Belmont Model 6D-111 Bakelite Radio (1946) (second)
This is the nicer one of my two Belmont 6D-111 radios.
See my other Belmont page for the tube lineup and some other comments on this model.
The paint color on these two radios is noticeably different.
Here's a side-by-side snapshot
that shows the difference. The radio
shown on this page is noticeably yellower than the other,
even though they're identical models.
Perhaps the manufacturer changed the paint in different
production runs, or one of them was exposed to some
environmental factor that
changed the color. Neither has been repainted, as you can tell by
looking at the nicks and examining the bottoms, where the paper
labels are still intact and the bottom color still matches the
rest of the cabinet exactly.
This unit is in very good original condition.
The paint had a few very small nicks here and there, which I
touched up by hand. The worst defect is a little hole broken out of the center of
the knob. I have no idea how that might have happened; possibly
somebody pounded on the end of the knob, causing the end of the
shaft to break a little piece out. Subsequent to taking these photos, I used a Plast-T-Pair kit
to make an invisible repair of the knob.
In both of these radios, the tiny Belmont decal right above the
power/volume knob is worn. You can get replacement decals from
Although this radio plays well, I'll restore the electronics before
using it regularly. Its twin is in rougher shape, so maybe I'll
warm up by restoring that one first, and
then do an extra-nice job on this set.