- Philco for 1929 - early 1930 (introduced Fall 1929 - January 1930)
Philco for 1929 - early 1930 (introduced Fall 1929 - January 1930)
Changes were occurring rapidly within the radio industry. As new tubes were introduced, new circuits were being developed to take advantage of the new tubes. Only a few months after the introduction of their 1929-30 radio line, Philco introduced an important new model.
Model 95 was the company's best offering up to that time, and would remain so (with minor changes) until January 1931. Model 95 or Screen Grid Plus used 9 tubes and featured Automatic Volume Control, a method of controlling the amplification of the RF stages. This kept the volume at a fairly constant level, preventing loud "blasting" while tuning across the band. The 95 came out on or around October 1929.
The new year of 1930 brought along two more new Philco sets. Model 40 was Philco's first set designed to operate on DC current only, which was being used in some parts of the country although 60 cycle AC was well on its way to becoming the standard for most of the USA. The Model 40 used six tubes and its design was based on another new Philco, Model 76, a seven tube, screen grid TRF set.
Model 87 was retained in the Philco lineup, although its Neutrodyne-Plus design was by now obsolete.
Model 65 most likely remained in the Philco lineup until stock was exhausted.
Click on a thumbnail to see information and photos for each model:
|65, 76 & 95|
|65 or 76 Console||Lowboy, Early Version (40, 76, 87 & 95)||Lowboy, Late Version (40, 76, 87 & 95)||Highboy (40, 76, 87 & 95)||Tudor Highboy (76, 87 & 95)||Highboy De Luxe (40, 76, 87 & 95)|
Models 65, 76 & 95
You could now purchase a better table model Philco, especially if you bought the Model 95 version. The Model F-10 electro-dynamic speaker continued to be used with the new table models. However, for some reason, the table model versions never were very popular, as the console versions of these models consistently outsold the table models.
Separate F-10 speaker: Price not available
Original selling price: $67 (65), Not available (76), $97 (95)
Number made: 17,700 (Note: This figure includes Models 76 and 95 table models, as well as June 1929 Model 65 table model and June 1930 Models 77 and 96 table models.)
Model 65 or 76 Console
Original selling price: $102 (65), $95 (76)
Number made: 45,000
Lowboy, Early Version (Models 40, 76, 87 & 95)
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 above have a wood grille insert with intricate cutouts; sets made after approx. January 1930 do not have the intricate cutouts and use the "tapestry" grillecloth as used in Philco highboys and De Luxe highboys (see below).
Original selling price: Not available (40, 76), $129.50 (87), $149.50 (95)
Number made: 249,327 (Note: This figure includes June 1929 Models 65 and 87 lowboys)
Lowboy, Late Version (Models 40, 76, 87 & 95)
An example of a late version Philco lowboy. This is a Model 76, with "tapestry" grillecloth. Note how this version does not have the wood grille insert with the intricate cutouts.
Original selling price: Unknown
Number made: Unknown
Highboy (Models 40, 76, 87 & 95)
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: Not available (40, 76), $149.50 (87), $169.50 (95)
Number made: 98,015 (Note: This figure includes June 1929 Models 65 and 87 highboys)
Tudor Highboy (Models 76, 87 & 95)
An unusual cabinet, this model featured oak veneer and different legs from other contemporary Philco models.
Original selling price: Not available (76), $155 (87), $175 (95)
Number made: 5,006 (Note: This figure includes June 1929 Models 65 and 87 Tudor Highboys)
Highboy De Luxe (Models 40, 76, 87 & 95)
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: Not available (40, 76), $205 (87), $225 (95)
Number made: 16,550 (Note: This figure includes June 1929 Models 65 and 87 versions)