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Several new pairs just listed on these pages.
Throw away that little crystal
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
the sensitivity of a good crystal earplug, but the sound is poor in
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
of the page here that are either in exceptional condition, or a rare or
Selling off a few of my boxed headphones I have collected over the
Will be listing many more headphones over the next few
weeks, inquire is there is something specific you are looking for.
Holtzer Cabot Early Radio Headphones circa 1915
This is a very early pair of Holtzer Cabot 2000 ohm radio headphones with the ball and socket joint and a double celluloid covered headband and the original green silk cloth covered cord. These are in remarkable condition at 99 years old. There is a bit of time wear including loss of the bakelite nut covers on the back of the housings, you can see the one remaining one in the photo on the right hand unit back screw. The headphones are in working condition, but are really valued as a collectable item, being among the earliest of headphones produced exclusively for radio application in the 2000 ohm resistance rating, rather than the lower impedance used for telephone switchboards. $89SOLD
Western Electric Navy Soundpowered Headset
Working, but a bit time worn, pair of Western Electric Navy big can soundpowered headphones with chestset. Working well, loud and clear using the mic. May be used as soundpowered set, or remove headset to use for crystal radio reception with impedance matching transformer. $99
This is a fairly uncommon and good working pair of Western Electric 194W headphones, prior to the 1918 patent. This was the WW-I model supplied to the military with the heavy duty oilcloth covered cord still present on this set and in quite nice condition. These are rarely found in such nice shape as they were usually roughed up pretty bad by military use or subsequent handling over the past 95 or so years. This set is all original including the cord, unwhipped olive drab canvas headband cloth, and hardware. They are excellent for use on crystal radio. $79
Western Electric 194-W Headphones 2200 ohms
Another uncommon and good working pair of Western Electric 194W headphones, prior to the 1918 patent. This was the WW-I model supplied to the military t and in quite nice condition. These are rarely found in such nice shape as they were usually roughed up pretty bad by military use or subsequent handling over the past 95 or so years. This set has replacement but vintage headband, cord and earcaps, all in very good to excellent condition with some chipping of the outside rubber layer of insulation of the ends or the cord. They are excellent for use on crystal radio. $64
Western Electric 509W Headphones 2200 Ohms
Another very nice pair of Western Electric 509W headphones circa 1920, in fine cosmetic and working condition. This pair has the extra long heavy duty military cloth covered cord with metal 1/4 inch plug. Excellent sensitivity for use on crystal radios. These are very high quality headphones, among the best made at the time and the favorite of professional radio operators in the early 1920's, costing about a week's wages at the time. $76SOLD
Western Electric 509-W Headphones 2200 Ohms
Another very nice pair of Western Electric 509W headphones circa 1920, in fine cosmetic and working condition. Excellent sensitivity for use on crystal radios. These are very high quality headphones, among the best made at the time and the favorite of professional radio operators in the early 1920's, costing about a week's wages at the time. The parts are all original and even the cloth headband is in exceptional condition. $72
Western Electric 509W Headphones 2200 Ohms
Another very nice pair of Western Electric 509W headphones circa 1920, in fine cosmetic and working condition, the previous owner faintly scratched initials GSW on the back of the housiings, just barely visible. Excellent sensitivity for use on crystal radios. These are very high quality headphones, among the best made at the time and the favorite of professional radio operators in the early 1920's, costing about a week's wages at the time. $65
Western Electric 509 Single Earphone with probe
This is a single Western Electric 509 earphone unit 1100 ohms DC resistance with cloth covered cord and a linesman probe on one terminal. In working condition. $25
Western Electric 509 Single Headphone
This is a single Western Electric 509 earphone with 1100 ohms DC
resistance, in good working condition. $26
Brandes Superior 2000 Ohms circa 1919
This is an early set of Brandes Superior 2000 ohm headphones circa 1919. This pair is in exceptionally good cosmetic and working condition. They work very well for crystal radio reception, or keep as a collectable pair of early radio memorabilia. $59
Brandes Navy Type 3000 Ohm Headphones
This is an uncommon Brandes Navy Type pair of headphones 3000 ohmd with the heavy duty shielded and grounded 3 conductor cord. These are in exceptionally fine condition and are working well. Suitable for crystal radio use with very good sensitivity. $59
Brandes Superior 2000 ohm headphones, later style
This pair of Brandes Superior Matched Tone headphones has some wear through part of the headband cloth, but they still work fine and are suitable for crystal radio use. They are the later producation, around the late 1920's. $33
Brandes Superior Matched Tone 2000 ohm headphones circa 1922
This is an very good pair of Brandes Superior Matched Tone 2000 ohm headphones circa 1921 that are in very fine cosmetic and working condition. Tested and work great for crystal radio reception. $37
Brandes Superior Matched Tone 2000 ohm headphones
This is an good pair of Brandes Superior Matched Tone 2000 ohm headphones circa 1924 that are in good cosmetic and working condition. Tested and work great for crystal radio reception. $34
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
RMCA 2000 Ohm Headphones
RMCA Radiomarine Corporation of America 2000 ohm headphones made by RCA complete with the right angle RCA plug, in excellent cosmetic and working condition. A very uncommon set manufactured for marine use. $29
Trimm Dependable 2000 ohm headphones
A good working pair of Trimm Dependable 2000 ohm headphones with spade terminal tips. $33
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. $59
Trimm Dependable 3.2 ohm headphones new in the original box
Another new old stock pair of Trimm Dependable headphones with the box, this one in 3.2 ohm impedance. $39
Trimm Featherweight 2000 ohm headphones with big foam cushions
Nice working pair of Trimm Featherweight 2000 ohm headphones with big foam cushions. $29
USIC Soundpowered Headphones
This is a pair of Navy Soundpowered headphones by USIC, the "big cans". They have been removed from the chestset and a cord spliced on with the elements in series. A Mouster 42-TM117 transformer is included for impedance matching on crystal radio. Exceptional sensitivity. $95SOLD
Trimm Professional 2000 Ohms
Good pair of Trimm Professional 2000 ohm headphones work well with crystal radio. A little bit of wear from use but overall good condition. $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
Cannon Alnico 2000 ohm headphones
Good working pair of Cannon Alnico 2000 ohm headphones. There is a little surface rust on the headband, easily removed with some steel wool and black shoe polish. Fine for local stations on crystal radio. $18
Cannon Chief Low Impedance Headphones
Low Z pair of Cannon Chief headphones in very nice condition, including nice cloth cord. $19
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. $29 have several
Holtzer Cabot 2000 ohm headphones
Another nice working pair of Holtzer Cabot 2000 ohm headphones circa 1922. Very good sensitivity for crystal radio reception. $49
Cannon The Chief 1000 ohm headphones
Vintage Cannon The Chief 1000 ohm headphones in very nice condition, though the labels on the backs have faded. $23
Low impedance headphones
Low impedance headphones, suitable for tube powered radio, in new condition. $17
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. $63
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
Navy Soundpowered Headphone Elements
This is a pair of balanced armature Navy soundpowered headphone elements TA-118/PT new in the original packages. Excellent sensitivity. They are 74 ohms DC resistance each. Can be used to make a nice sensitive pair of soundpowered headphones using a pair of hearing protector ear muffs or a donor headset, and give best result when used with an impedance matching transformer. These are $-- for a pair while they last. SOLD out
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 $17SOLD OUT, some have some rust on the metal headband yokes.
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.
Beat up pair of circa 1930 PAL headphones for repair, parts or stage prop. $9
Featherweight Twin Tone Headphones
Featherweight TwinTone headphones circa 1930. $9
Cannon Alnico Headset
Cannon Alnico headset with taped up cord. $8
Cannon Alnico Headset
Cannon Alnico headset. $9
Single Telephone type earpiece
Single hanging type telephone earpiece, cord needs repair but earpiece is functional. $9
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
These are not original W.E. parts but will fit W.E. 509W and similar headphones with the same size threads. $0.39 each
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
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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