1945 Ever Ready Model C, wireless speaker and web radio
These 1945 Ever Ready Model C are difficult to find and a collectors favourite. The original radio is untouched and If rewired with the correct batteries it would still work. However there are not many AM radio stations left, and so I decided to convert this radio into a wireless speaker and Web radio.
What I have done, I installed a modern class D amplifier making use of the large great sounding genuine speaker. You can enjoy a very warm and beautiful sound from the past.
I rewired the On/off switch and volume control so you can change the volume manually or wirelessly.
For all my wifi conversion I am using a micro computer made in Sheffield UK, It comes with Wifi and preinstalled software purposely made for the application as a web radio and media centre. I also include a high quality digital to audio processor, for crystal clear sound.
The radio now works on 12V with an external power supply (included) and can be operated with either DC12V or AC 110V/ 240V, 50Hz or 60Hz
See how it sounds here on Youtube:
As with all my radio conversions, 6 months warranty included.
Dimensions (WHD): 25.5 cm x 32.5 cm x 20 cm
Voltage: 12V with external power supply (included)
It has some sign of wear and tear, but overall it is in pretty good conditon considering the age.
About the Brand:
In 1898 a Russian immigrant [renamed] Conrad Hubert founded the "American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company" (AENMC) to market battery powered novelties in one of his several businesses. He had been a successful businessman in Russia. He made batteries using the "Ever Ready" brand name.
In 1901 The British company was formed as a private company by AENMC to import and became
BEREC (British Ever Ready Electrical Company) in 1906, with probably no connection to Hubert's AENMC "Ever Ready" products by 1904 or 1905.
AENMC became the American Ever Ready Company in 1905 then became part of the National Carbon Company in 1914. The National Carbon Company merged with Union Carbide Company in 1917 and battery brand became Eveready (one "r" and no space).
The New British Ever Ready Company Limited was registered as a public company in 1913. In 1920 Ever Ready became a public company.
In 1925 Ever Ready purchased Efandem Co in Wolverhampton who made torches, torch batteries, searchlights. The works went on to employ nearly 3,000 people and produced large numbers of dry batteries and from 1943 radio receivers.