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K & H Electric Co.

Ace Electrical Company, 41 Commercial Street, Newark, New Jersey, USA {Dec 1925}
K & H Electric Company, 41 Commercial Street, Newark, New Jersey, USA

d/b/a Rextron Tube Company, 38-40 Park Place, Newark, New Jersey, USA {before May 1931}


First seen: 01-Dec-1925
Last seen: 01-May-1931

Brand(s): Ace, Musiktron, Rextron, HIGH-MU

A great deal of sleuthing had to be done to group these tubes with a single maker. It appears that K&H was prone to name changes in company and brand as part of their sales efforts, and began as Ace Electrical Co.

Association between K&H and Ace Electrical Co. is done purely based on location & date. In Dec 1925 Ace advertised in Radio News magazine, at 41 Commercial street, Newark, New Jersey; and just four months later K&H ran ads in Radio News at the same address for Musiktron. Perhaps the first ad generated few sales.


It's likely the 'deluxe' versions had blue glass envelopes, with a standard version available as well. The Rextron model numbers were likely the same for Musiktron, both with long egg envelopes. They carried a surprising large variety of tubes, including rare 5 pin 201A, AC refit mogul bases, and double filament versions. Associating them with Munder Electric feels incomplete. Yes, they marketed and sold egg shaped envelope tubes, but Munder never to my knowledge had the variety offered by K&H.

K&H may represent 'many to many' relationships over the evolution of the business. If anyone knows more, write me.

There is more work to be done to flesh out the many variants that exist. Hope this is a good start for those interested. -Chris

 

Ace variants:

Only a single ad has been located for this particular 'Ace' tube variant. Other 'Ace' brands existed.




Musiktron variants:

 
M T
U R
S O
I N
C
201-A
1
Tube
{v1} Elongated egg, short bakelite base, tipless, foil? envelope label {assumed based on ad designs and dates}


  No examples found
 
 
 
 

{v1} "Musiktron" "Deluxe 201-A" with envelope label.


Though the first instance of Musiktron tubes is mispelled, we can feel confident that this ad refers to the same tubes. It was common for advertising to be created from scratch by local radio stores, introducing errors potentially at multiple points during the process. Note the same Volutron style elongated egg shaped envelopes shown for both Musicktron & Musiktron. This is further evidence that the first ad was only a mispelling, not a different tube. 



Rextron variants:

 
R T
E R
X O
- N
201-A
1
Tube
{v1} Elongated egg, tall UX brown bakelite base, tipless, foil envelope label, blue glass envelope


  Rextron Deluxe variant
 
 
 
 

{v1} "Rextron" "Deluxe 201-A" with envelope label.


Rextron brand notes here. 




High-Mu variants:

 
H
I
G
H
M
U
301-A
1
Tube
{v1} unknown, short bakelite base, tipless {assumed based on ad designs and dates}


  No examples found
 
 
 
 

{v1} "High-Mu" "301-A" variant.



Bibliography references:
  1. Radio World, 24-Apr-1926, pg. ?. From AmericanRadioHistory.com. Retrieved 30-Nov-2018. !
  2. The Delaware County Times, Chester, PA, 21-Jan-1927, pg. 27. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 08-Apr-2019. *
  3. The Delaware County Times, Chester, PA, 08-Apr-1927, pg. 24. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 08-Apr-2019. *
  4. The Delaware County Times, Chester, PA, 04-Oct-1927, pg. 15. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 08-Apr-2019. *
  5. The Delaware County Times, Chester, PA, 27-Jan-1928, pg. 21. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 08-Apr-2019. *
  6. The Evening Journal, Wilmington, DE, 22-Feb-1929, pg. 27. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 08-Apr-2019. *
  7. eBay auction listings, 2018
  8. The Pittsburgh Daily Post, Pittsburgh, PA, 24-Oct-1926, pg. 39. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 08-Apr-2019. *
  9. The Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA, 24-Oct-1926, pg. 75. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 08-Apr-2019. *

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