This radio was built under the collabration with the design engineer Ben Hesketh working along McMichael . These sets were built to a very high standard at the Slough factory and the 135
model was first introduced on April 23rd 1935, it's main feature was the enormous tuning scale which was made to be simply removeable, should any changes to wavelenghts occur, this future
proofing was a good sales point as the Lucerne plan just a year before caused a major upheaval of station freqencies. Another feature identifying this is an earlier version is the standard display
lamp that was fitted to the top lid was never added and/or the brass logo to the lid as well. The wave station cover also is not the same as the later 135's . I find it hard to consider
that this model was produced in the standard date line April as it clearly shows this is trying to find its market place and perhaps feedback received from the dealers and sales team resulted in a
number of months later the standard 135 model.
This model is the rare U series for universal AC/DC , yes DC was still common up to the mid 1950's in this country but as can be seen in the sales details of the time the AC version must have been
produced first, resulting in the sales team requiring a DC version due to sales demand, interesting is the fact that a lot of radio's would have been AC/DC to ensure good sales plus the advantage of
reduced costs in not requiring a transformer, so why this happened in reverse with McMichael and as far as i can tell not so many were in fact produced compared to the AC version.
The overall appeal of the cabinet with its antique look appealed to the traditional instints of the middle-class buyer despite the new aesthetic and art deco movement , British taste was still
The radio originally cost £17 17s 0d with a matching stand though this was released in May of that year costing an extra £2 10s 0d if required. In many ways the appeal of this set is allowing
it to stand proud alone.
There has been speculation as to the finish availble, as far as i can tell the cabinet was built in Mahogany as standard and in the showroom the client was offered this or Walnut as a finish .
The radio has been stripped down with nearly all the components replaced to ensure long reliability, valves tested and the Pen DD4020 replaced with new old/stock. The RF stages
re-calibrated and the I.F re-aligned to 128.5 Khz.
This model has fitted a Philips C1 Barretter , reason for this was to protect the heater in the series chain in case of variation in mains voltages. The cabinet has been fully stripped and
restained in Mahogany with a high finish in French polish to complete the look. There are some age related marks etc in the 80 plus years old veneers, but is now part of its history, though you need
to look hard to find them.
There are two speakers to the front given a warm sound with high volume if it was needed, interesting the wave band switch to the right has LW and SW, at the time SW was Medium wave band. If you
are looking for a mid 30's radio that you could use everyday as well as a talking point look no further. Full 1 years gurantee ensures peace of mind.