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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 5:06:25 PM on 15 August 2017.
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Well guys I got the opportunity to swap some gear for this set. I gotta say it's immaculate and complete. It even says it's from Maceys New York. Will send pictures and take more.

RCA Model 16 Valve Radio
RCA Model 16 Valve Radio
RCA Model 16 Valve Radio


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 8:35:13 PM on 17 August 2017.
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Photos uploaded. Some more are pending.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 11:19:15 AM on 18 August 2017.
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How cool is that! I don't now much about old sets but with all those valves in a row how could it not be good!
It just reminded me of a 'Star Trek' episode where Jim+Spock had time travelled? back to the 30's and had a table top covered with triodes like that all strung in series off the 110 volt so Scotty could lock on them and beam us up pronto. I think Spock had his tricorder strapped to the first triode but cannot remember what he used for an antenna!
Anyway nice set.
Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 3:17:02 PM on 18 August 2017.
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Dealt with a few of that era. Circuit will likely be in "Rider". Be very careful of the voltages, they may not be the correct valves? Philips had 4V & 6V filaments & tubes like UX-201-A, 5V filament & drew 0.25 Amp.

I have had them with dead 3:1 coupling transformers & they're still made. I have a Gilfillan here where the voltmeter was missing: Note: Was missing. Normally an easy set to repair, major stability issues often lay in the decoupling of the actual power supply used.

Rule number 1 applies: Beware of exuberance: Check what you have against the schematic, and the condition of every bit of wire & transformer. Where there is a grid leak resistor: They have an attrition rate, some are repairable, by fitting a new core (resistor).

Marc


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 6:03:21 PM on 18 August 2017.
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The first valve actually has Stewart Warner stamped on it. And a test label from 1927. The test was done at bennet and wood.

RCA Model 16 Valve Radio
RCA Model 16 Valve Radio
RCA Model 16 Valve Radio
RCA Model 16 Valve Radio


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 10:31:10 PM on 18 August 2017.
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That's fine but I would still check it, I have put several UX-201-A back into service & they changed the numbers in 1930. Do note that the European 4 Pin & UX4 were not the same.

You can be slack with some of those as they are all Triodes, but don't expect it to behave as it would with the right one.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 7:36:57 AM on 19 August 2017.
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Yeah I know what you mean Marcc. I was just reffering to the historical markers on it and those are things that I will never change if I had a choice, I am not sure if Bennet and Wood are a international company but the name brings back memories for many of us. Like the old wood plane that my father bought from one of the hardware stores in Tamworth in 1959 . He had the original dated receipt in the box and there it sits till this day because it tells a story.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 9:13:15 AM on 19 August 2017.
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It is actually amazing as to what is out there hiding. I still have the delivery docket for my 1958 Ute & its still in service. I have some of Grandfathers carpentry tools. It has saws of quality you don't see nowadays and the plane. Tools are post WWI. Still have his Bugle from WW1 as well.

I still have a hand me down "Transit" level (survey) that I have an add for dating to 1914. I had its optics serviced in 2004. Still has its original box, but the leather strap had to be replaced (in other words it's operational).


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 9:32:47 PM on 20 August 2017.
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Photos uploaded to Post 5.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 4:37:08 PM on 21 August 2017.
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Lovely old radio and in excellent condition given its great age of 90 years. The labels add stories, I have a set with a valve indicating it was part of a batch flown over as part of a 1st cargo flight in 1935.

The valve is probably worth more than the whole radio.

Hope things go well when everything is checked out and then powered up for the first time.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 6:55:06 PM on 21 August 2017.
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It just occurred to me that its only a short five years until Australia's oldest broadcast receivers turn 100. I wonder if any of the originals from 1922 and 1923 are still with us.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 1:03:11 PM on 23 August 2017.
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"I am not sure if Bennet and Wood are a international company but the name brings back memories for many of us."

I remember it as a motor cycle distributor. A quick search found:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speedwell_bicycles

https://collection.maas.museum/object/141196

https://www.allbids.com.au/c/antiques-art-memorabilia/antiques-vintage/antique-company-seal-bennett-and-wood-limited-canberra-656892

http://www.delisted.com.au/company/bennett-and-wood-limited

No mention of radio or similar industry though.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 5:49:30 PM on 23 August 2017.
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Here is the history of bennet and wood This is a full history and it's good reading

http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-52839893

There that's it


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 8:54:40 PM on 24 August 2017.
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In this book it mentions that Bennett and woods were one of the largest radio retailers of the time.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 15 · Written at 9:57:24 PM on 24 August 2017.
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Bennett & Wood are mentioned in "Radio Trade Annual" 1937 . 284 Pitt St Sydney. First registered in Sydney Feb 1882. They were wholesalers of radio sets. Several branches, so they sold more than radios and probably did not build them.


 
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