The receiver's ultimate design was the result of the analysis of more than 600 requested reports, including input from government engineers.
R-12s were only available from late-1940 up to the beginning of WWII, which accounts for their rarity today.
55 years later, I purchased this SX-28 from W6EYC's son.
I totally rebuilt this SX-28 and the performance is incredible.
The SX-28 would become an all-time ham favorite, famous for incredible audio coupled with amazing sensitivity, stability and selectivity - all at a reasonable selling price.
Shown to the left and below are pages two, three and four of the multi-page advertisement in July 1940 QST that announced the SX-28.