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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 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.
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 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.
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.
Stromberg Carlson No. 2-A Headphones in original box circa 1923
This is an apparently new in the box never been used pair of Stromberg Carlson No. 2-A 2000 ohm headphones complete with the original instruction booklet and warranty card. The box is in good condition with some shelf wear and small barely noticeable tear in the lid. Extremely unusual to find a 95 year old pair of headphones in such mint condition and complete with all the documentation. $139HOLD KS
Stromberg-Carlson No. 2-A Headphones
Another pair of Stromberg-Carlson 2-A headphones without the extras, just the headphones. These are in quite good condition and work well for crystal radio. $48SOLD MM
New Old Stock Headphones:
Recently acquired a batch of new old stock headphones by Brandes, Frost and New Yorker. They appear to be early to mid 1930's vintage and are unused and still in the original wrapping paper. As far as performance and sensitivity goes, the Brandes are the best, followed closely by the Frost and then the New Yorker 4000 ohm and 2000 ohm headphones. I can hear some local stations even on the New Yorker headphones, but they are not as sensitive as the others or the earlier 1920's headphones, in spite of the moniker "Super Sensitive".
Brandes Superior Matched Tone 2000 ohm headphones, new old stock
New old stock unused pair of Brandes Superior matched tone 2000 ohms DC resistance headphones, still in the original paper wrapping, sorry no box. These are circa 1930, after the takeover by the Cannon company so the design had been downgraded a bit, but these still work well and are sensitive enough for crystal radio reception. I have several and they are priced to move at $28 a set.
Frost Fones 174 Headphones 2000 ohms circa 1930
New old stock Frost Fones 174 still with the earpieces in the original individual little boxes as shown. They are in mint unused condition and will work fine for crystal radio reception. Nice cloth covered headbands and cloth cords. $29 have several pairs if you want more than one set
The New Yorker 20,000 ohms AC impedance (about 4000 ohms DC
resistance) headphones new old stock Bargain priced at $23
Never used new old stock The New Yorker headphones rated at 20,000 ohms AC impedance measuring about 4000 ohms DC resistance, still wrapped in the original paper packing material. nice cloth covered headband and cloth cords. There were low priced economy grade headphones back in the 1930's, but still work fine for crystal radio reception and come in the hard to find higher 4000 ohms DC resistance rating. $23 several available, at this price you could buy it just to get the NOS cloth cord!
The New Yorker 2000 ohms DC resistance headphones Bargain priced
Similar to the ones above but came with the 2000 ohms DC resistance rating, fine for crystal radio reception. These were low priced economy grade headphones back in the 1930's but still work fine for picking up local stations with crystal radio. New old stock and still in the original wrapping paper with nice cloth covered headband and cloth cord. $22
The New Yorker single 1000 ohm earphone new old stock
New old stock unused The New Yorker 1000 ohm single sided earphone, nice for a portable set, sensitive enough for crystal radio use. $16 each
Western Electric 509-W headphones
This pair of Western Electric 509-W headphones has the original headband and cord, complete with the remains of the little paper Western Electric tag on the cord. The earphone units are circa 1921 and are in excellent condition and very sensitive for using with crystal radio. These have the less common embossing with the print in a curved arc on the back of the housings. $62SOLD
Navy RCA Soundpowered Headphones #1
This is a good working pair set of RCA navy soundpowered headphones, no mic or chest plate. One small chip on the plastic rim of one earpiece you can see in the photo, otherwise in good condition. The heavy duty twisted pair military cord has been spliced on and phone pin tips attached. Impedance matching transformer included. Another pair of the ultimate headphones for crystal radio. These are so sensitive you can hear clear static in the phones just from touching the terminals with a coin. $109
Navy RCA Soundpowered headphones #2
Another set of RCA navy soundpowered headphones, same as above, just the headphones without the chest mic setup. A few chips on the rim that you can see. The military cord has been spliced on and phone pin tips attached. Impedance matching transformer included. Another pair of the ultimate headphones for crystal radio. $99
USIC Navy Soundpowered headphones #3
This is a pair of USIC Navy big can soundpowered headphones. These have a heavy duty military cord spliced in place so the headphones can be used for crystal radio reception. The sensitivity on these is excellent, pretty close to the RCA's. Impedance matching transformer included. These are in very good physical condition with only some paint loss and superficial scratches as in the photo. $85
Western Electric Navy Soundpowered Headset #4
Western Electric Navy soundpowered headset only, with cord spliced using 22 GA zip cord with pin tip ends. Tested and excellent sensitivity, will include Mouser impedance matching transformer. $79
Western Electric Soundpowered Headphones #5
Another pair of Western Electric Navy big can soundpowered headphones with pin tips on cable spliced from the original heavy duty cord, includes the matching transformer. $79
Brandes Superior Matched Tone 2000 ohm headphones, American
This is a good working pair of Brandes Superior Matched Tone 2000 ohm DC resistance headphones with an interesting American Legion logo embossed on the back of the housings. They are in quite nice cosmetic condition and work well with very good sensitivity for crystal radio reception. $42
Nathaniel Baldwin Type C headphones #4
Another pair of Nathaniel Baldwin Type C headphones in very nice condition, original silk covered cloth cord with a few repaired areas of the outer cover bound neatly with matching colored thread. These work great and have excellent sensitivity for crystal radio. $66
Nathaniel Baldwin Type C headphones #6
Nathaniel Baldwin Type C headphones in very nice condition, replacement black cloth cord with 1/4 inch plug. These work well, not quite as sensitive as above sets. $51SOLD
Western Electric 528 low impedance headphones, good for
Western Electric model 528, a low impedance pair of headphones suitable for tube powered communications radios or telephonic equipment. These are in reasonably good condition and are working fine. $24
Trimm Type W low impedance headphones
Working pair of low impedance Trimm Type W headphones. the cord looks almost like new, but the headband is only in fair condition. The phones are in working condition. $29
Brach Model 2-AB
Working but time worn pair of Brach 2000 ohm headphones, obviously made by Stromberg Carlson but branded Brach, and identical to the SC model 2-A headphones. These do work, but the cord is pretty worn and contacts all need cleaning, so more suitable for display or collectible of an unusual brand of headphones from the early 1920's. $24
Everett Model E-2
A working but fairly well worn pair of Everett E-2 headphones, 2000 ohms DC resistance, condition as shown. These have interesting reddish brown Bakelite caps. $25
Cannon Ball Master 3000 ohm headphones
These are later model of CannonBall Master 3000 headphones probably dating to the mid to late 1930's, but are in fantastic near mint condition. They work fine, but being a lower end product to start with are not as sensitive as the better quality sets. Still useful for local stations on crystal radio. $26SOLD
Telex CS-91 Communications headset
This is a very nice communication headset with a boom mic that came in a batch lot, not my specialty but they appear to be in quite good condition, and the headphones test good, and though I don't have a way to fully test the mic, an ohmmeter responds to the mic pushbutton. It is a Telex model CS-91 and also has the numbers 63620-000 on the housing. The headphone portion has a standard 1/4 inch mono plug. $9
Military HS-16A Headphones 600 ohms AC impedance
This is a new old stock pair of military HS-16A headphones circa 1950s or 60's in mint unused condition. The impedance is a bit low for use on crystal radio, though I can head a couple of local stations on my crystal radio and many more with an impedance matching transformer. I have several more that are still sealed in the original packages, although there were several different manufacturers so they may not look exactly like this pair. $41SOLD OUT
Early Western Electric single earphone
This is a single sided Western Electric earphone, very early type, probably telephone switchboard type in low impedance, in working condition. $23SOLD S.W.
Three pairs of earphone cushions. The 2 pairs on the left fit Brandes and other similar size headphones and the one on the right fits Western Electric 509-W and Trimm Dependable and Trimm Professional headphones. $6 per pairSOLD OUT
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.
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. $29SOLD
Trimm Featherweight 2000 ohm single headphone with original box
Single Trimm Featherweight headphone with 1/4 inch right angle plug in original box. Looks to have never been used. $32
Dictograph R-1 Headphones
Dictograph R-1 headphones with 3000 ohms total resistance in working condition. The cord and earphone units look good, the headband cloth is somewhat discolored and soiled, but they still work and have reasonable sensitivity for crystal radio use. These were a fairly popular brand back in the early 1920's and were fairly high priced sets. $36
Workrite 2500 Ohm Headphones
This is a very uncommon pair of Workrite headphones from Cleveland, is excellent cosmetic and working condition. Highly collectible and an excellent specimen. $49
Everett 2000 Ohm headphones
Good working pair of Everett 2000 ohm headphones a couple of areas whipped with some thread to hold down loose edges. Very good working condition and unusual reddish Bakelite earcaps. $37
Western Electric 509 Headphones from Laguna Honda Home 2200 ohms
This is the only pair of Western Electric 509 headphones I have ever seen that were embossed for a particular business on the metal housing. This pair is in exceptional cosmetic and functional condition with the 1/4 inch straight plug. The Laguna Honda Home was/is located in the San Francisco area and these are truly a unique piece of history from that institution. $68
Keystone 2200 Ohm Headphones
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. $49.
Redhead 3000 Ohm Headphones
This is a quite uncommon pair of Red Head headphones by the Newman Stern Company. They are in working condition, but being about 95 years old show some wear and tear and the sound is a bit tinny and uneven from side to side, but they are a great collectors item and are in working condition. $46
2200 Ohm Headphones
No name 2200 ohm headphones in good working condition, suitable for crystal radio use. $39
Royalfone King Of All headphones 2000 ohm headphones in good working condition. $37
Standard Electric 2500 Ohm Headphones
A fairly uncommon pair of Standard Electric Company 2500 ohm headphones from around 1922 in good working condition. Some soiling of headband cloth. In working condition with good enough sensitivity for crystal radio. $40
Erpees 2000 ohm headphones
This is a fairly uncommon pair of European headphones in very nice working and cosmetic condition. I put some shims under the diaphragms to optimize the sound quality. Pretty reddish bakelite ear caps. $39
Western Electric CW-834 Headphones, rare chrome housings
This is a quite rare pair of Western Electric CW-834 headphones with the uncommon chrome plated housings. Tested and working fine. Leatherette covered headband and heavy duty cloth covered cord with new pin tips installed. $89SOLD
Western Electric Signal Corps P-II Headphones, circa 1917
This is a pair of Western Electric Signal Corps P-II 2200 ohm headphones that were the original equipment with the WW-I BC-14A DeForest Signal Corps crystal radio. These are very hard to find and these are in reasonably good condition with only some minor fray of the outer covering on the cord cloth. $75SOLD SW
Western Electric 509-W Headphones with leatherette headband
This is a nice pair of Western Electric 509-W headphones with the leatherette headband and original 3 conductor shielded cord that even still has the paper Western Electric tag on it. Excellent sensitivity for crystal radio. $75SOLD SW
Western Electric 509 headphones
Western Electric 509 headphones 2200 ohms DC resistance. Good condition with the leatherette covered headband. $56SOLD
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. $105
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. $66
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. $58
Pival 1000 Ohm Headphones
This is a pretty uncommon pair of Pival 1000 ohm headphones in good working condition. $26
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. $44
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. $24
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. $44
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. $45
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. $14
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
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. $56
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 collectible than for regular use, though I can head local stations clearly on crystal radio. $26
Wotton Headphones 2000 Ohms
Uncommon pair of Wotton 2000 ohm headphones in working condition. $48
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 good for crystal radio use. $54SOLD SW
Rusty Newcomb 2000 ohm headphones (not working)
Have several of these Newcomb 2000 ohm headphones that are in rough condition with a fair amount of rust on the metal parts, use for stage prop or display. $12SOLD OUT each
Early circa 1920 pair Brandes Superior 2000 ohm headphones in great cosmetic and working condition. This is probably the best condition of one of the early Brandes that I have seen. $69SOLD SW
Brandes Superior 2000 0hm headphones circa 1920
Early circa 1920 pair Brandes Superior 2000 ohm headphones in decent cosmetic and working condition. $39
Brandes Superior 2000 Ohm headphones
Brandes Superior 2000 ohm headphones in good condition and working fine, Circa 1924. $41SOLD
Cannon Ball Single headphone new in original box
This is a single 1000 ohm headphone, Cannon Ball Alnico, new in the original box, in working condition, probably 1940's vintage. $25SOLD
Will be listing many more headphones over the next few
weeks, inquire is there is something specific you are looking
Early Headphone plug adapters
All plugs accept the standard headphone pin tips and convert to 1/4 inch straight plug.
Howard Multiplug $7
No name 4 way multiplug $11
FourWay multiplug $8
Large cylinder plug $2
Pacent No. 40 plug $4
Weston quick release plug $5
Carter right angle plug $4
Trimm right angle plug $4
Chrome right angle plug $2
RCA plug $7SOLD
2 generic couplers $3 each
Deluxer push button release coupler $4
various small cylinder barrel plugs $1 each, have solder tabs or set screws inside to connect wires, not for pin tips
Large cylinder types $2ALL SOLD each, have set screws inside barrel to connect the pin tips or spade tips.
Trimm Dependable Low Z headphones
Another pair of Trimm Dependable low impedance headphones, appear to be unused new old stock in good working condition with 3/16 inch straight plug. $32
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
No name 2000 ohm headphones with rubber ear pads
No name headphones similar to Cannon with 1/4 inch plug in good working condition and work fine for crystal radio. $24
The ACME 1600 ohm headphones
These are economy grade headphones circa 1930 in not bad condition, and they are actually in working condition. I can hear some local stations on crystal radio with these, but certainly not as sensitivity as the higher quality phones. $12
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. $16
Kellogg low impedance headphones
This is a working pair of Kellogg Type 82-A headphones with low impedance rating, can be used for later tube radios. The cord has some loss of the rubber insulation at the ends but otherwise intact and functional. Could be used for stage prop or put in to actual use. Same headband as the Western Electric headphones. $28
No Name 2000 ohm headphones
Good working pair of 2000 ohm headphones suitable for crystal radio use. No plug or pin tips on cord. Tested and working. $16
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. $19
This is a kind of grungy but intact and working pair of military headphones, needs a good cleaning. $4
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
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 collectible and uncommon set. $36
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
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. $28
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
Low Impedance Cheapie Headphones
Working pair of fairly modern low impedance headphones, tinned ends on the wire. $11
Uncommon Harvey Wells low impedance headphones maybe 1950's vintage in working condition, cord looks a bit rough but electrically intact. Great addition to your Harvey Wells ham radio gear. $35
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.
British Headphones, not working
An uncommon set, says EIB on the paper sticker, for prop or display. $18
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. $9HOLD
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, see Parts and Equipment page for more.
NOS Sylvania 1N450 Glass Body Point Contact Germanium Crystal
New Old stock of Sylvania crystal diodes, probably 1950's vintage, nice long leads, tested and work great for crystal radio detectors. $2 each or $19 for a dozen.
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. $3 each or $29 for a dozen within the US
Package of 7 Germaniun Point Contact Crystal Radio Detector
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 .
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
Bulk purchase option buy 100 diodes for $15.
See 1920's Battery set parts page for
vintage radio parts occasionally list Transformers, tubes, and
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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
though. Many other parts available, inquire.
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