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 80 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 pricy 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.

I recommend you add insurance for amount of purchase, not responsible for damage or disappearance in mail, so insurance is recommended. $2 for $50 coverage from US Postal Service.
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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 arive 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.

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

Selling off a few of my boxed headphones I have collected over the years. 

Frost Fones 2000 Ohm Headphones in original box

This is a pair of Frost Fones 161 headphones in the original box. They are in near mint condition, appear that they were never used. The box has some wear ant tear but is all there. Although Frost headphones were fairly common, it is rare to find the original colorful box. They date to about 1921. $79SOLD 

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

Early Trimm 4000 ohm Headphones in brown bakelite

These Trimm headphones are similar to the ones listed above but are the earlier model. Great sensitivity and great cosmetic condition. $65SOLD  

SECO 2000 Ohm Headphones

This is a quite uncommon pair of SECO 2000 ohm headphones in very nice cosmetic and working condition, fine for use on crystal radio and a very collectable set. $75HOLD 

Western Electric 509W Headphones

Another nice pair of Western Electric 509W headphones, 2200 ohms DC resistance in very nice condition and great sensitivity for use on crystal radio. $65SOLD 

Western Electric 509W Headphones

 Another nice pair of Western Electric 509W headphones, 2200 ohms DC resistance in very nice condition and great sensitivity for use on crystal radio. $63

Western Electric 509 Headphones 2200 Ohms

A nice pair of Western Electric 509 headphones, 2200 ohms DC resistance in very nice condition and great sensitivity for use on crystal radio. $59SOLD

Western Electric 509W headphones, uncommon model with curved script

This is a great looking pair of Western Electric 509W headphones, the less common model with the script embossed in a arc pattern on the back of the housings, and leatherette headband. Someone put some tape on the cord where it exits the plug, otherwise in excellent condition and sound great on crystal radio.  $72

Western Electric Navy Soundpowered Headset "Big Cans"

US Navy sound powered headphones are about the most sensitive receivers ever made. RCA made the best but Western Electrics were a very close second, and this pair comes with the mic and chest plate, and is in working condition with great sensitivity for use on crystal radiol I will include a little Mouser impedance matching transformer for best performance, or you can use them as a soundpowered set with the push to talk mic. $85SOLD  

Brandes Superior 2000 Ohm Headphones, early version circa 1920

This is an early version of the Brandes Superior headphones circa 1920, in 2000 ohms DC resistance, and in very nice condition for being 94 years old and still working fine. $49SOLD  

Brandes Superior Matched Tone 2000 Ohm Headphones circa 1923

Brandes headphones from the early 1920's in exceptionally fine and clean condition, must have spent most of the past 90 years in a box somewhere. They are still working fine and have great sensitivity for crystal radio reception. $55

Trimm Dependable 2000 Ohm Headphones

A good working pair of Trimm Dependable headphones with cloth cord and spade terminals on the cord. Work fine for crystal radio. $29

ACME Trimm 2000 ohm headphones

ACME Trimm economy grade headphones in good working condition, fine for hearing local stations on crystal radio. $19

ACME Trimm single sided 1000 ohm headphone

Single sided ACME Trimm 1000 ohm DC resistance headphones, works fine. $16

Modern 2000 Ohm set of Headphones

Modern 2000 ohm DC resistance h eadphones fine for crystal radio reception. Used to be sold by AES, but no longer produced. $21

Cannon Chief 2000 Ohm Headphones

This is a new looking pair of Cannon Chief headphones with 2000 ohms DC resistance, cloth cord and 1/4 inch plug. Suitable for use with crystal radio. $24

Trimm Dependable 2000 Ohm headphones

Good pair of Trimm Dependable 2000 ohm headphones, with 1/4 inch plug, sound great with crystal radio. Very nice cosmetic and working condition. $32

Newcomb Black 2000 ohm headphones

These are economy grade more recent headphones in 2000 ohm DC resistance with replacement black cord that work quite well for crystal radio reception. Cord has tinned ends. $19 have several

Western Electric 509 Single Headphone

This is a single Western Electric 509 earphone with 1100 ohms DC resistance, in good working condition. $26SOLD       

Brandes NHI 2000 Ohm headphones circa 1920

This is a quite uncommon pair of Brandes NHI 2000 ohm headphones, with some wear of the headband cloth and a chip off the housings that cover the screw terminals on the back of the housings. These are still in about the best condition of any of the Brandes NHI that I have seen and are in working condition. The diameter is a little smaller than the other Brandes, and the increased diameter improved the tone and sensitivity, but still able to hear stations well on crystal radio. A collectable and uncommon set. $49

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

A good working pair of Trimm Dependable 2000 ohm headphones with spade terminal tips. $33

Trimm Dependable 2000 Ohm Headphones
An exceptionally clean and nice working pair of Trimm 2000 ohm headphones with the pin tips on the cord, work fine. $34  

Lincoln 2000 Ohm headphones

Lincoln Allied 2000 ohm headphones in working condition with cloth cord and 1/4 inch plug. An economy set but work well enough for local stations on crystal radio $19

Connecticut R2A Headphones 2200 Ohms

Apart from the cracked cord, this pair of Connectricut R2A headphones is in excellent cosmetic and working condition. The headband is clean and supple, and the housings are shiny and clean, and they work great with crystal radio. They are 2200 ohms DC resistance and work great with crystal radio. The cord is electrically intact and original to the set so I have not replaced it. $55SOLD 

Trimm Featherweight 2000 ohm headphones with big foam cushions

Nice working pair of Trimm Featherweight 2000 ohm headphones with big foam cushions. $29  

American Bell 2000 ohm headphones

Good working pair of economy grade American Bell 2000 ohm headphones circa early 1930's. I can hear my local stations clearly on crystal radio with these. $21

Cannon Empire 2000 ohm headphones

CanonBall Empire 2000 ohm headphones in good working condition, fine for local stations on crystal radio. $19

CannonBall Master 2000 ohm headphones

CannonBall Master 2000 ohm headphones in good condition, OK for local stations on crystal radio, one side is a bit louder than the other, cord is in great shape. $18

Trimm Featherweight 300 ohm single headphone in original box

This is a new in the original box set of Trimm Featherweight 300 ohm headphones, look like they have never been used. $36

Cannon Alnico Magnetic Headphones unused in original box

This is a pair of Cannon Alnico Magnetic 2000 ohm headphones in the original box with original packing paper, There is a little rust on the headband yoke from storage, but otherwise in new condition. $25 have several   

Western Electric 509W Headphones
This is a good working pair of Western Electric 509-W headphones with the later type curved script in good working condition, has a small patch on the cord and the leather covered headband. $65HOLD  

Trimm Type K 2200 Ohm Headphones

Very nice pair of Trimm Type K 2200 ohm DC resistance headphones with leather covered headband and 1/4 inch plug. Cloth cord is also in excellent condition. This pair has some loss of the crhome plating on one of the housings as shown in photo, but are in excellent condition otherwise and work great. These were made to the same military specifications as the Western electric headphones above. Excellent sensitivity. $63SOLD 

Trimm Dependable 2000 Ohm Headphones

Very good used pair of 2000 ohm Trimm Dependable headphones with nice cloth cord and 1/4 inch plug. Very good for use on crystal radio. $30

Harvey Wells low impedance Headphones

Uncommon Harvey Wells low impedance headphones maybe 1950's vintage in working condition. Great addition to your Harvey Wells ham radio gear. $35        

Newcomb 500 ohm headphones

These are cheap 500 ohm headphones from the 1950's era, good enough to hear some locals. They have nice cloth cords that could be used for rebuilding another pair, the cords alone are worth the price. I have a few of these at $19SOLD OUT, some have some rust on the metal headband yokes.   Have some black ones pictured above.

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.

SG Brown Type K Moving Coil Headphones (not working)
A nonworking but awesome looking pair of British made SG Brown Type K Moving Coil headphones with the volume control in the cord and big rubber cushoins over the earpieces. These are the most Steampunk looking headphones I have, very metallic and industrial looking. $35 

Cheap Gray Headphones

This is a cheapie pair of headphones with separate cord for each side, and about 1800 ohms DC resistance per side. They are actually in working condition but are not very good performers. $9 
PAL Headset

Beat up pair of circa 1930 PAL headphones for repair, parts or stage prop. $9SOLD 

Featherweight Twin Tone Headphones

Featherweight TwinTone headphones circa 1930. $9SOLD 

Cannon Alnico Headset

Cannon Alnico headset with taped up cord. $8SOLD 
Cannon Alnico Headset

Cannon Alnico headset. $9SOLD     

Wen Model 100 Soldering Gun

This is a Wen soldering iron it works and the tip heats up to temperature in about 3 seconds. You can't buy a better soldering gun and nothing made today works as well as a vintage This one is used but tested, no cracks, and working fine. Wen. $19SOLD    Have several others available, inquire if interested.

NOS Sylvania 1N450 Glass Body Point Contact Germanium Crystal Diodes

New Old stock of Sylvania crystal diodes, probably 1950's vintage, nice long leads, tested and work great for crystal radio detectors. $3 each or $25 for a dozen and free shipping.

NOS Vintage Sylvania 1N48 glass body Point Contact Diodes

These are new old stock Sylvania glass body 1N48 Germanium point contact diodes, the early style with the metal caps and clear large glass body. These have been tested and are excellent crystal radio detectors, subjectively as good as any 1N34 diodes I have. They have the full length leads as shown. $4 each or $35 for a dozen  and free shipping within the US

Package of 7 Germaniun Point Contact Crystal Radio Detector Diodes

Assortment of seven diodes. One vintage Sylvania 1N48 diode, two Russian D9B detector diodes, two US made NOS military diodes, and two modern 1N34A diodes.
All work great for crystal radio detectors. $6 and free shipping within the US.

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 and free shipping within the US on this offer.
Bulk purchase option buy 100 diodes for $15 which includes free shipping within the US.

Other Stuff
Fightin' Bull Mother of Pearl Hand Crafted Pen knife

I bought several of these collectable high quality hand made pocket knives from Wendell Carson and need to sell some of them off. I am pricing them at less than I paid. Mint unused new in the box condition, opened up only to take the photo.  $79 (less than I paid for it)  Have several other styles, only one of this kind. 

See 1920's Battery set parts page for vintage radio parts occasionally list Transformers, tubes, and test equipment.
Click here to see the Headphone Museum Gallery

NO REPLACEMENT DOUBLE CORDS AVAILABLE They have these at Phoneco, email to

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 and ask about the headphone cords. They are charging about $39 each which is more than most headphones are worth.


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.

Variable Capacitors: go to the 1920's radio parts page.

Just listed some nice vintage National variable tuning capacitors on the radio parts page.

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