The murphy diagram dungeon
1939 to 1944

The B69 economy table model

The B81 portable battery model

The '70 console

The '70 table model

The '70 radiogram
The B71 & '72 table models

The A72RG radiogram

The A74 deluxe table model

The A76 shortwave special table model

The A74C deluxe console
The Murphy range for 1939.

The B69 was released late April price £9 0s. 0d.

The '70 range was released in April.
A70 price £10 5s. 0d. D70 price £10 10s. 0d.
A70C price £14 15s. 0d. D70C price £15 0s. 0d.
A70RG price £22 0s. 0d. D70RG price £24 0s. 0d.

The '72 & B71 range was released in March.
B71 price £11 10s. 0d. B71A (with trawler band) price £12 5s. 0d.
A72 price £12 10s. 0d. D72 price £12 15s. 0d.
D72A (trawler band special) price £13 10s. 0d. A72RG price £32 0s. 0d.

The A74 & A74C released late May.
Table version A74 price £16 0s. 0d.
Console version A74C price £21 0s. 0d.

The A76 released in July price £16 10s. 0d.

The B81 was released in May price £8 15s. 0d. The first Murphy portable since the B4.

Most models could be fitted with optional control units; either the P80 push-button tuning
unit (price £1 15s. 0d.) or the RA80 (wired) remote control unit (price £3 10s. 0d.).

All in all, this was the most comprehensive package of receivers put together by Murphy to that date.
But there were more.

The A78C super deluxe console.

The A78RG super deluxe radiogram.

The V86C 12 inch console television.

The V84 9 inch table television.

The V88C 12 inch console television with radio.
These sets were released in August, just in time to be shown at that years 'Radiolympia' exhibition.
Not an auspicious time to be releasing these very expensive models, they were withdrawn within a few weeks…
The A78C was re-released in December and a few of them have survived. To the best of my knowledge no service
manual was produced for any of these models. Some Blueprints have been found for some of the models...
For the record, the prices were:-
  • A78C initially £40 then £42 on re-release.
  • A78RG initially £90 then £95 on re-release.
  • The Murphy A78RG, deluxe radiogram for use with AC mains. 1610k.
  • V84 £29, V84C (console version) £33.
  • The Murphy V84, television receiver for use with AC mains. 2123k.
  • V86C £40, V88C £50.
The V86C was available for a short time in 1946 in modified form (known as V86CA) for over double the pre-war price
at £82 12s. 8d. Thus we can see how much the set manufacturers subsidised the price of televisions
before the War! If you know of the whereabouts of an A78RG or any of the televisions here's one Murphy madman
who'd love to hear about it.


The B93 battery portable.

The B89 economy battery model

The '90 table model

The B91 shortwave special battery model

The AD94 economy table model

The A92 shortwave special table model
The A90C console.

The '90 radiogram
The 1940 Murphy range.
The B89 table battery model released February price £7 15s. 0d.
Price increased in September to £8 10s. 0d.
The B89S table battery model released ? price ?
The A90 table model released February price £11 0s. 0d.
The D90 table model released February price £11 10s. 0d.
The prices of the '90 table models were increased from April by 10/-.
The A90C console released July price £18 0s. 0d.
The A90RG radiogram released April price £26 0s. 0d.
The D90RG radiogram released April price £27 10s. 0d.
The B91 released April price £14 10s. 0d.
The A92 released April price £15 15s. 0d.
The B93 released July price £10 0s. 0d.
The AD94 released September price £9 10s. 0d.
Purchase Tax was payable on all radios bought after October of 1940...

A96 table model
There were no new models released in 1941 or 1942.
The 1940 range was continued, though circuit changes were made to cope with component shortages (see supplememntary service instructions).

The 1943 Murphy range.
The A96 table model released ? price £15 10s. 0d.

The prices of the existing models were revised in October of 1943.
The A78C, price increased to £52 10s. 0d.
The B89, price increased to £10 12s. 6d.
The A90, price increased to £14 7s. 6d.
The A90C, price increased to £22 10s. 0d.
The A90RG, price increased to £32 10s. 0d.
The D90, price increased to £15 0s. 0d.
The D90RG, price increased to £34 7s. 6d.
The B91, price increased to £18 2s. 6d.
The A92, price increased to £19 15s. 0d.
The B93, price increased to £12 10s. 0d.
The AD94, price increased to £11 17s. 6d.

  • The Murphy B89A/B89B, battery table models - supplementary service instructions. 336k.
  • The Murphy A90, supplementary service instructions 335k.
  • The Murphy A92, supplementary service instructions 314k.
  • The Murphy A96, AC mains table model - service instructions. 592k.
  • Drive stringing for the A96 is identical to those for the A90. 532k.

The Civilian Wartime Battery Receiver

The Civilian Wartime Mains Receiver
In 1944 Murphy along with many other manufacturers made these radios.
Those made by Murphy bore the manufacturer code U7.
The Battery table model released June price £10 19s. 0d. (inclusive of purchase tax).
The Mains table model released June price £12 3s. 4d. inclusive of purchase tax).
I've just done a quick calculation that shows that the rate of purchase tax was twenty one & two thirds of a percent!

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