ASTOR FEU (CIRCA 1959)

The Astor FEU was manufactured for Columbus Radio Centre Ltd by Radio Corporation of New Zealand Ltd in about 1959.

The Astor 5-valve broadcast model FEU is the evolution of the Astor 525.  When Pye took over RCNZ they took over all the current models as well - and it appears that the Astor 525 was rebranded and redesigned (albeit only slightly) to suit Pye manufacturing.  The FEU model code is in line with the Astor Australia model codes. 

There are a few changes from the original design including the Pye made speaker and English I.F. cans. Visually, from the front, the only noticable difference is that the dial is reversed from the earlier 525, with the high end of the band on the left although the design and printing appears identical.

For more information, check the 525 page.

Valves (5): 6BE6, 6BA6, 6AV6, 6AQ5, 6X4

Chassis Notes (most schematics can be clicked to download a full size version):

1959 Astor FEU / Columbus and Astor 525 Schematic

General Construction Notes for Radio Corporation of New Zealand Ltd: The first digit of the serial number typically indicates the year of manufacture of RCNZ chassis' (although not the decade - that requires a little knowledge of the valves, construction, etc). Sets from around 1934 onwards were often (but not always) constructed in a distinctive pressed 'baking pan' style chassis, seemingly unique to RCNZ.

All documented models using this chassis (2 in total)

YEARMODEL NAME
1958Astor model 525
1959Astor FEU - this set