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 Here it is - a complete collection of Australian market AWA Radiolettes
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https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/332634401110

Up for offer here is a complete collection of the colours offered to the Australian market back in the mid 1930s. Finishing the collection off would see a need to find a white version which was sold in New Zealand.

The downside is that you need to find a spare $30,000.00 to ink the deal. BTW: I am not the seller of this lot.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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Like any purchase in such a high price range it would be prudent for anyone considering buying these to inspect them in great detail. I would also like to offer the following information concerning the green radiolette in this listing.
Firstly I would like to state I have not met to my knowledge the seller nor do I know them.
I have never seen in person any of the radios offered in this listing nor any other radios I mention below.
Approximately 10yrs ago the seller of these radios contacted me via eBay. This was in the days where you could freely exchange emails. At the time we had various correspondence regarding radios in particular a green radiolette. At the time they sent me pictures & after closer inspection of the internal detail of the radio via pictures they supplied it was obvious to me that the radio was a reproduction. That is the cabinet was made up in QLD by Graham Rowe who specialises in reproduction cabinets & parts. The only original AWA vintage parts were the internal chassis components.
In any case all that was a very long time ago. I am not here to start a debate on the matter but I do believe based on my previous interactions with this person all those years ago that this may be the same reproduction green radiolette they showed me back then.
To me the green radiolette in this eBay listing is in MINT condition. This is no easy feat for a radio that is now 81yrs old. Although my own original green radiolette is also damage free that is it isn’t cracked or chipped it does show signs of age to the material that it is made of. This radio doesn’t appear to show any age. If you are serious about wanting a green radiolette or interested in this group I would strongly encourage that you check it out carefully & would be showing detailed pictures of it to numerous people that you trust & I would be especially critical of the internal moulding detail when doing this. My comments here apply only to the green radiolette.
Also Brad the white Empire State was not exclusive to the NZ market. This seems to have become what many seem to think. The classic Empire State series were all made in Ashfield NSW by AWA with many exported over to NZ. All exports to NZ were labelled on the chassis as MADE IN ENGLAND & that decal was the only difference between the ones sold here which said MADE IN AUSTRALIA & the ones sold to NZ. A plain white Empire State is extremely rare even more so than the green. It’s not worth as much but it is rarer. Like all empires I have handled over the years most will say MADE IN AUSTRALIA including the white ones. However if an empire comes up in NZ no matter the colour it will always say MADE IN ENGLAND.


 
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Very informative comments, Rollerboy.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 10:11:56 PM on 30 April 2018.
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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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