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BUSH DAC90, 1946
The Bush DAC90 is built in a Bakelite case using an internal round coil as an aerial, there is no socket on the rear for an external aerial, the sensitivity of this set makes this arrangement very effective. Not so well known as the DAC90A (item A1010) it is a 5-valve including the rectifier 2-band Superhet working from AC mains. The DAC90A was a complete redevelopment of this model. The valves used in the DAC90 are:- CCH35 - EF39 - EBC88 - CL33 and CY31.The DAC90 cost £11 gns in July 1946 and was replaced by the DAC90A in Feb 1950. A Cream Bakelite version was available at Extra cost.
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- My grandfather, a Lancashire miner, must have spent a couple of weeks' wages to buy a DAC90 in 1946. It had pride of place on the dining table, the black Bakelite always dusted and polished. I remember being fascinated by it as a boy when I used to visit. The valve filaments took an age to warm up, so grandad would switch it on two minutes before the news bulletin was due to begin. It now sits in my study, restored and working perfectly, the black Bakelite always dusted and polished...
(Incidentally, if you find one, take care - the ac/dc circuit design means that it has a live chassis).
.......... Nigel Tomlinson, Leyland, Lancs , 8th of January 2016
- I have black, brown and white versions, all with different grilles and tuning dials. They often overheated the cabinets above the drop-down resistor that caused the cased to crack. Look out for cracks if buying one.
.......... David Mills, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, North Wales, UK, 28th of November 2009