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Lissen Ltd.; London and Richmond, Surrey

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Name: Lissen Ltd.; London and Richmond, Surrey    (GB)  
Abbreviation: lissen
Products: Model types Others Tube manufacturer

Lissen Ltd., 16-20 Woodger Road, Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, London W12, was founded in 1923 by Thomas Noah Cole. This address is found in an ad in Modern Wireless of October 1923.
Previously it was operating as the Lissen Company.

Other address: Lissen Ltd., 18-22 Friars Lane, Richmond, Surrey.
The Company also had works at Angel Lane Edmonton, London from about 1925.

Founded: 1923
Closed: 1946
Production: 1923 - 1941
Initially Lissen Ltd. manufactured radio components and supplied complete kits for home construction of radio receivers. The Company was purchased by Ever Ready in 1928, and in the following year entered the valve business.

In the earlier years they sold probably only redundant stocks from BTH and Edison Swan but may have fitted their own bases. In later years the valves were from different British and foreign sources.

They produced parts, kits, cabinets and complete radio sets till 1934 / 1935, when Cole left to run Vidor / Burndept.

Most models from 1935 to 1941 were also produced as Ever Ready branded sets, often with a different cabinet and sometimes with brackets to move two controls. Many models from 1935 to 1938 used Pye chassis, though it's not clear if it was more than the metal work. Different models often shared the same metal chassis, even with different types or numbers of valves.

At least one factory was burnt down in the Blitz in 1941. From 1942 onwards only Ever Ready branding was used and only variations of the 1939 all dry portable produced, either due to destruction of London factories or wartime shortages. All Ever Ready production after 1941 was outside London. The Ever Ready parent company wound up Lissen just after WWII, though production branded Lissen seems to have ceased 5 years earlier. There were only battery Ever Ready models after 1941. Only the 1950s BEREC Fiesta had a mains as well as battery after 1941.

Like the 1935 to 1941 Ever Ready, most Lissen models only had the model number on the guarantee card, not on the chassis or rear plate. Some models from 1939 had the name, but not model number on the tuning scale. There is no correspondance between Lissen and Ever Ready model numbers, though from 1939 the last couple of digits are sometimes the same. Equivalents are listed on Trader Service sheets for some models. Not all models were released both on Lissen and Ever Ready badges, especially in 1935 (the first Ever Ready year).

This manufacturer was suggested by Konrad Birkner † 12.08.2014.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
GB  34 All-Electric Three AC/SGV  Speaker leads are long enough to test the chassis outside with the speaker remaining in... 
GB  32 Lissenola 3-Valve Receiver   Advertised with a matching (sold separately) Lissenola Cabinet Cone Loudspeaker. Mahogany ... 
GB  24 Lissen Crystal Set   Swinging copper discs at the plug-in coil provided tuning (by Eddy-current principle); ... 
GB  32 Two Valve AC Receiver AC/HL  Art Deco "Egyptian Temple" style cabinet. Also DC version. 6.3V 300mA lamp to... 
GB  32 Two Valve DC Receiver   "Egyptian Temple" syle bakelite cabinet. See similar AC model Controls are on... 
GB  32–35 Skyscraper 3 8024 SG215  This kit included the cabinet but not the Cone Speaker (likely Magnetic Reed) of the 80... 
GB  32–35 Skyscraper 3 8025 SG215  There were three versions of the kit sold 8013 Skyscraper 3 chassis only ... 
GB  33 8039 MM4V  Art Deco cabinet. MM4V 354V PM24A These are Mullard valve types listed as equiv... 
GB  36 8214 A80A  Fixed IF reaction and triode detector. As with the identical chassis Ever Ready 501... 
GB  24 Coil socket    
GB  24 Plug-in Coil Lissenagon   choice of several sizes from 25 to 300 turns. Also with one or two tappings. The double ta... 
GB  35 8109 K80A   


Further details for this manufacturer by the members (rmfiorg):

Wooden shop sign with slot for printed Model details, price and Hire purchase payments. 1930s 81xx seriestbn_lissen_sign_sml.jpg
Winter 1938 / Spring 1939 Promotion (There are Ever Ready branded equivalents)tbn_lissen_1938_1939.jpg
early 1930s Adverttbn_lissen_lissenola_advert_c.jpg
Cover pages of large 1929 Lissen parts brochuretbn_gb_lissen_parts_cover1.jpg
Lissen radio parts 1924tbn_lissen_radio_parts_1924.jpg
Lissen radio 1930tbn_lissen_radios_1929.jpg
Lissen transformers 1928tbn_lissen_transformers_1928.jpg
Lissen tube ad 1930 Dutchtbn_lissen_tube_adv_rw_18_9_1930.jpg
Lissen tube manual 1930 Dutchtbn_lissen_tube_manual_dutch_1930.jpg
Lissenola 1927tbn_lissenola_1927.jpg
World Radio Vol VI No 151 15 June 1928 Page 901tbn_gb_lissen_battery_werbung_1928.jpg

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Lissen Background and 1940s
Michael Watterson

See this article about the Model C background and "All Dry" Models of 1939 to 1949

It outlines the connection with Ever Ready and BEREC.

T. N. Cole who founded Lissen, created Vidor in 1934 and all connection with Lissen / Ever Ready ended by 1935 with a "just before court case" settlement with Ever Ready.

Lissen Ltd.; London and Richmond, Surrey
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