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 Post subject: Re: HMV early radiograms
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 3:31 pm 
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Victor Jr
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I have two examples of 551 - the first, serial number 473, I bought about 30 years ago at Christie's, when nobody wanted electrical players. It came with an American Atwater Kent radiogram and another of no consequence, which I sold on. Serial 473 (below) had been fitted with a ap30s bakelite tone arm, which I later replaced with something more appropriate and fitted with an HMV No. 11 electric "soundbox", as they called them then. As the automatic brake mechanism was also missing, and someone had already fitted it with a small Paxolin panel with two toggle switches, I kept that part and serviced it like that.

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File comment: Record deck of Serial 473, with replacement tone arm and No. 11 pick-up
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File comment: Serial number on plate beneath turntable
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The second machine is earlier - serial number 63, plate below needle tray. This one is completely original, with automatic brake/on/off switch etc.

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File comment: Record deck of Serial 63, with original No. 7 pick-up.
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I have more pictures of the loudspeaker, pot rectifier unit etc that I will add later.

Thanks for looking.


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 Post subject: Re: HMV early radiograms
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 1:54 am 
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I have the 11A soundbox in my Pickup collection


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 Post subject: Re: HMV early radiograms
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 12:57 pm 
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Victor Jr
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They actually sound pretty good! It could be fitted to the arm of a 101 portable and played through a vintage radio.


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