PHILIPS F8Z18A 'CONCERTO' (1961)

The Philips F8Z18A was manufactured by Philips Electrical Industries of N.Z. Ltd in 1961. It's part of the Plano series of radios.

Other radios based on the same chassis:

8 valve plus magic eye tuning, all wave stereogram

Fitted with an AG1015 4-speed automatic record changer with an AG3305 flip-over pickup, although several have been sighted with an AG1025 player.

Philips F8Z18A 'Concerto'
Philips Service Literature

The Philips F8Z18A is part of the Plano series of radios.

The Cambridge English dictionary describes Plano as flat [noun] a level, even part.  The Cambridge Spanish-English dictionary describes Plano as level [adjective] flat, even, smooth or horizontal.  Its easy to see how this name was used to describe these models when compared with the more box-like chest models that typically preceeded them.  The later models were known as the Conbrio, a shortening of the musical term 'Con Brio', meaning to be performed with liveliness or spirit.

There are two distinctly different chassis' - the earlier 1959 Plano model has mono-stereo and tone pushbutton switches at the top of the face and utilises output transformers, while the 1961 Conbrio update has no pushbuttons at the top, and balance / tone controls either side of the piano keys at the bottom of the face, and the new Hi-Z output where the output transformers are replaced by high-impedance speakers.

The radiogram models ending in '17A' have the Philips A2Z06A Reverberation unit fitted, and despite their model numbers matching the later chassis models and a date code (the middle numeral, '1' in this case) of 1961, they use the earlier chassis with output transformers.

The radios in this series are:

Technical Information

Valves (8 + magic eye): ECH81, EBF89, ECC83, ECL86, ECL86, EL86, EL86, EZ81 and EM80 Magic Eye

Intermediate Frequency: 455kc/s

Frequency Bands: 4

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

Service information Philips-B5Z17A-Hilversum-Conbrio-stereo-8V-AW-AC-1962.pdf

Service information Fleetwood_NZ_FL517A_Stereomaster_Philips_B5Z17A_Service_Info.pdf

1961 Fleetwood FL517A 'Stereomaster'

1961 Fleetwood FL517A 'Stereomaster'

Fleetwood FL517A 'Stereomaster'

1961 Fleetwood FL517A 'Stereomaster'

 

General Construction Notes for Philips Electrical Industries of N.Z. Ltd:

Model codes are explained on the Philips brand page.  Philips early-mid century were probably the Google of their time - they had branches in many countries and a global brand that everyone knew - and were apparently happy to let engineers come up with new ideas and implement them.  Construction is often overly complex but very well engineered - although repairs can also take a complex path.  They used time-in-motion studies to find the most cost effective way to asemble sets and sometimes this means repairs can be nightmarish (if you've ever worked on a V7A Theaterette this will be all too aparent).  U suffix model numbers are transformerless (hot chassis) sets and great care should be taken, or the sets avoided altogether.

Other documented models using this chassis (4 in total)

YEARMODEL NAME
1961 Fleetwood FL517A 'Stereomaster'
1961 Philips B5Z17A 'Hilversum Conbrio'
1961 Philips F7Z18A 'Grande'