August 16, 2010 at 9:15 pm #1886Ed KrausharCVRS Member
I picked up this radio a while ago at an estate auction. A little digging around determined that it was a Bremer-Tully Counterphase 5, a kit radio.
Although it does not show it in the photo the front panel is a very dark maroon colour.
The overall construction was quite good although a little crowded on the chassis board. As with most Bremer-Tulley tuning capacitors both the ones on this radio had died of pot metal disease. Both caps turn CCW and I was able to get a good single 23 plate one from PTOP but had to make a new double section one from a pair of suitable brass caps that I had on hand. They were mounted on a new base and the two shafts were replaced with a single brass shaft. This is quite common as the original B-T double capacitors are near impossible to obtain in usable condition. The two trimmers had to be added. One of the B-T audio interstage transformers was open and was rewound.
Where possible I like to do a minimum of refinishing. In this case the radio was originally done in shellac so I cleaned it and gave it an additional two coats of sprayed on shellac. The original dings etc still show but I have found that this technique can brighten up a radio considerably and still maintain close to the original appearance.
The stripe on the top is a reflection and yes I know that the right hand vernier is a little crooked as the locating pin is off. The original builder designed it that way and who am I to change it.
Ed.August 16, 2010 at 11:03 pm #1887radionutForum Participant
That sure is a nice radio. Hope some day I will be able to do jobs like that. I am going to see if I can find a book called(Pratical Radio Servicing by William Marcus and Alex Levy) as some suggest this would help me learn.I am getting ready to go to Kutzstown (Sept. 18 -19 ). I have Pythe speaker that is getting a new cone ,also a Jackson Bell Peter Pan model 84 that some of the members told me in May if I brought it again in Sept. they probably could get it going for me.I hope they can. I have done very little on the radios as I have lots of work to do on my mums house. I finally got the last of the Ryders manuals. So once I learn I will hopefully have info I need. I hope to get up your way soon.I am going to daughters on 27 of month and heading home 29th.(she is in Toronto) Is there a Tim Horton in the area where we could stop for a tea and maybe meet you .
Hope to hear from you
BruceAugust 17, 2010 at 12:31 am #1888Ed KrausharCVRS Member
Is there a Tim Horton in the area where we could stop for a tea and maybe meet you .
Hope to hear from you
Yes, in Campbellford.
Ed.August 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm #1893Bob MasseForum Participant
That is a very nice radio. That one knob actually looks good a little offset and gives the radio a little unusual character. Thanks for the show and tell.
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