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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Wed 10, 2019 5:46 pm 
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A Zenith Royal 500 7XT40Z sold recently for less than $23 on eBay and it did have Raytheon transistors:

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Wed 10, 2019 7:26 pm 
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Now I wonder what a yellow first edition Royal 500 with a dented grill and crusty battery compartment is worth?
(I am aware it could be made perfect, using a donor set)


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Wed 10, 2019 7:43 pm 
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So rare it doesn't have color matching knobs. Truly one of a kind find!


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Thu 11, 2019 12:55 am 
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A yellow Zenith 500 - beautiful...
Beyond rare, possibly unique in the correct sense of the word (1 of 1)
I'd say it was a good investment.
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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Thu 11, 2019 5:21 am 
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As requested, here are more pics of the chartreuse/yellow 500 and the maroon set that was included in the deal. The display I keep them in, and then chassis shots of both. I believe the black transistors are Sylvanias, but please correct if I'm wrong about that. They display quite well, and I have no regrets on this investment, seeing as how I have previously been offered double what I paid for the two for the yellow set alone...


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Thu 11, 2019 6:42 am 
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Zenettesky wrote:
Now I wonder what a yellow first edition Royal 500 with a dented grill and crusty battery compartment is worth?

You're never going to find one though, at least according to Bunis; he lists the initial 1955 Royal 500's as being offered in Black and Maroon, and then in '56 added colors pink (the most valued), tan, and white.

radioaddict. don't ever sell them, or at least the yellow one. I would believe they only made a few for the exec's, and determining survivors over 60 some years later would be next to impossible.

You may have the only one.

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Thu 11, 2019 6:11 pm 
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Thanks for the interior pics !

Unusual looking transistors in both sets---could you get side-view close-up pics of them ? Other than the one which looks like a black-painted Raytheon, the others appear taller than the Sylvania parts of that time---possibly an illusion ?

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Thu 11, 2019 6:26 pm 
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Thanks for the interior pics !

Unusual looking transistors in both sets---could you get side-view close-up pics of them ? Other than the one which looks like a black-painted Raytheon, the others appear taller than the Sylvania parts of that time---possibly an illusion ?

John

I think it's just an optical illusion from lighting glare and my cell phone. They are all the same... black with two numbers in white on top, and all are practically the same size as the silver TI transistors that are most common. I have another set with these here somewhere. Also, I do have a set with the fat blue Raytheons and another with 4 of the 7 transistors being Raytheons, albeit they are a little smaller. All of them are a very vivid blue color.


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jul Thu 11, 2019 6:54 pm 
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This Dewald K701B lunchbox might be my rarest. Notice the nice blue socketed Raytheon's. Dewald used the same cabinet for the Transistor sets as they did for their portable tube radios, with the main difference being the tuning knob (I had one at one time).


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
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The Emerson Model 843 is a hybrid, using 3 transistors and 3 tubes. Although the Emerson 843 works quite well, it requires a 67.5 and 6 volt battery in order to operate.


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Feb Sat 29, 2020 11:51 pm 
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Guess I will add this seldom seen set to the list.


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
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Emerson 859.


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
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The Standard SR-F21 is one of my favorite transistor radios, using the early Sony oval transistors, with two separate printed circuit boards and side tuning.


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Mar Sun 01, 2020 6:33 am 
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So the "hourglass" tuner motif radios are coming out for all to see!

Fifties - I love that red 859 !
Inside, under the hood it's a treat. All metal, hand-wired chassis with all oval can transistors.
By then, the portable tubes were just a memory...

Those Standard SR-F21 sets are becoming unobtainium. Wonder what they go for these days?


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Mar Sat 07, 2020 1:53 am 
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I believe that the Standard SR-F21 was not imported to the United States as it does not have CD markings and doesn't come up for sale often on eBay, although it is not as rare as the Sanyo 6C-3. - Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Aug Sun 08, 2021 9:28 pm 
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looks suspiciously like a standard.
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Hammarlund HR-10 portable radio
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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Aug Tue 10, 2021 12:57 pm 
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3Transistors wrote:
The Emerson Model 843 is a hybrid, using 3 transistors and 3 tubes. Although the Emerson 843 works quite well, it requires a 67.5 and 6 volt battery in order to operate.

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Aug Tue 10, 2021 1:04 pm 
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Could not find this admiral anywhere on the web, so it may be one of my rarer sets.


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Sep Thu 02, 2021 8:51 pm 
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Pretty rare to me is this TEDAS model R77 receiver, produced in Italy from 1960 until 1963 by quite a minor firm, even among the few italian brands of that era. Despite its appearance of a typical tube radio, it is an all transistors, battery-powered receiver, addressed particularly to people who lived in rural areas that were still not serviced by the mains network. My model is a second run, with a printed circuit board and the optional power supply. First run had a metal chassis with wired connections. Transistors used in the circuit are the old glass germanium types like the OC71, OC44, OC45 and the OC72. Big paper capacitors, with high nominal maximum voltages, clearly coming from tube radio technology, are used. As far as I know, known serial numbers are all less than 2000. My model has a S / N of 1729. I found it at a flea market. I think it is not very common, even among italian collectors.
Best regards
Daniele (from Livorno, Italy)


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Sep Thu 02, 2021 10:35 pm 
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This is my favorite and rarest radio. The WSW Transetta is the first transistor radio model made in Austria. It's a 7 transistor model dating to 1958. I have yet to power it up. It uses 3 volt batteries that aren't available in the US. They're similar in size to the old 4.2V mercury battery. I haven't opened it up; it's more complicated than "pry apart case after removing a long screw."


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