Radio Process Co. "The Aeolian," ca. 1946
Tube complement: 6SA7 mixer/oscillator, 6SK7 IF, 6SQ7 detector, 6K6GT audio output, 6X5GT rectifier.
Approx. 10-3/8 inches / 26 cm wide.
Since I found no information about this radio or this company in my references, I had to guess its year of manufacture. The radio provided the following clues to help me:
|Based on all of the above, my intuition says 1946.|
Some of the original paper condensers (which I replaced—they were leaky) were labeled "Tuffies, McMullen Products, Santa Monica." Radio from LA, condensers from Santa Monica—I was humming Beach Boys tunes and dreaming of wide palm-tree-lined boulevards while working on it.
Another interesting thing about this radio is that it's an AC-only (transformer powered) set, not the AC-DC (transformerless) type that one would expect in a small Bakelite table radio. My Packard Bell 5FP is also AC-only, and it's also a California radio. Perhaps Los Angeles or other California cities prohibited the relatively hazardous AC-DC sets.
Oh, and yet another thing about this radio: When I received it, it had the wrong knobs. (I know this because they were marked with wrong functions, such as tone or radio/phono. Besides, they looked wrong in terms of style and color.) Since I have no reference information about this radio to help me determine what the original knobs look like, I just selected some knobs from my "junkbox" that I thought looked good on this radio.