Echophone Model 60 Cathedral Radio (1931)
The Echophone Model 60 was introduced by the Echophone Radio
Manufacturing Co. Ltd of Waukegan, Ill, in the summer of 1931 as
one of several new models for 1932. Considered variously at the
time as a "portable", "midget", "mantel" or "compact" radio, It had
an original list price of $53.75.
Echophone's 1932 line-up of midgets included the four-tube "baby"
model 40 "Echoette", the 7-tube model 60 shown here, the 8-tube
model 70 DC and the 8-tube model 80. In addition, the company
marketed two styles of console cabinets into which could be fitted
either a model 60 or model 80 midget. Topping out the 1932 line
was the 8-tube model 90 console. With the exception of the TRF
Echoette, this line comprised all superhets, continuing the legacy
established by the admirable model S-5 from the preceding season.
I consider the 1931 and 1932 Echophones, beginning with the S-5,
to be amongst the most visually appealing radios ever made. Each
represents a Gothic masterpiece, a spectacle of design, an exercise
of artistic expression featuring grille and escutcheon work in
pressed wood, tastefully framed by elegant pilasters, pointed
arches and graceful moldings. And foremost amongst these sets,
in my opinion, lies the model 60, occupying a forever unassailable
spot in the realm of the vintage radio visual experience. See my
model 10 for another stunning example in this series.
The model 60 is a 7-tube superhet that tunes the broadcast band.
The tube line-up is 35 (mixer), 27 (LO), 35 (IF amp), 24 (2nd
detector), 35 (AF amp), 47 (AF output) and 80 (rectifier). The
schematic is available here, courtesy of NostalgiaAir.
Echophone - radio that is not too costly & yet has appearance, tone & performance.
|"Model 60 Superheterodyne - Seven tubes - including pentode and three variable mu, Jensen Dynamic speaker, full-vision dial, Tone
control, phonograph jacks, Walnut cabinet, 6 inches deep"
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