|Name:||Raycophone Ltd., Sydney (AUS)|
|Products:||Model types Others|
Raycophone Ltd., Sydney. Manufacture of radios and cinema sound systems. Their radios were sold through Harringtons Ltd, a long established chain of photographic merchants in Australia and New Zealand.
|Production:||1930 - 1950|
Raycophone Ltd was founded in November 1929 by Raymond Cottam Allsop to manufacture cinema sound equipment. Raycophone (‘Rayco’ from its inventor, Raymond Cottam Allsop’s, name and ‘phone’ from its inclusion of disc technology). The company was taken over in April 1930 by Harringtons Ltd, an Australian photographic supplier since 1899 and radio supplier since inception. The last Raycophone radios were built in 1935 and the company concentrated on theatre equipment.
Allsop had been experimenting with sound-film from 1921 and found the primary limitation was audio amplification. The takeover by Harrington’s ensured its survival by increasing manufacturing & engineering resources. By June 1937 Raycophone sound-projection systems were installed in 345 theatres. Raycophone theatre systems lasted well into the 50’s eventually being replaced by American western Electric & RCA systems.
This manufacturer was suggested by Stuart Irwin.
|AUS||34||264PE Ch= 64PE||78||Price reduced to £28/11/0 by December 1934.|
|AUS||31||41E [Console]||224||Same chassis as the 41E Mantel but with the addition of a tone control.|
|AUS||33||373SE Ch= 73SE||Cabinet by Beale. By December 1933, the price was reduced to £36/10/-.|
|AUS||33||373SE Phono-Radio Combination Ch= 73SE||The price was reduced to £55 by December, 1933.|
|AUS||35||51DEZ||6A7||Unusual console, with the speaker above the dial and controls.|
|AUS||33||243AE Ch= 43AE|
|AUS||34||264PB Ch= 64PB||34|
|AUS||34||284PBC Ch= 84PBC||34||Weston tuning meter. Cabinet made by Beale.|
|AUS||33||143AE Ch= 43AE|
|AUS||33||263AE Ch= 63AE (Earlier version)||57||This model has a tuning meter.|
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