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 Post subject: Best 60s or 70s desktop radio brand
PostPosted: Sep Sat 11, 2021 1:51 am 
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New collector here and wanting to revisit earlier years. Wondering whats the best make/models of desktop radios to look for from the 60s and 70s. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 60s or 70s desktop radio brand
PostPosted: Sep Sat 11, 2021 2:58 am 
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Tube or solid state?

The bigger Zenith tube sets were excellent in the early-mid 60's.

For solid state, I'd look at Panasonic, Sony, KLH.

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 Post subject: Re: Best 60s or 70s desktop radio brand
PostPosted: Sep Sat 11, 2021 4:29 am 
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Telefunken Opus 2004, 2114, 2214.
Loewe Opta Hellas 5791W or 6791W.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 60s or 70s desktop radio brand
PostPosted: Sep Sat 11, 2021 9:41 pm 
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Dick Van Dyke Magnavox stereo, for the late 60's, Curtis Mathis radio for the 70's, just two examples.
For series string tube types, Zeniths are right up there.

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 Post subject: Re: Best 60s or 70s desktop radio brand
PostPosted: Sep Wed 15, 2021 5:02 pm 
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Do you want to collect radios or flip them?

What to collect in your hobby is up to you.
What to flip is a matter of buy low sell high.

Since you’ve already narrowed it down a bit to the ‘60s & ‘70s era, I suggest you visit sites like eBay closed auctions, Radio Attic, or Retro Radio Farm .. not to buy but to window shop, to see what appeals to you and get an overall idea of what is out there.

Best place to buy vintage radios:
The next ham flea market near you.

Note: ARF and other online radio venues are great, but there is nothing like attending an antique radio flea market surrounded by piles and stacks of radios at prices you could only dream of.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 60s or 70s desktop radio brand
PostPosted: Sep Wed 15, 2021 7:39 pm 
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My recommendation most German-made sets (i.e. Telefunken, Blaupunkt, Grundig).

I have a number of Telefunkens, and those are my favorite. Top-notch sound (especially if you go with a larger set). My two Telefunkun Opus 7's fill my entire condo with beautiful sound. Additionally, these sets are also easy to wire an audio input into without any major circuit modifications. If you're looking for smaller size, something like a Telefunken Jubilee would be nice. Also, contrary to what many folks say, I have found German much easier to work on and restore than American sets from the same era.

Sets that I would not recommend - later Zenith (K731) and some RCA's with FM. These are a pain in the butt to work on, have bad selenium rectifiers, and are (in my opinion) much more difficult to restore.

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 Post subject: Re: Best 60s or 70s desktop radio brand
PostPosted: Sep Sun 19, 2021 12:11 am 
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Most euro radios from 60s and 70s will have shortwave coverage. If you're interested in that kind of thing, and like something a little more comms. styled, consider solid state from the 70s; Panasonic or Sony. Lots of choice at good pricing. A Panasonic RF2200, RF2800 or RF4800 mid-late 70s vintage will often work right out the gate if its still in good shape and was treated well over the years. Want to go even more comms. take a look at Yaesu, Icom or Kenwood general coverage receivers from that era like FRG7. Any of them will run circles around a euro set.


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