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Old 20th Apr 2024, 2:17 pm   #1
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Hello everyone.

My grandfather dropped off a very old radio that he has had for a very long,

I've tried to do abit of research on it but haven't managed to find much.

Wondering if someone with knowledge of it can help me out.

It's all In its original box, with the manual.

It's a 425 a.c superhet receiver.

Could it be worth anything to anyone?

Many thanks.
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Old 20th Apr 2024, 2:26 pm   #2
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Default Re: 425 Radio "The master's voice"

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/hismas...mv425_219.html

It seems to be in very good cosmetic condition, though it won't be worth a fortune - maybe £50.

On no account should you plug it in to 'see if it works', as this is likely to cause damage.
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Old 20th Apr 2024, 4:45 pm   #3
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Default Re: 425 Radio "The master's voice"

That's almost the same as the Marconi 209. I had one until recently and then sold it on eBay about 9 months ago for somewhere between £100 and £125 (I don't remember the exact figure). Mine was restored and fully working though. Picture attached.

This set has a nice tuning scale feature whereby the spot of light moves with the tuning scale. It also has a gram input so you can play through your phone or other external sources, and some really nice veneering.

Hope this helps
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Old 20th Apr 2024, 6:27 pm   #4
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Default Re: 425 Radio "The master's voice"

Timewarp condition!

Maybe a museum would be interested?
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Old 20th Apr 2024, 6:38 pm   #5
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Default Re: 425 Radio "The master's voice"

It does deserve a very careful and sympathetic electrical restoration, which unfortunately isn't reflected in the value. The last thing it needs is some idiotic 'upcycler' ripping out the innards and mounting a smart speaker inside.
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Old 20th Apr 2024, 7:29 pm   #6
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Default Re: 425 Radio "The master's voice"

I wonder how long it's spent out of the box: cabinet condition looks about the best I've ever seen for a set close to 90 years old, as though it's largely escaped both sunlight and wax polish. Even in the present depressed and declining market for 1930s sets I'd expect it to realise £100+.

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Old 20th Apr 2024, 7:36 pm   #7
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Default Re: 425 Radio "The master's voice"

Agree, at least £100 as it stands. Great find and welcome to the forum.
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Old 20th Apr 2024, 8:20 pm   #8
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Default Re: 425 Radio "The master's voice"

It does have a lot of dust inside, which suggests it's been out of the box for many years, maybe in a shaded bedroom or 'front room'. However, it's interesting that the original owner kept the box. It wouldn't have been the OP's grandfather, though possibly his great grandfather. It would be interesting to know its history.
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Old 20th Apr 2024, 8:55 pm   #9
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Looking hard though, it could have been used.
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