Little General? - Manufacture and date unknown
Restored to working condition, the 'Little General' (as front name plate says, but I think it was added
later as the name plate is plastic). Manufacturer and date unknown. Looks as though it may have been
built from a kit? Or the chassis was made to fit the cabinet? There are penciled cut-outs on the chassis
that are not cut out and the control holes were re-drilled as they were off centered. Also has an unusual
tube complement: 25A6, 25Z6, 6J7, 6K7 and an unknown ballast tube, (rusty, but still works). The tube
numbers are scratched on the chassis. I rewrote them using a sharpie. However one socket has 43 by it,
but had a 8 pin socket with a 25A6G (I'm guessing as it's unmarked but has 8 pins) tube in it. The socket
looks original and does not appear to have been replaced, so I doubt that it ever had a socket for a 43.
Larsenís Locator shows only two radios with these tubes, (using the 25A6). Both Automatic's. However it
says they both used line cords, so they must have been curtain burners and this has the ballast. Larsen's
also shows different filter caps than this one has. Looks like this radio uses 16x16x10x10 electrolytics.
Larsen's does show 4 radios with tube lineup using the 43, Walgreens 253CL, Sears, Climax AAX and a Halson.
It somewhat seems more like the Climax AAX. The Climax is the only one with 2 bands, AM and shortwave, as
this radio dial shows, Broadcast plus a 200-500 meter band. The schematic for the Climax shows a different
number of caps, resistors and some other difference from this radio, so it's not exact. This radio does have
some nice inlay down by the knobs. Not something you usually see on a radio that seems cheaply made as this.
If you have any information on this radio, please contact me. Thanks.
Hey! Where's the tunner?
Oh, here it is.|
It's under the chassis.
As you can see I just re-capped it.
Notice there are no IF transformers,
so there is no alignment procedure there!
of the chassis side.
Here is a back view.|
No markings at all.
But it does have a speaker out!
picture of the dial,
and what a beaut!
Oh my, here is a picture of|
the cabinet before I refinished
it. Hey folks, thats not stripper
on it. The finish was bubbled on
hard when I got it! Jeez.
Click on pic for a larger view.
before I recapped it.
Click on pic for a larger view.
A pic of the chassis as I got it. And|
that large tube may be a 25A6G, but there
was no number on it. I had a 25A6 metal
tube handy so I just replaced it. Click on
pic for a larger view.
In the above pictures you can see the 16x16. But what's the rectangle? 4 or 10MFD. |
Well on my capatience meter it still reads 10MFD, so I guess that's it. The other
long silver one the CAP value is scraped off and it measures .01MFD, so I wasn't
sure what to use. I ended up going 16x16x10x10.The Climax AAX uses 12x8x10x4.
Hmmm, maybe I should rethink what I used?
Well I recapped it, refinished the cabinet and put a new cord on it. It's not very
sensitive, but when connected to an antenna I do pick up some stronger stations. So it's
playing once again just as this radio was meant to. Who manufactured it? Was it a kit?
What year was that? If you can identify or have any information on this radio, please email
me with the info. I would appreciate it very much. Thanks.
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