Kolster-Brandes FB10 (Toaster) September 1954
These radio's due to there small size was marketed as "The Magic Midget" and at only 23cm width, 15cm depth and 18cm in height this is indeed a remarkable little receiver. Offering 2 bands, medium , Long wave an unusual midget feature is the use of a mains auto-transformer, which avoids the generation of considerable amount of heat common in the Bush DAC series. The radio has been taken apart all standard components replaced, the rather unusall 422Kcs I.F peaked and of course the RF and oscillator stages re-set to the original specification. As these were first introduced in September 1950 costing £8 17s 1d nearly half the price of its rival, the Bush DAC90A, it was a great value radio, for use either in the bedroom or in the kitchen. As history as shown British made goods "those were the days" were more in demand rather than the American midgets such as this, there was a fear that parts may have been difficult to source if they were failures, though in fact this was more a competative sales point than anything else.
Another good feature is the dial light moves along with the cursor, something that Bush could have learnt a lesson from.
The radio is in first class condition, with no cracks or damage and works very well with the improved ferrite inbuilt aerial, but does allow you to fit an external one if you wish to do so. It is a set that fits perfectly into a modern home and is popular with collectors as good examples are not easy to locate. Comes complete with 1 years warranty