Pacific Radio Ltd produced this stunning art deco dual-wave console valve radio in 1935.
Pacific released 7 different models in this year, with at least 3 different AC-mains receivers (5, 6 and 7-valve) but the Elite has only been sighted with a 6-valve dual-wave (AM broacast-band and shortwave) chassis.
Intermediate Frequency: 256kc/s (possibly 465kc/s in 7-valve?)
Chassis Notes: The 1934/35 range of Pacific radios were available as a 5-, 6-, and 7-valve options (and some versions of battery sets as well). The most common was the 6-valve chassis built by RCNZ, in a near-standard 'baking pan' design, with dark metallic gold paint rather than the usual cadmium plating. Also notable square 'tabs' on the corners of the chassis rather than the usual rounded corners. First Pacific model with 'aero' dial. Almost identical to Courtenay 108 circuitry (The only noted difference being the Courtenay uses 2.5V valves).
A common fault (aside from the usual things like capacitors) in this chassis seems to be the 55 ohm resistor (wirewound on a flat former and soldered to the speaker socket) going open circuit.
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.
|1935||Pacific Elite - this set|
|1935||Pacific 6 Valve Dual Wave|