ULTIMATE RAW 'TROUBADOUR' (1951)

The Ultimate RAW was manufactured by Radio (1936) Ltd in 1951.

6-valve* broadcast band portable battery / mains radio.

A compact portable with an award-winning plastic cabinet, production ran for quite a few years (the exact length of production is unknown). 

Originally only available in ivory or maroon, other colours were produced as evidenced by the green model above.

Note, despite these feeling quite solid, the cabinets are fragile and break easily - take care with them.

* equivalent, the rectifier is selenium, not a valve

1951 Ultimate RAW

Valves (5 + selenium rectifier): 1T4, 1R5, 1T4, 1S5, 3S4, and Selenium Rectifier

Intermediate Frequency: 460kc/s

Frequency Bands: 1

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

Note the production changes in the service documentation

Service information (RL_-_RAW_-_6V_BC_AC-Bat_-_1951.pdf) here

1951 Ultimate RAW Schematic

1951 Ultimate RAW

1951 Ultimate RAW Service Updates

General Construction Notes for Radio (1936) Ltd: Early Radio Ltd. schematics did not show the models, just the year, valves and bands, so some sleuthing is required to find the right one.

Early 30's Ultimate models with three digit model numbers indicated both the number of valves in the set, and the price it retailed for - for example, the model 856 was an 8-valve radio which retailed for $56 pounds. The equivalent Courier models were reversed, so an Ultimate 856 was a Courier 568 (theoretically, at least). This was the Auckland price though, and often the sets would retail for 1 or 2 pounds more in other centres, presumably to cover the freight cost of moving them around the country from the Auckland factory.

Note the use of old resistance terminology on older schematics: ω means ohms and Ω means megohms.

Some 1936-onward 3-letter chassis codes vary the last letter between brands, for example:
BBU - Ultimate model BB
BBR - Rolls (and Golden Knight) model BB
BBC - Courier model BB
All use the same chassis.

Golden Knight, Courier and Rolls appear to use the same copper-painted chassis while Ultimate chassis' are painted silver

After the war a new model code system was introduced, whereby radio models all began with R - the first model being the RA, a dual-wave 5-valve set commonly released in a pressed tin cabinet.