Originally Posted by Jed1
I guess your original statement you made does come to play here. The antique radios still work because 1. If they break they can be repaired and 2. As long as someone is broadcasting a radio signal that the radio can tune in, they still have use. In the case of the DHG it was really Rovi that killed it off as it is basically useless with out the guide data. Or should I say a pain the butt to use. But I suspect once the hard drives fail and Sony no longer repairs them then they are done as these devices will not operate with out the hard drive.
As for selling one of your radios I suspect that these devices will gain in value as time moves forward especially if they still work.
You're partially correct. So few of the Catalin sets have survived that those collectors don't really care if they work. But we're with you - and prefer things that function. As a result, we get outbid on Catalin a lot (and I was wrong, we only have 2).
The 301 has no FM. It's AM, short-wave, and one other that I think is obsolete. Fortunately, there's still a ton of short-wave in use. The last time I turned it on was in January - it was about -20° and that night it picked up everything.
It's quite fun to hear what the Australians think of Americans!
We actually collect a few things. We went to an antique show in 1987 and that's where it all started. I collect Royal Doulton, Moorcroft, and some Bakelite jewelery (VERY art deco!). In addition to radios, my husband collects pin-up art from the 1940's and 1950's - Elvgren (a local artist) and Runci. Especially Runci. He has an original Runci from 1946 that is his Holy Grail. If we were on a sinking ship and he had to toss stuff overboard, I sometimes think I'd be in the water before the Runci.
The value of our collections took a serious hit when the Internet came along. We learned that much of what we thought was rare is really not. Another hit in 2008, along with everything else. As for the future, only time will tell. Right now it's a buyer's market.
You're right about Rovi and the DHG. It's really a shame because it deserves to be a classic. Not only does it look like a classic but in many ways it was the first - and only - of it's kind.
Much has been written here and elsewhere about the real villain in all of this - Rovi or Sony. The reason I blame Rovi is how they've conducted themselves. If you called about TVGOS, as I did, you learned quickly how their staff was trained - which was to ask what equipment you owned, then provide you with the customer service phone number of Sony, LG, or whatever. A most unsatisfactory business.
Sony provided an Android app. Lord knows it wasn't much, but it was something.
Plus their customer service would talk with you politely.Edited by mac24 - 7/16/13 at 1:01pm