The Fine Things are Always Hand Made
Back in the 1990s, I read somewhere that the total number of AW23 sets produced was about 2,500 and that, despite this relatively low number, it is the one E. H. Scott radio that is most commonly encountered today. Is this still the general consensus?
Using on-line antique radio discussion groups such as this one, has anyone ever attempted to determine the total number of AW23 sets that still survive today?
Production volumes are included for most Scott models in the 125 page E. H. Scott Radio Collectors Guide 2nd Edition (2016) available through this web site. Scott serial numbers start with a variety of alpha letters followed by two or 3 digit numbers. Kent's data base now includes many hundreds of serial numbers. A primary reason for many years Kent King has collected serial numbers of existing Scott radios along with the respective Scott model is to determine the production volume of each model 1931 to 1941.
The AW-23 was a very successful and well regarded model produced for over two years - the sole Scott model for two years from Spring 1935 to Spring 1937, plus several months more after the Spring 1937 introduction of the 30 tube Philharmonic.
Currently, the analysis of hundreds of serial numbers Kent has in his data base strongly indicates about 5,500 AW-23's were produced - includes both the early 5 knob and later 7 knob versions.
The next largest group of about 4,000 radios was the mid 1932 to early 1934 SCOTT DELUXE a 12 tube models, including both the earlier version and the later with AVC.
Hundreds of his radios were ordered and built for foreign buyers, private and commercial, because of superior performance, especially by those who needed too keep track of world events unfolding in the 1930's. His radios carried a 5 year guarantee, except tubes.
Thank you for this information. Obviously a great deal of new information has come to light since the 1990s when the E. H. Scott Historical Society published its own version of SCOTT NEWS, which is where I saw the figure of 2500 AW-23 sets as the total number produced.
Yep - much more has come to light. More documentation, some rare indeed. Also, the information flow benefit of the internet.