Philco for 1929 (introduced June 1929)
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).
All January 1929 models were discontinued.
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|Lowboy (65 & 87)||Highboy (65 & 87)||Tudor Highboy (65 & 87)||Highboy De Luxe (65 & 87)|
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.)
Model F-10 Speaker
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
Lowboy (Models 65 & 87)
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)
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)
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)
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)