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HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR RADIO

 

Most makers were proud enough of their products to place a badge or emblem in a prominent place. For example, HMV usually placed a 'Nipper' transfer centrally on the top of their cabinets. Marconi used the great man's signature as a badge. Obviously then, this is the first thing to look for. The dial glass or plate is another common spot for a maker's mark. Pilot, for example, actually used an illuminated 'Little Maestro' on many of the early sets marketed under that name. They also moulded the 'Pilot' name into the bakelite on occasion. The rear cover of the set usually has makers details, along with safety information. If the cover is blank or missing, a quick look inside the cabinet might reward you with a chassis identification plate (see picture, arrowed) or perhaps a paper information sheet bonded to one of the internal cabinet sides. It is the model name or number, not the serial number, that you will need. Reference books can help with identification, such as 'Radio! Radio!' and of course my own book 'Vintage Radios (Crowood Collector's series)'. All else failing, e-mail  a picture of the radio to us and if possible list the valves used.

Major British makes covered in our archive include

Ace Aerodyne Alba Aerialite Ambassador Argosy Armstrong Baird Banner Beethoven Berec Brayhead Bush Capitol Champion Channel Collaro Cossor Cyldon Dansette Decca Defiant Denco Dulci Dynatron EAR Eddystone Ekco Elizabethan Emerson EMI Emisonic English Electric Etronic Ever Ready Ferguson Ferranti GBC GEC Grundig HMV Invicta Kolster Brandes McCarthy McMichael Marconiphone Masteradio Motorola Mullard Murphy Pageant Pam Perdio Peto Scott Philco Philips Pilot Plessey Portadyne Pye Radiomobile Rainbow Raymond Regentone RGD Roberts Selmer Sobell Spencer-West Stella Strad Ultra Valradio Vidor Walter Webcor

 

Please note: the above list is representative only  - we have details of thousands of sets including some vintage continental models. Check the archive! it is an almost complete stock list. Take a look by clicking on the initial letter of the make of set you wish to locate data for. 

 If you can't see the make or model you need in the full archive, it is unlikely that we have the data for it. 

However, E-mail a search enquiry and we'll do our best to find it for you, no obligation, no cost involved.

If we can't help, we'll try to direct you to where you CAN find help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is often a plate affixed to the rear chassis runner which gives you a model number.

Failing all else, a good clear photograph of your mystery set can be emailed to me and I'll do my best to identify it for you.

Photograph should be an external view, with a possible secondary picture of the cabinet inner (chassis)

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