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Old 10th Nov 2019, 8:31 pm   #1
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Hello I acquired this record player about 2 years ago and it's found its way to the top of the round tuit pile.
I am hoping to find out a bit more about it I have looked on the ww web and there isn't anything to be found.
It has a BSR UA14 deck which makes me think it's from around 1960.
I don't know the valve line up as I have not opened it up yet.
Can anyone shed a little light on the maker's history and whereabouts in the UK was it manufactured?

Many thanks.
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Old 10th Nov 2019, 11:09 pm   #2
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Ace Radio Ltd, Tower Works, Tower Road, Pound Lane, Willesden, London, NW10 (in 1946 & 57). Established in 1937. Maker of radios and radiograms and (in 1948) an electric floor polisher.

Opened a factory in Rhyl, North Wales circa 1962 (or was it already an STC factory?).

Acquired by Kolster-Brandes Ltd (STC) in 1962. The 1964 “Trader” Year Book shows their address as: Cefndy Road, Rhyl, North Wales.

After KB's parent Standard Telephones and Cables (STC) acquired Ace, Argosy, Regentone and RGD brands in 1962, these brands (with KB) became part of "The Consumer Products Division of STC" (and so were just badge engineered KB designs). There was at least one Ace TV fitted with the STC (KB) VC1 chassis.

The 1964 “Trader” year book shows Argosy Radiovision Ltd at Argosy House, Rhyl, North Wales (same location as Ace Radio Ltd).

In 1971, Cefndy Road, Rhyl, North Wales, was the headquarters of ITT Manufacturing Services:
ITT Components Group Europe, ITT Manufacturing Services, Cefndy Road, Rhyl, North Wales.

In December 2014, a social housing development was started on the former ITT factory site, where televisions were made, but which has been derelict for several years.

Thanks goes to dazzlevision for providing me with this info recently.
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Old 11th Nov 2019, 2:01 am   #3
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Ace also made TVs. I have a couple of their flyers.
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Old 11th Nov 2019, 8:55 am   #4
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I have an Ace one but different model
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Old 11th Nov 2019, 10:03 am   #5
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The OP's Ace record player (post #1) looks like it is in a Dansette case.

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Old 11th Nov 2019, 11:21 am   #6
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I’ve seen that “Dansette” style front on other makes as well. Argosy springs to mind. Probably to copy a successful selling style.
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