Radio Accoustic Products Ltd (R.A.P 646) 1948
A very fine and a radio receiver to talk about from the late 1940's. Little is known about the company from Thames Ditton, London. But without doubt these radios were for the well to do. There were two versions of this model the table model 646 first produced in 1946 and a floor standing version 846. The radio offered Medium Wave, Long wave Short wave bands no 3, 2 and no 1 which had TV sound centered at 41.5 Mhz from the period. Apart from the striking Art deco look to the Walnut Veneered Plywood cabinet, with the Ivory coloured control knobs with telephone dial tuning plate, the radio was designed to be viewed even from the back. This is due to the highly Chromium plated chassis and loud speaker, with glass plate cover. All the components have been tested a number replaced, all radio valves tested and are in fine condition
I can only imagine that once a well heeled family in a apartment in London back in the 40's having this radio on a table next to a chair allowing the listener to walk around with friends so as to view the warm glow comming from those valves.
The radio works very well indeed , the case has been stripped and polished in its natural colour, the only slight issue is the on/off switch . This has gone open circuit and being non standard I felt the best way to preserve the set is to place a light switch in series with the mains cable, so not to detract from the original circuit. Everything else works perfectly all the bulbs when band selecting are present.
So in all a very fine post war receiver that would have cost a considerable lot of money. in fact in 1948 the purchase tax in April increased to 66.2/3 %, this killed sales and demand for radios fell considerably. This resulted in many firms forced to lay off staff, due to pressure in the industry the govement was forced to reduce the tax down to 33 % by June of that year, and we think 20% VAT is bad today ,so it does seem logical why a lot of sets were sold later in the year, in this case this model around November 1948.
It comes with 6 months gurantee and would grace any home