Philco for 1929 (introduced June 1929)

Overview

The Philco line­up now had a com­plete­ly new mod­el and a revi­sion of an old one. The new set was the six-tube Mod­el 65 "Screen Grid" receiv­er, Philco's first to use the new screen grid (Type 224) tubes. The revi­sion was the new eight-tube Mod­el 87 "Neu­tro­dyne-Plus," a refine­ment of the pre­vi­ous Mod­el 86. The main change to Mod­el 87 was the use of Type 245 push-pull out­put tubes in place of the Type 171A tubes used in Mod­el 86. This gave both new Philcos more audio out­put pow­er.

Both mod­els shared cab­i­netry except for the Table Mod­el, which was only avail­able as a Mod­el 65. The cab­i­nets were all new except, again, for the Table Mod­el (although it used a new speak­er).

Model Index

All Jan­u­ary 1929 mod­els were dis­con­tin­ued.

Click on a thumb­nail to see infor­ma­tion and pho­tos for each mod­el:

Table Mod­el

65

Speak­er

F-10 Speak­er

Con­soles

Low­boy (65 & 87) High­boy (65 & 87) Tudor High­boy (65 & 87) High­boy De Luxe (65 & 87)

Models

Table Model

Model 65

Model 65
Model 65 - Image courtesy of Jim Viglas.

A mod­i­fied Span­ish Brown table mod­el was now avail­able - the six-tube Mod­el 65. The knobs were clos­er togeth­er, and a rotary off-on switch was added in place of the tog­gle switch used on the 511 Series mod­els.

The sep­a­rate speak­er was now a Mod­el F-10 elec­tro-dynam­ic unit.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $67 (65)

Num­ber made: 17,700 (Note: This fig­ure includes Fall 1929 Mod­els 76 and 95 table mod­els, as well as June 1930 Mod­els 77 and 96 table mod­els.)


Speaker

Model F-10 Speaker

Model F-10 Speaker - Model F-10 speaker, front. Image courtesy of Jim Viglas.
Model F-10 Speaker - Model F-10 speaker, back. Image courtesy of Jim Viglas. Model F-10 Speaker - Model F-10 speaker, label. Image courtesy of Jim Viglas.

Sep­a­rate elec­tro-dynam­ic speak­er for use with the Mod­el 65 table mod­el. Housed in a heavy pot met­al cab­i­net.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Consoles

Lowboy (Models 65 & 87)

Lowboy (Models 65 & 87) - Model 65 lowboy shown; Model 87 lowboy cabinet is identical in appearance. Image courtesy of Tom Boyd.

The new Philco Low­boy was very pop­u­lar in its time; exam­ples are eas­i­ly found today. All of the ear­ly low­boy mod­els such as the one shown have a wood grille insert with intri­cate cutouts; sets made after approx. Jan­u­ary 1930 do not have the intri­cate cutouts.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $119.50 (65), $129.50 (87)

Num­ber made: 249,327 (Note: This fig­ure includes Mod­els 65 and 87 low­boys as well as Fall 1929 Mod­els 40, 76 and 95 low­boys)


Highboy (Models 65 & 87)

Highboy (Models 65 & 87) - Model 87 highboy shown; Model 65 highboy cabinet is identical in appearance. Image courtesy of David Kulka and Barry Blau.
Highboy (Models 65 & 87) - Model 87 highboy shown; Model 65 highboy cabinet is identical in appearance. Image courtesy of David Kulka and Barry Blau.

This hand­some set fea­tures fleur-de-lis on both sides, and dou­ble doors which open up to reveal the radio dial, con­trols and speak­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $139.50 (65), $149.50 (87)

Num­ber made: 98,015 (Note: This fig­ure includes Mod­els 65 and 87 high­boys as well as Fall 1929 Mod­els 40, 76 and 95 high­boys)


Tudor Highboy (Models 65 & 87)

Tudor Highboy (Models 65 & 87) - Model 87 Tudor Highboy shown; Model 65 Tudor Highboy cabinet is identical in appearance.

An unusu­al cab­i­net, this mod­el fea­tured oak veneer and dif­fer­ent legs from oth­er con­tem­po­rary Philco mod­els.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $145 (65), $155 (87)

Num­ber made: 5,006 (Note: This fig­ure includes Mod­els 65 and 87 Tudor High­boys as well as Fall 1929 Mod­els 76 and 95 Tudor High­boys)


Highboy De Luxe (Models 65 & 87)

Highboy De Luxe (Models 65 & 87)

This large cab­i­net fea­tures doors which slide open and out of sight. It also has the fleur-de-lis on left and right sides, like the High­boy.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $195 (65), $205 (87)

Num­ber made: 16,550 (Note: This fig­ure includes Mod­els 65 and 87 ver­sions as well as Fall 1929 Mod­els 40, 76 and 95 High­boy De Luxe mod­els)


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