Post by Michael Black
Did you visit Hemingway's old house? I thought it was a museum now.
Someone posted elsewhere a photo of Hemingway in some exotic location,
with a Transoceanic, so maybe there are old radios at his old house.
We did. It is a museum, and very well kept by any standard. We also saw his boat (stored on his tennis-court) writing tower - where he did no writing - and more. The house is much larger than we expected and an interesting mix of typical California and traitional Spanish architecture, the latter being typical of Cuba of the pre-Soviet era. There was one (1) very fancy speaker in his main study, a corner-style table-top device, but no discernible electronics anywhere. We also visited the fishing village nearby which was the basis for the Old Man and the Sea.
As to keeping old radios going - essentially, they do not. They have no access to tubes of any nature other for the occasional Soviet-era TV, and no parts but what they salvage from other items or get on the black-market at wildly inflated prices. The Soviets greatly discouraged anything other than reception from *their* stations. Since they left, the Cuban government has gone the other way, and encouraged the use of SW radio - however, there are vanishingly few (working) devices available.
Inflated parts prices: About 10:1 over US prices if available at all, and then consider the average Cuban salary to be $40/month.
Melrose Park, PA