Majestic (Grigsby-Grunow) 44B 'Duo-Chief' Table Radio (1933)
The Majestic 44B is a collectible mini-tombstone radio,
featuring a geometric grille area of simple elegance
set above a contrasting instrument panel, formed from
the segments of intersecting circles. The highlights,
fashioned from polished aluminum, are complemented
by the dark-toned woods and the stylish cog-wheel
knobs. It was introduced in the summer of '33 at a list
price of $21.50 in the East.
The chassis is a 4-tube two-band superheterodyne,
providing coverage from 535-1530 & 1470-3500 kcs.
It uses two of Majestic's spray-shielded "duo" tubes,
with line-up 6A7-S (mix/LO), 6F7-S triode/pentode (IF
amp/2nd det), 41 (AF power amp) and 6Z5 (rectifier).
It is ac powered with the transformer mounted below
chassis. Because of the two "duo" tubes, Grigsby-
Grunow, the set's manufacturer, claimed the 44B to
have 6-tube performance.
Waveband selection is by means of a switch on the
rear of the chassis. The schematic may be found
here, courtesy of NostalgiaAir.org.
For a brief history of Grigsby Grunow, who manufact-
ured Majestc radios during the late 20s and early 30s,
see my Majestic 59 page.
This radio appears originally to have come with gold-
colored shading on the aluminum instrument panel.
This coloring is long-gone on most examples of this
model that turn up today, though vestiges of it remain
on my model photographed. I have decided to leave it
Majestic "smart sets" ...with exclusive spray-shielded tubes...
|"A simple, beautiful cabinet with rich
brown-walnut finish on quarter sliced
red birch. The polished metal grille
adds distinction. Dimensions 11"
high; 81/4" wide; 55/8" deep"
"You are instantly struck by the
absence of "gingerbready"
over-decoration; the refreshing way in
which fine woods have been left to
speak for themselves"
Ultra-smart, ultra-small home radio...
Sep 21st 1933, Tx
Sep 17th 1933,
Aug 25th 1933, Pa