AC Dayton XL-5 was normally produced having a wooden cabinet but a few
sets were produced featuring a special plate glass cabinet. These
glass cabinet sets were never intended to be offered to the buying
public but were, instead, used by dealers as demonstration sets.
Unlike other glass cabinet radios such as the Dolores and the
Chesterfield, AC Dayton made no effort to conceal the wiring of the demo
XL-5 , in fact, the overall construction is slightly better then what's
found in the standard wooden sets. The company must have received
a lot of positive reception for the glass cabinet XL-5 because in the
following year, the company offered a glass cabinet version of their
XL-25 radio. I acquired this radio, in 1992, from Ed Bell by
offering, in trade, a complete 1928 Leutz Transoceanic receiver with B/C
power supply. I acquired the Leutz receiver from Joe Koester in
trade for a 1936 E. H. Scott All Wave 23 in a Laureate Grand cabinet
which I originally bought from Chicago resident, Mel Fragassi, a retired
engineer who used to work for Scott.