Since restoring a similar model for a customer, years ago, I have always wanted one of these 12 tube consoles. It was the top of the line for GE. It seems to have been offered in 1934 as well as 35 maybe into 1936.
With a 20 ft. long wire antenna, this radio is sensitive and selective and compares well with more expensive, higher tube count, radios in everything except audio output. Thought it does have separate bass and treble controls, the lack of a tweeter is noticeable.
All of the electrolytic and paper caps were restuffed as well as most of the resistors. The dog-bone resistors were replace with replica units at a higher wattage.
The most significant problem was the failure of the interstage transformer that drives the pair of 42s. Fortunately I had an exact replacement on a parts chassis. I wish that they had used nuts and bolts, Instead these used bent tabs. It is easier to unbend them than rebending when putting them back.
The output transformer had also failed. I had several to choose from so that wasn't a problem either.
I find it a bit odd that GE used such a small dial. Though this was the style for this model year, It is still considerably larger than on it's smaller siblings such as the M-51 or M-61.
All of the 7 control knobs actually have significant functions - sensitivity - bass - on/off - tuning (large knob) - band - treble - volume. Though they could have combined the on/off volume.