Detrola Model 2611
Detrola model 2611 is most notable as the wood cousin of the unspeakably
rare Detrola Catalin set. It is a desirable set for that reason,
though it can certainly stand on its own as a stylish and attractive
design, and it is also quite rare. It's styling is almost
identical to the Catalin version, the main difference being the twin
grill inserts extend all the way to the back of the set on the left
side. The Catalin inserts only go about one quarter of the way
back. Also, the wood version does not have the ridges (cigarette
holders?) in the top surface.
The cabinet construction is quite unusual. The only veneer is on the front surface, which features a band of marquetry inlay along the bottom.. The rest of the cabinet is solid walnut, unlike most other sets of the day which used bent plywood to achieve curved surfaces. It is a 5-tube set with short wave and broadcast bands. Like many other small radios of the day, the band switch was inconveniently located at the rear of the set.