ULTIMATE RCP 'NEW SORRENTO' (1955)

The Ultimate RCP was manufactured by Radio (1936) Ltd in 1955.

5-valve broadcast-band radio.

Wooden cabinet variant of the RCP model - the other, more common, version is the RCP Cygnet.

1955 Ultimate RCP

Valves (5):
EARLY: ECH21, EF22, EAF42, EBL21, 6X4
USUAL: ECH42, EF41, EBC41, EL41, 6X4
LAST: ECH81, EF89, EBC81, EL84, 6X4

Frequency Bands: 1

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

Note three different possible valve lineups depending on where in production the model came from.  John Stokes noted that the original lineup was probably not used for very long given that the main version of lineup is as-shown on the schematic, and used from 1955 (and this was a 1955 model), and the final lineup was possibly from around 1958.

1955 Ultimate RCP

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.

All documented models using this chassis (2 in total)

YEARMODEL NAME
1955Ultimate RCP
1955Ultimate RCP - this set