This beautiful GE H-640 is a 1939 model with six tubes and is one of the early "All American" style radio chassis. It is a rare and desirable radio that must have been all the rage when new. It also has a factory RCA style input for a record player, MP-3 or other device.
Of the push buttons, the one on the far right is for manual station adjustment and the far left is for the auxiliary input. The remainder are functional for preset stations. It also has a tone control in addition to the band switch. It has a rich sound through a 6.5 speaker, which is a replacement, as the original was frozen.
And of course as with all of the radios I restore, it has been gone over with the utmost attention to detail. The stunning cabinet has the original finish, which is in overall excellent condition. It was completely disassembled and cleaned.It was then nourished and quenched with three coats of a beeswax/orange oil polish over two weeks. There is some very minor lifting and a scuff to the right front corner that can be noted in the photos. That is somewhat common on 90 degree bends with veneered radios. It does not detract from the overall appearance of the radio, and the remainder is perfect, yet displays a little patina and one can tell it has the original delightful finish. The dial face graphics are in excellent condition. The tenite bezels around the dial face and push buttons do have the commonly seen warping and a few small cracks near the screw holes. There is just no getting around it, as there are no replacements for them being made. The top controls are original. The lower knobs are replacements that represent the originals fairly well. The grill cloth was replaced. The power cord was replaced. The original back cover is in excellent condition.
Electronically, the chassis was restored, cleaned and serviced, with. Paper/wax and electrolytic capacitors replaced with new ones. Tubes and resistors were tested and replaced as needed.All controls and contacts were detail cleaned and lubricated. Wiring and other components were replaced as needed. This alluring and very desirable radio is now 82 years old and looking like it did when new. And, now that it is completely electronically restored, it sounds like it too! It will continue to bring reliable enjoyment for many more years if well cared for.
It is an wonderful addition to a collection or as a gift for someone to cherish. Note: Tube radios consist of a variety of vacuum tubes, capacitors, resistors and other electronic components.
This radio has been disassembled, cleaned, and components tested. All non-functioning or suspect components were replaced.
Vacuum tubes are similar to light bulbs in that an interior filament heats up inside the vacuum tube. When the filament burns out, the tube will need to be replaced. The tubes in this radio are in good. The longevity of the tube and its filaments is related to the length of time the radio is operated and the frequency of turning the radio power on and off.The item "Vintage GE H-640 AM/SW Tube Radio (1939) BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED" is in sale since Saturday, January 9, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Radio, Phonograph, TV, Phone\Radios\Tube Radios\1930-49". The seller is "holman9099" and is located in Homestead, Pennsylvania.
This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe.