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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 5:09:13 PM on 9 August 2014.
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 Location: Croydon, SA
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Hi all, I have an old Gerard and Goodman Ltd. valve radio that I have been carting around with me for the last 35 years. It has been in my shed for that long, I have never had it working (haven't tried very hard) It was my grandmothers, she passed away in the 70's, it's been with me ever since.
I'm just wondering if it is worth restoring, and if so, where do I start?
Cheers
Dave


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 5:35:36 PM on 9 August 2014.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
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Welcome to the forum.

I'm not familiar with that brand. I won't try to give a dollar value on it, but if it has sentimental value to you then it's probably worth a restoration effort for that reason.

Don't try to power it up before it is properly checked over, otherwise you can cause damage to stuff that is irreplaceable.

What, if any, electronics experience do you have?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 7:49:52 PM on 9 August 2014.
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 Location: Croydon, SA
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I don't have any electronics experience! I am, although at the Senior period of my career, a building project manager. I could probably take on the dismantling and cabinetry work. The rest I'll need some help with.

Cheers

Gerard and Goodman Radio
Gerard and Goodman Radio
Gerard and Goodman Radio


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 8:39:13 PM on 9 August 2014.
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 Location: Greenwich, NSW
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G'day Dave,

Photos uploaded. Smile


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 9:52:06 PM on 9 August 2014.
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 Location: Canberra, ACT
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Looks like a shop-branded model, with chassis most likely from one of the wholesale manufacturers and local cabinet-work. Photos of the "works" would help with identifying - people on this forum are very resourceful at that. I would guess a very good chance of restoration if shed life has been reasonably protected from vermin and the weather, as appears from the exterior.

I like the 4-digit phone number on the makers' plate - should help with dating? I'm guessing mid-1930s?

Maven


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 10:26:12 PM on 9 August 2014.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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I agree that it's probably a house brand based on a chassis from a major manufacturer. If you let us know the valve types in it we may be able to identify the chassis and that in turn can usually lead to a circuit diagram.

When removing valves be careful to do so by the bakelite base, not the glass envelope. Rock them gently back and forth until they come free. If they have top connections, be very careful when removing those as they are often corroded on and you can easily damage the valve by ripping or twisting off the valve's metal cap.

If the valves are dusty, don't wipe them as you'll likely erase the valve type number. If necessary, lightly brush the glass with an artist's type brush or similar to reveal the valve type number.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 5:17:12 PM on 19 August 2014.
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 Location: Harston, VIC
 Member since 28 February 2009
 Member #: 442
 Postcount: 145

Hi All,

Gerard of Gerard & Goodman Ltd manufactured the Clipsal range of electrical fittings in the 1930s.

In Arthur Corthany's list of manufacturers he gives the firm as producing its own radios in 1936 but none after.

A Google search produces quite a list of references. "Gerard and Goodman Ltd AU"

Cheers, Graham...


 
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