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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 16:46:28 on 9 August 2010.
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 Location: Brisbane, QLD
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Has anyone heard of, or have information, on "Rex" radios & radiograms?
Mine appears to be from the early to mid 1930's.

I think (?) it may have been made by Rexonola in Sydney, but have not confirmed this, and can find no references to "Rex radios", and only 2 references to Rexonola radios.
My assumption it was made by Rexonola is based purely on the "Rex" cabinet transfer (and dial escuteon), and the transfers used on my Rexonola wind-up gramophones.
The 2 transfers/decals bare striking similarities (text type, black line down the R), but they are a little different- as in the bottom loop of the R.
Here's a couple photos of the transfers- see what you think.

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I'm actually hoping to identify the radiogram in hopes a schematic can be found.
The chassis (& cabinet) appear to have been severly tampered with over the years, and I'd like to restore it back to original...or as close as possible.
I bought it from a radio collector a few years ago, & he told me it was working when he bought it, but oneday it just stopped. It now puts out white noise, but doesn't pick up any stations. The pick-up terminals appear to be missing, so I've been unable to check if it's a tuning or amp problem, but the volume of the white noise can be turned up & down.
There is no "brand" identification on the chassis itself, only what appears to be the serial number (D171) & a paper valve terminal diagram glued to the back.

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The valves that are actually in it are as follows-
80- National Union
47- Ken Rad
51- National Union
235?- National Union (this number is not on the glass but on the bakelite base & has a paper label glued to the glass "O")
24A- National Union

Here's some pictures of the chassis.
The 3 cords coming from the chassis are (I think)...to the left, toggle switch to power on/off turntable, and MW/SW/PU selector, and to the right, the back of the dial has been maked "T" which I assume is tone control.
Below the glass dial are volume control, station selector, and ?? I have no idea lol.
Perhaps this is "tone", and the dial that goes to the right side of the cabinet (marked T) is an additional volume control for the "Turntable" pick-up?

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This is fast becoming a pet project of mine, so any confirmation that Rex radios were in fact made by Rexonola (Jackson & MacDonald Co., Sydney), information &/or examples of Rex & Rexonola "Radios",
schematic for this or a similar chassis, or any other help during it's restoration process will be greatly appreciated!

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 17:33:39 on 12 August 2010.
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 Location: Brisbane, QLD
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After searching the Australian Newspaper achives, I was able to find an ad that confirms "Rex" radios were infact made by the Rexonola gramophone company in Sydney.
The ad dates from Sept 1931, & reads "introducing the new Rex radio (a Rexonola product)".
The company went bankrupt in 1935, so it would seem Rex radios & radiograms were only produced for about 4 years.
I guess this would make them fairly rare?
I also realise rarity does not equate to being valuable though.

Has anyone seen or hear of symatics for Rex/Rexonola radios?
I'm guessing the chassis' were built here using American valves, but is it possible the chassis' were bought complete from overseas?
I know Rexonola gramophones were made using running gear imported from Thorens in Switzerland, and only the cabinets were built here, so they may have done the same with their range of radios & radiograms.

Anyway, here's a copy of the 1931 ad in case anyone wants a look.

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 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 09:32:51 on 13 August 2010.
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 Location: Oradell, US
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So that's an "X". I would have taken it for an "H", to get "Rehonola" instead of "Rexonola" Smile
Happy Friday the 13th! Smile

 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 19:01:02 on 13 August 2010.
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 Location: Brisbane, QLD
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My first Rexonola when I was 13 was a Rexoport (suitcase portable), which I used to pronounce "Re-Ho-Port" until a collector friend corrected me Smile
I still see ebay auctions occasionally where they're listed as a Rehonola.
I've always thought it quite strange that the X looks more like an H.

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