You might be surprised - it's all discrete components so somebody with a bit of love and an oscilloscope should be able to help. Is it valve or transistor?
No idea, I haven't opened it. Probably valves/tubes/lamps or whatever people want to call it. I know that it's at least 50 years old.
It belonged to my late grandfather, who used it for years in his attic. It's been standing there and he has been using a small transistor radio instead for as long as I can remember. The bit of wood behind the left knob doesn't inspire much confidence.
Perhaps I should take it downstairs, open it up, clean it, then try it.
EDIT : well, took it downstairs and opened it.
Once things at work settle down a bit, I'll take out the compressor and blow all the dust out.
It's a Philips B5X22A from 1962 or 63, so 50 years old indeed. It's a 127V model rather than the 220V that is common over here. I already found a pdf with the manual, schematics, troubleshooting guides etc, so finding the information is not a problem. Getting the parts on the other hand might be harder. I wasn't really expecting wheels and cables in a radio either.
In the attic there are a few 110V outputs, but I think that just isn't enough and it simply didn't work due to lack of current.
This thing was made in 110, 127, 145 and 220V versions, so the voltages seem quite specific.
I've been thinking about tracking down the parts to make it compatible with 220V, but am reluctant because we actually have around 230V here. I guess the only solution is to get/make a 220-120V adapter.
Lovely how the radio stations were already printed on the slider. They obviously thought that the names or frequencies were never going to change.
Unfortunately it only goes up to 104 FM, whereas all the good dance stations are between 106 and 108.
See? It's a Hi-Fi system indeed. It even says so above the frequency dial.
my lifesaver ... the earth pin on modern sockets (right) prevents the radio's old plug (left) from being plugged in. This could have gone very bad ...