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The LP4 is Ferranti's version of the PX4, one of the classic audio power triode valves. We believe, however, that this exhibit is in fact a rebranded Marconi Osram PX4.
Ferrantis did manufacture some of there own valves during the later 1930s but their 'home-brewed' LP4s were bulbous and stumpy. After WWII Ferranti's tended to buy in and re-label other manufacturers' valves; this is one of them.
The valve in the photo has blackened fins spot-welded to a shiny anode. This shows that it is of post-1938 manufacture and has been uprated from 250 V and 12 Watt dissipation to 300 V and 15 Watt dissipation. From around 1950 the fins were omitted but the outer surface of the anode was given a grey coating instead.
The classic envelope is 48 mm in diameter and, excluding the B4 base pins, is 120 mm tall.
References: Datasheet & 1040. Type LP4 was first introduced in 1933.
Absolute Maximum Operating Conditions¶
Updated January 26, 2013. shape:classic construction:pinch type:triode age:1930.1940 base:b4 heater:4.0v pins:4 pin:1.a pin:2.g1 pin:3.f pin:4.f