serial number 13656
Ultra model 25 AC mains operated console radio with Long and Medium wavebands and gramophone input housed in a veneered wooden cabinet. Valve line up: AC/TP, AC/VP1, AC/2Pen/DD and UU3 rectifier.This radio has a neon tuning indicator and below the knobs there is a pull out drawer with station details. Now working. The original cost of this the console model was £ 16 16s (16 guineas) UK early 1935. The "Service Engineer" supplement to "The Broadcaster" of June 1935 noted that "With only 4 valves, including rectifier, the Ultra 25 is an efficient 7 stage superhet". The output valve is a pentode combined with two diodes for LF and AVC. This (the console) model is equipped with a 10 inch energised loudspeaker.The frequency changer is a triode pentode fed by a bandpass tuning circuit.
This is one of three radios given to me by Mrs Vollmer, a friend of Mrs Nightingale the lady who gave me six other radios which belonged to her late husband. As can be seen they were all in a very sorry state and were destined for the tip.
The original wet electrolytic smoothing capacitors had failed and been replaced with a "Radiospares" modern replacement fitted to the large screening can for the coils and band changing switch. Several other components had also been replaced as can be seen in the view below. The first job was to check the mains transformer and the loudspeaker before deciding to progress further. So far so good, could the loudspeaker be rescued? The answer was yes, after quite a bit of fiddly work I managed to get the fine wire of the voice coil more or less straight and built up the damaged former with tissue paper and shellac varnish. Whilst this was setting the dents in the cone were reduced considerably by wetting it and allowing it to dry naturally. The chassis was given a clean and some of the rust was removed. After replacing the mains lead and dismantling the combined volume/on off switch for cleaning and repair I checked the other components and replaced where necessary. The set was then powered without the rectifier in place and nothing untoward happened the dial lights worked and the valve heaters glowed.
The radio is equipped with a pullout drawer rather like some old telephones. The card lists various European stations and their wavelengths. There is a note at the bottom indicating that replacement charts may be obtained from Ultra at their Chalk Farm Works, London NW3 or if after 1st May 1935 from their new factory in Western Avenue, Acton, London W3.
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Reproduced below is part of a 1936 leaflet showing some of the radios and radiograms produced that year. The Ultra 26 (centre top) is electrically almost the same as the model 25 described above. The tuning indicator and the pick-up matching transformer have been omitted but the chassis layout and the valves used are the same.