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 Valve Radio ID/Information Please (Scharnberg Strauss)
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 7:12:59 PM on 11 January 2015.
Jimjam's Gravatar
 Location: FIRLE, SA
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Hi vintage-radio forum'ers,
I am brand new to the world of antique radios and was wondering if you would be so kind as to provide me with some information about the radio I now have in my possession.

Long story short, my late father had a lot of old antiques/curiosities and I am currently going through storage boxes and finding many interesting finds!
I uncovered an old radio (wooden casing) and felt that there must me a bit of a story to it as it seems quite unique.

Doing a bit of research online myself I believe that Scharnberg Strauss radios were made in Adelaide, but apart from that I am a bit of a loss as to finding out any more details about it.
See below for links to photos and any information you could provide me will be greatly appreciated!

Cheers!

http://imageshack.com/a/img661/976/lBCJQI.jpg.
http://imageshack.com/a/img540/9369/D9NHck.jpg.
http://imageshack.com/a/img538/2734/ZZ8voI.jpg.
http://imageshack.com/a/img673/328/rKspxN.jpg.
http://imageshack.com/a/img540/2664/uJ6Nr3.jpg.
http://imageshack.com/a/img631/4452/nzRq9r.jpg.
http://imageshack.com/a/img661/1893/GSgtYE.jpg.
http://imageshack.com/a/img538/1597/BWgJ9J.jpg.
http://imageshack.com/a/img540/7099/WYuFpF.jpg.
http://imageshack.com/a/img661/2838/0kJJ83.jpg.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 7:19:12 PM on 11 January 2015.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Scharnberg-Strauss radios are from SA but, for some strange reason, information about them is very hard to come by.

Only 3 models listed on the Radiomuseum site.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 7:34:58 PM on 11 January 2015.
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 Location: FIRLE, SA
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Thanks GTC
Yeah my internet search took me to the radiomuseum site, and like you said there seems to be very information available.
By the looks of my unit compared to the ones listed, I'd assume mine is a lot older than the plastic cased ones (mine is wooden)?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 7:41:26 PM on 11 January 2015.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Yes, wooden cabinets tend to be older than bakelite and plastic ones.

The rear of the chassis shows two valve types 1K7G and 1M5G which, along with the cables, indicate that the set is battery operated.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 7:46:04 PM on 11 January 2015.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Suggest you contact the SA branch of the HRSA. If anybody knows about SA radios, they should:

http://www.hrsasa.asn.au/.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 8:48:30 PM on 11 January 2015.
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 Location: Melbourne, VIC
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This radio is a 6 volt vibrator set (indicated by the 2 battery clips). It is powered by a 6 volt car battery (accumulator).

A word of warning - under no circumstances is this radio to be powered by mains electricity.

This radio looks like it was made in the early 1940's just prior to the wartime cessation of radio production.

One possible circuit clue is the National AKN. The directors of National Radio (until they were taken over by Electronics Industries) were two brothers named Smith who also owned the Adelaide radio retail firm of Ernsmiths and the Scharnberg Strauss brand.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 9:23:28 PM on 11 January 2015.
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 Location: Cameron Park, NSW
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The three radios on Radiomuseum are from my collection, however I cannot add anything further to the earlier posts. Information is indeed very scarce. Fortunately, their circuits are quite straight forward to work on.

Harold


 
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