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I am the proud owner of 3 EH.Scott radio consoles.  One is a 32(?) tube Philharmanic,  and the two others are smaller and less prestigious! Nevertheless they are Scott radios and therefore rare and good.  They were all functional,  with the sweet sound of huge speakers,  and great reception.  However, my hubby took them apart and packed them very carefully,  to move them from NH to OR.  Unfortunately he did not make the trip with his radios.  He died the day after the truck left NH with his treasures. 

At this time I am trying to sell them and I am not sure how.  Do I have some generous soul reassemble them?  Do I keep them in their shipping packages so I can ship them?  Should I ship them at all? Is there a market around Portland , OR that can provide the kind interest these gems require. 

Any and all suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

 

Clara

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I think the best way to sell is Ebay,you should get the best price that way,very sorry for your loss.

Clara:  Sorry to hear of your loss.

Being located in Redding, California, near the Oregon border, I am probably the closest member of this network.  I do not know of any serious collectors specializing in Scott radios in Portland or anywhere else in Oregon or Washington.  That does not mean that there are not collectors that will pay a fair price in the area but the local interest may be less in other regions of the country.

The value of a Scott radio depends greatly on the condition of the chassis, the rarity of the cabinet in which the chassis is housed, and what options are included.  The highest prices are paid for rare cabinets with chassis in top condition and with rare options.  Therefore, before any assessment of value can be conducted prior to a private sale, the condition of the chassis, rarity of the cabinets, and included options must be known.  Without knowing the value, eBay is the best option for selling at a fair price but lots of photos and a good description will be necessary for buyers to make their own judgment of completeness and condition.  Selling on eBay does have its drawbacks.  It takes a lot of work to make a good listing, there is always a possibility that a buyer may feel that some problem with the radio was not disclosed, and the number of potential bidders may be limited by the shipping options available.  If you or a willing acquaintance have not sold on eBay before, eBay is probably not your best option.  If you have a good idea of what the radios are worth, places that you can advertise for free include this forum, the radio classified section at Antique Radio Forums (http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/index.php - you have to sign up like on this forum), and your local craigslist.

If you want help assessing the value of the radios, contact me at braithwaites at sbcglobal dot net.  I doubt that I will be interested in purchasing any of the radios but will be happy to assist in identifying the value.  In the unlikely case that I am interested in one of the radios, I would refer you to another forum member for assessing or confirming the value of the radio.  I will need photos of the chassis and cabinets and will have follow up questions before providing some idea of values.

Shipping is always an issue when selling or buying Scott radios.  Fortunately there are a number of options for shipping including door to door plus packing starting at around $300.00 for cross-country service.  Generally the buyer is responsible for covering the cost of shipping.

Norman

You have provided a great explanation.  I have sold on eBay and am quite acquainted with the process,  but I cannot imagine the shipping process and limiting it to a pickup will reduce the number of people interested .  You have also commented on that and I agree. Same for craiglist.  On the other hand shipping it is also hazardous.  and I still can't figure out if I can sell as a unit even though it is in pieces,  or must I have it put together, just to take it apart when sold!!!  I will be thinking sseriously>

Norman S Braithwaite said:

Clara:  Sorry to hear of your loss.

Being located in Redding, California, near the Oregon border, I am probably the closest member of this network.  I do not know of any serious collectors specializing in Scott radios in Portland or anywhere else in Oregon or Washington.  That does not mean that there are not collectors that will pay a fair price in the area but the local interest may be less in other regions of the country.

The value of a Scott radio depends greatly on the condition of the chassis, the rarity of the cabinet in which the chassis is housed, and what options are included.  The highest prices are paid for rare cabinets with chassis in top condition and with rare options.  Therefore, before any assessment of value can be conducted prior to a private sale, the condition of the chassis, rarity of the cabinets, and included options must be known.  Without knowing the value, eBay is the best option for selling at a fair price but lots of photos and a good description will be necessary for buyers to make their own judgment of completeness and condition.  Selling on eBay does have its drawbacks.  It takes a lot of work to make a good listing, there is always a possibility that a buyer may feel that some problem with the radio was not disclosed, and the number of potential bidders may be limited by the shipping options available.  If you or a willing acquaintance have not sold on eBay before, eBay is probably not your best option.  If you have a good idea of what the radios are worth, places that you can advertise for free include this forum, the radio classified section at Antique Radio Forums (http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/index.php - you have to sign up like on this forum), and your local craigslist.

If you want help assessing the value of the radios, contact me at braithwaites at sbcglobal dot net.  I doubt that I will be interested in purchasing any of the radios but will be happy to assist in identifying the value.  In the unlikely case that I am interested in one of the radios, I would refer you to another forum member for assessing or confirming the value of the radio.  I will need photos of the chassis and cabinets and will have follow up questions before providing some idea of values.

Shipping is always an issue when selling or buying Scott radios.  Fortunately there are a number of options for shipping including door to door plus packing starting at around $300.00 for cross-country service.  Generally the buyer is responsible for covering the cost of shipping.

Norman

Clara -

 

You can certainly sell the pieces separately. Sadly, there are some "collectors" out there that do just that...they think that it will get them a better total price...I'm not convinced on that, and definitely feel it is bad to "break up" a set if you do not need to. In your case, with pictures of the pieces and cabinets, I am sure members of this group can advise you on these what goes with what.

 

I am sorry for your loss....I will also be happy to advise and support you in this effort. All the best...

 

Kent

 

Clara Shelton said:

You have provided a great explanation.  I have sold on eBay and am quite acquainted with the process,  but I cannot imagine the shipping process and limiting it to a pickup will reduce the number of people interested .  You have also commented on that and I agree. Same for craiglist.  On the other hand shipping it is also hazardous.  and I still can't figure out if I can sell as a unit even though it is in pieces,  or must I have it put together, just to take it apart when sold!!!  I will be thinking sseriously>

Norman S Braithwaite said:

Clara:  Sorry to hear of your loss.

Being located in Redding, California, near the Oregon border, I am probably the closest member of this network.  I do not know of any serious collectors specializing in Scott radios in Portland or anywhere else in Oregon or Washington.  That does not mean that there are not collectors that will pay a fair price in the area but the local interest may be less in other regions of the country.

The value of a Scott radio depends greatly on the condition of the chassis, the rarity of the cabinet in which the chassis is housed, and what options are included.  The highest prices are paid for rare cabinets with chassis in top condition and with rare options.  Therefore, before any assessment of value can be conducted prior to a private sale, the condition of the chassis, rarity of the cabinets, and included options must be known.  Without knowing the value, eBay is the best option for selling at a fair price but lots of photos and a good description will be necessary for buyers to make their own judgment of completeness and condition.  Selling on eBay does have its drawbacks.  It takes a lot of work to make a good listing, there is always a possibility that a buyer may feel that some problem with the radio was not disclosed, and the number of potential bidders may be limited by the shipping options available.  If you or a willing acquaintance have not sold on eBay before, eBay is probably not your best option.  If you have a good idea of what the radios are worth, places that you can advertise for free include this forum, the radio classified section at Antique Radio Forums (http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/index.php - you have to sign up like on this forum), and your local craigslist.

If you want help assessing the value of the radios, contact me at braithwaites at sbcglobal dot net.  I doubt that I will be interested in purchasing any of the radios but will be happy to assist in identifying the value.  In the unlikely case that I am interested in one of the radios, I would refer you to another forum member for assessing or confirming the value of the radio.  I will need photos of the chassis and cabinets and will have follow up questions before providing some idea of values.

Shipping is always an issue when selling or buying Scott radios.  Fortunately there are a number of options for shipping including door to door plus packing starting at around $300.00 for cross-country service.  Generally the buyer is responsible for covering the cost of shipping.

Norman

Sorry for your loss Clara. 

If you can take a picture of each piece and post it here, we should be able to tell you what goes with what, and give you the details you need for a listing.    I don't think you need to assemble the pieces to sell on E-bay, just show that you have all the pieces for a complete radio, and sell it as such.  I know it is going to be a lot of work just to unpack and take the pics, but these radios can be very valuable, and quality pictures are well worth the effort.   As for shipping, you will probably get the most money if you ship the radio.  Otherwise, as you said, you really narrow your market.  We should be able to help guide you through any questions about packing or other details that may occur. Craigslist is an option, but be careful, you might just attract the wolves.  Antique Radio Forum is another option, but you must state a price in the listing there.  You can list a price and then take offers.  I would suggest starting high and taking offers if you list there (ARF).  E-bay will usually get the best price, but you have to pay them a chunk of your change plus PayPal fees to get your money.  Private sale might be the best first course, if that fails, then E-bay.  

 

Good luck and keep us posted.

 

Scott Seickel

 

Thank you for your suggestions.  I do believe I will try exactly what you are suggesting.  That is,  I will carefully photograph all the parts ( fortunately they have been separated into piles that belong together.).  and then have my son set up a web site where I can display and explain in depth.  Then contact  this list and the Antique Radio Forum and maybe the antique Radio Magazine ( any others?).  I do need to get the best possible price for them.  You all are marvelous.  I will be asking many more questions I am sure!

Clara from OR

 

Scott Seickel said:

Sorry for your loss Clara. 

If you can take a picture of each piece and post it here, we should be able to tell you what goes with what, and give you the details you need for a listing.    I don't think you need to assemble the pieces to sell on E-bay, just show that you have all the pieces for a complete radio, and sell it as such.  I know it is going to be a lot of work just to unpack and take the pics, but these radios can be very valuable, and quality pictures are well worth the effort.   As for shipping, you will probably get the most money if you ship the radio.  Otherwise, as you said, you really narrow your market.  We should be able to help guide you through any questions about packing or other details that may occur. Craigslist is an option, but be careful, you might just attract the wolves.  Antique Radio Forum is another option, but you must state a price in the listing there.  You can list a price and then take offers.  I would suggest starting high and taking offers if you list there (ARF).  E-bay will usually get the best price, but you have to pay them a chunk of your change plus PayPal fees to get your money.  Private sale might be the best first course, if that fails, then E-bay.  

 

Good luck and keep us posted.

 

Scott Seickel

 

Clara -

 

I was just wondering if you had made any progress or needed further help. I know how difficult is, my father passed away 3 years ago and I still am helping my mother dispose of things. As always, if there is anything we can do to help, just let us know.

 

Kent

I am considering packaging,  and shipping issues ( the biggest question I have),  and took a vacation from  this subject for a while,  but I will definitely get back to trying to sell them soon. I am also trying to make a digital flyer or a web site so I can do some explanation and lots of pictures.  Even if I sell on ebay,  it will add invaluable information to the listing.    Thank all those who have responded so far.

Gary Gankiewicz said:
I think the best way to sell is Ebay,you should get the best price that way,very sorry for your loss.

I too am sorry for your loss. I know the feeling of loosing someone close.

Given that you have expressed a interest in selling your Scotts, please understand that I have a strong interest in buying them.

I've wanted a high end radio like a Scott for 30+ years but haven't been in a position to buy one until now.

I'd like to have a high tube count, high end radio from the mid 1930's or perhaps a post war unit, so long as it's got a lot of tubes and a chrome chassis.

I would consider one in any condition.

Please let me know if you still have the Scotts or any other radios that are similar to them.

Thanks in advance,

Rick

If you are still interested,  you can email me at cinike33@yahoo.com.  I still have the radios.  It had become too cumbersome to continue the process of selling them last year. 

Clara

Rick said:

Given that you have expressed a interest in selling your Scotts, please understand that I have a strong interest in buying them.

I've wanted a high end radio like a Scott for 30+ years but haven't been in a position to buy one until now.

I'd like to have a high tube count, high end radio from the mid 1930's or perhaps a post war unit, so long as it's got a lot of tubes and a chrome chassis.

I would consider one in any condition.

Please let me know if you still have the Scotts or any other radios that are similar to them.

Thanks in advance,

Rick

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