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My Bendix Model 526E is listed in Rider's Volume 15.

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Phil's Old Radios

Possibly the oldest antique radio web site on the internet. Phil has tons of great articles on how he restored vintage sets.There's lots of good info there, especially for newcomers to the hobby.

It is no coincidence that my restoration articles have a similar look and feel as Phil's. I love his site. If you do some exploring there, you'll be lost for days! Phil's Old Radios

Parts Resources

Usually, all an old tube radio needs to come back to life is a replacement of the old electrolytic and paper capacitors. A great source for these at good prices is WJOE Radio

Old Radio Restorations

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Bendix Model 526E

Bendix 526e

My wife and I were on a bit of a vacation in Southern Indiana when we happened across this Bendix 526E at an outdoor flea market. The unicorporated town where we found it sports several such markets and is known as "Gnaw Bone" - one of the more colorful place names in Indiana.

This wood cabinet radio was made in 1946. Although needing some refinishing, it immediately caught my attention. Bendix is a notable name in the history of South Bend, Indiana - my home town. The Bendix Corporation was headquartered here for many decades and its Aircraft and Brake divisions employed a huge number of South Bend's citizens, including my dad and mom.

Bendix made this same radio with several variations in cabinet style. Commonly seen are the 526A in brown bakelite, 526B in painted ivory, and the 526C in green and black catelin (a very pricey set these days.)


When I got home, I got to work doing my best to clean up the insides and replacing the old paper capacitors - something that any radio as old as this Bendix needs.

Here are before and after shots of the underside of the radio. You can click on any image to see a larger view:

Before 1 Before 2
After 1 After 2

...and here is a pair of closeups of how I handled replacing the electrolytic caps. I left the original cap in place, but snipped the underside connections and reconnected them to a terminal strip that I added:

Electrolytic 1 Electrolytic 2

Although a simple "All American Five" circuit using the classic octal tube lineup of 12SA7, 12SK7, 12SQ7, 50L6 and 35Z5, after recapping, my Bendix radio is a good performer. Even with the cabinet issues unresolved, I love its looks!

I'll eventually get around to refinishing at least the top of this radio, but in the meantime, I can enjoy its great styling and performance just the way it is!

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