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 Post subject: Early Arvin Transistor Radios - Models 8576 & 9577
PostPosted: Oct Thu 16, 2014 12:25 am 
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The Arvin models 8576 & 9577 are interesting transistor radios as they are made of heavy plastic and difficult to open. You have to remove the tuner dial from the Arvin 8576 in order to take off the cover. The Arvin 9577 has a slide rule dial, but it is still hard to remove the cover as the plastic case fits together so tightly. Both radios use the 9 volt 226 type battery, although the Arvin 9577 has 6 transistors and the Arvin 8576 has only 5. The Arvin 9577 has seen little use as the owner probably decided it was too difficult to change the battery!


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arvin Transistor Radios - Models 8576 & 9577
PostPosted: Oct Thu 16, 2014 1:28 am 
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I like these radios. I have them with coral and powder blue cabinets. Arvin
also made variations of these under the Silvertone brand (for Sears)
Similar chassis but slightly less attractive cabinets.

ImageSilvertone 207 by TRANSISTOR RADIOS, on Flickr

ImageSilvertone 9203 by TRANSISTOR RADIOS, on Flickr


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arvin Transistor Radios - Models 8576 & 9577
PostPosted: Oct Thu 16, 2014 1:57 am 
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Hey Mark,

Really nice radios ! Thanks for the pics---especially the inside shots. Have seen the 9577's on Ebay a few times and wonder how's the performance ?

John


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arvin Transistor Radios - Models 8576 & 9577
PostPosted: Oct Thu 16, 2014 3:38 am 
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John - I got the Arvin 8576 first and it had seen a lot of use. It took some time to remove all the grim from the outside of the case. At first, the radio didn't work, but I found that a couple of places on the printed circuit board had corrosion. I carefully repaired those areas with a little solder and the radio picks up about 5 stations. I put the radio away until I got the Arvin 9577 and wanted to compare the components. The basic layout of the two radios are very similar, but the Arvin 9577 works like a new radio as I don't believe it was ever used much. The Arvin 9577 showed up one day on eBay for a price of "Buy It Now" of $18.95, so I figured it was too good a deal to pass up. The seller said that he tested the radio and it didn't work, but I think he might have had the battery terminals reversed.

michaeljpro - Thanks for posting the photos of the Silvertone radios. I've been looking for the Silvertone Model 206 as it has 4 transistors, but haven't found one yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arvin Transistor Radios - Models 8576 & 9577
PostPosted: Oct Thu 16, 2014 5:21 am 
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3Transistors wrote:
The Arvin 9577 showed up one day on eBay for a price of "Buy It Now" of $18.95, so I figured it was too good a deal to pass up. The seller said that he tested the radio and it didn't work, but I think he might have had the battery terminals reversed.


Wow you got quite a deal... a white one in much worse shape just went for over $100. I have a white example of the 9577 that's in fairly good shape, it does work but it could clearly benefit from a recap (audio is distorted/weak).

The Silvertone 9203 is also a 4 transistor set, I have one that I have recapped, but it is a very poor performer (I think one of the transistors is weak, but I don't intend to mess with it further).


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arvin Transistor Radios - Models 8576 & 9577
PostPosted: Oct Thu 16, 2014 11:23 pm 
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I was surprised when the white Arvin 9577 sold for over $100, but I imagine that the bidders were attracted to the white case, which looked great. I like the early Arvin/Silvertone transistor radios because they use the round IF transformers.


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arvin Transistor Radios - Models 8576 & 9577
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Matt - Enjoyed watching your YouTube video on the Arvin 8576 transistor radio:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56-MIHlq2xM

Now I know how to correctly open the Arvin 8576! - Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arvin Transistor Radios - Models 8576 & 9577
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3Transistors wrote:
Matt - Enjoyed watching your YouTube video on the Arvin 8576 transistor radio:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56-MIHlq2xM

Now I know how to correctly open the Arvin 8576! - Mark


Thanks Mark, I'm glad you liked my video!

Below is a picture of my green 8576 and the box/paperwork, and as far as I know, green and black are the only two colors this model came in.


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arvin Transistor Radios - Models 8576 & 9577
PostPosted: Jun Wed 01, 2016 10:27 am 
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Now that is a slick looking radio, and the design on the grill is definitely '50's!

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 Post subject: Re: Early Arvin Transistor Radios - Models 8576 & 9577
PostPosted: Jun Wed 01, 2016 11:15 pm 
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Matt - I didn't get the instructions for the Arvin 8576, so I also removed the fastener on the back of the radio, along with the tuner knob. I found that it is a lot easier to open the case if you leave the fastener on the back as it hold the chassis in place. I'm sure glad that when I got a Sylvania Model 3102 "Thunderbird" transistor radio that I also received the battery installation instructions! - Mark


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