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 Post subject: Nice Olson in box tube radio
PostPosted: Mar Tue 19, 2019 8:31 pm 
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Here is one for you transistor guys..
EDIT!** it is not deemed a tube radio (seller changed it) :wink:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Olson- ... J&LH_All=1

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 Post subject: Re: Nice Olson in box transistor radio
PostPosted: Mar Tue 19, 2019 9:19 pm 
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Sorry Kirk, that is a 4 tube radio. :wink:

I wish I was able to experience Olson's. It was like Radio Shack but based out of the Cleveland area.
They were around when I was first introduced to Radio Shack, but I am in the wrong part of the state!

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 Post subject: Re: Nice Olson in box tube radio
PostPosted: Mar Tue 19, 2019 10:01 pm 
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Well,
Now it is a tube radio.. It started as "Transistor" in the title

:mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Nice Olson in box tube radio
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Cheap and poorly made. Might not have worked when new.


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 Post subject: Re: Nice Olson in box tube radio
PostPosted: Mar Tue 19, 2019 10:15 pm 
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We had Olson's here, too. One of my favorite things was they used to have "Mystery boxes". They would take various old stock pieces and parts and whatever they had laying around that didn't sell and load up sealed boxes for $5.00. As a kid that was an electronics nerd, there was nothing better! I used to use my allowance to buy them. Other kids bought baseball cards and comics, I bought Olson's Mystery boxes!

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 Post subject: Re: Nice Olson in box tube radio
PostPosted: Mar Wed 20, 2019 2:37 am 
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The only electronics store still operating here in town, Vetco Electronics, still has "grab bags" which they fill with random parts for a couple bucks. Usually they are clear plastic tubs like Chinese restaurants use for soup, or plastic clamshell boxes, so you can see what's inside. I've bought a couple that looked like they had "useful stuff" in them.
https://vetco.net


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 Post subject: Re: Nice Olson in box tube radio
PostPosted: Mar Wed 20, 2019 8:17 am 
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I had to laugh when the seller posted;
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There is a broken red wire where the 9v battery leads connect to the board.

Anyway, the logo on the dial of mine reads Shield, and the parts placement, except for the position of the VC, is identical. The print on the inside back cover has no brand or model number, so these sets were probably made for a variety of retail sources. Like most of this type, they function mediocre.

We had an Olson Electronics in North Hollywood back in the sixties. They sold a lot of budget stuff like Poly Packs, which were floor sweepings of components packaged to look nice, lol. Bitchen store to browse in though, and was sad to see it go, sometime in the '70's. I bought a car radio for our first new car there, and a stereo turntable.


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 Post subject: Re: Nice Olson in box tube radio
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My first company car was a 1976 Ford LTD II with an AM radio. I went to the Olson store in town and bought an under dash FM converter for it in the discount bin and it worked great. I think I liked Olson better than Radio Shack in many ways, but they've been closed so long now they are a distant memory.

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 Post subject: Re: Nice Olson in box tube radio
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Here's their 1974 catalog. https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Ar ... atalog.pdf

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 Post subject: Re: Nice Olson in box tube radio
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I grew up about a mile from the Olson store on 95th Street in Chicago.

Used to love to browse there, all kinds of cool stuff.
As fifties mentioned, they carried a lot of bagged, mixed components. I still have some of their branded caps in my parts stash.
I don't remember that store carrying much stereo gear, say Pioneer.

Thanks for the catalog John. I see the first VOM that I bought, I can't believe it listed for $40. I must have gone into the store on payday :lol:

Tim


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