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Old 22nd Apr 2021, 6:00 pm   #1
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Question Sobell valve radio model 516 - or is it?

On the bench I have a Sobell valve radio, 1940 / 1950 vintage, the cardboard back of which states 'model 516'. Yet when I do an Internet search for that model, I get pictures of a 516 that look nothing like mine at all! (Yes - the back of mine is clearly the correct back!)
So, same model name but different radio?
Any explanations, please?

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Old 23rd Apr 2021, 6:12 am   #2
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Could it be a model 599, looks the same size and shape maybe a 516 back ended up on it, just a thought!
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Old 23rd Apr 2021, 6:31 am   #3
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There seems to be a few variants knocking about, see this post

https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...d.php?t=138365

I worked on both the AC/DC and the AC only version of the 516 and they're really well made. If memory serves the resistor installed following 'that capacitor' is different in value from that shown in the circuit diagram (??later factory modification). This was the same in both sets, which were both original. Do let me know if you come across the same thing.

I have recreated the waterslide transfer sobell logo for this set and have under-chassis pictures etc - if you need anything pm me.

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Default Re: Sobell valve radio model 516 - or is it?

In the above post. (post 3), Gabe001 refers to a thread which is 'clickable'. In that thread, post 13 lists 3 photos: the 3rd. photo, left-hand side, shows the radio that I have.
So it seems that the Sobell 516 does exist in two forms: it appears that the difference is the tuning dial.

https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...0&postcount=13

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I worked on both the AC/DC and the AC only version of the 516 and they're really well-made.
I've studied the under-chassis wiring and the general construction of the 516 on my bench and I couldn't disagree with you more: "really well-made" it certainly isn't. It seems that cost of manufacture was the over-riding factor in the design and build of this set.
My judgment is based on the many wireless sets of this vintage I've repaired, used, modified, etc. - and, yes, even scrapped for parts - over the past 50+ years.
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Old 24th Apr 2021, 5:13 am   #6
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Fair enough. You're much more experienced than I am. The two I worked on worked immediately with no troubleshooting necessary, maybe I was lucky.
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Default Re: Sobell valve radio model 516 - or is it?

As the OP's question has been answered I'll close this thread.

It would have helped if the OP had posted a picture of his radio in post #1.
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