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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 1:32:12 PM on 8 July 2017.
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Hi I've just bought a radio gramophone that I would like to restore to working condition,
It's a bit of an oddball mounted in a cabinet with a Garrard turntable mounted in the top.
I've been in contact with Kevin Chant and he believes the closest model to mine is 1934 Lekmek 803.
It has 8 valves but is in a different layout to the documentation sent to me by Kevin.
It has been mostly recapped by previous owner but seems to have been modified as per the following.
On off switch on rear has been disconnected on off now part of volume control.
New selector switch installed to switch between radio and turntable.
Hopefully photos might explain better.
Cheers
John

Lekmek 840 Console Radio
Lekmek 840 Console Radio
Lekmek 840 Console Radio
Lekmek 840 Console Radio
Lekmek 840 Console Radio


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 7:08:04 PM on 8 July 2017.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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As far as I can ascertain, Lekmek made two other 8-valve mains power models:

1934, model 805 (different valve line-up)
1937, model 830P (no info to hand)

It was unusual to find any on/off switch on radios of that era. The one on the rear of the chassis may have been a "retro-fit" at the time.

With that line-up, it should be a good performer.

I don't recall having seen that 4 horizontal pin socket before. It's similar to the old bakelite Aussie phone socket, except that had one vertical pin and 3 horizontal pins.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 7:29:39 PM on 8 July 2017.
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 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Thx for the reply yes the 805 has a different valve lineup and I think the 830P had 9 valves.
Valves installed in my unit are 2 off 2A5, 80,56,2A6,58,2A7,and a 57. I am unsure if the valves installed are correct for the unit.
The 4 pin socket seems to be factory installed but has no wires connected to it.
Cheers
John


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 9:16:57 PM on 8 July 2017.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Yes, the 830P does have 9 valves according to Radiomuseum. My data sheet is incorrect there.

Valves installed in my unit are 2 off 2A5, 80,56,2A6,58,2A7,and a 57

The 803's line-up is given as: 58 57 58 58 2A6 2A5 2A5 80 ... so, no 2A7 and no 56.


 
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