Bush TR132 Transistor radio

serial number 744/27597

 

Bush TR132 Seven transistor portable radio housed in light blue rexine covered wood and plastic case with chrome trim 3 black knobs ( aerial selector, tone/off and volume), and 3 blue push buttons (Long, medium and bandspread) This radio is larger than its predecessor, the TR130 and it incorporates the same seven transistors:  AF117 AF117 AF117 OC71 OC81D OC81 OC81 It has car aerial socket and earphone socket on the rear. Powered by PP9 battery. working  1966. It was purchased as part of a job lot at auction in 2014. The bandspread button is used to cover BBC3 194m West 206m and Luxemburg 208m and Radio Caroline 200m  on the dial



The chrome surround to the speaker grille needs attention.

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Some History

Bush rose from the ashes of Amplion who made speakers for British Gaumont cinemas and thus had links with the film industry.The radios were advertised in Gaumont cinema foyers as "A Gaumont British Product".  Murphy experienced problems keeping at the forefront of technology and lost creditability with their dealers, many of which changed over to Bush. At some point Murphy became part of Bush and the company trade as Bush - Murphy in Chiswick, London. In 1945 because of their links to the film industry, Bush Murphy became part of the Rank empire and changed the name to Rank Bush Murphy (RBM).  A new satellite factory was opened in Plymouth in 1949. During the mid 70's (When they were one of my major customers! I worked then for RCA Solid State having previously been with both Mullard & STC) ) they moved the entire operation to Plymouth.  In 1972 the name was changed again to Rank Radio International (RRI). Following several years of mounting losses  they tied up with the Japanese to become Rank Toshiba in 1978. This lasted just 3 years, and in 1981 finally folded. Toshiba became sole owner of the Plymouth factory. The Bush name now belongs (along with Alba) to an importers in Barking, E London.

Thanks to Colin Boggis for this information

Have a look at this site for a very comprehensive and interesting history of Bush radios http://www.bushradio.co.uk/



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