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.

Brandes Superior 2000 Ohm Headphones circa 1922 in original box

This is one of my rarest finds. A pair of Brandes Superior Matched Tone 2000 ohm headphones new and unused in the original box with the package insert. These have been sitting somewhere untouched for 93 years. $125SOLD  

Explorer 1500 Ohm Single Earphones with original box

Single sided headphone looks to be new old stock in like new condition with the original box. Probably about 1940's vintage. Working and pick up local stations on crystal radio. $29

Trimm Dependable 4000 Ohm Headphones new in original box

This is a new in the original box pair of Trimm Dependable 4000 ohm headphones. Never used. $49SOLD  

Trimm Featherweight 600 ohm headphones in original box

New in the original box pair of Trimm Featherweight 600 ohm impedance headphones. $35

MIRACO Midwest Radio Company headphones

This is a truly rare pair of headphones by Miraco, Midwest Radio Company. They are in very good to excellent condition and are working fine. This is the only pair of Miraco headphones I have ever seen and is a true collectable piece. $139 

Dreyfuss Headphones

This is a quite uncommpn pair of Dreyfuss headphones in very good working condition. The cord was missing and replaced with a nice vintage cloth cord with the pin tips. These are in good working condition. $79

Very Early Murdock 55 Headphones 3000 Ohms circa 1916

This is a very early pair of Murdock 55 headphones circa 1916 from the early wireless era, in excellent working condition. They have the ball and socket joints and original cord. This is an unusual and highly collectable early pair of headphones and rarely seen in this nice of cosmetic and working condition. $89SOLD  

Very Early Brandes Circa 1918

This is one of the earliest Brandes headphones circa 1918 with the celluloid headband and ball socket joints to the earphone units. This pair is in working condition, though the cord may have been replaced and is stiff, but the headphones are in very good condition overall. $90

Davega Headphones

This is a downright rare pair of Davega 2000 ohm headphones, though they appear to be similar to Frost headphones, and may have been made under contract. This is the only pair of these I have ever seen. They are in working condition. $79

Crosley 2500 Ohm Headphones

This ia a very nice example of Crosley 2500 ohm headphones in the less common variety with the multiple small sound holes. These are in excellent working condition and Crosley headphones are quite hard to find and extremely uncommon in such nice cosmetic and working condition. $95

Kollmorgen 2200 Ohm Headphones

This is another pair of rare headphones, and these are in good working condition. Kollmorgen 2200 ohm headphones with nice original reddish brown cord and leather headband to match the reddish brown bakelite earphones units. I have never seen another pair of this brand. $115

BTH Headphones BBC

British manufacture BTH headphones is very nice working condition and with the higher 4000 ohm DC resistance. $79

Holleyfone 2000 Ohm headphones

Another uncommon set of headphones, Holleyfone from Holley MFG in Newark NJ, 2000 ohms DC resistance in very good cosmetic and working condition. Beautiful shiny chromed or polished nickel housings. $69

Webster 2500 Ohm Headphones

Excellent pair of Webster Electric Co. 2500 ohm headphones in excellent cosmetic and working condition. This is another rare set that I have never seen outside of this one pair. They have a nice leather headband with unique pivots and were obviously a higher end product at the time. $110

Pival 1000 Ohm Headphones

This is a pretty uncommon pair of Pival 1000 ohm headphones in good working condition. $42

Western Electric CW-834 Headphones 2200 ohms DC resistance

This is an uncommon and very early pair of Western Electric CW-834 headphones, the predecessor of the 509-W model. They date to 1917 to 1919, after which the 509-W replaced this model. This pair is in excellent cosmetic and working condition, has the 1/4 inch plug, no pin tips. It is one of the few headsets that shows both the DC resistance and AC impedance, and gives a good reference as to the comparison. $79

Western Electric 2200 Ohm Military Headphones

These are Western Electric CW-49003 military headphones in very good working condition, 2200 ohms DC resistance. A fairly uncommon set that works great for crystal radio reception with excellent sensitivity, same design as the 509-W headphones. Leatherette covered headband and heavy duty cloth covered cord. $75HOLD 

Western Electric Speaker Driver 1000 Ohms
 
Western Electric 545 W speaker driver in working condition. Some dents in the diaphragm but still produces sound, could be flattened out or replaced. Threaded opening measures about 7/8 inch. $40

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. $52

Dictograph R-1 3000 Ohm Headphones

Dictograph R-1 3000 ohm headphones circa 1923 is very nice working condition. These are fairly uncommon and hard to find in this nice condition. $49

Radio Phone 1000 Ohm Headphones

This is a nice pair of 1000 ohm Radio Phone headphones, one tiny fray spot on the headband visible top right, good working condition. $39

Vest O Fone crystal radio

This little earphone unit is really a complete crystal radio built into an earphone housing. You can see the little crystal and catwhisker in the photo. There is a crack in the rim of the earphone cap but has been glued so it is secure. Quite an unusual set. $39

Kilbourne and Clark headphones

This is another truly rare pair of headphones, by Kilbourne and Clark. These are also in very nice cosmetic and working condition. K & C made a nice crystal radio that is much more common than the headphones, which are rarely seen, and almost never in this nice working condition. $135

Connecticut 3000 Ohm Headphones

This is a very uncommon pair of early Connecticut 3000 ohm headphones circa 1921, in exceptional cosmetic and working condition. These were the proper headphones to go along with their Sodion Tube powered radio set and are quite hard to find in any condition. $119

Penberthy Headphones

Penberthy headphones are also rarely seen, and this pair is in working condition. but some obvious wear and tear from the 90+ years it has been around. $39

BG Headphones UK manufactured

This is a very uncommon pair of British headphones from the early 1920's in nice working condition. They are 2000 ohms and work well for crystal radio use. $49

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. $39 

Trimm Brown Bakelite 3000 Ohm Headphones

This is a pair of Trimm 3000 ohm headphones in the uncommon brown bakelite, There are in very good cosmetic condition and have very good sensitivity for crystal radio use. With the original brown cloth cord and headband. A small area of fray on the outer covering of the cord. $52

Trimm Brown Bakelite 3000 ohm headphones

This is another pair of Trimm 3000 ohm headphones in the uncommon brown bakelite, There are in excellent cosmetic condition and have very good sensitivity for crystal radio use. With the original brown cloth cord and headband.  $56

Trimm Professional 2000 Ohm Brown Bakelite headphones

This is a pair of Trimm Professional 2000 ohm headphones in the uncommon brown bakelite, There are in excellent condition and have very good sensitivity for crystal radio use. With the original brown cloth cord and headband.  $55

Trimm Dependable 4000 Ohm Headphones

 

This is an excellent pair of Trimm Dependable 4000 ohm headphones with 1/4 inch plug, great for crystal radio use, and in excellent cosmetic condition. $39 

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. $53

Schwarze 2000 Ohm Headphones

Kind of a beat up but working pair of Schwarze 2000 ohm headphones from late 1920's. Fair amount of wear and tear but can still hear local stations on crystal radio with these. $24

Western Electric P-II Headphones circa 1917  WW-I Military Type

This is a very early pair of Western Electric headphones, model P-II with 2200 ohms DC resistance. These were used in the WW-I BC-114A crystal radio receiver and are quite hard to find, expecially in good working condition. They have the original headband. The cord has some fray and the little keeper ties are gone, but they still work great and look quite good overall. $69HOLD 

Western Electric 194-W single earphone

This is a single headphone with one Western Electric 194-W headphone unit, 1100 ohms DC resistance, circa 1918. These are in good working condition suitable for crystal radio, could use some pad on the wire headband to make it more comfortable. $28

Western Electric 194-W Headphones

Great pair of early Western Electric 194-W headphones is excellent cosmetic and working condition. The cord is a replacement but is a vintage cloth covered cord. There are from approximately 1917 to 1918 and work great for crystal radio. $66HOLD  

Western Electric 509-W Headphones with leatherette headband

Good working pair of Western Electric 509-W headphones circa 1920. Some patched fray on the cord but electrically intact and fine for general use. Very sensitive for crystal radio use. $49

Westewrn Electric 509-W headphones
 

This is an exceptionally nice pair of Western Electric 509-W headphones circa 1920. They work great and have excellent sensitivity for crystal radio use. Hard to find a pair in such nice cosmetic condition. $69SOLD 

Western Electric 509-W Headphones

This is an exceptionally nice pair of Western Electric 509-W headphones circa 1920. They work great and have excellent sensitivity for crystal radio use. Hard to find a pair in such nice cosmetic condition. $59

Western Electric 509-W Headphones 2200 Ohms

This is a very nice pair of Western Electric 509-W headphones circa 1920. They work great and have excellent sensitivity for crystal radio use, there are the earlier style circa 1919.  $62

Western Electric 509 Headphones

Excellent pair of Western Electric 509 Headphones, very similar to 509-W, and in superb cosmetic condition. $66

Trimm Type K 2200 Ohm headphones

Trimm Type K military headphones made to the same military specs as the Western Electrics, and in great condition. Like new replacement cloth cord. Excellent sensitivity for crystal radio use. $62

Pennsylvania Hamburg 2000 ohm headphones

This is a fairly uncommon pair of Hamburg Pennsylvania 2000 ohm headphones in working condition, with some fray on the headband and some patches on the cord. They still work but are more of a collectable than for regular use, though I can head local stations clearly on crystal radio. $29

Consolidated R-2-A Headphones 2200 Ohms

Working pair of Consolidated R-2-A headphones, replacement headband, work great for crystal radio. $37 

Wotton Headphones 2000 Ohms

Uncommon pair of Wotton 2000 ohm headphones in working condition. $49

Baldwin Type C Headphones

Exceptionally nice working pair of Baldwin Type C headphones with the mica diaphragm in very good condition with original silk covered cord. Very goood for crystal radio use. $79SOLD

Baldwin Type C Headphones

Good working pair of Baldwin Type C headphones with the mica diaphragm in very good condition with replacement cord. Very goood for crystal radio use. $59

Baldwin Mica Type C Headphones

Good working pair of Baldwin Type C headphones with the mica diaphragm in very good condition with original cord, small frayed spot on cord. Very goood for crystal radio use. $54

Western Electric 509-W Headphones circa 1921

This is a quite nice pair of Western Electric 509-W headphones in good working condition. There is a bit of fray on the headband shown in the photo, the other side is fine, and the cord has been replaced. They have excellent sensitivity for crystal radio use. $59SOLD

Brandes Superior 2000 Ohm Headphones

This is a pair of Brandes Superior Matched Tone headphones circa 1924 is excellent cosmetic and working condition. Very good sensitivity for crystal radio use. $55

Brandes Superior 2000 Ohm Headphones

Brandes Superior 2000 ohm headphones circa 1921 is excellent cosmetic and working condition. $54

Brandes Superior 2000 Ohm Headphones

Brandes Superior 2000 ohm headphones circa 1921 in great cosmetic and working condition. $44

Brandes Superior 2000 Ohm Headphones

Brandes Superior 2000 ohm headphones circa 1921 in very good cosmetic and working condition. $49

Brandes Superior 2000 Ohm Headphones

Another great pair of Brandes 2000 ohm  headphones circa 1924. Tested and working fine for crystal radio use. $44

Brandes Superior 2000 Ohm headphones

Brandes Superior 2000 ohm  headphones in good condition and working fine, Circa 1924. $41

USIC Navy Soundpowered Headphones

This is a very nice pair of USIC Navy Soundpowered headphones fitted with the heavy duty cord spliced on to it and pin tips for termination. These have superb sensitivity for crystal radio reception and I will include a little Mouser 42-TM117 impedance matching transformer. $79SOLD 

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

Trimm CTX-49003 Military 2200 Ohm Headphones

This is a great pair of military Trimm Type K CTX-49003 military headphones with leather covered headband and long cord with 1/4 inch plug. They are is very nice cosmetic and excellent working condition with excellent sensitivity for crystal radio reception. $69

Brandes Superior 2000 Ohm Headphones

This is a pair of Brandes Superior Matched Tone 2000 ohm headphones circa 1922 is very good condition. They have very good sensitivity for crystal radio reception and were one of the most popular models back in 1922.   $43

Early Headphone plug adapters 


CICO Automatic  $5
Brooklyn Metal Stamping $5
Beacon $5
CS  $5
Pacent Autoplug $5
Weston $5

 
Round Plug $3SOLD
Pacent #40  $4
Pacent $4
Pacent $4
Pacent #51 $5
Murdock Multi Plug $10


Headphone adapter plugs from 1920's. These adapt the headphone cord pin tips to 1/4 inch plug.
Standard Barrel types $1
Trimm Right Angle $2
E-Z Phone Connecting Adapter $5
Saturn Connecting Adapters $5 each

Trimm Dependable low Z headphones

This is a pair of Trimm Dependable low impedance headphones, about 8 ohms,  that looks like new old stock, doubt they have ever been used. $26

Trimm Dependable 2000 Ohm Headphones

Trimm Dependable 2000 ohm headphones in OK condition, some patched frayed spots on the cord, but still work great and fine for crystal radio use. $25

Cannonball Dixie 2000 Ohm Headphones

Cannonball Dixie 2000 ohm headphones. They are in working condition with replacement cord but work fine for local stations on crystal radio. Some rust on the metal headband. $19

Alnico low Z headphones

Nice looking and working pair of Alnico headphones in low impedance model with cloth cord and small mono plug. $19

Rex Headphones 2000 Ohms

A working pair of Trimm The Rex headphones with 2000 ohms DC resistance, work OK for local stations on crystal radio. A bit time worn but still working. $18

Western Electric Operator Headset

Western Electric model 53 operator headset in very nice condition. Earphone unit tests good, have no way to test the mic. $26

Military Headphones

This is a kind of grungy but intact and working pair of military headphones, needs a good cleaning. $11

Cannon Chief Low Impedance Headphones

This is a nice looking and working pair of low impedance Cannon Chief headphones with the 1/4 inch right angle plug. Nice cloth cord is worth the cost of the set. $22

ACME Trimm 2000 ohm headphones

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

Alnico Magnetic 2000 Ohm headphones

Working pair of Alnico Magnetic 2000 ohm headphones, some rust on headband but the cord looks like new. $19

2000 Ohm Headphones, no name

Good working pair of 2000 ohm headphones, probably Cannon but no name on them. $23

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

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 Low Z headphones

Nice looking pair of Trimm low impedance headphones. $26

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. $25SOLD

NRI Single Headphone

 
Nice nearly new looking set of NRI single headphone in good working condition, 1000 ohms. $24

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  

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        

Vintage Cloth Cords

Three cloth covered cords of the 1920's type dual conductor type used in headphones, but straight cordage, not Y spliced for headphones. Tested for continuity and good.
Top: About 20 feet long with pin tips on one end and terminals on the other end $15
Middle: Reddish cord about 15 feet long with pin tips both ends $15
Bottom: About 25 feet long with pin tips one end and other end cut off $16

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. 

Brunet Headphones, Paris

Too bad these headphones are not working as they are unique looking and in quite good cosmetic condition though missing one of the black plastic grips on the housing nuts. Great for display or stage prop. They are from about 1921 and made in France. $24

Berstan Headphones, not working

Interesting pair of late 1920's headphones in fairly good cosmetic condition, but not working. For mod, prop, or display. $22

Twin Tone headphones , not working

Nice looking pair of late 1920's Twin Tone headphones for display or mod or stage prop. $9

Little Spitfire headphones, not working

Non-working pair of Little Spitfire headphones for display, stage prop, or modification. $10SOLD

Alnico headphones, not working

This pair of Alnico headphones is a new old stock pair, but coils are open circuit so it is not working. The cord is good or they could be used for a prop or to rebuild. $17

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 

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 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.

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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