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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Wed 10, 2013 3:59 am 
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The gold logo on this radio reads "OLSON". This referred to Olson Electronics, founded by Sid Olson back in the 50's.

The radio was produced in Japan and Olson probably purchased a number and had them shipped over for sale in the United States.

Interestingly, it has RCA transistors. The VC, taken with the aggregate of components, suggests a production date in the late 50's or very early 60's. I cannot explain the absence of the Civil Defense markings at 640 and 1240 kHz. I personally think the radio was manufactured prior to 1963. Perhaps the quantity of radios purchased in Japan by Olson was so small they simply slipped through the bureaucratic cracks.

It is a gorgeous little radio and always stood out when I had a display case in an earlier house.

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Sat 06, 2019 7:59 pm 
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Oh Hail Yas!
It's the 4th of July weekend, time to bring a necro-thread back from the dead.

Post em if you got em!

Here is my latest contribution. I'll call it "Totsuko".
Not very American, is it? It IS rare though. YEE-HA!


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Sun 07, 2019 2:01 am 
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Wow---did you just buy the one listed on Ebay recently ???

They are rare and VERY valuable from what I've seen---and definitely a beautiful looking set from that time period as were the Hoffman Solaradio's which shared same basic cabinet components (provided by Sony) and styling...

Thanks for sharing pic of your beautiful example---how about an inside shot ???

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Sun 07, 2019 3:18 am 
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Let's just say that I paid a lot more than $79.99. lol

And like most, it is flawed as you can see in my "gutz" pic.
It does display well though - full frontal or a turn to the left side.
I guess that I could buy a "Sony Boy" doll to stand in front of the right side to hide the damage! Ha-Ha!!!

Your Hoffman will also be a sight to behold once you finish the handle, can't wait to see that!
And it IS a lot more American than my Totsuko version is. Sony never imported the TR-6 to the States.
BTW, your Hoffman's value is right up there with this one, maybe more because it's the FIRST. consumer. solar. radio. EVER!
And as you know, due to the scarcity, even with cracks and chips, they hold their value well.


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Sun 07, 2019 4:02 am 
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If the number of photos posted on the internet means anything, the Toshiba 6TR-186 seems to be exceedingly rare - in fact I have never seen another photo of the darker gray, non-lace version.
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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Sun 07, 2019 4:34 am 
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WOW! Nice set Joe!
I see that you have been bumpin that WTB post for exactly a year now.
So, did your dream come true, and you finally found one?
Or are you still looking for set #2 ?

I've been kicking the can down the road, also looking for a 6TR-186 or 188 model, but my recent focus has been on the TR-6.
BTW, I like your JT Jet Wing. That's a rare beauty too!


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Sun 07, 2019 4:40 am 
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I do have another one that I got long ago, but it has issues - have been hoping against hope to find a parts unit. Maybe one day...
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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Sun 07, 2019 5:05 am 
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Zenettesky wrote:
BTW, your Hoffman's value is right up there with this one, maybe more because it's the FIRST. consumer. solar. radio. EVER!

Mmmm, I don't think so. That set appears to have come out in 1957. This ad by Admiral came out in 1956;

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Sun 07, 2019 7:48 am 
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Yes, that ad predated the Hoffman and declared that they were the first sun powered tubeless radio.
That model Admiral was sold as a regular (non solar) transistor radio to garner more sales at a lower price.
The fancy leather case and solar panel were both sold as additional and very expensive accessory items.
Nowhere does it say "solar" on the radio itself. There is a jack that is labeled "sun power".
Ok, close enough, maybe the term "solar" was not coined yet, or in the popular vernacular.

Conversely, the Hoffman P411 is an integrated unit and proudly declares it's name "SOLARADIO" on the carry handle.
And for those who did not want to pay double for that moniker could buy the plain jane Hoffman P410 radio at half the price.
So we have different marketing and packaging concepts. I still don't view the Admiral as an integrated solar platform, although it was first.


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Sun 07, 2019 8:16 am 
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Of course it wasn't an "integrated solar platform", but rather a precursor of such, just as hybrid sets were to all-Transistor circuits. Admiral had used that case for their tube radios, then re-used it for the Transistor sets, adding the plug-in solar cell array, incorporated in the Leather carrying case. With it's steel chassis and 6 D cells, it was about as large and heavy as a lunchbox tube set, so it was a primitive example, but it was still first.

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Sun 07, 2019 2:41 pm 
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manualman wrote:
Hammarlund HR-10 portable radio
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Pete

As a non-transistor radio collector, I did not realize that these were rare. I have a working HR-10 with its original leather case, instructions and hang tag:

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Sun 07, 2019 4:39 pm 
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The grey Toshiba is indeed rare Joe. I have only seen the black version that at least Michael and I have a copy of.
There are also two versions of the lace model which I am sure you know. The later lace pattern is not really that lacey if there is such a word :).

On the TR-6 there are a few out there with almost none in perfect condition.
Im sure you have all read Alan's wonderful article on them at his website.
I have one of the "Wakakusa" light green sets which is probably the rarest color but as you can see it does have damage at the top.

On the very extremly rare front. If anyone has ever seen or even better wanted to sell the "poppy red" Hitachi TH-669 that would be fantastic to see.

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Sun 07, 2019 9:31 pm 
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How about my Casio RD-10 from Japan, with the Japanese FM band, and my Radio Shack 12-603?

The Casio RD-10 turns on when the earphone connector is inserted.

I received the exact same Radio Shack model for Christmas in 1969 or 1970, after my father died, when I was 12 or 13. The paperwork in the photo is from that radio. It has a wind-up clock. I vey much enjoyed the original one, sitting in the Ethan Allen wing-back rocker my mother bought earlier that year at the fireplace in our home on five acres in St. Louis County which was stolen by the highway department for less than half the actual land value (we were one of many families cheated when they put Midland back over Lindburgh). The plastic around the hinges broken on the original and I had it for quite a few years, but do not remember if it stopped working before I discarded it. After I discovered the radio hobby, I started searching for a 12-603.

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Sun 07, 2019 11:39 pm 
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The Regency TR-11 has 4 transistors and uses the same tuner as the Regency XR-2A, which has no volume control or speaker, and only has an earphone. Another uncommon radio is the Viscount OTR-4 3 transistor radio, which can be found in Norm Smith's book, Transistor Radios 1954-1968. The OTR-4 that I have appears to not have been used and performs as well as the best 3 transistor radio that I have in my collection. - Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Sun 07, 2019 11:54 pm 
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I have one of the early leather-covered transistor Transoceanics, a 1000D. They were only made that way for about a year; then, Zenith switched over to plastic for the rest of the 1000/1000D production, and the 3000.

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Mon 08, 2019 7:48 am 
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The black Royal 300 is an early example, date stamped on tuning capacitor is 9/17/57. Besides the "seven transistors"
the dial only shows 1400,though it tunes higher. Both have issues but they're nice for display. I have the dark red version (not pictured)and the Forest Green one also. The green one works the best.
Sorry about the sideways pics. I took the pics vertically. Maybe I should have done the opposite. I've only seen about four white ones ever, (for sale) and that probably includes this one!


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Mon 08, 2019 8:06 pm 
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I've one of that Guild Teakettle

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Wed 10, 2019 7:28 am 
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Maybe it's time to share this...

This is a factory produced Royal 500 HW in chartreuse specially for an executive's wife. When I purchased it, it was accompanied by a Royal 500 HW in translucent maroon. Neither set has an engraved serial number, battery insertion plate, or inside battery door sticker. This substantiates the accompanying provenance that they were specially assembled for plant execs.

A few years ago, I entered both sets in a display at the Charlotte radio meet. They withstood the harshest of scrutiny. The chartreuse set is NOT painted or a molested white cabinet. Believe me, I had no idea there were any early production sets other than black and maroon. They were not particularly cheap to purchase, and it took a leap of faith. As the story goes, apparently the wife hated the chartreuse set. I don't think it's so bad...


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Wed 10, 2019 4:21 pm 
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Hey Radioaddict,

Very neat to see that special Royal 500---Wow ! The graphics still look new !

Could you post inside pics ???

Thanks for sharing !

John


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Wed 10, 2019 4:37 pm 
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Never seen one of those before - kewl radio!

He-He......He wants to see if it has the oh.so.rare Blue Raytheons inside!
(among other anomolies like a hand wired metal chassis, sans pcb - because those knobs!)


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