Welcome to Garys Radios

Updated: 11/28/2021


You have just found a resource for learning about and purchasing Vintage transistor radios.  My specialty is vintage Zenith Royals.  These were produced for a short time in the USA (Chicago) between the years of 1955 and 1965.

If you have been here before, welcome back. If this is your first visit, you might want to bookmark this page so you can stop back often to check out the latest changes to the site as well as the latest items offered for sale.

Perhaps you remember having one of these transistor radios when you were young and how it became your best companion.  It allowed you to listen to the ball games, catch the weather report, and brought the nation’s Top 40 songs to you each week.  Everyone had one, but I bet you don’t know where it is now.  Few could afford a Zenith, “The Royalty of Radio” because back then, they were expensive and purchased mostly by Doctors and other professionals.  They also were given as gifts to those lucky enough to have rich friends.  But now, they are affordable to almost anyone, if you can find them. That is where I can be of help.  Go to the “For Sale” section and have a look.  And then you can go back and relive the past, this time with a Zenith.  Why not get the best?

Many of these Zeniths from the 50’s and early 60’s still work fine in their original condition, while some others need to have some simple electrical upgrades.  At times, you will be able to find some of these original and restored Zenith Royals available for sale here on this website.  Check the column on the left for the * For Sale * sections.  My goal is to offer quality transistor radios that you will be proud to own at a price that offers you true value.

Thanks for visiting and Happy Collecting!  Gary 

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18 thoughts on “Welcome to Garys Radios”

  1. Any chance you have a Zenith Royal 900 for sale. My grandfather and I listened to many a baseball game on his Zenith 900.


  2. Hi Gary. I am interested in purchasing in these items:

    Pink Zenith Royal 200 – Looks Great
    White Zenith Royal 400 – Works Great
    Zenith Royal 270 – Works Great
    Rare Truetone DC3902 Super 6 – USA
    Clean Zenith Royal 475 – Works Great

    Will you contact me directly as I am not sure if you still have these or if I can buy them here:

  3. Hi Gary. I sent an email to you (to the address noted on your site) a number of days ago but haven’t received a response after several days. If going to junk or something please check, or let me know via email if my email was lost & I can resend my questions. I see you have a sale now which is good for part of the question but I also had a question about condition of one radio and shipping costs…thanks

    1. Hi Bill, your email did go to junk but I found it. I will email you a another picture of the front of the Sears so you can judge it better. Shipping to Maine should be around $10.00 Thanks, Gary

    2. Hi Bill, I mailed your radio today. The Mr Thin radio weighed only 7 ounces so I was able to send it first class mail saving you $6 in postage. Gary

  4. Gary,
    I have 3 Royal 100 radios. I received these radios from my dad in 1960 and have had them ever since. Two that can use some repair since I used them when I was a kid but 1 is still in the original box. The box was opened but the radio is still in the original plastic wrap. It was never taken out of the box and the original instructions are there. If you give me an email I can send pictures.
    You will never find another Royal 100 in this condition!

  5. Gary, where in the world can I get replacement transistors for a 3000-1 Trans-Oceanic? I have bent all the ground legs out of the way and the radio works great, but I am sure at some point I’ll need to replace all or some of them. Seems like most distributors want to sell large lots and not just a handful. Any help you can provide is most appreciated.

    1. Hi William and thanks for your question. Most of the early transistors have proven to be quite reliable and replacing them is nothing like the old tubes. The best source is to acquire a “parts set” off eBay. These radios are quite common and the exterior condition is not important. The set does not even have to be in working condition because there are so many other things that can and do go wrong before the transistors. Although there are no guarantees, it is your best bet. Either a Royal 3000 or 3000-1 will do. Some auctions have ended for under $50 lately. While obtaining a working set would be ideal, now your price goes up over $100. Be patient and good luck. Let me know how it works out for you. Gary

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