Vintage Grundig Majestic 4090 Am Fm Shortwave Hifi Stereo Radio Receiver Nice


Vintage Grundig Majestic 4090 Am Fm Shortwave Hifi Stereo Radio Receiver Nice


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"Majestic": imperial, regal, sovereign, royal, handsome, stately, strapping, magnificent, excellence, noble, grandiose, grand, superb, fantastic, stately, esteemed, raised, elevated, lofty, sublime, exalted 



 Grundig Majestic - "Mighty Monarch of the Air"

Vintage 1956 Grundig Majestic 4090 Table Radio

Broadcast Shortwave FM Super-Heterodyne Analog Vacuum Tube HiFi Receiver

Grundig Multi-Octave Loudspeakers - 1956 West Germany - Grundig Radio-Vertrieb RVF Radiowerke






This radio definitely fits the definition of the word. Up for auction is a beautiful antique radio by the very famous Grundig radio company. Our Mother always loved Grundig wood-finished radios and she had several of them, this being the largest. This is among the largest tabletop radio sets ever made and was oriented towards the what was then new "hifi" movement. Beautiful deco design and very handsomely made and finest German craftsmanship. I'd rate this as needing restoration as it needs capacitor(s) exchanged. The good news on the capacitors is that they used common values (types) which are still in production. It worked reliably for years then one day blew a fuse, a new fuse was put in and it immediately blew that fuse too. So it was put aside and (since I worked in radar as a senior level technician/operator) I was asked to take a look at it. Upon inspection I found at least one capacitor had blown (a common occurrence with radios over 15+ years old). The capacitor is just a small blue one near the main filter caps (shown in photos). This is a known and very common age-related issue with antique/vintage radios so is no big deal or surprise, they all do it eventually. So this radio does need to have one or more capacitors replaced but is one of Grundig's best collectible & sought after models and worth being given some tlc. It's a very large radio and you'll need to make some allowances on working & cosmetic condition.  Cosmetically it seems pretty complete, has all four valuable Grundig Multi-Octav hifi speakers inside, knobs are original & very nice, large glass faceplate in good condition (no cracks or chips) with a little wear (has neat images of musical instruments for different types of music selection). There's small signs of typical use (some of them very minor, small nicks/scratches/marks, some paint wear to the painted glass interior (you need to look hard), on the top surface of the cabinet there's a few dark areas and small speckles of white housepaint - things you expect to see after many years. All these years later it's still in very good shape and is a highly reputable & well sought after model.  


This radio comes apart pretty easy for servicing and the radio chassis came right apart so was removed for inspection & photos for you to view. The chassis seems to be in very good shape, all tubes present, clean inside, and very importantly - the tuning strings are all in place and in good condition, the various levers/controls/dials seem to work (a few could use some lubrication). Many of these sold on eBay have rust/corrosion issues or have parts & mechanisms corroded/seized - but I really see only very very small spots of oxidation, there's mainly only small dark spots of discoloration where the metal has darkened but the radio overall looks like it was well-maintained and I know she had it serviced once and it was regularly cleaned & cared for and kept in a living room. We noticed the fabric behind the speaker grilles is just starting to fray in a few small areas but you have to look hard to see them. Just to be safe, consider the wood cabinet needs to be refinished. While overall the cabinet looks good & very presentable, it still has some areas of wear/discoloration including some dark spots on top. So it's not a mint museum piece but it's still in very good condition. Also, I will include a 4-page copy of the schematic diagrams for the radio. It's been set up in our living room for some time now and we've received many compliments on the radio, due to it's looks it seems to attract peoples attention right away and we realized this could very well be considered a non-working vintage furniture showpiece for a themed décor etc. If using as a furniture decoration (this seems to be very popular now) most will easily install one or two small low-wattage lamps/bulbs into the radio (to make it light up) in effect making it a deco lamp. 


While it was apart, we took many photos for you to look at (please see additional link below) and if you are bidding or buying this radio we ask that you please take a few minutes to look over all of the photos of the radio shown inside & out to see how good it's condition is and for any details or blemishes etc. Many of the little white specs in the photos are small papertowel fibers and/or light dust particles (sorry!).


Shipping will be expensive as this radio is both heavy & very large. It weighs 35-lb/17kg and after packaging will weigh approximately 50-lb/23-kg.  But will be very safely packaged for worldwide shipping and yes we always ship internationally/overseas. Buyer to pay only actual shipping costs as the radio is not yet packaged (we are encouraging local sale & pickup) so the shipping fee is an estimate only. And YES we offer FREE LOCAL PICKUP for anyone living in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area. From past experience, this radio will take us about 4 hours to package and is why we only try to list one difficult-to-package item per month. We have safely shipped many other (even larger) antique tube radios in excess of 100-lbs/45-kg with excellent results & safe arrival - so no worries on safe packaging. This radio has also just been placed for sale locally so if you're interested in it please bid/buy as we think it will sell.



If you are considering buying or bidding - please see the entire description photo set

showing the complete radio inside & out at the link below! 

See All Grundig Majestic 4090 Photos Here! 



Grundig Majestic 4090 info/spec's link:










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responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior
to bidding or buying and also please do not ask us to send items as a gift or with a lowered declared value!


By international agreement between many nations, most Amateur/Ham Radio items are DUTY-FREE (no Import Duties!)
for Customs/Import so please check with your nation's import regulations and we'll be GLAD to mark the package
**DUTY FREE** AMATEUR/HAM RADIO EQUIPMENT This can apply to most Amateur/Ham/CB/Shortwave/Accessories



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    We really try to keep start prices as low as possible but it's worth mentioning as a gentle reminder and reality - currently, eBay/PayPal total fees are now charging us an average of 21.5% of the total selling price of each item and they are also charging us this same % of the cost of your shipping & handling too! These items for sale are not donated to us and when we factor our own overhead, purchase prices and time spent on all facets of acquiring buying & listing our items - it's becoming very difficult to see any reason for continuing to obtain old & unique items to offer up for sale. After doing all the math, we are very close to saving a ton of time & trouble by just donating these items to a local charity-run materials metals recycler and accepting the tax credits from our donations. 100% of the proceeds from your purchases are always given to support a disabled family member and we sincerely appreciate your business. It means a lot to us and in our eyes is going to a really worthy cause.


Due to a new selling bulletin from eBay & comments from our bidders - we have recently switched to a new eBay Mobile "mobile friendly" viewing format because of the largest share of buyers now exclusively using mobile devices and for also those who don't have access to high-speed broadband internet. This change will include much less HTML & graphics & embedded photos and just basic short clear concise generalized item descriptions in plain text.




No real in-depth testing is done on older used items (aside from basic power) and we take plenty of photos for you to see. Please be sure to check out & view ALL of the description photos - we try the BEST we can to be choosy with the items we've acquired and include better & MANY more description pictures than most sellers are willing to provide. Often you will have a chance to see inside the item to see the condition within (which is very important and sometimes very interesting!). A picture is worth a thousand words (part of the description!) so please take a few minutes to look them over & view them.  If you are considering bidding or buying, please also review the included eBay photos (we normally include the maximum amount allowed by eBay) and (if applicable) visit any linked-to online photo ablums (hosted on Photobucket) to see extra/additional photos PRIOR to bidding or buying, as you may see additional views of the item for sale. These photos may include extra optional accessories installed, possibly incomplete or missing parts, repairs or modifications or improvements,  common wear from use or possibly even excellent cosmetics showing it was well cared for, or perhaps even blemishes damage or defects - etc, all common scenarios with old vintage pre-owned items. We can't conceivably show every single detail of an item so items may have typical/common wear not shown in every photograph, so please at least view any photos offered and be kind and make some allowances. PHOTOS:  Close-ups:  Please consider that items may often look actually "harsh" in close-up photos under bright 800W lights than in regular normal viewing conditions. Example: think of close-up photos of your nose or teeth or toenails under bright lights & magnification - someone viewing those closeup photos could say that you might look "much worse" under such magnified scrutiny than you otherwise ordinarily look at a normal distance under normal lighting - the same principle really holds true with any item or object too!  Unlike many sellers that (often intentionally) use dark/grainy/blurry low-detail pictures - our photos are taken under 800W of light and are reasonably high resolution to help reveal (within reason) as much detail as possible. Most things we sell are in fairly good condition or better. Since most items are in fact used, they may have some cosmetic signs of use/marks/spots of wear or need a cleaning polishing touchups mending both shown & not shown in the photos - but they're generally still in nice condition overall (especially considering age) and we still think the new owner will be pleased. 


PLEASE do your own research & online reading about the uses & features & functions of an item if you have any questions about it's possible use before bidding. Despite any attempts to be helpful and describe or test items, ultimately we're NOT experts on all of these items in any way and only repeating what we've either seen or read or can remember.


VERY IMPORTANT - SHIPPING COMPANIES REPEATEDLY DROP & THROW DOWN PACKAGES:  All shipping companies (couriers) specify that all packages must be able to REPEATEDLY withstand 3-Feet (1-Meter) drops & falls onto a hard surface such as concrete/cement. For health/medical/injury reasons, most package handlers are told NOT to bend over to set packages down but instead are instructed to just drop or throw them. This will happen over & over again throughout the item's trip to your address, repeatedly.  We don't sell plush/stuffed toy dolls but instead we actually sell some of the most difficult to package plus heavy and fragile items.  Though we use a combination of new & used packaging materials - YOUR ITEM WILL BE VERY WELL PACKAGED to survive being repeatedly thrown & dropped. We spend A LOT of time & effort & materials in packaging your item - and though it may only take a minute to open - most packages take nearly close to one hour to complete from start to finish, some even more. Your package will also be designated fragile and will be clearly marked "FRAGILE" and "GLASS" and sometimes "UP" or "HEAVY" etc or other appropriate highly visible warning markings.  Some/many items are double-boxed or similarly shipped with extra reinforcements and some items (such as certain vintage radios etc) are packaged/padded inside (tubes etc) as well as out.  Our packages may be a little larger & stuffed with a little more padding & bound with a lot more tape - so the cost may be a little higher than other sellers who don't know (or care) how to pack.  We invite you to please read our EXCELLENT feedback comments from our trading partners regarding item condition & packaging. We have safely shipped items without any problems worldwide to EVERY continent - except Antarctica!


It's true, many older items may have wear from years of use and some may need fixes repairs belts or other things to fully work again as intended 100% like it did when it was new. For most people buying classic vintage retro items, this is completely understood & known (but we still have to clearly say so).  Still,  many of these antique & vintage "retro" goodies are an absolute joy to own and can be really fun & interesting to try, fix or customize/modify, to own & use something really unique & different, or perhaps to recapture a time from long ago, and items like this are just plain fun to have a good old time with or put on display!  Many of the types of items we like to carry often even have a collector following by the growing vintage & retro-technology crowd and similar yesteryear enthusiasts & hipsters and many will always continue to appreciate in value. They are worth putting a little effort into to make a nice interesting possession for years of use & pleasure!


In unison with eBay "item condition" category policies - ALL items listed both in the "NEW" or even "USED" categories means that every single function of the item must work FLAWLESSLY LIKE NEW and must be fully warrantied.  Since we are not a large retailer and (almost exclusively) sell older vintage & antique items - it's very unrealistic for items of this nature and there's no possible way we can assure every item works "like new". For this very reason (and so that no one will be disappointed) we list nearly ALL items in the "parts or not working category". This does NOT mean that each item is DOA or broken or useless or absolutely needs repair. It may work fully, or work within reason for it's age, may have just normal wear, or may indeed need some form or level of service or repair or improvement. With all older items (truthfully), often a repair or improvement must be made to bring an old used vintage or antique item back to working "like new" operating condition.  Now some items are complicated and have numerous features & functions or require additional tools and testers or accessories to fully test & guarantee 100% and we are NOT a fully-equipped electronics restoration & repair shop selling restored items at fully restored retail prices. These are items acquired from all over,  from all sorts of venues. Unless an old item has been professionally restored or serviced (we will provide documentation & receipts) or unless the item is actually brand new, items of any given age (most items we sell are decades or more old) are not guaranteed/warrantied and please accept that many older or vintage or antique items may need to be looked at or tested or adjusted or calibrated or serviced or repairs made before being put into actual service and are sold AS-IS AS-FOUND just as we acquired them and we try to be transparent honest and truthful as possible in saying this.  Overall - despite items with unknown histories, vintage goods still often make a fun interesting project for any collector or enthusiast or tech or ham (radio operator) and many items are modifiable or upgradable for increased performance and better specifications - many of these items are certainly ideal for radio buffs, collector's, experimenter's and tinkerers alike! Aside from selling to individual buyers, we have also sold classic items to vintage military aviation restoration companies, to small museums, and even to TV's "The History Channel" for historical television episodes! Please see our excellent feedback comments from our trading partners - we hope that you will be our next happy buyer too!


BUYERS FROM ASIAN NATIONS: Yes - we are very happy to ship to Asian countries!   Please be sure your "PayPal Verified Address" is in WESTERN ALPHABET LETTER CHARACTERS (no Asian characters) so that we can print shipping labels and process US Customs forms. 
























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