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Old 15th Aug 2016, 3:11 pm   #1
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Default Can someone identify this radio (Rel Primus)

I am picking this stuff up shortly and cant find out what kind of radio it might be, didn't get much info from the seller either ?

If anyone can identify it ?
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Old 15th Aug 2016, 4:12 pm   #2
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Default Re: Can someone identify this radio ?

The knobs and expanded metal speaker grille suggest that it may be a Sobell. Late 40s or early 50s at a guess.
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Old 15th Aug 2016, 4:27 pm   #3
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Not wishing to contradict and I am possible totally wrong but is that not a metal 'speaker fret but that heavy crocheted fabric much loved by Grundig and Telefunken?
It looks very similar and teutonic.
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Hi Sam, hope you're well. You could be right, the photo isn't too clear, but the 'top hat' style knobs look just the same as those on the Sobell Table Gram that my parents owned. That said, the word Telefunken does appear in the image name, which I didn't spot at first, so there's a clue...!

I'm sure all will become clear when the OP collects the set.
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Old 15th Aug 2016, 4:57 pm   #5
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Greetings Phil.
Those knobs are distinctive, chunkier than most. Can't put a name to them though. Are they concentric spindles?
Ah yes, so it does say Telefunken but if its an ebay ad it could well be erroneous. Sellers get confused and in turn confuse us. Some days it doesn't take much!
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Old 15th Aug 2016, 5:10 pm   #6
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Yep, concentric. I didn't spot that before!

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Old 15th Aug 2016, 9:43 pm   #7
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There are over 1,000 images of Telefunken radios on the Radiomuseum.org website - type 'Telefunken' into the search box, then click on the picture gallery button. Several sets look very similar, but not identical. Happy browsing!
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The Telefunken idea may be a red herring. The picture is from a Slovenian website where the radio is part of a job lot of three items, the other two of which are "two old Telefunken televisions" (dva stara televizorja Telefunken). The make of the radio is not identified.
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The dark wood finish, thin gold/cream surround and heavy woven grille fabric do suggest early 1950s European to me. Edward
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I think this is it, though the one in the original post has non-standard fabric on the speaker grille. It's a Rel Primus, 1941-42, made in Brno, Czech Republic (as it is now).

Googling will bring up information, but here's a link to Oldradio.cz, where the picture came from, and where you can download circuit diagrams for the two versions (AC only and AC/DC).
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Old 21st Aug 2016, 10:31 pm   #11
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I went there and got it and yes Tom is right it is a early 1940s Rel Primus and for a radio from the early 40s is in very good condition with its back, more will say photos

And yes this was a lot of three the two other items were two identical Telefunken TV sets and one is in very nice condition all complete with wat seems to be all original tubes but the other one is a whole different story, the tubes were all missing and the tube has gone to air and there is a visible sign were someone hit in the neck. But gonna make a another thread for them.

The radio looks to be all original as far as I can tell .I plugged it in and I get is the power transformer buzzes loudly and I get no other activity at all, there is deff. a short in it somewhere. I never worked on something this old so this is gonna be something new. I just hope the tubes in the radio are good cause these are older and harder to find.
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