Utility Radio Set (1944) produced by Murphy (U7) SOLD
Populary known as the Utility set and was designed by Dr G.D.Reynolds of Murphy Radio Ltd. It was an effective but basic single waveband (MW) receiver. The design resulted to minimise raw materials and labour and was manufactured by over 40 different companys, identified only by a U followed by a number on the back. This radio was built by Murphy Radio Ltd and therefore has U7 on the back. Even the valves were given special codes just to make it interesting !. During the first twelve months from June 1944 over 175,000 of these sets were produced to eradicate the shortage of wireless sets at the time and costing £12 3s 4d including purchase tax were still costly.
So if you would like to by into a little of our second world war history, this is the one for you, the case made out of pine finish is all original and has not been touched though the speaker material has been replaced, the chassis is in first class condition with the IF's realigned and to remind you the on/off switch was fitted to the rear of the set. Surprisingly the idea of design was to keep materials down so to help the war effort so why use a large AC mains transformer rather than a basic AC/DC concept, perhaps we will never know. Small in size at only 12 inches wide, 6.5 inches in depth and 13.5 inches high, and of course to use this an external wire as an aerial is required,the radio is very sensitive and impressive quality sound, comes complete with 12 month guarantee