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 How to date a B15 Radiola?
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 6:12:47 PM on 21 August 2019.
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Does anybody know how I might be able to find the exact year date of production for an AWA B15 Radiola or Westinghouse Wide-fi ?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 8:45:48 PM on 21 August 2019.
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 GTC
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Exact dates are hard to come by unless stamped on the set. The usual guides for approximate manufacturing dates are markings on capacitors, transformers, speakers, etc. Some component manufacturers had a date code scheme that incorporated week and year (either YYWW or WWYY). Serial numbers, if present, can also assist.

I note that Radiomuseum has the B15 model spanning from 1961 to 1972. That's a similar production run to the Krielser 11-99 which we have documented on here, using component markings as well as serial numbers to sort the chronology.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 7:57:05 PM on 24 August 2019.
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 Location: Clare, SA
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Thanks, GTC, yes the 11-99's are good like that with abundant clues, Mine is listed here as one of the newest, dated July72, but it appears B15's are a bit more tricky. I've noticed some have waxy paper caps and others plastic shelled paper caps, possibly newer,I'll need to keep studying it and see if I can find a component marking that's a possible clue?


 
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