Vintage Headphones for sale

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Several new pairs just listed on these pages.

      Throw away that little crystal earplug and try a pair of real vintage headphones and you will be amazed at the quality of sound a simple crystal set can produce. (I have recently appreciated the sensitivity of a good crystal earplug, but the sound is poor in quality. Mouser has the best.)
    I collect headphones and occasionally have to buy a box of several headphones to get one or two for my collection. The rest are then tested and repaired if necessary. The housings are cleaned and polished lightly if needed. Any cord repairs are neatly bound with matching color thread, but I try to keep the original cord if it is electrically intact. Remember these headphones are up to 100 years old, may have minor cosmetic imperfections unless noted. Will give detailed description or digital photo on request. I try them on a crystal radio which is a good test of their sensitivity. Battery sets have a stronger output and don't need quite as much sensitivity from the headphones.
    I have tested and have tried to rate each pair of phones for their sensitivity and suitability to use on crystal radio or battery sets. Most date back to the 1920's or 1930's. Some are pricey but  consider that a pair of good headphones cost 2 or 3 day's wages back in the early 1920's, (a week's wages in the case of Baldwins or Western Electrics) they are relatively inexpensive now.
New Postal Rates keep going up all the time.
For US Postal Service Priority Mail shipping within US figure 2 pounds weight for 1 headset using the link below to the postal service, or email me for the actual cost of postage for larger shipments (within US). Click USPS icon below for US Postal rates from my zipcode 23320.
NOTE: Insurance is highly recommended as I cannot reimburse for loss or damage in the mail unless the postal insurance pays for it. Insurance is not available to some overseas locations, so shipping would be at your own risk. If it is available I will offer rates with and without insurance. If no insurance is chosen, and the package is lost, I will send you a photo of the postal receipt for proof of mailing but can NOT offer reimbursement if you do not elect to get the insurance coverage. There is a standard $50 insurance now automatically included on USPS Priority Air Mail packages.

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Sorry, no repair service available.

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 Cords: A note about cords: The old cloth cords on these headphones are up to 85 years old and some are a bit fragile or stiff. I test them all for electrical continuity before sending them and make any necessary electrical repairs so they will arrive to you  in working condition, but I can't really guarantee how long they will last since some may be on their last strand of conductor wire inside, so I have to offer no warranty on the cords either for longevity or appearance other than to say they are tested and working when I send them. Unfortunately, I do not know of a good source for cloth covered cords. Phoneco does stock them but charges about $40 for each one, but you can check with them if you like.

HOLDS: Items may be held up to 2 weeks, will then be released for sale.

Featured Headphones: These are special pairs that I will put at the top of the page here that are either in exceptional condition, or a rare or unusual pair. 

Zenith low impedance headphones for Trans-Oceanics Radios

This is a hard to find pair of Zenith headphones with the right angle plug to fit in to the Zenith Trans-Oceanic radios. Some of the earlier models have the straight phone tip receptacles and I should be getting another pair with the pin plugs, but if you need the 1/4 inch right angle plug this is the right pair, tested, working, and appear to be in nearly like new condition. $69 

Zenith low impedance Trans-Oceanic Headphones

Another pair of Zenith headphones, this one with the 2 straight phone pin tip plugs to fit in to the Zenith Trans-Oceanic radios. Some of the earlier models have the straight phone tip receptacles and this pair will fit those radios, tested, working, and appear to be in nearly like new condition. $69

Brandes Navy Type 2000 Ohm Headphones circa 1923

Nice looking and great working sensitive pair of Brandes Navy Type 2000 ohm headphones. These were the higher end model of the famous Brandes Superior Matched Tone headphones and featured the shielded 3 conductor cord and no exposed terminals on the back of the housings. The 1/4 inch plug had been added by a previous owner. These work great with very good sensitivity for crystal radio use and are in remarkable cosmetic quality for 100 year old headphones. $59

Western Electric Navy Soundpowered headset (my last one)
 
This is a complete US Navy Decktalker set by Western Electric is excellent condition and fully functional. Press the mic button to talk and hear clearly in the headphones with no power source. They can be used as ultra-sensitive headphones. The performance of these is so close to RCA big cans it would be hard to tell them apart. Rare to find a complete set is such nice condition, tested and fully functional. (Best to use with an impedance matching transformer like a Mouser 42-TM-117)  $125SOLD LJ

Murdock Radio Model 56 Headphones 2000 Ohms circa 1922

Very nice looking and working pair of Murdock Model 56 headphones with the original silk covered cloth cord. These were pretty common but it is rare to find a pair with the cloth headband and cord in such nice condition, and working well, with very good sensitivity for use on crystal radio. $56

Bestone 2000 Ohm Headphones by Henry Hyman Co. circa 1922

Good working pair of fairly uncommon Bestone headphones by Henry Hyman Company. These are in working condition, and I can hear some local stations on my crystal radio with them but the sensitivity and sound quality are only fair. Still a collectible quality set for its rarity. $33

Red Seal 2000 Ohm Headphones

Very Nice working and fairly uncommon pair of Red Seal 2000 Ohm headphones with the reddish Bakelite housings and ear caps, circa 1924. These are in good working condition suitable for use on crystal or one tube radio. $39

Automatic Electric 2000 Ohm Headphones

Good working pair of Automatic Electric 2000 ohm headphones of mid 1920's vintage. They are in good cosmetic condition save for a crack in one of the housings you can see on the left side in the photo. They function well with good sensitivity for crystal radio or one tube radio reception. $42

Viodyne 2000 Ohm Headphones

Another rather uncommon brand of headphones, Viodyne 2000 ohm total resistance. These are in good working condition with adequate sensitivity fore crystal radio reception.$43SOLD LJ

Royalfone "King of All" 2000 Ohm Headphones

Interesting pair of Royalfone headphones with the lofty claim "King Of All" circa 1924. They are in quite good cosmetic condition, cloth headband has no fray, and they work with adequate sensitivity for crystal radio reception. Not a very common pair especially in this nice condition. $43

Coryphone 2000 Ohm Headphones

Working pair of rather uncommon Coryphone 1000 Ohm headphones in excellent condition for 100 year old headphones. They are in good working condition too and have good sensitivity for use with crystal radio,but are collectible in their own right due to their relative rarity and excellent condition. $47 

EMP Electrical Manufacturing Products 2000 Ohm Headphones

Very uncommon pair of EMP 2000 ohm headphones in good working condition. I have only ever seen a couple pairs of these so must be quite uncommon. They do work and are suitable for small signals from crystal radio. They date to about 1921-1922. $48

Model 2P 2000 ohm headphones

Good working pair of Model 2P headphones, 2000 ohms DC resistance. Adequate sensitivity for crystal radio. $32

American Bell 2000 Ohm Headphones

Good working pair of American Bell 2000 ohm headphones by Wayland Radio Corp. circa 1930s era. They have  replacement cord, and there is a chip you can see on the ear cap on one side. These work surprisingly well and sound quite good on crystal radio reception. They were economy grade headphones back in their day but must have been of good enough quality to last for 90 years and still work well. $24

Dymac Type E 2000 Ohm Headphones

Good looking and working pair of Dymac Type E 2000 ohm headphones, suitable for crystal radio use. $35SOLD LJ 

Dymac Type F Headphones

Pretty much the same as the above Dymac Type E headphones but these are not in as good condition. They are working but the sound quality is fair at best. Still a nice collectible from circa 1922. $22

REGO 2000 Ohm Headphones

A pretty uncommon brand of headphones, REGO 2000 ohm headphones circa 1922 in excellent cosmetic and working condition. Collectable for their rarity and well preserved cosmetic condition. $49HOLD  

Automatic Electric Headphones with original box

Working pair of Automatic Electric headphones with the original box. Headphones are working but only fair to good condition with a taped up spot on the cord. $45

The ACME headphones with original box

Good working pair of The ACME headphones with the original box, by Acme specialty company. $29    

Davis 2000 Ohm Headphones

Davis 2000 ohm headphones by United Radio Corporation in Rochester NY. A good looking pair in good working condition, suitable for crystal radio use. $33

Ambassador 2000 Ohm Headphones

Working pair of 2000 Ohm Ambassador headphones circa 1921. Cord has a fair amount of fray, but the rest is in good condition and still working. $26

Baldwin headphones were the first to use the balanced armature type of sound reproducer similar to that used in the later navy soundpowered headphones, making their sensitivity excellent. The armature was coupled to a transparent mica diaphragm and encircled by a large permanent magnet. They were among the best, and most expensive headphones available in the early 1920's, and the average worker would have to pay 1-2 weeks wages to buy a pair.  

A note about Baldwin Headphones
    Headphones by Nathaniel Baldwin were touted as being superior to other headphones of the 1920's due to their pivoting armature driving a pin attached to a mica diaphragm. After testing dozens of pairs of these headphones, I conclude that the main difference is increased sensitivity to very weak signals, and the volume on stronger signals is about the same as a good pair of Western Electric 509-Ws or Brandes headphones. They were designed for radiotelegraphy CW signals, so sound a little treble strong compared to magnetic diaphragm headphones designed for voice audio signals. They have an excursion limiting pin to stabilize the position of the armature in the magnet gap that limits the excursion of the armature and thereby limiting the volume at higher levels. So, don't buy a pair of Baldwins expecting them to be louder than a good pair of magnetic diaphragm type of headphones for general listening, but you should find that they pick up the very weak stations better than others. Also, since there are moving parts involved, there is sometimes some variability in volume and one side may be marginally louder than the other side. Will note if this is so.

Baldwin #4

Ugly but working pair of Baldwin headphones with replacement cord and slightly frayed headband, and some tape residue on one of the housings. But they do work and should pick up stations on crystal radio. These are the model with the brown phenolic diaphragms and are not quite as sensitive as the mica ones but still work quite well and priced low
to make up for the cosmetic condition. $26

Brandes Superior Matched Tone 2000 Ohm headphones circa 1921 #1

 Excellent pair of Brandes headphones circa 1921with great sensitivity for crystal radio listening. Great overall condition for 100 year old headphones and work great with very good sensitivity for crystal radio listening. $53SOLD

Brandes Superior Matched Tone 2000 Ohm headphones circa 1921 #2

Very nice pair of Brandes headphones circa 1921with great sensitivity for crystal radio listening. Very good overall condition for 100 year old headphones, one repair of the cord terminal you can see in the photo. $48 

Brandes Superior 2000 Ohm headphones circa 1921 #3

Good working pair of Brandes Superior Matched Tone 2000 ohm headphones with replacement cord and Frost type headband. The earphone units are in very good condition and would work great for crystal radio listening. $34 

Brandes Superior Matched Tone 2000 Ohm headphones circa 1923 #4

Good working pair of Brandes headphones. The cord has been repaired and headband cloth has some splits, but they work great and should be quite good for crystal radio use. $32

Brandes Superior Matched Tone 2000 Ohm Headphones #5

Excellent pair of Brandes Superior Matched Tone 2000 Ohm headphones both cosmetically and functionally. Great sensitivity for crystal radio use. These are about 100 years old and still look good and sound great. $50

Brandes Superior 2000 Ohm Headphones circa 1922  #6
 
This is an exceptionally clean and nice pair of 100 year old Brandes 2000 ohm headphones. Everything is in very fine condition and the sensitivity and tone seem as good as they were 100 years ago. I rarely get a pair in this nice condition. $56

Brandes Superior 2000 Ohm Headphones #7

These are later Brandes circa early 1930's after they started making them cheaper, but they still work very well and are in very good condition except for some minor surface rust on the headband. Suitable for crystal radio use. $25
 
Kay Headphones 2000 ohm

Kay headphones are quite uncommon, and this pair does work but the sound is pretty weak, so sold as a collectible and not for general usage. $27

R&Z 2000 ohm Headphones

A very uncommon pair of R&Z 2000 ohm headphones in good working condition, replacement vintage cloth cord. $32HOLD for repairs    

No name 2000 ohm headphones

Working pair of 1920's headphones sensitivity adequate for crystal radio reception. The cloth is split on one of the canvas headband covers. $19

Western Electric Style military HUBMIL TS-5

This is a nice military single 1000 ohm headphone in good working condition. Suitable for use with crystal radio and the unit looks like a Western Electric type element. $23HOLD for repairs

Coherer Products 1000 ohm single earphone

Rare Coherer Products 1000 ohm single earphone in working condition. This is the only Coherer headphone I have ever seen so must be pretty uncommon. $39 

Crosley 2000 ohm headphones #2

  
Crosley 2000 ohm headphones in good working condition, cord has one patched area bound with black thread over a frayed area. One repaired chip on the edge of the ear cap. $49
 

Western Electric 509-W and similar model headphones were among the highest quality headphones and the first choice for professional radiomen back in the 1920's. They were based on the same design made by Western Electric for use in WW-I which include the model P-II used with the Signal Corps DeForest BC-14A crystal radio, and the model 194-W used in the WW-I leather pilot flying helmets. They were quite expensive and costed about a week's wages for the average worker at the time. The model 509-W were built to the same military specifications as those models. The ones available below have been cleaned up and are in good working condition with excellent sensitivity for using with crystal radios. Some of the cords have had to be replaced. Even though these headphones are about 100 years old they are working great and should give many more years of service.

Western Electric 509-W #2

Another good working pair of Western Electric 509-W headphones with some wear through on the headband, but still work great for crystal radio. $39

Western Electric 509-W #5

Good working pair of Western Electric 509-W headphones. This pair has a replacement cord and the headband is not original but is vintage. These work very well with excellent sensitivity for crystal radio use. $45

Western Electric 509-W 2200m Ohm Headphones #6

Western Electric 509-W headphones with replacement cord, work great with excellent sensitivity for crystal radio use. Headband has about a one inch split at the seam, otherwise in very good working condition. $49

Western Electric 509-W 2200 Ohm Headphones #7

Nice looking and great working pair of Western Electric 509-W headphones. These have a replacement cloth covered vintage cord, otherwise original. Excellent sensitivity for crystal radio reception. $59SOLD 

Western Electric 509-W Headphones #8

Good working pair of Western Electric 509-W headphones work great with replacement cord. Great sensitivity for crystal radio reception. $47SOLD GF

ACME Trimm headphones 2000 ohm

Pair of ACME Trimm 2000 ohm headphones, economy model but appear to be unused, and in working condition. $19HOLD Ron

ACME Trimm 2000 Ohm Headphones

Pair of ACME Trimm 2000 ohm headphones in excellent condition and working. Adequate sensitivity for crystal radio reception. $18

Keystone 2200 Ohm Headphones #1

Nice looking and great working pair of Keystone 2200 ohm headphones circa 1921-1922. Very good sensitivity for crystal radio use. $49

Keystone 2200 Ohm Headphones #2

This is a fairly rare pair of Keystone headphones by American Electric Company in good working condition. The cord is a bit short and repaired at the end, but they work great and would work well for crystal radio use. $45.

Crown Mechanics 2000 Ohm Headphones

This is a very uncommon pair of Crown Mechanics 2000 ohm headphones from Rochester that are in good working condition. $39

Automatic Electric 1500 Ohm Headphones

Automatic Electric headphones from the mid to late 1920's in quite nice cosmetic and working condition. Work fine for crystal radio use, tested and working well. Nice leatherette covered headband. $36 

Blue Streak 2000 Ohm Headphones

This is one of a very few pairs of Blue Streak headphones that I have ever seen, so they must be pretty uncommon. These are in very good cosmetic and working condition. $34        

Will be listing many more headphones over the next few weeks, inquire is there is something specific you are looking for.      

USVB 2000 Ohm Headphones

This is a fairly uncommon pair of USVB 2000 ohm headphones, in good working condition. Look a lot like Trimm headphones, possibly made on a contract. Fine for crystal radio reception. $35

Trimm Dependable 2000 Ohm Headphones

Good working 2000 ohm Trimm Dependable headphones with some fray of the outer cover of the cord at the Y connection but otherwise good working condition and suitable for crystal radio reception. $28HOLD  for JD

Trimm 500 Ohm Headphones

Uncommon 500 ohm pair of Trimm Headphones in working condition, replacement headband, and a bound up spot on the cord. $19 

Low Impedance Cheapie Headphones

Working pair of fairly modern low impedance headphones, tinned ends on the wire. $11HOLD 

RMCA 2000 ohm headphones

Rather beat up but functional pair of RMCA (Radio Marine Corporation of America) headphones, probably same as Trimm Featherweight. Will work for crystal radio. $21

Holleyfone 1000 Ohm Headphones

Working pair of 1000 ohm Holleyfone headphones. An interesting and fairly uncommon pair with a unique headband. They do work, though not the best sound quality, but sensitive enough to head some local stations on a crystal radio. $24

PAL 500 Ohm Headphones

Working pair of PAL 500 ohm headphones in quite nice cosmetic condition. Sound quality is fair at best, but you should be able to hear some local stations on a crystal radio, but sold more as a nice display pair. $20

CAMCO 2000 Ohm Headphones

Sort of time worn but surprisingly well working pair of CAMCO Cannon Ball headphones. Work fine on crystal radio. $18SOLD LJ

New Section Display or Mod Headphones
Nonworking Headphones for Display, Stage Props, or for rebuilding or Steampunk Mods Nothing over $20 sorting through some next few days. 

Ambassador Headphones

Pair of nonworking Ambassador headphones circa 1922.  Headband is in nice condition. $15

Leslie Moulton Cleartone Headphones

Nice looking pair of nonworking Leslie H. Moulton headphones. $18SOLD LJ  

Everett E-2 Headphones

Nice looking pair of Everett E-2 headphones not working but look good. $19

Delta Gold Stripe Headphones

Nice looking pair of Delta Gold Stripe headphones, not working but look nice. $18

Tru-Tone Headphones

Tru-Tone headphones very nice looking but not working. $19

Victor Telephone Works 2000 Ohm Headphones

Complete pair of 2000 Ohm Victor headphones, both the earphone units do work, but the cord needs repair, so placed here in the display section. $20

SACO Headphones

A pretty uncommon brand of headphones, SACO Sage Allen & Company, not working but display nicely. $18

NERCO Headphones

Interesting pair of NERCO headphones, non working, though the coils do test good for continuity. Circa 1924  $19

Kellog 82-A Headphones

Nonworking pair of Kellogg 82-A headphones with military style headband similar to Western Electric types. $19HOLD  

Dietzen Headphones

Nonworking pair of Dietzen headphones with an interesting Logo on the back of the housings with lightning bolts. $19SOLD LJ

Benwood 2500 Ohm Headphones

Nice looking pair of uncommon Benwood 2500 Ohm headphones, the units are both good but the cord has a fault so not working. Fix or replace cord and have a nice working pair of 2500 ohm headphones. $26

CannonBall Dixie 1920's Headphones

Nice looking pair of 1920's Cannon-Ball Dixie headphones. The are not working, but the coils in both units are good. $19  

Package of 12 Diodes

A dozen new old stock military germanium point contact detector diodes, (sorry the photo only shows 10 but offer is for 12) behave like 1N34A but they are unmarked so I don't know the exact specs, but tested and work equivalent to any 1N34A diode I have. $4.50
Bulk purchase option buy 100 diodes for $15.
HOLDS: If you want a pair of headphones or other item but need some time before purchasing, I will place the item on HOLD for a period of up to 2 weeks. After that the hold will be released and item sold to any buyer who wants it. Sorry I can't place items on hold longer. NO exceptions to this rule.  Items that say hold after the price are on hold.

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NO REPLACEMENT DOUBLE CORDS AVAILABLE They have these at Phoneco, email to phonecoinc@aol.com



PARTS:
NO REPLACEMENT CORDS or Diaphragms AVAILABLE Sorry, they are no longer available. Phoneco has just got them in stock, newly made nice cloth covered cords, email to phonecoinc@aol.com and ask about the headphone cords. They are charging about $39 each which is more than most headphones are worth.

Earcaps

These are not original W.E. parts but will fit W.E. 509W and similar headphones with the same size threads. $0.39 each

Earpiece units:
1 pair Murdock 55, 1000 ohm  earpiece with good coils, no cap or diaphragm $13 ball and socket type circa 1915
 Sorry, no Baldwin parts. Have some Brandes units earpieces available with good coils without the diaphragms or earcaps,  no headbands or cords $5.

Sorry, no repair service available, plenty of advice given free though. Many other parts available, inquire.

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