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Beale & Co. Ltd, Sydney

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Name: Beale & Co. Ltd, Sydney    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: beale
Products: Model types Others
Summary:

Beale & Co. Ltd, Sydney.

Although primarily a manufacturer of pianos, Beale branded radios were well known in the 1930s. They did not make chassis, only cabinets. Chassis used in Beale branded radios were made by Breville, Kriesler, STC and others. Beale also made cabinets for use by other radio manufacturers.

Founded: 1893
Closed: 1961
Production: 1931 - 1940
History:
Octavius Beale started manufacturing pianos in Annandale Sydney in 1893 and the factory eventually became the largest piano maker in the Southern Hemisphere and in the British Empire. By the late 20's they were making about 2500 per year.

The Great Depression and the popularity of radio hit Beale very hard such that even by 1936-37 their piano production was less than one tenth that of the 1926-27 figure. This downturn forced the firm to look elsewhere for profits. Their expertise in cabinate making and veneer production was turned to the construction of radio cabinets in 1931.

Production of radios ceased just after the start of WWII and was not resumed afterwards. The company was sold to W.H. Paling & Co. in 1961 and the last piano was made in about 1975.

This manufacturer was suggested by Stuart Irwin.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  32 Radio Gramophone   Advertised in the “West Australian Wireless & Musical World”, April 18, 1932, Page ... 
AUS  32 Cabriole [Distance]   Advertised in the “West Australian Wireless & Musical World”, April 18, 1932, Page ... 
AUS  32 Cabriole [Local]   Advertised in the “West Australian Wireless & Musical World”, April 18, 1932, Page ... 
AUS  32 The Midget   Advertised in the “West Australian Wireless & Musical World”, April 18, 1932, Page ... 
AUS  32 20   Advertised in the “West Australian Wireless & Musical World”, April 18, 1932, Page ... 
AUS  32 Armoire De Luxe   Advertised in the “West Australian Wireless & Musical World”, April 18, 1932, Page ... 
AUS  37 953WB   The price below is for the "Hood" cabinet. This model was also available in the "Amoret" c... 
AUS  37 M54B   The price below was for the standard cabinet. This model was also available in the "De Lux... 
AUS  37 950W 6A7  The price below is for the "Hood" cabinet. This model was also available in the "Amoret" c... 
AUS  37 977W   The price below is for the "Hood" cabinet. This model was also available in the "Amoret" c... 
AUS  37 M56U   The price below was for the standard cabinet. This model was also available in the "De Lux... 
AUS  37 M53W   The price below was for the standard cabinet. This model was also available in the "De Lu... 

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