10. The Krijnen Collection

In the Summer of 1998, radio collector Piet Krijnen died of Rheuma. Together with fellow collector Piet Hoen, here depicted in front of his house, I went to the Krijnen residence in Maastricht to pick up the radio collection. The son in law had asked us to take away this material because it would better go to other collectors than to the garbage dump.

In the house there was not only a radio collection consisting of some sixty radios and parts, but also about 40 color-TVs and VCRs. It was agreed that we would take away everything that had to do with radios, keep what we wanted, and sell what we didn't want. The money from the sale would be donated to the Rheuma foundation.

What we found

The state of most of the radios was a little bit disappointing: as Mr Krijnen had been a radio serviceman during his lifetime, we had expected all radios at least to work. However, we learned that his illness had prevented the collector from entering his hobby room for about five years. Many radios were incomplete and, due to dust and moist, a lot suffered from bad cracking; some even from smoking. To our surprise there were no measuring instruments, not even a working multimeter (there were two defective ones, though). Appearently Krijnen had been in the possession of a magic Karma allowing him to diagnosticize radios with his bare eyes and make solder connections with his fingers. We boxed everything, made a list of items, and also made pictures of everything rightaway. Because we don't have large warehouses, it was important for us to try and sell a lot of items on short term.

Nevertheless, some of the items we found made us lick our fingers. Piet was very happy to add, among others, the NSF M3 from 1926, depicted here, to his collection. Actually it didn't look like this then, but between the pickup and this photo are several evenings of polishing and repair. The tubes weren't there, but there was another box of tubes that was swapped for the neccesary M3 tubes at our tube dealer. If you visit Piet's Pages (kept by his brother since Piet's death) you can see the two of us working on the piece. The radio turns out to be not very sensitive, but some stations can be heard.

1947- Philips Music Board BX360A
1975- Vendomatic
1958- Grundig 97
1955- Telefunken D657W
1955- Pye P178
1955- Novak Pontiac 551
1957- Brandless Power Supply
1965- Erres RP465
1950- Philips BX200U
1966- Blaupunkt Paris 26.320
I enriched my collection with the items listed on the right. The Blaupunkt Paris was scrapped for parts, the Vendomatic was sold a few months later, but the Philips BX200U turned out to be nicely restorable. The Music Board BX360 is quite special, too: it was among the first models that came out after World War II, and to minimize wood usage the radio didn't have a cabinet. It was almost in good working order, I only had to replace a capacitor and a tube to get a warm and rich sound out of it. However, because I like to work on and play with radios, not just to look at them, I exchanged the Music board later.

Sales and Donations

Many of the items we didn't want to keep were sold. A few of the most valuable ones were even sold within a few days, so that at least we could recover our costs from the sale. But the sale went on, and finally when we closed our books on December 31, 1999, we could send a donation of 300 guilders to the Rheuma foundation.

Gerard Tel