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Old 27th Nov 2022, 8:57 pm   #1
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Hi, Please can anyone identify the "real" manufacturer of the chassis shown in the picture?
It comes from a Westminster radiogram, which, as I'm sure many of you will already be aware, were sold by Curry's in the late 50s/early 60s.

I'm trying to find out if the chassis is one made by a well known manufacturer or a "special" manufactured exclusively for Curry's.

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Old 27th Nov 2022, 10:08 pm   #2
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The pink wirewound resistor in centre right of middle picture is the kind often used by Philips, but that does not mean the chassis is made by them of course.
I would say Plessey for the maker, but it is a guess.
What is the valve line up?
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Old 28th Nov 2022, 6:24 am   #3
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I could be wrong - I often am, but the appearance of the dial is evocative of a mid 1950s pre VHF radiogram rather than a table radio.
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Old 28th Nov 2022, 7:48 am   #4
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Most likely the chassis is made by Plessey. Simple but reliable circuitry.
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Old 28th Nov 2022, 9:11 am   #5
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I agree with David note the white twin wire from the on off switch ,this would be mains to the deck. Mick.
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Old 28th Nov 2022, 9:47 am   #6
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It certainly looks Plessey-ish. Is it possible to have a better pic of the dial?
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Old 28th Nov 2022, 10:19 am   #7
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Yes another from Plessey here. I think Westminster was a Currys brand and a lot of their radio's were made by Plessey. Fairly basic circuit but should work well enough.

Actually the first post by Andy does state it's from a radiogram.
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Old 28th Nov 2022, 11:46 am   #8
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It looks a bit crude - even for a Plessey chassis. I'm inclined to think it was from the 'Falcon' stable (John Street) who made many 'cheap' products under their own name or store names. They were a bit rough and ready, although sold well and worked surprisingly well for such a low parts set.
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Old 28th Nov 2022, 1:17 pm   #9
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I could be wrong - I often am, but the appearance of the dial is evocative of a mid 1950s pre VHF radiogram rather than a table radio.
Well observed David. When I worked as a designer with Pye we always took a different approach to dial design on a Radiogram. But in most cases we were always asked to design the dial in such a way as to accentuate the apparent travel of the tuning pointer, which was usually only about half the length of the dial itself.
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Old 28th Nov 2022, 1:31 pm   #10
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I could be wrong - I often am, but the appearance of the dial is evocative of a mid 1950s pre VHF radiogram rather than a table radio.
Well observed David. When I worked as a designer with Pye we always took a different approach to dial design on a Radiogram. But in most cases we were always asked to design the dial in such a way as to accentuate the apparent travel of the tuning pointer, which was usually only about half the length of the dial itself.
The OP said it was from a Westminster radiogram in Post#1.

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Old 28th Nov 2022, 1:48 pm   #11
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Yes, as Sideband reminded us! But nice that we're all in agreement

Pic of it "at home" here: https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...7&d=1316535275
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Old 28th Nov 2022, 4:45 pm   #12
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I think Regentone produced a similar AM only radio chassis with the fairly standard B9A valve line up. The flat mounted mains transformer was one notable feature in some of their designs.

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Old 28th Nov 2022, 5:09 pm   #13
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The OP said it was from a Westminster radiogram in Post#1.

Lawrence.
So he did Lawrence.

Asleep at the wheel again.
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Old 28th Nov 2022, 7:49 pm   #14
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How strange that you should post this picture, which is actually of my original 'gram and taken in my own kitchen.
This one befell the fate of a Labrador puppy and I have recently obtained an identical model with a near pristine cabinet so after a bit of "transplant surgery" I now have a fully working 'gram and spare chassis, which is shown in my original post.

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Old 28th Nov 2022, 10:27 pm   #15
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Ha ha, I see the doggy bowl and mat now!

Not strange... I did a forum search for Westminster radiogram, then saw your name, found your old thread, and there it was

Of course, I assumed it was the very same one and you'd maybe scrapped it and just kept the chassis...
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Old 29th Nov 2022, 5:37 pm   #16
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What is the valve line up?...
Valve line up is ECH81, EF89, EBC81, EL84, EZ80

It's an AM only chassis. Other comments suggest a Plessey design, which I seem to have been told many years ago, long before the invention of the internet and the volume of knowledge available on forums such as this. I was looking for positive confirmation of the manufacturer so guess that it is a Plessey chassis after all

Thanks for all your comments.

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Old 29th Nov 2022, 5:46 pm   #17
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I have seen an earlier non-ferrite rod chassis, unusually it used 12AH8, and a 6BW6, so I
assume it was an earlier design.
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