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Old 7th October 2006, 07:19 PM   #1
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Default will a old tube radio from gemany work in the US?

I'm constantly tempted to bid on old tube radios from germany.. partly because I just think they are beautiful...

I wonder? Provided I have the right current, will they pick up stations in the USA? a siemens radio from the 40's?

all or part of the bandwith?

is there a am transmitter kit that could broadcast from my mp3 player to this radio?

any ideas?

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Old 7th October 2006, 07:27 PM   #2
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The radio should work fine apart from the need to convert from EU mains of 220V to US mains of 110V.

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Old 7th October 2006, 09:31 PM   #3
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great! thanks!
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Old 9th October 2006, 02:22 AM   #4
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Most of the old german sets had LW (below US AM band), SW, and starting in the 50s, FM (88-100 MHz, IFIRC). Those radios were well made and sounded really good, but sometimes finding replacement tubes for them (usually ECC series, often with no US equivalent) is tough. The US radios from the same era have tubes you can replace easily for about $1 each if you pick them up at swap meets and have a tester.

The recent tube audio fad has been very bad for radio restorers. The audio nutz have driven the price of testers up to ridiculous levels, along with any radio tube that some magazine has pitched as great for audio.

Oh well, when the fad dies its well-deserved death, all those crummy audio gadgets will show up at swap meets and we'll be able to get the tubes out of them for the old radios.

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