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How much is this worth
« on: April 29, 2017, 09:30:05 AM »
I have thea 2 radios.
The alba is still in very good shape, just need a plug and it will probably play without anya issues.
The other one should also work but is might need a bit of tlc.

Im contemplating if I should hold on to them or let them go to a good home as I dont really have space for them.

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Re: How much is this worth
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2017, 09:50:45 AM »
Get rid of them - I'll take the Pilot!  :)

Do you know what the valve line-up in each are? Normally indicated on a sticker on the back.

At a guess the Pilot might be a 110v AC model with either a resistive cord specially made for the radio, not to be cut shorter or replaced with normal flex - otherwise BOOM!


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Re: How much is this worth
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2017, 10:04:04 AM »
No stickers om the back.
Both radios cord is cut ....

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Re: How much is this worth
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2017, 10:10:38 AM »
In any case, do not attempt to connect these sets to AC mains current before a competent person has inspected them.

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Re: How much is this worth
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2017, 11:42:55 AM »
Stickers might have been on the inside or if on the back, they have fallen off by now. The radios are both most probably from the 1940s and would require recapping (new capacitors) and inspection of the electrical wires internally, as the rubber insulation by now would be very brittle and just turns to powder.

As Skollie mentioned, please do not attempt to connect them to the AC mains until they have been checked out.


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Re: How much is this worth
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2017, 01:22:24 AM »
Where are you Golfstok? Anywhere near the Pretoria-Jo'burg area?
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Re: How much is this worth
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2017, 06:51:54 AM »
Where are you Golfstok? Anywhere near the Pretoria-Jo'burg area?
In stellenbosch. Why?

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Re: How much is this worth
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2017, 06:53:25 AM »
He's in Stellies, Boss.

I have the Pilot Radio, interestingly enough it's designed for one of those o-l-d batteries that have a socket which accepts a four-pin plug, the battery delivers an HT of 90v and filament of 1.5v. In the third pic above you can just make out the 4p plug from the radio.None of the Pilot Little Maestro schematics or models I found on the Internet refer to this model at all, they are all AC or AC/DC models. The "Little Maestro" name was used for many different models over the 50s & 60s, all having different valve line-ups and cabinets.

Valve line-up is the typical DK92, DAF92, DL91 etc (if I remember correctly, have closed up the radio again).


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Re: How much is this worth
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2017, 04:51:51 AM »
Golfstok,

Just thought if you were close I could visit and check them regarding resistor line chord etc..
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Re: How much is this worth
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2017, 05:09:31 PM »
Good grief! Imagine a resistor line cord being provided on a product these days. I recall being fascinated by the idea when I first came across it in the '50s. Even then, and with no knowledge of electrics, I thought it a rather iffy idea.
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Re: How much is this worth
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2017, 05:53:52 AM »
Good grief! Imagine a resistor line cord being provided on a product these days. I recall being fascinated by the idea when I first came across it in the '50s. Even then, and with no knowledge of electrics, I thought it a rather iffy idea.

I remember in the late Fifties, we had an AC/DC Emerson with resistor line cord which burst into flames one day without warning while we kids were probably listening to Mark Saxon or Kid Grayson as we did. The curtains above the cord were well alight before anyone noticed. The fire was promptly extinguished and the line cord replaced in time for the next evening's serials.We still use the Emerson for Cape Talk on occasion.
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Re: How much is this worth
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2017, 10:05:35 AM »
But with a small auto-trafo now though instead of the old resistance cord of course.
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