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Old 18th Jul 2018, 4:54 am   #81
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When I was young, we had some HH electrical branded MK's both in brown and in white. They were the square ones they came before the safety plug. Does anyone know what HH electrical was?
There was a company called 'HH' who made professional audio amplifiers, I think. They also made the HH Tiger microcomputer, which is how I came across them.
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Old 18th Jul 2018, 7:14 am   #82
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I have a proposed power upgrade in the pipeline for my workshop.
I grabbed a pack of 5 NOS small footprint MK sockets on sight from the local flea market due to a shortage of space around the racking.
Nice, they look cool, that will look amazing

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Old 18th Jul 2018, 9:41 am   #83
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OTOH, new-in-box ones are collectable as such. I'd keep them in the box and install used / unboxed examples in the workshop. They's still good sockets, hardly anything on the market now can match them for contact performance.
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Old 18th Jul 2018, 11:43 am   #84
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I wonder how many of us, on first seeing that rather odd looking cable clamp that MK uses, were a bit suspicious of it?
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Old 18th Jul 2018, 12:00 pm   #85
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I'm still a bit supicious of it. Very thin, fig-8 flexes aren't gripped very well, and thin round ones can be twisted, straining the connections.

A vast improvement over the card "saddle clamps" though.
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Old 18th Jul 2018, 3:37 pm   #86
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Yes, if they weren't that design, these plugs would be perfect

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Old 18th Jul 2018, 5:03 pm   #87
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Single insulated figure 8 mains flex should be a thing of the past (he said looking guiltily at the table lamp beside him).

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i have a proposed power upgrade in the pipeline for my workshop.
I grabbed a pack of 5 nos small footprint mk sockets on sight from the local flea market due to a shortage of space around the racking.
You can't expect to restore vintage radios without vintage electricity.
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Old 18th Jul 2018, 5:39 pm   #88
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OTOH, new-in-box ones are collectable as such. I'd keep them in the box and install used / unboxed examples in the workshop. They's still good sockets, hardly anything on the market now can match them for contact performance.
I am tempted to keep them in the box.
I have also found some NOS regular sockets with scratches on them that were even cheaper.
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Old 19th Jul 2018, 11:31 am   #89
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Switched MKs in brown and ivory, and a relatively modern equivalent with neon by WG, Toughplug with non-standard reduced earth pin; MKs branded 'WMG' (West Midlands Gas?) and 'BBC', Plug by PMS with full NSAI and BSI approval details on cap; BICC low-profile plugs branded 'SWEBLINE' and 'emelec', both sadly faded, MB branded 'PO', Marbo branded ''NEEB'.
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Old 19th Jul 2018, 8:36 pm   #90
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Switched MKs in brown and ivory, and a relatively modern equivalent with neon by WG, Toughplug with non-standard reduced earth pin; MKs branded 'WMG' (West Midlands Gas?) and 'BBC', Plug by PMS with full NSAI and BSI approval details on cap; BICC low-profile plugs branded 'SWEBLINE' and 'emelec', both sadly faded, MB branded 'PO', Marbo branded ''NEEB'.
Wow,nice collection, never seen that WMG or bbc one before, and loving the other branded plugs, you are a true collector

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Old 19th Jul 2018, 8:43 pm   #91
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I've just realised that I've got a Volex Temco plug, and it's branded Manweb, for Merseyside and North Wales electricity board , any more brands would be nice to see
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