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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 7:25:39 PM on 23 September 2021.
Tallar Carl's avatar
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Well I finally got the opportunity to get this little holy grail. Restored by none other than John McIlwaine. Hopefully my wife will love it as much as I will.

AWA Radiolette R24


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 9:02:02 AM on 25 September 2021.
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I am going to totally restore the cabinet for this beaut little set as per the original process. It will take a few weeks till finished.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 11:42:28 PM on 25 September 2021.
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Photo uploaded.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 11:48:42 PM on 25 September 2021.
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Not the worlds best photo, but I assume damage to RH corner facing us?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 2:31:35 AM on 26 September 2021.
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Yes, looks like a damaged corner up there.

Nice old radio though.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 7:32:16 AM on 26 September 2021.
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I have one of these and also the GE rebadged version. Both are in good cosmetic condition, especially for the age of these radios - 87 years I think - but both still need their day on the workbench.

The R24 features in an article on the Sydney Radio Collector.

http://sydneyradiocollector.com/default.aspx?f=0&t=4

It's hard to imagine that we are on the doorstep of 100 years of radio broadcasting in Australia.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 9:33:42 AM on 26 September 2021.
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Yes I acknowledge the damage at the top right hand corner. A good friend of mine is going to repair the cabinet for me which I am grateful for. I actually do not have this set yet as its being sent to my friend first . However the chassis has been electrically restored .
I will send better photos when it arrives.
I bought this from the ACT HRSA online auction which has some really nice sets on it. If any of you are HRSA members and want to participate please email me ( its unhidden ) and I will send you a link. In fact I might send it to Brad now.

Yes I love the significance of this set.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 9:55:20 AM on 26 September 2021.
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Based on experience, not killjoy, the length of time left not run and being unfamiliar, with any set does call for a need to inspect it: Things happen. I tend to hook the reformer to "B" and build up the filter caps before powering these restored sets, left not powered for a while.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 11:32:12 AM on 26 September 2021.
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Yes Marc I agree even though this set has been restored by John McIlwaine himself ( to whom I trust ) his own words ( on the phone ) were these items are over 80 years old and one day they work and the next it wont. All valves in this set are tested at 100%


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 2:01:39 PM on 26 September 2021.
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I have a collector I do repairs for. Classic: He was told never, ever to power a radio meeting the above criteria. So he's bought this radio; deceased estate, "daddy restored it so its wonderful, Yeh!

So they powered it: In a blaze of glory #80 disintegrated internally and a cap went with it; so they put another #80 in it & heated the plates to red hot.

They walk among us.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 2:49:40 PM on 26 September 2021.
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My Rule is this. If you know and trust the restorer then its ok. If you dont then it doesnt work thats it. Check it.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 3:34:43 PM on 1 October 2021.
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Hi Carl. I also have this model but with a broken dial pointer. Do you know of anyone who has reproduced the bakelite dial pointer on the Radiolette 24?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 3:57:55 PM on 2 October 2021.
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Samt
I believe Michael Raanan may have made some. If not I do have a local fellow here that makes parts for me.
I am having the cabinet properly restored and am about to send photos to Brad.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 5:58:57 AM on 5 October 2021.
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More photos sent. This cabinet is really coming up a treat plus the chassis just arrived in the mail from John McIlwaine. Talk about pristine.

AWA Radiolette R24


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 15 · Written at 5:42:30 AM on 12 October 2021.
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Well people the cabinet on this little set is finished. I think the output transformer needs replacing but its acceptable at this moment.

The cabinet work is first class.

AWA Radiolette R24


 
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