Adam Guha's Crosley Model 03CB Console Radio
Close-up of the dial.
A few days ago, Mr. Adam Guha sent me a short note along with a couple of photos of a vintage
Crosley Model 03CB console radio that he refurbished for a friend. Note that unlike the Crosley
03CB that I refinished, Adam's still has the striped burl trim pattern on the chassis and
dowels in front of the speaker - very nice! They appeared to be plastic decals because when
I stripped the varnish off mine, they melted away. It would have been nice if it was actual
wood veneer with that pattern.
"I found your website upon searching to see who else had a
Crosley 03CB and what issues they
had with it. Very nice job on the cabinet on yours, it's tough to deal with photo finishes
and making what's underneath look good isn't easy!
I just finished repairing my Crosley, I replaced all paper and electrolytic capacitors
as well as several resistors. I also replaced the rubber wiring to the tone control.
Mine must be an earlier production and doesn't have the massive amounts of rubber interconnect
wiring that most do. It plays beautifully and really has nice sound with the 4 audio output
The knobs on all of these Crosleys end up the same way, they're actually not melted, they're
rotted. The knobs are tenite, a type of plastic made from organic materials that tends
to warp and disintegrate over time. This is a common problem with Philco dial escutcheons
from the same period. There is a company, renovatedradios.com, that now sells reproductions of these items.
I've attached a couple photos of mine. I may touch up the cabinet slightly, but don't
think I'll refinish it completely."
- Adam G.
To which I replied:
Wow, that is a nice looking radio; you did a great restoration job! You even managed to
retain the striped trim areas. Mine was too far gone to try to salvage it. Only true Crosley
aficionados would notice it gone. I did not know about the nature of the dials and pushbuttons
being the cause of what appears to be overheating. I did buy a new set of knobs because mine
were utterly deformed and cracked. The pushbuttons were fine.
Would it be OK to post your photos and note on RF Cafe? A good number of radio restorers
visit and would definitely appreciate seeing your handiwork.
- Kirt B.
Adam then replied:
"Sure, feel free to post them. I restored the radio as a gift for a friend. He has not
seen it yet but I am hoping he will respond positively! It is a very nice looking, and sounding
- Adam G.
I have done very extensive Google searches looking for advertisements showing the 03CB
model, but to no avail. The Crosley 03CA
does appear, though. I have spent many hours looking a newspaper ads from the 1940s (on
Newspapers.com) to see whether local
electronics shops featured the Crosley 03CB, but nothing has shown up other than a short text
mention of it.
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Posted November 30, 2017