in 1956, the Carmen belongs to the Nordmende middle class tube radios. But
what makes this Carmen 56 stick out from the other middle class radios is
Nordmende was carefully naming its radios and even in this case the name Carmen suits this product perfectly.
This Carmen 56 model is flashier than the general Nordmende production, typically much more austere. No doubt though that the balance of the forms and the quality of the materials represent Nordmende at its top. A massive use of high quality wood and brass inserts, a wise balance of dark and bright colours and the special touch given by the transparent and bright insert around the knobs of the equalizer: here stands the secret of such a beauty.
restoration process further enhanced this feature, giving new life to
a classical handmade object that is now ready to work for many more decades.
Carmen 56 sound is nice, deep and refined. The separate tone controls, the A Class final stage, the triode preamp, the efficient feedback system that linearizes the response are all elements that make the sound of this radio a very warm and pleasant listening experience.
In fact, accordingly to its name, this Carmen is really a delicious crush.
|Carmen in Manila 2012
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Otto Hermann Mende founded Radio H. Mende & Co. in Dresden. After
the bombing of the factory in 1945, Martin Mende (son of the founder)
created a new company in Bremen, the "North German Mende Broadcast
GmbH" whose name was later changed into NORDMENDE.
In the 70s the televisions by NORDMENDE became famous for their frames, cards and for the rigorous testing and quality controls carried out on their finished products. Unfortunately, the high cost involved in such detailed quality determined a competitive disadvantage when the price of color television began to fall.
In 1977 the majority of the shares was sold to the French Thomson. The following year, the family sold the remaining shares. In 1980, the factories of Bremen was closed, NORDMENDE becoming purely a trademark of Thomson.
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Superheterodyne IF: 468/10700
weight: 26 lb 6.9 oz
TONE CONTROL WITH LEVEL INDICATION
The tones control system is very efficient. Above the large tone control knobs there is a band that lights up gradually indicating the emphasis on the band on which it acts.
response correction system is made of 5 keys that insert preset equalization
curves operating on the feedback circuit (they are not passive filters).
Inside the cabinet there is a dipole for FM reception and a ferrite rotating aerial for AM reception.
sensitivity with internal aerials is very good.
This unit was in fact produced in a period when there were not many radio stations and those available fairly apart from each others.
aerial can be rotated from the outside to achieve a perfect tuning of
the device in the AM.
SEPARATE CONTROL TUNING BETWEEN AM AND FM
system is another gem.
The movement is transferred to both mechanisms with a system of pulleys and separated gears.
|The magic eye (tuning indicator) has of course been replaced.|
the center of the speakers panel we find the Equalizaton keyboard.
speaker is a lrge ISOPHON elliptical broadband .
Carmen Twin Towers ready to work
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