Howard floor model radio

I'm not a collector but I have an old Howard radio in the basement that has a wood cabinet. The sides arn't in great shape. It has a small round dial with 3 knobs. I think it might be a model 218 from 1937. I can't find a picture on the internet of it so not sure. I can send pictures if someone can tell me about it. I think all the parts are there. Is it worth getting restored? Any help welcomed.
Thank You
Frank



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Hi Frank,
Your Howard is a very good radio. Made by the Howard Radio Co. of Chicago, it dates from about 1937, AM and SW bands, uses 11 tubes, has a separate RF amp stage, two 6F6G power output tubes in push/pull, and a 6G5 "tuning eye" tube. A very attractive multi-colored round dial. This radio is certainly worthy of restoration, and should be a very good performer.

I could not find any photos of your console, but its dial is pictured in this website:

Schematic and service data for your Howard is available at:

"Collectors Guide to Antique Radios, 5th Edition" lists a value for your model 218 of $110-$140, but these values are suspect as are all printed price guides. Yours could be worth substantially more or less than this, depending on condition, how and where it was sold, etc.

Your question "Is it worth getting restored?" is a little more difficult to answer. If you have both the cabinet and the chassis professionally restored, you will very likely spend more than the radio would ever sell for. On the other hand, you would have a high-quality radio which should give a lifetime of service. But if you can perform some or all of this restoration yourself, then it is a different matter.

Poston
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Thank you Mr. Drake but looks like mine isn't a model 218. The dial's are different.
I sent a picture of my dial to your email address. Thanks again

Frank



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Frank,
Your email has not come through yet. I don't have any illustrations of the various Howard dials, but a photo would be useful in determining what bands yours has. You might want to post this photo in the "Photo Gallery" section so that other members can see it.

If you will count the tubes in your Howard, or even better list them by number, I am sure it will be possible to give a positive ID on your model number. There may be a tube layout label somewhere in the cabinet which will have this info without your having to physically examine each tube.


Poston
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Went down and looked at the radio again. The dial has Howard on the bottom under the world with Amature and Police under the Howard. The top of the dial has Kilocycles and the bottom Megacycles. No lable of any kind so pulled the tubes there were 5. (2) were marked KEN RAD 6F over GT/G and the other was #42. (1) Runningham Radiotron with a #80 on it. (1) National Union with 6H6 over GT/G and (1) Arcturus with No Number. Does this help? I'll try and post a couple of photos of the radio.
Frank



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BEWARE FCB239! Radio restoration is dangerously addictive!!!! I started out in the same boat....a "radio in the basement." Now I can't stop......and why should I! It sure beats sittin at the bar with my tired old friends...LOL! Your Howard radio sound like a wonderful restoration. good luck! david



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Could it be model 67C? That has three knobs and a round dial like you mentioned. It is listed in Stein as 6 tubes, 2 bands, 1936. Value listed at $150, it's a smaller console, very cute. If that's the one, I've seen one before, lots of alternating wood grains on the cabinet, really quite attractive, I think. It has three vertical grille bars in front of the speaker opening, as well as vertical column looking trim. Does that sound like your radio?

The tube layout is 80, 42, 6F5G, 6H6G, 6D6, schematic located at:

Peter






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"It sure beats sittin at the bar with my tired old friends."

Amen to that, brother dogfish! I been there & done that. So many years and dollars p#ssed away, accomplishing nothing except making the bar owner rich. For me, (and you, I perceive) this hobby is just what the doc ordered. I been born again!



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4 years ago it came a hair away from taking my life. I have never looked back. god bless oldbear.



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Just saw the picture, 67C it is. A nice little console!

Peter