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Scott Allwave 1934 radio -- repairman needed

My mother is elderly and owns the following radio, it is in great shape but nevertheless needs minor repair and restoration:

 I inherited my radio from my parents who purchased it when they attended the
1934 Worlds Fair in Chicago.
It was purchased, paid for. and then shipped to Arizona where my parents
lived.  It apparently is a Tassman model - this info was given me by my son Curtis
Walling who did some primary research on EH Scott.
I have the original guarantee which states that it is a Scott De Luxe
Allwave Receiver number J 419.
It is dated Sep. 21, 1934 and signed by E.H. Scott.

My mother is located in Mesa, AZ.  Is there a fine repairman well versed with this model that

can come to her home in Mesa to investigate repairing/restoring it?  I would love to get it in the finest working condition

as a memory and gift to her.

Curtis Walling

please reply to my personal e-mail:

or call:  602 625-7889

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Comment by Kent King on July 25, 2016 at 7:57am

Curtis -

The trick will be finding someone in the Mesa area that is willing and able to help. I know a lot of Scott collectors, but not very many in that area, and I'm not sure if anyone out that way does work on them. The best way to get the set restored would be to remove the tuner, amplifier and speaker and send them to someone that does repairs. This way it could be tested together to insure a good restoration.

Based on the serial number and date, you have an Allwave 15, apparently in the Tasman cabinet (one s, it is a town in New Zealand, where Scott was from). This would certainly be a nice piece for your mother to enjoy, I hope that you are able to locate help locally. 

Kent King

Comment by Curtis Walling on July 25, 2016 at 9:30am

thank you kindly Kent

Comment by Norman S Braithwaite on July 25, 2016 at 10:02am

Would it be possible for you to post a photo of the tuner chassis so we can verify whether or not it is an Allwave Deluxe as stated on the guarantee or an Allwave Fifteen based on the serial number?

Comment by Curtis Walling on July 26, 2016 at 4:39am

see photos attached- -I am sure the experts on the blog can tell me exactly what I have here and hopefully how I might go about getting it running in optimal condition.  Would love to do that as a gift to my mother-- this radio has been in the family since 1934  -   Curtis Walling

Comment by Kent King on July 26, 2016 at 9:18am

It is indeed an AW15 as the serial number would attest. The set is in very good condition (not uncommon for a set kept in the dry deserts of AZ). I would think that it would take minimal effort to make it play well again. Ireally hope you can locate someone to help you.


Comment by Norman S Braithwaite on July 26, 2016 at 10:04am

Thanks. I wonder if Scott used guarantee tags marked "Allwave Deluxe" for all Allwave Fifteen receivers.


Comment by Curtis Walling on July 26, 2016 at 5:09pm

I admire and appreciate your expertise but please remember I am a layman-- in fact I am a psychologist. Please do educate me gentlemen-- I presume you are saying a Deluxe is a different model than a AW15 and the Fifteen is not as impressive/rare/powerful?  Relative merits?  I know all Scott radios were highly regarded, but that's really all I know . . .

Comment by David C. Poland on July 26, 2016 at 6:14pm

The 12 tube models of 1932 to early 1934  were the 1932 DELUXE, then evolved late 1932 as the DELUXE AVC (automatic volume control.)  There were small running changes all along as well , Scott being a custom set builder.

The Scott Alwave Fifteen was introduced February 1934, which is what you have - an early one in as much as yours has the pair of red antenna posts.

Comment by Curtis Walling on July 26, 2016 at 6:18pm

Thank you David I am fascinated by these old radios, and Mr. Scott personally, but just beginning to educate myself.  I can just imagine my grandfather seeing the demonstration of the Scott Radios pulling in stations from around the world at the 1934 Chicago World's Fair. . . that must have been quite something at the time.

Comment by David C. Poland on July 26, 2016 at 6:31pm

Oh - and yours has 15 tubes total - 12 on the receiver and 3 on the power supply/amp hence, the Allwave Fifteen.

And the button below the band switch pointer knob is a BFO (beat frequency oscillator) producing a tone handy for finding stations and tuning the station exactly. 

It appears your dial is missing the 4 color plastic dial insert - may have fallen and loose in the cabinet.


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