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 Help in Identifying a 1960's HMV stereogram
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 1:30:30 PM on 27 December 2016.
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 Location: Melbourne, VIC
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Hi folks,

I have a 1960's HMV stereogram I'm finding hard to identify.

I have seen a few of them about but am not able to find any info or model number on it - the chassis has what looks like L1-4U or Y stamped on it.
The unit has a Garrard RC121 changer with 2 pickup heads (one for mono and one for stereo). Left channel is built into the cabinet (free standing floor model) and the right channel is a stand alone 'satellite' speaker.

This is a link to a pic of the same model for sale elsewhere:


Look forward to hear from someone.


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 Location: Sydney, NSW
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I'm thinking it's an L1. What's its valve line-up?

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 Location: Melbourne, VIC
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Hi GTC - Valve lineup is:

V1 - 6AN7
V2 - 6N8
V3 - 12AX7
V4 - 12AX7
V5 - 6BQ5
V6 - 6BQ5
V7 - 6CA4


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Sounds like an L1. I sent you the diagrams...

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

 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 6:17:26 PM on 27 December 2016.
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Thanks guys - Yup from the diagrams emailed to me, it's an L1
Cheers for the help

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 Location: Bowral, NSW
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This was the very first stereophonic radiogram released in Australia. I am old enough to remember demonstrating it to potential customers in the showroom of a TV/radio retailer at Port Kembla where I was employed as a technician.
The only stereo recording we had at the time was 'Journey Into Stereophonic Sound' on Decca.
Arguably this British demonstration LP was the most impressive of its type ever produced.

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'Journey Into Stereophonic Sound' on Decca

That's from the late 1950s and can be heard here:


From the late 1960s I have 'Break-Through' and 'Impact' on EMI/Columbia demonstrating 'Studio 2 Stereo'.

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I'm just old enough to remember all the former commonplace record labels: J&B, K-Tel, Hammard, Mushroom, Festival, CBS, Polygram, Decca, Columbia, Spin, EMI, Liberation, Astor, Polydor and Ace of Clubs. A few of these were actually Australian companies.

What isn't owned by Sony and Warner Bros. would probably be out of business by now.


A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

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