Found an Ultimate RCP Cygnet in a farm auction recently. Got it going, but sadly the dial glass has gone. Long shot, but does anyone have one they could part with? Backup plan is to cut another dial glass down to size, but glass cutting isn't really my thing.
While I'm here, does anyone have a knob for a Philco 521, please?
These dials are almost always broken or flaking (I suspect due to the curve in them... I expect they were screen printed flat, and the stresses of the curvature over the years causes the ink to flake). Its not often I've come across one with a good dial AND a good cabinet - and unfortunately I don't have one to offer, but I did spent a lot of hours accurately reproducing artwork for the dial. What I can't find is anyone to screenprint them for a sensible amount of money ($300 was the best price I got for doing an A4 sheet of them). I've reproduced glass dials with etched designs, and can do that using a laser engraver / cutter and acrylic sheet and acrylic paints in the etched areas with good results but these need to be screenprinted.
Its my plan to set myself up with a small plant to screenprint them when I get time, but I haven't started that process yet. Hopefully this xmas break I'll make a start. If you don't find one before then (and you're not in a hurry) hopefully I'll be underway producing dial scales around that time.
I don't think I have a knob for a 521 either - I recently sold the one I had which I think had the wrong knobs on it anyway. It seems to be unusually common to find these Philco's with three knobs. The Gulbransen 756 is another radio i also commonly see with one knob missing. I'll have a rustle through my knob drawer when I get home and see what I have though.
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Thanks, Steve, great initiative. Will your dials be curved like the original? My plan B would of course produce a flat piece of glass, which runs the risk of (a) looking odd, and (b) fouling the dial pointer, perhaps.
Was the Cygnet the first NZ-made radio to have a ferrite rod antenna?