Battery era SuperHets
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Radiola AR-812
The first "legal" factory built superhet.
Shown with AG-814 Loop antenna
and UZ-1325 Horn speaker
Victoreen superhet in floor model cabinet
Victoreen superhet
ACME superhet
ACME superhet, inside view.
Note how cabinet is lined with polished aluminum for shielding.
"Super-Fine All American"
Rauland Manufacturing Company, Chicago July 1924
Third dial controls oscillator frequency, typically set from inside.

Leutz type K antenna adapter made to be
used with the Leutz model C receivers.
"click" on the photo to see an original ad paper for the type K.
Leutz C-7, Special ?, "Southworth Super"
Leutz model L superhet, 1922
The set pictured above is 2 cabinets, each 40 inches long one sitting on top of the other, they are intended to sit end to end. Notice that the top cabinet has binding posts on the left side and the bottom cabinet has matching binding posts on the right side. These are intended to be connected with short jumpers between them.
The set, the WE 7A amp and horn speaker take up almost 9 feet of shelf.
Remler battery superhet using type 199 tubes.
Below are several views inside.
Radiola AR-812 tilt out chassis with optional
UX-120 audio output tube and it's special adapter.

Sampson "Dead Spot" Super-Het
No, I have no idea what "Dead Spot" means.
Views inside the Sampson Super-Het, more below.
This set is in 100% original, unrestored, as found condition.
I'm looking for a
knob like this.
If you happen to have
one I would very
interested in buying it.
"Click" on the star
to see details of the knob
Branston R-199
Two versions of this Branston radio were introduced in November 1924. It could be built with a reflex transformer or without.

Designed on a 7 x 21 inch panel, a lot is packed in there. Could run with 199s or 201As, but the former is most commonly found. This receiver was promoted with a shortwave transformer on the front end. It used an air core filter and iron core IFs that ran at 57 KC.
Many thanks to Rick Ammon
for providing the scans of the Branston catalog.
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A Fake Leutz model L !

I found the set below at the 2010 Charlotte Antique Radio Conference.
Saturday morning while going through the Flea Market a freind directed me toward a battery super-het. It was in a little to rough a shape for me so I passed, the seller asked if I had seen his Leutz model L. After I picked my chin up off the pavement I said WHERE.
He pointed to a set next to the one I was just looking at.
All I could see was the back of the cabinet, but it was only about 28 inches long, and my Leutz L is in 2 cabinets that are each 40 inches long making a completed setup 80 inches long.
The seller flipped the lid open and sure enough it was an 8 tube
super-het that used 199 tubes.
When I walked around to where I could see the front below is
what I saw.
Here's a close up of engraved name on the front panel
I was told by a good friend that it was most likely a set that had been
modified back in the 1980s by Phil WEINGARTEN.
Phil was well know for making fake tubes, telegraph gear and radios.

If you'll click on any of the 3 photos above you'll be taken to a
write-up about a talk that Tom Perera W1TP gave at the
2007 AWA Rochester meet titled,

I first I felt like I had been taken, but the more I thought about
it I was glad to have bought it.
It is a real 20s super-het and the rest of it makes a great story.