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Syme, WA & Co. (Symfona)(Symphonic); Sydney, NSW

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Name: Syme, WA & Co. (Symfona)(Symphonic); Sydney, NSW    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: syme
Products: Model types
Summary:

W.A. Syme & Co.
151 William Street, Sydney, NSW (1931-1935)
Braefield Building, Corner Bourke & Liverpool Streets, Sydney, NSW. (1935-1937)
19 Glebe Street, Glebe, NSW. (1937 – 1938)

Brands: Symphonic, Symfona.

The company sold Symphonic brand radios from 1931 till 1934 when the brand changed to Symfona which continued until 1937.

Founded: 1931
Closed: 1938
Production: 1931 - 1938
History:

The company initially manufactured sold Symphonic radios and advertised as “Direct from the Manufacturer.[1]

In 1934 the brand changed to Symfona. [2]

Note: some adverts used the Brand “Symefona”, however this is thought to be a typographical error.

W.A. Syme was a Member of the Technical Committee of the Australian Radio Manufactures Patents Association (ARMPAL) in 1936

In August 1937 W.A. Syme Registered E.S.M. Syme Pty. Ltd. and both companies were located at 19 Glebe Street, Glebe, NSW and started to manufacture radios with “Aristocrat” brand.[3]

[1] The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) Dec 5, 1931 Page 19.
[2] Radio Trade Annual 1934, Page 97.
[3] Broadcasting Business Year Book, 1938, Page 90.

This manufacturer was suggested by Stuart Irwin.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  34 50 57   
AUS  34 70 34   
AUS  34 Symfona 60   5 Valve, AC/DC powered superhet. 
AUS  34 Symfona 30   6 Valve, AC powered superhet. 
AUS  34 Symfona 40   8 Valve, AC powered superhet. 
AUS  34 Symfona 15   5 Valve Car Radio desuigned for use with a mag-motor or vibrator. 
AUS  34 Symfona 10   5 Valve, AC powered superhet with geared dial drive. 
AUS  34 Symfona 20   5 Valve, AC powered superhet. 

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

[1] The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) Dec 5, 1931 Page 19.tbn_aus_syme_1_the_sydney_morning_herald_nsw_dec_5_1931_page_19.png
[2] Advertising the Symefona Brand which is thought to be a typographical error. Radio Trade Annual 1934, Page 97tbn_aus_symfona_radio_trade_annual_1934_page_97.jpg
[3] Broadcasting Business Year Book, 1938, Page 90.tbn_aus_syme_3_broadcasting_business_year_book_1938_page_90.png
Symfona Brand listed in 1934. Radio Trade Annual, 1934 Page 304.tbn_aus_syme_radio_trade_annual_1934_page_304.jpg
Symfona Brand listed in 1937. Radio Trade Annual, 1937 Page 291.tbn_aus_syme_radio_trade_annual_1937_page_291.png

  
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