More Pye Radios

 Pye VHF2D Continental


 Sold for something over £26 in 1958

A "PianoKey" set which were very popular in those days but not so with service engineers as a faulty piano key switch can render such a set scrap.

 Pye Model R33


 A modern looking set from 1961

 Pye Cambridge


  This a Pye Cambridge Model 1101 with Long, Medium, 2 Short and 5 Bandspead Shortwave bands reflecting growing interest in what was going on in the rest of the world.

It has 5 valves and was made for "universal" mains in 1963.

The term "universal" by then was a bit of a fraud and had long been so as DC mains were pretty rare if not long gone by 20 years! But a universal set had no mains transformer and as such could be manufactured for a lot less money than its AC equivalent. The downside was that they were not particularly safe; at least in theory. Nowadays a set like this would be verboten as it would not pass stringent modern safety regulations. Is this because people aren't as clever as they used to be? Maybe so.

 Pye Model Q7


 A early transistor portable from 1961, this example has been neatly converted to mains operation with the addition of a small plug-in mains power supply visible in the original battery compartment seen below.

 On the inside of the rear cover is the model number and battery information.

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