Did you hear? Rubbish removal guru finds Majestic antique radio in Queens cleanout
I find a lot of cool pieces of furniture, but I’ve never found any that produce sound — until now.
About a month ago, I was cleaning out an old two-family house in Glendale, Queens (zip code 11385). I was just minding my business, picking up trash and clearing out the furniture (there was a lot of both), until I found this radio. It looked old, it looked to be in good condition, and it looked like it belonged in my garage with the rest of my antique collection. It had to be mine.
This radio has all the bells and whistles, from a record player to FM radio to a reel tape player. It was manufactured by the Majestic International Corporation New York, N.Y., and Chicago, Ill., but it was made in Western Germany, according to the label on the back.
Other than that, I don’t know much about it — most of the information out there is about other models that look similar to this one but are not identical. They’re selling for anywhere from $100 to $300, according to some basic searches on eBay.
On the back of the radio, the label says:
“Musical Instrument 8076/USA 8 Broadcast and 13 FM Stages,” and it gives a few instructions and caution messages, such as:
“This set is automatically disconnected when back cover is removed…Be sure cabinet is installed in a dry room away from radiator and is on even surface with all four legs on the ground.”
As a rubbish removalist, I’m not saving lives here, but I did save this radio from being crushed in a garbage truck. It’s almost the same.