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 Post subject: Oddball speaker
PostPosted: Feb Wed 26, 2020 6:40 pm 
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Can anyone identify this speaker? When I first saw it, I thought it had two speakers inside because it has a grill on each end, but it only has one. Other than the obligatory Made in Japan, I don't see any name or number.


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 Post subject: Re: Oddball speaker
PostPosted: Feb Wed 26, 2020 7:35 pm 
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Other than to say I had a couple of them. They were supposed to be a room speaker to be used with a transistor radio.

I can only guess as to who marketed them. My local electronics distributor had a bunch of them as a gimmick. FWIR they were only a buck or two each. I bought a couple to pull the speakers out of...

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 Post subject: Re: Oddball speaker
PostPosted: Feb Wed 26, 2020 8:32 pm 
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Thanks, Chas. I should have been more specific in my OP. It was how it was used that I was curious about, not the maker. I was looking for some type of info marked on the speaker such as model or maker to try and find info on the internet. I am assuming there was a male plug on the end of the wire equivalent to that on an earphone. So I guess the metal piece on the bottom that I surmised was for attachment to something is really a stand to keep the speaker from rolling around.

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 Post subject: Re: Oddball speaker
PostPosted: Feb Wed 26, 2020 9:35 pm 
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Hard to search for 'Vintage speaker tube' or similar and get anything even close for a result. :lol:

Amazon has for sale a tube with a 4" speaker, Bluetooth FM radio, and a carrying strap. Maybe yours needs a strap? Just kidding.

Actually it will look right at home on the package shelf of your Coronet. 8)

It is a Rhapsody, now isn't that helpful?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-MCM- ... SwebheJ24C

Seller describes plugging into an earphone jack, makes sense, would bypass the radio's speaker.


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 Post subject: Re: Oddball speaker
PostPosted: Feb Wed 26, 2020 11:51 pm 
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You got it John!

My distributors sale was missing all of the mounting bases :roll: .

Just about the only Transistor radio accessory one could buy outside of a leather case.

Golly, I remember a childhood friend using his Dad's Sony transistor radio. It had a full, round speaker grill the protruded slightly. So he took a water glass and set the radio onto it. The change in the fullness of the music was amazing...

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 Post subject: Re: Oddball speaker
PostPosted: Feb Wed 26, 2020 11:56 pm 
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Nice find, wcj. I know askin' ain't gittin', but it looks the two bucks I paid wasn't a bad deal. I hooked up a plug, and it works. I had planned on having a vintage shirt pocket radio sitting in my car at shows, maybe I will include the tube.

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 Post subject: Re: Oddball speaker
PostPosted: Feb Thu 27, 2020 8:58 pm 
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Hard to search for 'Vintage speaker tube' or similar and get anything even close for a result.
Funny thing is, after looking at Boom Tubes, subwoofer bass tubes, and all the other hits on the world web, went back to that wording for my search, but only on eBay Cars and Motorcycles. Just a fluke, one for sale in the UK. :)

I like the pic of your car with the drive-in speaker stand. Change the Xmas tree hardware to hex head bolts, just a thot. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Oddball speaker
PostPosted: Feb Fri 28, 2020 12:56 am 
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Change the Xmas tree hardware to hex head bolts, just a thot.


Great minds think alike. I started thinking about that, and then thought that if I ran them all the way through to the other side that the stability would be increased a lot. It's probably impossible to find 5/16 bolts in 9" length, so I bought 5/16 threaded rod and put a locking nut on one end. I realized the two rods would interfere with each other, so I figure I will have to drill two holes to lower one of the rods. I figure the easiest way to get them in and out will be to use my battery operated driver. One of the reasons I used the tree stand was that with the stand off, the two pieces will fit in the trunk a lot better. Winter weather has returned, so the modifications will have to wait.

Thanks again for all the suggestions, Mike

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 Post subject: Re: Oddball speaker
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Try searching eBay for "vintage tubular speaker" I came up with a bunch of them, many with original boxes. I remember back in the day they were sold at Olson's and Radio Shack among many other electronic stores.

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 Post subject: Re: Oddball speaker
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That's Tubular, and you're the man!

Newmax TS-25. Another one is dubbed the Allegro. Another name, same unit, AFCO TS-30.
"For any size transistor radio".
Check out the 1967 sales slip, cool.


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 Post subject: Re: Oddball speaker
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Nice stuff. 98 cents! 1967 dollars combined with low labor rate pricing from Japan. Kinda funny how history repeats itself vis-à-vis China in todays markets.

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Computer hiccup - repeat message.

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