RCA 9K10 Console
console (including a 6E5 tuning eye.tube) is quite rare.
It has broadcast,
long wave, and short wave bands.
About 183 were
produced -- the price was $175.
The RCA 9K10
is similar to the RCA 9K2 model except for the cabinet design (see
The radio features
RCA's Magic Brain, Magic Eye, Metal Tubes, and Magic Voice features:
Brain - This is a sub-chassis used on some RCA high-end
all-wave receivers. It used three metal tube types intended to improve
performance, especially short wave coverage.
Eye - This is a 6E5 tuning tube used on some high-end consoles.
The tube glows with a soft green light indicating that the radio
is properly tuned to a station.
Tubes - These
metal tubes were "sealed in steel." They were advertised
as quieter, self shielding, uniform,.and designed to produce better
reception--especially for short wave programs.
Voice - This consists of five vertical steel tubes of various
lengths used to enrich the tones of the speaker chamber. The speaker
chamber was sealed with a back panel to increase the bass.
Knobs for this
radio are a bit different -- the "'pinch" style knobs
have a chrome insert to complement the chrome frame and accents
of the radio cabinet.
The 9K10 cabinet
was designed by John Vassos (1898-1985) who was a busy designer
of deco items in the 1930s. Vassos also designed a smaller RCA console
radio (model 6K10) and RCA tabletop radio (model 6T10, 8T10, 8T11
and 10T11), as well as the 1939 line of RCA televisions. His industrial
design contributions at RCA spanned over 40 years.
Radios Used in Hollywood Movies: Below are two photos from
The Hit Parade (1937 with Frances Langford and Phil Regan produced
by Republic Pictures) showing an RCA 9K10 radio in a couple of scenes.