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Raycophone Ltd., Sydney

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Name: Raycophone Ltd., Sydney    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: raycophone
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.

Founded: 1929
Closed: 1950
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.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  32/33 72-E   The valve types are unknown but an advert in the Wireless Weekly "Superheterodyne Book" st... 
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  Same cabinet as 454ME. 
AUS  34 284PBC Ch= 84PBC 34  Weston tuning meter. Cabinet made by Beale. 
AUS  32 42E    
AUS  33 143AE Ch= 43AE    
AUS  33 263AE Ch= 63AE (Earlier version) 57  This model has a tuning meter. 


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

Raycophone advertisment from "West Australian Wireless News" April, 16, 1934tbn_aus_raycophone_ad.jpg
Advertisement from 1932.tbn_aus_raycophone_ad_1932.jpg
Newspaper article on Raycophone theater equipement. From the west Australian "Sunday Times" August 23, 1936.tbn_aus_raycophone_1936_sound_equip.jpg
From the "Radio & Electrical retailer", May 2, 1946tbn_aus_raycophone_ad_1946.jpg
Raycophone Projector ad from “Everyones”, July 20, 1932.tbn_aus_raycophone_proj_ad_1932.jpg
Raycophone Projector ad from “Everyones”, May 24, 1933.tbn_aus_raycophone_proj_ad_1932~~1.jpg
From the “Sydney morning Herald”(NSW), September 23, 1932 Newspaper ad for the Peewee listing all of the Raycophone dealers.tbn_aus_raycophone_peewee_ad_1932.jpg
Advertisement from the Electrical & Radio Exhibition, Souvenir Edition, 1934.tbn_aus_raycophone_ad_1934.jpg