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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 53E [Table model]   5 Valve, AC powered, superhet. Also available in console. 
AUS  51 Cinema Amplifier A102 5U4G  This Cinema amplifier has a primary and secondary 807 output valve so a failure is easily ... 
AUS  32/33 53E [Console]   5 Valve, AC powered, superhet. Also available in Table Model. 
AUS  32 55E [Mantel] unknown_Tube   
AUS  32 55E [Console] unknown_Tube   
AUS  31 Electric Reproducer   AC Powered, TRF radio, gramophone. Gramophone uses the Presto Electric pick-Up. Large ... 
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. 


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
1931 advert for the 41E Table, Console and the Electric Reproducer with prices. Wireless Weekly Sep 11, 1931 Page 52tbn_aus_raycophone_wireless_weekly_sep_11_1931_page_52.jpg
Harrington's Raycophone Factory, 1934. Wireless weekly Mar 23, 1934, Page 25tbn_aus_racophone_wireless_weekly_mar_23_1934_page_25.jpg
Advert for two of the first Superheterodyne radios manufactured by Raycophone in 1932. The 5 Valve 53E and the 7 Valve 72E. Wireless Weekly Dec 9, 1932, Page 60.tbn_aus_raycophone_wireless_weekly_dec_9_1932_page_60.jpg
Wireless Weekly 6th October 1933tbn_raycophone_pee_wee_ww61033.png