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Eduard Pavlik
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27.Nov.07 15:36

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Dear radio friends,

in our vintage radio club we had a small dispute about what was the first radio set made in series or mass production (in thousands of pieces), considering the sets only for public use, not navy or army. I suppose it was Westinghouse RA DA model. In Douglas’ Radio Manufacturers of the 1920’s it was not so clearly declared. I know de Forest came earlier, but it was only a single-part or short run production. I believe Konrad Birkner should tell us more and explain it.

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Konrad Birkner † 12.08.2014
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27.Nov.07 18:56

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I agree: as far as I can find Westinghouse / RCA were first in mass production of radios for domestic use.

Nov.1920: The RA Tuner was first made in Pittsburgh, Pa., then from
April 1921 in Springfield, Mass., where roughly 20,000 units were made until November 1921 

April 1921:The DA Det./Amp. announced and produced.

April 1921: the combination set RC consisting of RA and DA chassis in a common case announced.

Until 1923 about 80,000 to 85,000 combinations ( RC and RA+DA) were sold.

Other manufacturers in mass production were
Freshman: from August 1924 to February 1925 made 125,000 Masterpieces,
Crosley: end of 1923 not less than 1000 sets per day.

- Antique Radio Classified, June 1991, No.6, vol.8
- Alan Douglas: Radio manufacturers of the 1920's,vol 1 / 2 / 3

This article was edited 27.Nov.07 18:57 by Konrad Birkner † 12.08.2014 .