Bush BP61
  • Batteries: Ever Ready B126 (90v HT) & AD35(1.5v LT)
  • Wavebands: Medium 190-560m, Long 1110-1880m
  • Valve lineup: DK96, DF96, DAF96, DL96
  • Released August 1957
  • Original price 9 16s 7d - plus taxes and batteries

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Personally, I find it interesting that as the 1950's progressed, nearly all radio designs moved towards the use of printed circuits and low-current valves. This makes good sense as it reduces cost and makes optimum use of widely availiable components.

However, what I cannot understand is why these manufacturers felt it necessary to homogenise their product's appearance too. The use of the rexine-covered suitcase design became so widespread that radios were almost indistinguishable - apart from some notable exceptions. Given the shift in the marketing attempt towards younger women and the emerging 'teens' this is hard to understand - unless the decision makers really could not read the market desires at all well.

Last updated 19th May 2002