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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 8:30:21 AM on 4 July 2018.
Rick Bartlett's Gravatar
 Location: Ballarat, VIC
 Member since 4 July 2018
 Member #: 2260
 Postcount: 15

Hi to all, glad I found this place!
Good to see the vintage radio world is still live and kickin'.... and for good reason.

I've been a 'fiddler' with electronics for 20 some years. Always liked trying to put together
kits, guitar pedals, and hope to eventually build my own tube amp one of these days.
Nothing massive, just a Fender Champ or along those lines.
I see a lot of people taking old radios and converting into guitar amplifiers. I'm all for that if their
last pit stop is the junk heap.
I'm probably too late to the ball game trying to pick up old tube radio's, now that I want to find them
they have usually met their fate with an antiques dealer and already price marked hundreds to thousands
of dollars errrrr!
I've got one at the moment anyway I got for about 30 bucks, it was a turntable/radio with a wooden cabinet.
It's got a beautiful Rola speaker in it with a transformer attached to it, but no labelling on the amplifier itself other than a pressed 60264.
However, the choke is dated 19 May 1953.
The rectifier tube is missing and of course, the chassis isn't labelled either.
The other tubes are all Philips labelled 6M5, 6BH5, 6BE6 and 6BD7.
I'm guessing the rectifier must be a 6V4 or along that line by looking at similar radio's.
If I had a working camera, I'd upload to get your thoughts.
Anyway, will be great having a snoop around here!

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GTC's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
 Member #: 823
 Postcount: 6010

Welcome to V-R. You can still find valve radios at reasonable prices (depending on rarity, condition and desirability of course) if you know where to look. One such source is the HRSA auctions. The HRSA is headquartered in Melbourne:


The Astor model ENK tablegram of 1958/59 had the line-up 6BE6 6BH5 6BD7 6M5 6V4:


 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 8:49:40 AM on 7 July 2018.
Rick Bartlett's Gravatar
 Location: Ballarat, VIC
 Member since 4 July 2018
 Member #: 2260
 Postcount: 15

Hey GTC!
Cheers for the reply, I wasn't aware of the HSRA auctions.
Thanks for the heaps up on the Melbourne location, I will definitely check it out.
It would be good to talk to folks who are like minded as in this day and age, anytime
I mention tube radios and amplifiers, they have no idea what I'm talking about.
My only education are youtube video's and learning to read schematics.
Thankyou for the link to that Astor ENK, I found an Astor schematic for the BPJ which
also has the same tube designation, but I will check that out as well.
I'm gonna have a go at drawing out my radio in schematic form just to compare.
Someone before me, had already been in and tampered I think, surprise surprise but
I'm not sure.
I'll be glad to check this place out and learn more.

Thanks, Rick

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