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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 5:40:47 PM on 3 March 2017.
Pa Man's avatar
 Location: Golden Grove, SA
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I Finally got the school radio / pa system I have been looking for.
Its a Philips, probably around 1952-55 from the Uraidla Primary School in the Adelaide Hills.

The Radio looks like a Philips 123 Bakelite with a 50+ watt amp in the bottom.
Lotsa work ahead, full sand blast and refinish, replace broken and rubbed dial glass, AC rewire, replace turntable etc.

ALSO found in the bottom a "Combined Receiving Licence" Rough but readable date 1973 so just one
year from the end of the scheme and shows this system still in service in the mid 70's.


Josh

Philips PA System
Philips PA System
Commonwealth of Australia - Listeners Licence


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 6:56:34 PM on 3 March 2017.
GTC's avatar
 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
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ALSO found in the bottom a "Combined Receiving Licence" Rough but readable

A scan or photo of that licence would be interesting to see, as would pics of the system itself.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 11:51:39 AM on 4 March 2017.
Pa Man's avatar
 Location: Golden Grove, SA
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Scan on its way Smile


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 1:18:44 PM on 4 March 2017.
JamieLee's avatar
 Location: Clare, SA
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Pics! Yes please!!! I remember those sets being a large part of our school curriculum, from Morning Assembly, the ABC Educational broadcasts and Music Class where we would all sing along to the ABC with the ABC Song Book in front of us! Ah... Memories!


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 6:12:59 PM on 4 March 2017.
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 Location: Greenwich, NSW
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A good and rare find. This reminds me of the STC entertainment system I have that came from the Royal Ryde Rehab Hospital which is in a similar rack cabinet. No turntable but three six-valve radios, to provide patients with a small choice of stations.

Interesting that the listeners licence wasn't stamped. Or has the ink just faded?


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 10:33:01 AM on 13 March 2017.
Pa Man's avatar
 Location: Golden Grove, SA
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No I dont think it was stamped but possibly they new the system was was coming to
an end and werent real worried about getting things 100% right.
By that stage there werent the inspections happening anyway.
The just worked out it was easier to fund the ABC via general revenue!

Josh


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 10:57:39 AM on 13 March 2017.
Flakes's avatar
 Location: Adelaide, SA
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Hi Pa Man

I have a Philips radio somewhere in the Yet to be restored pile of Philips radios and it looks to have a very similar layout for the Knobs and the Pointer arrangement. I'll see if I can dig out a model number as there may be a dial glass in re production

Dan

Scratch that I don't have it handy but found the following:
http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/philips_133a.html


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Valve radios, They just don't make them like they used to

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 2:48:46 PM on 13 March 2017.
Pa Man's avatar
 Location: Golden Grove, SA
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Yep Dan the 133a is basically the same unit.
The controls are different than the radio counterpart and they
actually the radio had 2 dial types available, a Glass and a Perspex.
Mounted slightly different but have actually got hold of a Perspex version.
I have to change the mountings but isnt difficult.
No Repro around unfortunately.

Josh


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 7:59:10 PM on 13 March 2017.
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 GTC
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No Repro around unfortunately.

Michael Ranaan in Sydney can make repros.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 8:00:50 PM on 13 March 2017.
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 Location: Adelaide, SA
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Hi Josh

Sounds like you have it in hand.I had seen the moulding for the shafts and the reminded me of it.

Are you going to do a full restore and paint?


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Valve radios, They just don't make them like they used to

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 8:59:34 PM on 13 March 2017.
Pa Man's avatar
 Location: Golden Grove, SA
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Thanks GTC, is he on the forum?
Yes it will be a long term full restoration.
As my paint skills are a shocker, like some previous restos
it will be powder coated, also as its a textured finish powder coating
is an easy (although not particularly cost effective ) way to go.
Will start from the radio down ☺

Josh


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 10:34:50 PM on 13 March 2017.
Vintage Pete's avatar
 Location: Cromer, NSW
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. pa man,
Is that not just a crinkled finish?
Their easy to do and it comes in many colors including blue/gray
Ive never seen a PA system and I know nothing about them, but I do lots of finishes.
You can buy crinkle in 1lt can or you can buy in rattle cans , auto 1 or any auto place , ,,,pete

Note,,there is a texture differance between Crinkle and Wrinkled and Crinkled,, you would be wanting the finest of textures
The brand VHT is one of many.
These type of paints are not like enemals, , mosly what is called an Acrylic so its touch dry in a few minutes,,, these paints cover a multitude of sins, so it hides blemishes.
It was also popular in the Art Deco Era and many of those items I restored with it.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 11:58:45 PM on 13 March 2017.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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is he on the forum?

No, but you can contact him via this address: raanan.optusnet.com.au


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 5:43:43 AM on 14 March 2017.
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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 15 · Written at 2:53:29 PM on 14 March 2017.
Pa Man's avatar
 Location: Golden Grove, SA
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Sent him a message!
The finish is a fine texture and powder coaters have an almost exact match.
The other thing is powder coating is a lot tougher and less likely to mark on assembly.
A couple of restos powder coated:

https://vintage-radio.com.au/default.asp?f=5&th=41#273

https://vintage-radio.com.au/default.asp?f=5&th=40#251

The sand basting is cheap, Powder coating not but the finish is worth it.

Josh


 
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