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933 Silvertone 1591 Rare early model Sears Cathedral Bluetooth radio with FM and Aux inputs.
1933 Silvertone 1591 Rare early model Sears Cathedral Bluetooth radio with FM and Aux inputs.

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This radio radio was one of Sear's most sought after models. It was popular when it was manufactured in 1933 and still is today!

TSF Vintage Radios 'Télégraphie sans fil' Bluetooth Conversion:

We take these vintage radios and give them life again. There are very few AM stations around so the use for a tube/valve AM radio is limited other than an amazing looking piece of furniture. Sadly this is not enough to save these classic and rare pieces of engineering and architecture. Many are lost and damaged beyond repair just sitting in barns and attics. Many are striped for their case to make lamps and sadly some Bluetooth radio conversions.

We install a modern Bluetooth sound system without removing ANY of the original radio so it is preserved for the future. This is much harder and more time consuming than emptying the case like some Bluetooth converters do. There are a few compromises is saving the original radio but these trades are well worth it to save the radio's future as an antique. The radios we convert are a little heavier than a modern radio with new and old in the same case.

A new sound board has been fitted in front of the old speaker with two 30watt mid/low frequency speakers and two 20watt high frequency speakers. A total of 100 watts which comparable to an average car sound system. The speakers are driven by a high fidelity dual channel amplifier coupled to the Bluetooth card and FM radio. Each speaker is individually driven through a frequency filtering system which filters the appropriate frequency to the speaker with the optimum performance in that range. This give excellent sound quality across all frequency ranges. This system sounds and looks great!

There is a Bluetooth control head mounted on the back panel of the radio with an aux input for USB, mini headphone jack or memory cards. The system also has a FM radio installed. All of this is controlled via remote. We mount the control head on the back of the radio as not to affect the vintage look of the radio but this does mean that to use the remote it must be held close to the back of the radio to work. The Bluetooth function is controlled though your computer devise and works up to 10 meters (30 feet) in any directions subject to obstructions.

The original on/off switch works to switch off power to the unit. This switch is located on the front of the radio. This switch also switches on the dial back lighting which is LED and has been converted to low voltage along with the rest of the radio. An external power supply is included with the radio and is plugged into a port on the back left side of the radio. It works in all countries and is provided with the plug of your choice.

To get started just plug in the power supply, connect it to the radio, turn on the old power switch on the front, select Bluetooth mode, select the radio from your Bluetooth devise and enjoy!

line-in/AUX jack,
Bluetooth 3.0 connection, (works on all Bluetooth devices, 30+ feet away)
USB/MP3 player,
FM radio tuner.
Dimensions: 14in wide x 17in high x 10in depth / 356mm 432mm 254mm

The case has signs of its age with some sun fading and scratches. The case has been painstakingly refurbished after we found it with damage to its lower front left due to presumably being dropped. The veneer was carefully repaired and looks amazing but not perfect. Have a look at the pictures; this radio is absolutely beautiful!

The History of this Radio:

Sear, Roebuck & Co Radios 1915 to 1972 - based in Chicago, Illinois USA

It has been 30 years since Sears ended its association with the Silvertone brand, but the public's association is so strong to this day that many still believe Silvertone is a Sears brand. It is a testament to the success and quality of Sears' Silvertone products that the public still associates the two names so closely. The Sears Silvertone radio and Silvertone guitar, two highly collectible items today, are largely responsible for America's fond recollection of the Sears-Silvertone connection.
In 1915, Sears introduced the Silvertone phonograph, a hand-cranked machine that came in tabletop and freestanding models. All phonographs came with a two-week, money-back guarantee.

Sears began selling Silvertone radios in the early 1920s, soon adding Silvertone radio tubes and batteries to the product line. In the late 1930s, however, Silvertone radios quickly took off in popularity. The era corresponded with the outbreak of military aggressions in the Pacific theater. With the approach of World War II, increasing numbers of people wanted radios not just for entertainment, but also to receive updates on the war's progress, according to contemporary company sales analyses.

The Silvertone 1591 was made during this period and cost $24.95 in 1933.