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c1950 Astatic TV Signal Booster Model BT-1, Cool Airplane Tuning Dial, Faux Woodgrain Metal Cabinet, For Display As-Is, Restoration, Parts

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Here’s a great piece of early television history to add to a collection or display in a Mid Century décor living room: A c1950 Astatic Corp. Model BT-1 TV signal booster — made in my hometown of Conneaut, Ohio — that features a cool airplane dial tuning indicator front and center on its faux woodgrain metal cabinet.

This neat-o keen tube-TV-watching accessory measures 6.5” wide, 4.75” deep and 5.1250” tall and is heavy for its size, weighing in at 3.9 pounds. It’s being sold untested — for display as-is, restoration or parts — as its two cords need replaced.

The cabinet on this table-top-model booster for tube TV and FM signals is free of dings and dents, but does have the light scratches/scuffs and nicks in its rich mahogany woodgrain paint job that are typical of age and use. The Bakelite (or plastic?) tuning knob turns smoothly and the 360-degree airplane dial tuning indicator responds accordingly. Turns of the other knob result in two satisfying clicks.

Here’s some interesting background from the website TV-Boxes.com, “Based in the Lake Erie resort town of Conneaut Ohio, the Astatic Corporation was a microphone and phonograph-cartridge maker founded in the late '30s by two Ham Radio operators. No doubt because their town was too far away from TV stations in Cleveland or Buffalo, their engineers came up with a series of TV signal boosters. The BT-series was the 2nd of those, and significantly different from the earlier AT-1. It was introduced around 1950.”

For those who dig technical details is this, from the same website, “The BT-1 used a single 6AK5 low-noise pentode tube and tuned continuously from channel 2 through channel 13. Because of the FCC's frequency assignments this range also included the FM r`adio band, police and taxi dispatchers and the 2-meter Ham radio allocation. This wide frequency range was accomplished with a Mallory Inductuner, a multiple-section precision variable inductor that tuned the grid and plate circuit of the 6AK5. Construction was typically robust, with a copper-plated chassis and a large reduction gear tuning drive. The usual power transformer and selenium rectifier provided necessary voltages.”

Please use zoom mode to check out details in the photos, as they play an important role in the item’s description. And please don’t hesitate to convo me if you have questions about this item or would like to see more pictures before buying, as I want you to be 100% pleased with your purchase!

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~ I’m always happy to COMBINE SHIPPING on multiple items – just convo me prior to purchase for a recalculated shipping price! Nearly all items are shipped via USPS Priority Mail because it’s speedy and includes tracking.

~ INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: Please convo me prior to purchase for the shipping rate to your country!

~ For details about payment, shipping and more: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThirdFloorRetro/policy

~ To see more great vintage items from Third Floor Retro: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThirdFloorRetro
Here’s a great piece of early television history to add to a collection or display in a Mid Century décor living room: A c1950 Astatic Corp. Model BT-1 TV signal booster — made in my hometown of Conneaut, Ohio — that features a cool airplane dial tuning indicator front and center on its faux woodgrain metal cabinet.

This neat-o keen tube-TV-watching accessory measures 6.5” wide, 4.75” deep and 5.1250” tall and is heavy for its size, weighing in at 3.9 pounds. It’s being sold untested — for display as-is, restoration or parts — as its two cords need replaced.

The cabinet on this table-top-model booster for tube TV and FM signals is free of dings and dents, but does have the light scratches/scuffs and nicks in its rich mahogany woodgrain paint job that are typical of age and use. The Bakelite (or plastic?) tuning knob turns smoothly and the 360-degree airplane dial tuning indicator responds accordingly. Turns of the other knob result in two satisfying clicks.

Here’s some interesting background from the website TV-Boxes.com, “Based in the Lake Erie resort town of Conneaut Ohio, the Astatic Corporation was a microphone and phonograph-cartridge maker founded in the late '30s by two Ham Radio operators. No doubt because their town was too far away from TV stations in Cleveland or Buffalo, their engineers came up with a series of TV signal boosters. The BT-series was the 2nd of those, and significantly different from the earlier AT-1. It was introduced around 1950.”

For those who dig technical details is this, from the same website, “The BT-1 used a single 6AK5 low-noise pentode tube and tuned continuously from channel 2 through channel 13. Because of the FCC's frequency assignments this range also included the FM r`adio band, police and taxi dispatchers and the 2-meter Ham radio allocation. This wide frequency range was accomplished with a Mallory Inductuner, a multiple-section precision variable inductor that tuned the grid and plate circuit of the 6AK5. Construction was typically robust, with a copper-plated chassis and a large reduction gear tuning drive. The usual power transformer and selenium rectifier provided necessary voltages.”

Please use zoom mode to check out details in the photos, as they play an important role in the item’s description. And please don’t hesitate to convo me if you have questions about this item or would like to see more pictures before buying, as I want you to be 100% pleased with your purchase!

***
~ I’m always happy to COMBINE SHIPPING on multiple items – just convo me prior to purchase for a recalculated shipping price! Nearly all items are shipped via USPS Priority Mail because it’s speedy and includes tracking.

~ INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: Please convo me prior to purchase for the shipping rate to your country!

~ For details about payment, shipping and more: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThirdFloorRetro/policy

~ To see more great vintage items from Third Floor Retro: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThirdFloorRetro

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The items I offer are vintage/antique and typically show signs of wear consistent with age and use. I go above and beyond to research and describe each item and its condition thoroughly and accurately, and also include clear, detailed photos for your review. I'm proud to say that Third Floor Retro's feedback ratings reflect this attention to detail!

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Your item will be packaged with utmost care, using clean recycled items like bubble wrap and boxes when possible. Doing so reduces shipping costs and pleases Mother Nature. I’m confident you’ll be pleased when your package arrives!

I charge only actual shipping fees using primarily U.S. Post Office Priority Mail service, which has proven to be speedy and reliable (and automatically includes tracking and insurance up to $100). Large, heavy items are typically shipped via FedEx Home Delivery service.

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All listed shipping prices are for the contiguous United States. Please convo for rates to Alaska, Hawaii and international destinations prior to purchase. Please bear in mind that international buyers are responsible for all customs duties, taxes, levies or fees — and that the shop is not responsible for delays due to customs.
Your item will be packaged with utmost care, using clean recycled items like bubble wrap and boxes when possible. Doing so reduces shipping costs and pleases Mother Nature. I’m confident you’ll be pleased when your package arrives!

I charge only actual shipping fees using primarily U.S. Post Office Priority Mail service, which has proven to be speedy and reliable (and automatically includes tracking and insurance up to $100). Large, heavy items are typically shipped via FedEx Home Delivery service.

Know that I have a great track record for getting orders shipped out within one business day (oftentimes within hours!) of payment confirmation.

If you’d like me to use a faster shipping service, a cheaper shipping method, to add insurance or arrange for signature confirmation please just convo me prior to shipping and I’ll gladly recalculate costs!

And combined shipping? For sure! If you don't convo me before buying, no problem: I promptly issue refunds for shipping overages of $2 and up.

All listed shipping prices are for the contiguous United States. Please convo for rates to Alaska, Hawaii and international destinations prior to purchase. Please bear in mind that international buyers are responsible for all customs duties, taxes, levies or fees — and that the shop is not responsible for delays due to customs.

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c1950 Astatic TV Signal Booster Model BT-1, Cool Airplane Tuning Dial, Faux Woodgrain Metal Cabinet, For Display As-Is, Restoration, Parts

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