RCA 10T11 Table Radio
table "Magic Brain" radio has five bands - standard broadcast,
long wave, medium wave, short wave and ultra short wave bands.
The five control
knobs are 1) Music-Speech-Off, 2) Volume, 3) Station Tuning, 4)
Range Selector, and 5) Full Fidelity--tone.
This is a large
radio -- almost 26" tall and 21" wide. Based on size and
tube count, this was the top-of-the-line RCA table radio.
It uses the
same chassis as the RCA models 10T and 10K - see photo below).
and Grill Cloth
My RCA 10T11
radio is slowly being restored -- chassis and cabinet. I used a
similar speaker grill cloth (I could not find an exact match) and
may substitue chrome insert tuning knobs (which I prefer) for the
original white insert knobs.
owner of this RCA 10T11 radio lived in Istanbul, Turkey where the
radio spent about nine months each year in the family's main house
and about three months each year in the family's summer home on
Buyukada Island. (Each summer, the family packed and moved their
refrigerator, radio, and phonograph with them on the two-hour boat
trip to their summer home on the island.) The original owner's son
moved the radio to his home in Paris, France in the mid-1980s where
it remained until I purchased it.
John Vassos 8T10, 6T10 and 8T11 Table Radios
The RCA 10T11
radio is similar to the RCA model 8T10 except for the tube count
and some minor styling differences (see photo below that I borrowed
from the radiomuseum site).
1936, RCA and designer John Vassos also made a different "chrome-cradle"
deco table radio - the model 6T10 and 8T11 (see photo below).
quantities for these models were low (I don't know why) and the
number of surviving models is even lower (perhaps a handful of each
1939, Vassos-designed radio styles for RCA were still distinctive,
but quite different from the earlier "chrome-cradle" models.
See photo below of RCA 5Q56 and RCA 96X radios.
designer John Vassos (1898 to 1985) worked for RCA for many years.
is credited with some of the best deco-designed RCA radios as well
as the 1939 RCA television cabinets (and the 1946 RCA 621 tabletop
Vassos said his favorite color was chrome.
quick Google search of his work shows all kinds of items including
a piano, subway turnstile, portable phonograph, and so on.