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Philco for 1929 (introduced June 1929)

All January 1929 models were discontinued.

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Model 65 metal table model Model 65 Console Model 65 Lowboy Model 87 Highboy Model 87 Tudor Highboy 1929 Highboy De Luxe

The Philco lineup now had a completely new model and a revision of an old one. The new set was the six-tube Model 65 "Screen Grid" receiver, Philco's first to use the new screen grid (Type 224) tubes. The revision was the new eight-tube Model 87 "Neutrodyne-Plus," a refinement of the previous Model 86. The main change to Model 87 was the use of Type 245 push-pull output tubes in place of the Type 171A tubes used in Model 86. This gave both new Philcos more audio output power.

Both models shared cabinetry except for the Table Model, which was only available as a Model 65. The cabinets were all new except, again, for the Table Model (although it used a new speaker).


Table Model

Philco Model 65 Table Model

Model 65 with Model F-10 Speaker

Photo of F-10 speaker courtesy Clifford R. Huff

A modified Spanish Brown table model was now available - the six-tube Model 65. The knobs were closer together, and a rotary off-on switch was added in place of the toggle switch used on the 511 Series models. The separate speaker was now a Model F-10 electro-dynamic unit and was housed in a heavy pot metal cabinet.

Original selling price: $67 (65), unknown (F-10 speaker)

Number made: 17,700 (Note: This figure includes Fall 1929 Models 76 and 95 table models, as well as June 1930 Models 77 and 96 table models.)


Consoles

Philco Model 65 Console

Model 65 Console

A new cabinet design, with the speaker facing the floor. This cabinet would remain in production until early 1931, although it never was a huge seller.

Original selling price: $102

Number made: 45,000 (Note: This figure includes Fall 1929 Models 41 & 76 consoles as well as June 1930 Models 30, 41 & 77 consoles)


Philco Model 65 Lowboy

The Lowboy (Models 65 & 87)

Model 65 lowboy shown; Model 87 lowboy cabinet is identical in appearance.

Photo courtesy Tom Boyd

The new Philco Lowboy was very popular in its time; examples are easily found today. All of the early lowboy models such as the one shown above have a wood grille insert with intricate cutouts; sets made after approx. January 1930 do not have the intricate cutouts.

Original selling price: $119.50 (65), $129.50 (87)

Number made: 249,327 (Note: This figure includes Models 65 and 87 lowboys as well as Fall 1929 Models 40, 76 and 95 lowboys)


Philco Model 87 Highboy

The Highboy (Models 65 & 87)

Model 87 highboy shown; Model 65 highboy cabinet is identical in appearance.

Photo by Barry Blau, courtesy David Kulka

This handsome set features fleur-de-lis on both sides, and double doors which open up to reveal the radio dial, controls and speaker.

Original selling price: $139.50 (65), $149.50 (87)

Number made: 98,015 (Note: This figure includes Models 65 and 87 highboys as well as Fall 1929 Models 40, 76 and 95 highboys)


Philco Model 87 Tudor Highboy

The Tudor Highboy (Models 65 & 87)

Model 87 Tudor Highboy shown; Model 65 Tudor Highboy cabinet is identical in appearance.

An unusual cabinet, this model featured oak veneer and different legs from other contemporary Philco models.

Original selling price: $145 (65), $155 (87)

Number made: 5,006 (Note: This figure includes Models 65 and 87 Tudor Highboys as well as Fall 1929 Models 76 and 95 Tudor Highboys)


Philco Model 87 Highboy De Luxe

The Highboy De Luxe (Models 65 & 87)

This large cabinet features doors which slide open and out of sight. It also has the fleur-de-lis on left and right sides, like the Highboy.

Original selling price: $195 (65), $205 (87)

Number made: 16,550 (Note: This figure includes Models 65 and 87 versions as well as Fall 1929 Models 40, 76 and 95 Highboy De Luxe models)