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 Emperor radio - Does anybody know who made these ? Any info welcome!
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 7:09:18 PM on 28 May 2017.
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I bought this radio over 18 months ago and had it sent to Andrew at Ressurection Radio, who restored all of the electronics for me (before I knew what to do) and I must say he did a great job as not only new caps, but all of the resistors are new and it sounds brilliant. Had no Idea what brand it is, until I cleaned up the escutcheon, to see "Emperor" faintly written on it.
It looks like a 1934 style, although I have been told maybe as early as 1933?
I have emailed Brad the photos, as I have a new phone now which takes decent pictures!
I have just finished restoring the cabinet, I used French Polish as this was the original finish, it sanded off like dust..
The Chassis is green and I'm unsure of the valve lineup as I haven't had them out yet. It has an 8" Rola speaker
There's also a sticker on the back, I can just make out the words: Express, A.W. Morgan. L.T.D. 211 Concord Rd. Nth Strathfield?
It may be a badge engineered dept. store model?
Any information welcome, I'm very curious!

Emperor Console Radio
Emperor Console Radio
Emperor Console Radio
Emperor Console Radio
Emperor Console Radio
Emperor Console Radio


 
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211 Concord Road is close to where Strathdees TV Repairs once was. If I get a chance I will see what is located there at present. Nothing comes up on search about Emperor Radio but the building there would have been about the right size for a small manufacturer.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 9:15:30 PM on 28 May 2017.
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I have found a Philips Radioplayer ad in the SMH listing AW Morgan as a retailer at that address in 1936.

The current occupant is Greater Sydney Appliance Services.

That decal may have said "Expressly made for AW Morgan".

What's the set's valve line-up?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 11:26:08 PM on 28 May 2017.
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I'll need to take them out and look, I haven't disturbed them at present, but will have a look soon, I think it's an 80, 75, and 58 at the rear.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 12:15:05 AM on 29 May 2017.
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The chassis looks a little like this one:

https://vintage-radio.com.au/default.asp?f=2&th=661

But not exactly the same.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 12:48:05 PM on 29 May 2017.
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A.W. Morgan, Music Depot, of 211 Concord Rd is first mentioned in the 1927 edition of the Sydney Sands Directories.

A rule of thumb when using these directories is that they can be up to two years behind which would give of guesstimate of 1925. Going back to previous editions of the Sands directories suggests that most of the shops on the Concord Rd strip were built around 1924 to 1925. A.W. Morgan was the first occupant of 211. Unfortunately, the Sands directories stopped in 1933.

I can only guess a "Music Depot" would be a shop that sold records, sheet music & maybe instruments. Perhaps later on Morgan expanded into retailing radios.

This Emperor radio has all the hallmarks of a generic set. The escutcheon is a stock standard EFCO type "Moderne" with Emperor stamped or engraved on it. The cans & shields are most likely from Acorn.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 7:50:28 PM on 7 June 2017.
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Ok the valve lineup is as follows 80, 2A5, 2A6, 58 and the "mystery" valve, looks the same as the 58, but no markings by which I can identify it. I had to pull it to bits today as it abruptly stopped working after being on for about an hour and a half. Something shat itself in the field coil speaker, luckily the restored Rola model 10K, 1000 ohms worked as soon as I plugged it in. I suspected a speaker problem after probing voltages and finding 290 volts at the field coil plug (fat plugs on the UX speaker plug I traced to the field coil), but the other plug, whilst having 270v at lower volume, no sound, but with near to full volume an arcing sound from the speaker and voltage wildly swinging all over the shop from negative to positive high voltages. I couldn't get a stable resistance from the speaker either, so tracing the fault there will be a task for another day, however the other restored Rola worked perfectly, straight away, so hopefully will do the job in the mean time!


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 8:46:23 PM on 7 June 2017.
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In that line-up, I suspect that the unknown valve is a 57, in which case the Aristocrat 502 or 503 chassis would be candidates, as would Stromberg-Carlson 534 and Tasma M230, all of circa 1934/35.


 
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