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1959 Philips L1D90T

Micro-table radio, thermoplastic cabinet
6 5/8 x 3 1/2 x 1 3/8 inches / 168 x 89 x 35 mm
MW, seven transistors (Valvo: 0C44, 2x 0C45, four unidentified)
Superheterodyne circuit, hand-wired chassis
Four 1.5v AA cells
Manufactured by Philips Germany

This unit was produced in July 1959 (see chassis photo below), but production for this model may have begun in 1958 — note that this unit's model number is actually L1D90T-01. And while this ivory-cabinet model shares in common with the blue-cabinet L1X75T/82X a gold-colored tuning dial, I think the ivory-cabinet Fanettes made in any country are the only models to have used a gold-colored speaker grille.

The three identifiable transistors on this example are all made by Valvo, a German transistor manufacturer — I think this is the only example of any "Fanette" radio I've seen that uses Valvo transistors. The other four transistors are unidentifiable (two wrapped in shields and buried by wires, two on the underside of the chassis under the speaker frame that has a rusted screw that won't give way — see underside chassis photo below), but I would assume that the shielded transistors are 0C72s and the underside transistors are 0C71s. It would be interesting to know if any or all of these four transistors were also made by Valvo.

A previous owner of this unit chose to recap it in order to get it to play again — and then he did something I wish every collector would do when they recap a radio: he saved the original capacitor — it came to me in a plastic pouch (see photo below) along with some other original parts, and I've put that pouch right inside the radio for safe keeping for whoever inherits this radio in the future.

(For more info on these Philips radios, see my Philips Fanette page.)

Philips L1D90T

Philips L1D90T

in leather carrying case

inside back cover

original parts saved

chassis underside — click on the photo for a larger image

chassis — click on the photo for a larger image

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