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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 5:43:16 AM on 6 May 2017.
AnthonyG's avatar
 Location: Horsley Park, NSW
 Member since 6 May 2017
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Hello,
I have inherited a radiogram from my grandparents which I would like to fix. However, I' m struggling to identify the brand of the valve radio.
I would appreciate if someone can assist me in doing so.

The Radio has 5 valves:
6BA6, 6AV6, 6AE8, 6A?? , and the last one I can not read.
It has a black transformer with national stamped on it.


Regards,
Anthony


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 8:49:16 AM on 6 May 2017.
Flakes's avatar
 Location: Adelaide, SA
 Member since 27 February 2010
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Hi Anthony

Take photos of the entire radio and give some close ups of the dial, Chassis and any other markings you find. Email them to Brad (The Administrator of the site) and we can go from there.


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

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 8:51:25 AM on 6 May 2017.
Robbbert's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 18 September 2015
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6BA6, 6AV6, 6AE8, 6A?? , and the last one I can not read

6A?? could be 6AQ5. The last one will be the rectifier, possibly 6X4. The photos will help when they come,


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 1:01:14 PM on 6 May 2017.
GTC's avatar
 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
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Meanwhile, don't be tempted to power it up.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 4:16:25 PM on 6 May 2017.
AnthonyG's avatar
 Location: Horsley Park, NSW
 Member since 6 May 2017
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I sent Brad the photos this morning. Helpfully you will see them soon.

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Unknown Radio


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 5:17:58 PM on 6 May 2017.
Brad's avatar
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 Location: Greenwich, NSW
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The knobs look a bit AWA-ish but it's not their power transformer. These types of radiograms were often built from the 'parts bin' because they were done in low numbers. These are similar to those that are part of a china cabinet or whiskey bar.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 8:40:25 PM on 6 May 2017.
Flakes's avatar
 Location: Adelaide, SA
 Member since 27 February 2010
 Member #: 630
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Nice looking cabinet. Unfortunately cant add much as to the identification of the radio.

Defiantly don't turn it on as the chassis mounted caps look to be leaking.

From underneath its not a hard radio to restore but if its your first you need to take lots of time and study the layout and connections.

Are you planning on restoring it yourself?


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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 9:10:42 PM on 6 May 2017.
AnthonyG's avatar
 Location: Horsley Park, NSW
 Member since 6 May 2017
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To be honest, I was planning too. But because it is a valuable item from my grandparents that passed away, I might try and find a specialised person that can do the Job properly. I do not want to take the chance and ruin it.

Thanks for your help guys, I really appreciate all your comments.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 9:50:08 PM on 6 May 2017.
Robbbert's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Looks like it shouldn't be too hard to restore. Replace all the electrolytic and paper caps, and check the resistors. There's not many parts in it.

Then if the transformers are ok it should work. Power cord termination needs upgrading obviously.

Looks like you live not too far from me, perhaps 15-20 minutes.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 10:30:27 PM on 6 May 2017.
AnthonyG's avatar
 Location: Horsley Park, NSW
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If you can help that would be great!!!.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 10:47:10 PM on 6 May 2017.
Robbbert's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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My email is unhidden, contact me and perhaps something could be done.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 1:13:22 AM on 7 May 2017.
GTC's avatar
 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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That type of radiogram often had a dark and uninteresting cabinet, but yours has a very nice cabinet indeed.

Should not be difficult to restore electronically. The gramophone may need some attention.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 1:14:14 AM on 7 May 2017.
GTC's avatar
 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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The knobs look a bit AWA-ish

IIRC, they are Aegis generic.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 7:24:17 AM on 7 May 2017.
AnthonyG's avatar
 Location: Horsley Park, NSW
 Member since 6 May 2017
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Thank You Guys. I can not wait to get it fixed.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 15 · Written at 8:42:36 AM on 7 May 2017.
Tallar Carl's avatar
 Location: Latham, ACT
 Member since 21 February 2015
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That is a fine old radio. It should easily restore but you are right in asking a pro to do the work. I will add that you can easily organise for it to accept a CD player as well and that is with out taking away from its originality . I have done this to one of my old beauties and its very enjoyable to listen to.


 
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