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- Vidor Ltd., West Street, Erith, Kent

Vidor are pehaps most commonly assosciated with battery and battery radio production. They may have shown a 12" TV model prior to World War II but if so it may well have not entered production. However they certainly entered the TV market by the very end of the 1940's with their model CN370 console, closely followed by the CN377 table model.

With the dawning of the Band III era manufacturers started dropping like flies, Vidor proving no exception. They released their last model, the CN4231, at the end of 1955.

1948 / 1949

Picture of CN370 [6k] Picture of table model CN377 [5K] Picture of CN390 [9K] Picture of CN4213 [4K]
CN370 (Murphy !) CN377 CN390 (HMV !) CN4213 (Ferranti !)

There doesn't seem to have been anything particularly striking in their sets, and to my mind many of their earlier sets, such as those illustrated above, bear more than a passing resemblance to cabinets used by other manufacturers. Only the CN390 stands out as being a little different, the top half looking like a (HMV!) console but with the bottom half used as a bookcase. All the cost of a console without the extra sound quality ?

DATE MODEL STYLE CRT VALVES RF NOTES PRICE
<=Sep48 CN369 T 9"     AC. Shown at the 1947 Radiolympia.
£67-7-1 £55-0-0
£12-7-1
1948? CN370 C+D 12" MW31/7
or MW31-14C
18
Mullard
2ch S/het AC, Mains E.H.T. Shown at the 1947 Radiolympia.
£97-19-4 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
May49 CN377 T 9" MW22-7
or MW22-14C
19
Mullard
2ch AC, Mains EHT. First supplies were sent to the Midlands.
£64-4-10 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
<Apr 50 CN390
CN391
CN405
CN406
Console
(Bookcase)
9"
MW22-14C
16
Mullard
1ch 390 = London, 391 = Birmingham, 405 = London (fringe), 406 = Birmingham (fringe). AC mains.
£59-17-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
<=Feb50 CN4201
CN4202
12"
MW31-14C
4201 = London
4202 = Birmingham
£75-0-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x

Apparently Vidor showed a projection set at the 1949 Radiolympia.

1950 - 1952

Picture of table model CN4215 [6K] Picture of CN4216 [8K]
CN4215 CN4216
DATE MODEL STYLE CRT VALVES RF NOTES PRICE
?1950? CN4206
CN4207
CN4208
CN4209
Console 12"
MW31-18
17
Mullard
1ch. S/Het 4206 = London
4207 = B'Ham
4208 = London (Fringe)
4209 = B'Ham (Fringe)
£86-2-0 £59-8-3
£26-13-9
50/51 CN4212 C 12"     AC
£86-2-0 £59-8-3
£26-13-9
Dec51 CN4213 C 12"
MW31-16
15
Mullard
5ch S/Het AC/DC
Trader #1069
£86-2-0 £59-8-3
£26-13-9
Aug51 CN4215 T
£75-12-0 £52-3-4
£23-8-8
~Sep52 CN4216 T 12" 15 5ch AC/DC. This model was still on sale in May 1954.
£67-4-0 £46-7-5
£20-16-7

1953 - onwards

Picture of table model CN4320 [7K]
Picture of CN4231 [7K]
CN4320 The CN4231
DATE MODEL STYLE CRT VALVES RF NOTES PRICE
Aug53¹ CN4217 T 17"
MW43-64
16 5ch S/Het AC/DC
£75-12-0 £56-11-0
£19-1-0
CN4218 14"
MW36-34
£66-3-0 £49-9-7
£16-13-5
Mar54 CN4220 14" Based on previous CN4217/8 but with provision for fitment of external CN4224 12-channel tuner.
£68-5-0 £51-1-0
(£17-4-0)
Mar54 CN4221 17"
£77-14-0 £58-2-5
(£19-11-7)
Aug54 CN4225 T 14" 16v 5ch S/Het AC/DC. Based on previous CN4217/8 models but with provision for optional fitment of type CN4227 12-channel tuner.
£x-x-x £51-5-0
£x-x-x
Aug54 CN4226 17"
£x-x-x £59-13-10
£x-x-x
1955 CN4428 T 14"
MW36-24
17v 13ch S/Het AC/DC  
1955 CN4429 17"
MW43-64
 
Nov55 CN4230 T 14"
MW36-24
17v 12ch S/Het AC/DC
Trader #1274
£x-x-x £52-6-10
£x-x-x
Dec55 CN4231 17"
MW43-64
£x-x-x £61-6-3
£x-x-x

Note 1 : Release dates taken from Wireless and Electrical trader. However Wireless and Electrical Trading give the release dates of September (CN4217) and October (CN4218)

Click for larger view [99K] Click for larger view [80K] Click for larger view [88K] Click for larger view [97K]
CN390
Advert from April 1950
Link to larger view [99K]
CN4215
Advert from November 1951.
Link to larger view [80K]
CN4213
Advert from July 1952.
Link to larger view [88K]
CN4216
Advert from September 1952
Link to larger view [97K]

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