This EM83 set is truly amazing. It is only 2 ½” deep, 3 ½” tall and 7” wide yet contains a 365pF variable capacitor, a dual winding transformer, a tube base and socket, an induction coil, an amplifier and all the electronic components necessary for the circuitry including 3 extremely large filter capacitors such as a 35 volt 2200uF monster. To complicate matter further are 3 panels with parts mounted on them that had to be wired together with the center curved “side” in between them! Three attempts and complete disassembling were required before it all fit and actually worked.
The radio’s center feature of course is the beautiful vacillating green beams of that extremely rare EM83 tube. This is one of the last of its kind that I have been able to locate after months of searching world wide and it happens to be NOS right out of the box! The light on the right side indicates modulation and is active throughout a broadcast while the light on the left indicates signal strength and aids the tuning of stations more accurately. The radio tunes the AM broadcast band and is a real treat to tune and watch while listening.
The cabinet was so packed that there was virtually no room left for anything larger than a pin head much less a speaker. So a matching speaker cabinet was constructed just for it and adds a lot of personality to the system. The green light of the tube inspired the stain and shade used in the nitro cellulose lacquer tinted just for this project. Even the speaker cloth is green to carry theme throughout. The main cabinet’s front panel and curved side are strongly flamed tiger maple as are the skirts on the solid brass knobs out front. The top and sides of the speaker cabinet is quilted maple used in my high end Wynter branded archtop guitars.