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 Post subject: Re: Rare 1920's Battery Sets
PostPosted: Dec Sun 17, 2017 1:37 am 
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This is a very rare Fada 140A from 1922. Probably close to being the very first Fada radio.
I know of only one other surviving example. This hasn't seen restoration. I thought it was fine the way I bought it.


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 Post subject: Re: Rare 1920's Battery Sets
PostPosted: Dec Sun 17, 2017 4:40 pm 
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This probably doesn't qualify as a battery set since there aren't any batteries involved with the tuner but it is still fairly rare.

This is my 1920 Clapp-Eastham Z.R.F. Regenerative Receiver with a homemade cabinet.

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 Post subject: Re: Rare 1920's Battery Sets
PostPosted: Dec Sat 30, 2017 1:49 pm 
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I would say this set qualifies as being somewhat rare. I only know of a handful still surviving.
This is a Bett's & Bett's Corp. Bett's Special Tuner Type RC-11 and the Bett's Visible D2A Detector Amplifier
Alan

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 Post subject: Re: Rare 1920's Battery Sets
PostPosted: Dec Sat 30, 2017 7:30 pm 
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My Giblin Model RL and associated accessories and memorabilia.

Thanks for posting the picture of the Rutland Vermont Senators. I had seen that picture in the past and always wondered what was the receiver!

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 Post subject: Re: Rare 1920's Battery Sets
PostPosted: Jan Mon 01, 2018 4:47 pm 
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Ed,

I posted this thread in 2014:
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The AW-5... What caught my eye was that it has the broadcast band broken up into three ranges. Two of the ranges are switched in the same fashion as the Grebe Synchrophase. I can't think of any other US makers that did this. (The Kellogg Wave Magnet sets don't count to may way of thinking.)

You are right about the Hegehog trannys often found O.C. but both in my set are good...

Robert


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 Post subject: Re: Rare 1920's Battery Sets
PostPosted: Jan Mon 01, 2018 6:40 pm 
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I missed it completely but our radios are quite different. Here is mine on top and yours is below.
The controls are in different places as are the Halowat logos
Ed

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 Post subject: Re: Rare 1920's Battery Sets
PostPosted: Jan Mon 01, 2018 7:13 pm 
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Yes indeed, the market was changing rapidly and small'ish business were most certainly building in small batches that they could tweak or change drastically without heavy investment in tooling or changes to the manufacturing floor.

The 'radio fiend' of the day was surely singing the blues if he were anchored to a set three or four years old.. Maybe just two sometimes...

Really no different than the relentless change of now days...

My PC hardware AND heavily used software are now 10 years old, I'm terrified at having to upgrade everything probably very soon... Not just for the hardware upgrade but facing the fact that really useful boxed software has been replaced by 'vampire - never ending subscriptions' For folks like me on SSI, that is VERY bad.

Robert


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 Post subject: Re: Rare 1920's Battery Sets
PostPosted: Jan Mon 01, 2018 7:39 pm 
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Alan, Here are the undersides of my Betts and Betts pair, unrestored of course. The amp is on the top.The topsides are identical to yours but I am wondering what your serial numbers are and if the same person was the final inspector. The Betts and Betts horn appears to be identical to a Metal Products Company horn. Thanks for posting these pieces. There might have been a more elaborate set that came along later.


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 Post subject: Re: Rare 1920's Battery Sets
PostPosted: Jan Mon 01, 2018 9:03 pm 
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Thanks Merrill, Here are the pictures from my sets. Apparently these sets were in production a lot longer than you would think since my tuner has a 1-28-1924 date which I would assume was the inspection date and the D/A has 11-28-23 on it. It appears that all four pieces were inspected by the same person. Interesting stuff. With a serial number range as large as is shown it is surprising more of these sets haven't surfaced.
Alan

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 Post subject: Re: Rare 1920's Battery Sets
PostPosted: Jan Tue 02, 2018 11:55 pm 
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I don't know who built this, but I wish they had because they deserve to have put their name on it. I've never seen another like it. Elements of the construction suggest home-brew, or perhaps a set assembled from a kit (anyone have any clues?), but there was a lot of thought put into the layout and the construction quality is first-rate. Both the primary and secondary windings on both Hegehog transformers are good.
R/ John


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 Post subject: Re: Rare 1920's Battery Sets
PostPosted: Jan Tue 02, 2018 11:56 pm 
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Correction to the first sentence in my earlier post: I wish the builder had put their name on it ...
R/ John


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 Post subject: Re: Rare 1920's Battery Sets
PostPosted: Jan Wed 03, 2018 12:23 pm 
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Hard not to love a well made early radio with Hegehog (aka hedgehog) transformers.

-- Grant


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 Post subject: Re: Rare 1920's Battery Sets
PostPosted: Jan Sat 06, 2018 2:07 pm 
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This is the elaborate and hard to find Tuska 227 regenerative radio which appeared for a short time in 1923. I only know of two of these that survived. The ads said "it was the first to get across" meaning amateur contact with Europe. The more common 225 soon superseded it. I wanted this to complete my Tuska collection so I was willing to pay what I had to..


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