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Old 16th Sep 2018, 3:16 pm   #1
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Default Vintage Socket.

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Anyone know where one might obtain a matching plug for this socket please?
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Old 16th Sep 2018, 3:28 pm   #2
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It looks like the socket used in the B141 combined HT/LT battery. If so, a scrap radio using this battery will have a suitable plug. The Sky Baronet is one example.
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Old 16th Sep 2018, 6:31 pm   #3
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It could also be a fairly common HT/LT socket used on several valve amplifiers to supply a pre-amp, tuner or similar. I have a feeling they are identical to what Paul Sherwin describes. A few measurements might be useful.
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Old 16th Sep 2018, 6:49 pm   #4
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Used on the Bush Radio AC34 for connecting the output transformer and dial lamps.
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Going by the size of the screwheads, it looks a bit smaller than the HT/LT type - more like one if the ubiquitous range used by many manufacturers for all sorts of purposes (including Tannoy for connecting their dual concentric drivers) despite their rather low quality.
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Anyone know where one might obtain a matching plug for this socket please?
The dimensions would have helped but as noted the screw heads give some clue. Most likely this is what you want:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4-PIN-SPE...sAAOxyJ-FRmPxd

Probably also similar to plug that connects to the audio board on the Hacker Sovereign radio, but without the central pin.
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Old 17th Sep 2018, 11:59 pm   #7
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Gentlemen (and Ladies) apologies.
I had intended to append dimensions, but forgot.
This omission I have now addressed.
To those who offered assistance, my grateful thanks.
In respect of the link, thank you Argus; yes, it does look like the matching plug.

I have only one problem, the price.

I had best leave my thoughts on what the seller is asking unspoken, else I suspect I might breach one of the forum rules.
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I have only one problem, the price.
These ones are a tad cheaper:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/One-vinta...8AAOSw6YtZRnr1

(Maybe the price is a bit higher than expected for what they actually are because they are used in an audio application and it seems that with components in that field/industry, someone thinks up a price and then squares or cubes it before it is up for sale. But assuming they do sell, which seems to be the case, who could argue with the laws of supply and demand?)

Since this wafer socket is screwed onto the chassis, you could always replace it with a completely different plug-socket assembly, if you can find one that fits in the existing hole.
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Old 18th Sep 2018, 9:29 am   #9
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Argus, thank you for your thoughts on this and the alternative link.
As regards your observations about the law of supply and demand...
Your logic is irrefutable, but I espouse a different perspective:
As I see it, those who exploit rarity for (excessive) profit often price genuine enthusiasts out of the equation.
If they own it, they are entitled of course to ask what they will for it, I just find the greed repugnant.
The question which always hovers in my mind when I see such prices asked is "what did you pay for it".
When I see complete receivers offered at extortionate prices, I always get an image of the seller telling an old lady "it ain't worth much, I'll give you a fiver for it".
They have no interest, of course, in what it is - it could be a banana for all they care if it turned a profit.

I hope I haven't sailed too close to the wind as regards "the rules" with my thoughts, time will tell. Just my personal bÍte noire.
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Going by the size of the screwheads, it looks a bit smaller than the HT/LT type - more like one if the ubiquitous range used by many manufacturers for all sorts of purposes (including Tannoy for connecting their dual concentric drivers) despite their rather low quality.
Didn't some batteries use these connectors and others use the larger B4 valve base type?
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'kin 'ell as they say.

I've got one of these, looks to be NOS. PM if you'd like it for about 50% of the cheaper one, postage included!

Time to look harder at some of the ratty old portables I usually pass up on!
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Oddly most people here are looking for sockets (the bit you have) to make reproduction batteries. The plug comes free with a battery portable radio.
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Old 18th Sep 2018, 6:24 pm   #13
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Hi.
Anyone know where one might obtain a matching plug for this socket please?
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For this thread only, the answer to the original question is "Leominster".

Haven't got any more!
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... or "Lemster" as they say in the trade
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If your still hunting. I think it is No. 3 you require. PM with your full name and address and it's yours FOC. John.
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Old 18th Sep 2018, 11:09 pm   #16
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If your still hunting. I think it is No. 3 you require. PM with your full name and address and it's yours FOC. John.
Bought one from Chris (Post 13), many thanks for your kind offer though

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