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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: May Thu 17, 2018 2:54 am 
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This one I picked up last week. It looks to me to be a Haynes Griffin. This super is well built and compact.

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: May Fri 25, 2018 3:05 am 
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When I was new to radio collecting back in the early 90s I would see Billy Richardson's fabulous creations in Texas shows in Houston and Dallas. I was always blown away by the workmanship and folks had to inform me these were modern creations by Billy. I have always been a big fan and I always considered them art made by a true artisan. So when I had a chance to get one of Billy's radios after his passing I pulled the trigger. I'm the current caretaker of Billy's Madison-Moore set. Its based off of the ealrly coils (before one-spot) and Madison-More audios. Is it a recreation of a period set or something completely out of Billy's mind? I don't know and it doesn't really matter to me, its just a fantastic set that i'm incapable of taking good pictures of :). I removed the "c cells" Billy installed in 1995 which I can only assume that this is when he completed it. I'm undecided if I should polish all the chrome and nickel or continue to let it age. I suspect maybe Billy would have wanted it to eventually fade into looking more aged considering he used 'aged Laquer" in the lettering instead of bright white.

I want to get a loop to go with it but really it should be a reproduction loop :)


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From my understanding the sets in the below picture have been placed in collections/museums in different places. It was impressive seeing them all together, i can attest.



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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: May Fri 25, 2018 12:53 pm 
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Just... WOW! :shock: :D

Reproduction or not, that is just stunning. I'm drooling. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
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I witnessed the results of his awesome craftsmanship at the AWA Conferences in NY. But as an amateur historian, his creations always left me uneasy. He apparently drew perverse delight in never coming out directly in saying what was 'legit' and what was from his fertile mind. i.e. Some of his 'supporting bogus documents'. What I surely hope is that the provenance of these creations is never separated from the artifacts. There should be museum grade catalog tags attached permanently. And yes, properly identified, I'd love to have one of his creations in my collection.

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: May Fri 25, 2018 1:47 pm 
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Was it meant to look like a new radio that might have been sold in the 20's in like new condition?

If so then definitely polish it.

If not then don't.


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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: May Fri 25, 2018 6:10 pm 
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Congratulations on acquiring one of the best that Billy produced! It is a great looking set. I would let it age gracefully.

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: May Fri 25, 2018 7:15 pm 
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Robert Lozier wrote:
I witnessed the results of his awesome craftsmanship at the AWA Conferences in NY. But as an amateur historian, his creations always left me uneasy. He apparently drew perverse delight in never coming out directly in saying what was 'legit' and what was from his fertile mind. i.e. Some of his 'supporting bogus documents'. What I surely hope is that the provenance of these creations is never separated from the artifacts. There should be museum grade catalog tags attached permanently. And yes, properly identified, I'd love to have one of his creations in my collection.

Robert

I guess at some point he got the message. This one has a "Richardson Radio" tag inside it.

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: Jun Thu 21, 2018 4:01 am 
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Picked this small booklet at the June MAARC meet.


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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
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Nice find David. Does it have a date anywhere on it?

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: Jun Thu 21, 2018 1:36 pm 
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Duane, I checked every page and I saw no date.

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 Post subject: Meters on Roaring 20s Superhets
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Ever noticed how so many of the 20s battery superhets have a panel meter (or meters)? It seems like they have them far more frequently than other types of sets from that era.

Why would that be? Homebrewers just wanting to make their sets as well-equipped as possible? Or is there a technical reason?


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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: Jun Mon 25, 2018 10:12 pm 
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2 reasons I can think of off the top of my head.

1. Most suerhets were kits and thier designers/builders were not as budget minded in the construction of thier sets as were so many of the big volume radio manufacturers were such as Atwater Kent, Freshman, and Crosley.

2. When your powering up between 8 to 10 very expensive tubes, you'll want some sort of confident monitoring of their filament voltages.

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
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Eight to ten tubes puts a heavier drain on the batteries compared to a radio with five or less tubes. Superhets were also more complex than most TRFs. A combination of those things, and possibly more, made it desirable to monitor the battery conditions with a meter.

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: Jun Tue 26, 2018 1:50 am 
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Great answers, and they make perfect sense - thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
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Another one for me. Seems to match the one referenced on Duane's excellent site, http://www.duanesradios.info/html/all_american_if_transformer.html.

The layout is a bit different from the magazine article but uses all the All-American parts and 2 Columbia 2:1 audio transformers (both bad). Someone in the far past installed a coupler (R-140) for an external antenna, which arrived removed. It tested bad on one winding, however a replacement R-140 coil and a good transformer came with the radio :D .
Remler butterfly tuners. Socket on the left front is for a loop, 2 stages of audio on the right. Some kind of key needed for the on/off switch (anybody have one?).

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
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Cool super. The owner probably had a bunch of kids running around the place. These are the only two I have found. Yours looks sort of like the cutler-hammer filament switch. ref. June 1925 Radio News.


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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
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A better picture of the C-H Radioloc key. Oct 1925 Radio News
Maybe a broken off knife switch?


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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: Jul Sun 22, 2018 1:46 am 
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This summer I purchased this Tyrman Imperial 80 for $10 in an auction. It had belonged to Dale Davenport and had been shared on this thread long ago. Norman had made a reproduction capacitor pack which mounts to the back of the chassis for Dale. Norman told me that he had the pack and he gifted it to me. Thank you again Norman.

My understanding is that the 80 Imperial is not very common, and it is identified by the wood front panel, which is actually wood bonded to a metal plate, and the phono switch. This radio has plug in coils and can tune the short wave bands. The radio had a hack job done to the condenser shield to make it easier to switch coils, and I will need to search for the impossible to find missing tube shields.

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