|Whatever could it be?|
This one was different, though.
A few weeks ago, I made contact with a man from up the road in British Columbia, Carey, via the Studebaker Driver's Club Forum. Carey had discovered a radio from an old Studebaker amongst his Grandfather's old things and instead of throwing it out, decided to see if anyone could use it in their project. It had sat on a shelf since the 60's, but after a query discovered that it was from a 53 or 54 model so would be appropriate for my car. We had a few e-mails back and forth and he shipped the radio my way for evaluation. There's a lot to be said for good folks within the old car community, and I'm glad to be able to keep a little part of Carey's old family alive.
|Here's what she'll look like in the dash. This is a pic of the one I received.|
Oh yes, I said tubes. This thing is pre-transistor, and it is huge.
|13 lbs of glass and steel (and well, a little bit of fiberboard on the back side of things)|
However, there is something about the warm sound of an old amplifier, combined with the distinctive smell of the tubes and the gentle crescendo of sound as the they come up to operating temperature. It is a unique experience that most of the drivers in the world today will likely never experience.
Utility over nostalgia? Boy, that's a tough one.