Nordmende Elektra E13


In 1923 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 50s and 60s it became one of the most prestigious German TV and radios manufacturer.

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.

Source - Wikipedia

From the brief description of the company is clear that the main feature of the devices Nordmende is the high build quality and choice of materials.
From the point of view of style production Mende and subsequently Nordmende has always been rather austere.
Large appliances such as Othello and Tannhauser especially in production until 1959 were impressive and rigorous, suitable for classical furnishings.
The line Elektra instead for Nordmende was always a line experimental, avant-garde than the rest of its production.
Experimental in the sense of finding a harmony that more approaching to the devices of other manufacturers with which it had to compete ... but adding that bit of extra quality.

The three preset curves equalizer is one example.
The tone control.
The final stage with EL84 in A Class and a preamp triode.
The speaker of unusually large size and the magic eye of the modern type, the EM84 seal this show of quality.
Finally, a feature that is really almost only equiped in devices with cost and size much higher, the AM tuning separate from that of FM.
In this way you will keep "in memory" an FM station and one AM.

The sound very round, balanced and calm is the result of all these choices.
Once warmed up the tightness in tune is absolutely ironclad.
A device to study, bedside, kitchen, short companion; a nice company.

Year of production: 1960/61

Superheterodyne IF: 460/10700

6 AM Circuits
10 FM Circuits

Medium Waves (OM)
Long Waves (OL)
Short waves (OC)

1 Speaker


Dimensions (LHD):
16.7 x 10.8 x 8.7 inch

Net weight: 15 lb 13.7 oz

6 Tubes:
ECC85, ECH81, EF89, EABC80, EL84
, EM84

The magic eye has of course been replaced.

The three preset curves equalizer

Sprache - for only voice radio broadcasts
Orchester - flat position
Solo - Mid-high tones emphasis


The volume control is on the left (with built-in loudness).
Axially to the volume control we found the tone control.
Going to the right side we find the magic eye that indicates the perfect harmony of the station.
Continuing we find FM, AM scale for Long Wave and Medium and Court.
We then find the knobs of Power, Turntable, Long Wave, Medium, Court, FM.
Finally, there is the tuning knob, .......


Output for external speakers.

Socket for recorder (tonbandgerat).

Turntable input (Tonabnehmer)

AM and FM aerial inputs and ground socket.

After the cleaning the mechanical restoration stage.
The electronic restoration stage

The replaced components
The tuning stage
The tuning stage
The cabinet just returned from the carpenter
The ubiquitous suggestive night image of Elektra ready to operate

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