's horse, Silver, lighted up and the Radio was able to receive stations. We made additional observations while photographing the Radio at Studio Antiques. A moderate hum was heard when the Radio was first turned on, then it decreased in volume, but after a few minutes it got louder again. The volume control worked fine but was somewhat scratchy while changing the volume. The light on the front was dim at first, but got brighter after a few minutes.
Vintage tube radios often have dried out capacitors that can cause the hum we noticed. While the Radio is currently in working condition, as a vintage set it is offered as-is, with no guarantee of continued operation. The Radio has a simple circuit that will be reasonably easy to service, but buyers are cautioned that dangerous voltages will be found inside this set and service should only be attempted by those familiar with older tube circuits.
This is an exceptional vintage set, with one of the nicest cabinets you will find. Prominently featured on Baggage Battles, it would make a superb restoration candidate and addition to any Radio collection!
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