Fada Model 260G Ivory Plaskon Table Radio (1936)
I found this in filthy dirty condition in an antiques store. The gold trim was badly tarnished and I wasn't sure how it would clean up. However,
it turned out that Brasso shone it up like new. There are some minor hairlines in the plastic above the grille, on the rear panel and on the
base, but these are fairly typical for this model.
I restored this radio in January of 2005. Once I had completed the re-capping, the radio played but only very weakly. After digging around
for a while I discovered that the loudspeaker field coil was open. This coil shunts the B+ supply in this model, rather than being in series with
it. Nevertheless, since the coil generates the magnetic field for the loudspeaker I was surprised it played at all; only the residual magnetism
was allowing it to operate. Luckily, the field coil assembly was affixed to the speaker frame using bolts (see below), rather than by being
welded or riveted, so I was able to disassemble it and re-wind the coil. It now plays just fine.
...you own the best in radio when you own a FADA.
The Fada 260G is somewhat of a
rare find. It is one model in the line
of Fada's streamlined "coloradios"
and was offered in a choice of four
colors:- brown "walnut" bakelite,
black bakelite with optional chrome
trim, ivory plaskon with optional
gold trim, or Chinese red plaskon
with optional gold trim. The set
photographed, in ivory and gold,
had an original purchase price in
1936 of $24.95.
The 260 series employs a 6-tube
ac/dc powered superheterodyne
chassis that covers the standard
broadcast band. Its 6 tubes are:-
6A7 (mixer/LO), 6D6 (IF), 76 (2nd
detector/af amp), 43 (AF power),
25Z5 (rectifier) & BK49D (Ballast).
Fada claimed it to have "8 tube
performance", though based upon
its use of only one dual type tube
(the 6A7) & a ballast, that's quite a
stretch. The schematic is available
here, courtesy of NostalgiaAir.