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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  35 5S   5 Valve, AC powered, superhet, available in either an Armoire or Minstrel console cabinet. 
AUS  36 V57W 1C6  5 Valve, Dual Band superhet,powered from a 6Volt battery. A Vibrator power supply provi... 
AUS  38 CH= 753   Dual Wave superhet with push button tuning. 
AUS  37 650WU 6A7   
AUS  37 960W 6D6   
AUS  31 Music Master   Advertised in Perth in September 1931. It has the same cabinet as the Cabrole models. 
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 ... 

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

Advertisement from the “West Australian Wireless & Musical World”, April 18, 1932, Page 56.tbn_aus_beale_ad_1932..jpg
Advertisement from the "Mirror" (WA) newspaper, October 3, 1931.tbn_aus_beale_ad_1931.jpg
Beale advertisement from the Electrical & radio exhibition 1934,Town Hall, Sydney, February 28th - March 10th.tbn_aus_beale_ad_electrical_radio_ex_1934.jpg
Beale 1937 prices. Wireless Weekly Aug 13, 1937, page 68tbn_aus_beale_wireless_weekly_aug_13_1937_page_68.jpg
Beale advert from July, 1936. The Home Jul 1, 1936, Page 9tbn_aus_beale_the_home_jul_1_1936_page_9.jpg
1936 advert describing the Beale Speaker Tone Chamber. Wireless Weekly Dec 11, 1936, Page 4tbn_aus_beale_wireless_weekly_dec_11_1936_page_4.jpg

  
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