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 Post subject: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Jan Sat 27, 2018 1:48 am 
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Hey everyone. So which radio brand is your favorite to collect for and why?

For me my personal favorite is Panasonic. I just like how they're made and I also like their styling and abundance. It seems if you're looking for a specific Panasonic you only need to wait for a nice one to pop up for a good price. I also like Hitachi radios as well but they seem to be much less common compared to other brands.

My preference is transistor radio's from the late 60's through the 70's and 80's.


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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Jan Sat 27, 2018 2:09 am 
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My favorite brand of transistor radios is Raytheon as they only sold radios for a short time, but you can still buy them today at reasonable prices. Best of all, all of my Raytheon transistor radios still work! - Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Jan Sun 28, 2018 8:21 pm 
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A very small part of the collection - no particular preference as to manufacturer - I go for the "Out of the ordinary"!
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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Jan Sun 28, 2018 9:39 pm 
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Emerson 888 series. performance. I don't collect, my stock is always rotating.


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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Jan Mon 29, 2018 1:16 am 
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Vintage 1950s Sony transistor radios is one of my favorite brands, but since such Sonys are also sought by other collectors, you can expect the bidding to be competitive on eBay. I often wonder why you see so few Sony TR-63 transistor radios for sale on eBay as Sony sold a lot of them in the US market.


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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Jan Mon 29, 2018 1:25 am 
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I pick them up whenever they are a couple bucks...

Got a few Sony's in the early 90's, now just a few/year show up at yard sales. I do go for the novelty sets. I did try to collect some of the micro-circuit models but there were still full price and not yet hit the used/yard sale venue.

Many of the transistor sets are my wife's collection. Unfortunately none are properly displayed :(

Raytheon?

Have yet to find one in the raw :|

Chas

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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Jan Mon 29, 2018 3:04 am 
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Mine were mostly acquired, as-is where-is. A few I sought out for one reason or another, the majority of those I sold on after trying them out awhile.

If you would call it collecting, i seek radios of my youth. Ones I know, could afford new BITD, were in the family, or ones I drooled over but could not afford or find easily years ago. But I haven't bought any in several years. I just enjoy rotating use of my favorite top six or so, all are different brands.
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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Feb Sat 03, 2018 11:45 am 
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I look at small sets that catch my eye-while I love the big wood consoles, space is always at a premium so I stick to consoles and portables.


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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Feb Sat 03, 2018 1:43 pm 
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GregJ wrote:
I look at small sets that catch my eye-while I love the big wood consoles, space is always at a premium so I stick to consoles and portables.



I'm not sure what I like more. The radios or those awesome wood grain walls lol.


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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Feb Wed 14, 2018 5:41 pm 
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Mostly early USA made sets, especially Emerson, RCA, GE. Do not have many import sets, though they do have their own appeal.


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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Mar Thu 01, 2018 5:54 am 
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Zenith,as you would guess from my screen name,though I do have two Sony's, and just bought a Philco T-60-124.


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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Mar Thu 01, 2018 9:49 am 
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I have a few; these aren't all (you can't count that high...;) )


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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Mar Thu 01, 2018 3:45 pm 
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My affection is for vintage Grundig and other European brands. Their outstanding audio quality and attention to detail is what impresses me the most. Servicing these sets can be a bit of a brain teaser but that's also what I like about them.

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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Mar Thu 01, 2018 5:34 pm 
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Zenith, and Buick, Pontiac and Oldsmobile trans-portables.


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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Mar Sat 17, 2018 1:01 am 
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Have no preferences, mostly near perfect radios, that need little work. Most are stacked in a drawer and a few in a overhead cabinet. Relatively easy hobby to find what you want. I think there was thousands of transistor radio on ebay today.


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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Mar Sat 17, 2018 11:54 am 
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I used to buy every transistor radio I could find, then I discovered eBay. Now I mostly buy the more unique early USA sets. It's true, you can find thousands listed on eBay, but the rare ones , like the Dewald K-701 don't show up often.


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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Mar Sat 17, 2018 2:12 pm 
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I recently caught THAT bug... anything with an RF stage is fair game!!! I also was bitten by the AA6/AA6 clock radio bug... both are nasty afflictions!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Mar Sat 17, 2018 5:37 pm 
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Hey Jim,

I also seek the hi-perf (mainly AM-only) sets with an RF stage, but Philco made some outstanding early sets that didn't require RF amplification ! The T64-124 is one example---main drawback, however, is lack of vernier tuning...

John


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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Mar Sat 17, 2018 9:35 pm 
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The early Philcos were mostly good receivers due in part to the surface barrier transistors that were superior to many of the early junction types, and much more reliable. Philco was able to squeeze remarkable performance from low parts count circuitry.


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 Post subject: Re: Collecting Transistor Radio's
PostPosted: Mar Sun 18, 2018 5:20 am 
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Hey Bob, those surface-barrier transistors were remarkable. Not only did they perform well, but at lower voltage---several excellent Philco sets (including the T7) were powered by only two 1 1/2 volt batteries...

And the T64 is definitely a low parts-count set...

John


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