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 Post subject: Mystery radio
PostPosted: Sep Sat 25, 2021 2:31 am 
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Can anyone identify the make and model number? The name is mostly gone from the dial. Thanks

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery radio
PostPosted: Sep Sat 25, 2021 2:53 am 
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Looks like it says “Lady Drake”. There was a ship that plied the Caribbean during WWII named “Lady Drake” - it’s possible the line had the radios in each cabin labeled with the boat name?

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery radio
PostPosted: Sep Sat 25, 2021 3:35 am 
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With that plugged hole at lower front of the cabinet, that seems to indicate a couple of things. One might be that another model having three knobs also existed in that cabinet style. The other might be that it was one of the independents, which leads me to believe the earlier suggestion that there was a small run of sets built for a specific customer.

In this case it could have been that ship if the time frame was correct, but that does not appear to be the case. This would be most likely be a 1946-50 model radio based upon the tubes used, but the ship Lady Drake sunk in 1942........

It's too far fetched to think this could have been branded by it's maker to be sold by the Drake company that built amateur radio equipment, but they were definitely in business during that time period.

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery radio
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Good catch! I never thought of Lady Drake but it certainly looks like it could be that. What's interesting is that is on the outside of the dial glass, as if it were added later, while the actual dial numbers are on the reverse or inside side.

The mystery continues!

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery radio
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Looks like the same chassis as a 1948 Aircastle 7553 but not the same cabinet.
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 Post subject: Re: Mystery radio
PostPosted: Sep Sat 25, 2021 11:30 am 
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Aircastle was the name out on radios sold by the Spiegel catalog mail order company. They didn't make them.
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 Post subject: Re: Mystery radio
PostPosted: Sep Sat 25, 2021 7:40 pm 
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Case looks exactly like my Lear 6616.
Totally different chassis though.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery radio
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 Post subject: Re: Mystery radio
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So far we have definitely established that the cabinet is identical to the Lear model, and the chassis is identical to an Aircastle which we haven't determined who built yet. The artwork on the tube layout labels are different enough that it's reasonable to say Lear did not build the Aircastle, it was one of the other smaller independents.

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery radio
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That chassis is also in some models of Espey out of New York. Were they a manufacturer?

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery radio
PostPosted: Sep Sun 26, 2021 12:43 am 
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Espey was a manufacturer, in the 50s they did a lot of hifi for DIYer type offerings similar to Eico or Heathkit (though not in kit form) where you had to supply your own cabinet.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery radio
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The dial looks the same as Espey was using in 1946. If the radio has the RMA 174 marking in it, that would confirm Espey as the manufacturer.
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 Post subject: Re: Mystery radio
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It does! Look at the penciled in marking below the speaker, on the tube layout diagram of the unknown Drake set....... EMC174! I would presume that means Espey Manufacturing Company, or something very similar. I think we have a winner. Espey built the set, but we still don't know for whom.

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery radio
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The label, the plugged hole in the cabinet, and the name on the outside of the glass make me think this could be an engineering sample. It is possibly the only one built with this cabinet and chassis.

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery radio
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Incredible research! Thanks to everyone for your wealth of knowledge. I think I'm going to go by the Aircastle 7553 schematic and see how close the components match beyond the tube layout.

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery radio
PostPosted: Oct Sat 02, 2021 2:05 am 
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The label, the plugged hole in the cabinet, and the name on the outside of the glass make me think this could be an engineering sample. It is possibly the only one built with this cabinet and chassis.

Jay
Or could it be one of a batch of radios built by Espey for the Lady Drake passenger ship?
If it is a one of a kind prototype, we will see some innovation in the circuit that warranted building it. If it turns out to be a standard circuit similar to the Aircastles, then good chance it was built to fill a small order, JMO.

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