ULTIMATE SG4 'SCREEN GRID 4'

Manufactured by Radio (1936) Ltd in 1928, production ran for about 3 years.

This 4-valve AC model used the (then) awesome new technology of a screen grid output valve.  The model ran for a few years and appears to have had some cosmetic improvements over that time, with later models having an updated dial.

Ultimate Screen Grid 4 from 1927-30ish

Valves (4) - Lineup not currently known

Chassis Notes:

All-wave TRF set - plug in coils

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