Cologne Bottle Radio – Small

Magic eye tube4 regenerative radio

This is the final radio of 2012 and is a very attractive way to end the season. The rounded shoulders of the cabinet are reminiscent of the old cologne bottles from times past hence the name. The cabinet was constructed of fiddle back maple with the sides being steam-bent into shape. The antique dial is a CLARION TC43 from 1936. Even the speaker grills and the dial crystal’s bezel are of fiddle back maple and everything was first stained with a deep red dye and then shaded before the final application of satin lacquer. The knobs are solid brass as is the dial pointer.

The radio features an EM 83 magic eye tube which I understand is no longer available. I bought the last supply I was able to find from the UK. Prior to that I had located a few in Germany but have been unable to find any more anywhere. This fact alone makes these little jewels worth their weight in gold! But they are the most entertaining tubes I have ever seen. The green light on the right side vacillates with modulation (voice, music, etc) while the right side does so with the tuning of signals. Really beautiful. The coil is a toroidal style I wound with 180/46 Litz wire to 240uH that I learned from Dave Schmarder. These toroids come from Amidon part number FT-114A-61. The variable capacitor is a 365pf unit which completes the tank for the circuit. The set is powered with a transformer from Antique Electronics #P-T442 that provides 140vac and 12.6vac that are converted to dc for this set.

Order: #T-038

Magic eye tube4 regenerative radio