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 Post subject: Here's some of my collection
PostPosted: Mar Sat 05, 2016 5:44 am 
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I removed this discussion from the Collections and Finds thread because of the many replies that the post generated. Looking forward to seeing more here from Joe. -Dave

I thought I would post a few of mine...
They're nowhere near all presentable, and not all in one place. I'll post others as I get to them.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Mar Sat 05, 2016 9:51 am 
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Nice group of sets you have there, Radiotech_7!

I don't think that I've ever seen those Hitachi 2 banders.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Mar Sat 05, 2016 7:47 pm 
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Thanks. At the time I was most active in collecting them, I had a weakness for two-or-more banders. I liked the idea of being able to receive shortwave, but in reality, having the bands crammed on to these little guys makes it frustrating to tune anything but the huge broadcasters, and I'm not a fan of non-stop religious programming.
I soon figured out I would have to narrow my selection to the earliest, most attractive, and smallest. I now have only a few transistor sets larger than coat pocket size.
Modern shortwave sets is a different matter... have to consider purging some of them soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Mar Sun 06, 2016 6:03 pm 
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Joe - Your transistor radios are in such fine condition! The Raytheon T-100 looks like it was never used. The Sony TR-63 is one of my favorite transistor radios on my "wish list." How well does the TR-63 perform? Thanks! - Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Mar Mon 07, 2016 4:37 am 
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They're a few of the more presentable or less typical ones - those I consider photo-worthy. I certainly have many more that are in sad shape - they'll require much work before making their appearance here. I got lucky with both the Raytheon and the Sony. I didn't need another TR-63, but my other one is 'just' black, and the price was right. I got it fairly recently, and have not done any electronic work on it. It does work as is, but quietly as would be expected.
The red T-7-126 is not actually finished yet, but I assembled it for a portrait after much work on the grille and metal 'star'. It still needs an antenna transplant and cap change which will take place over the coming weeks.
More to come as I get the opportunity to photo them.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Mar Tue 08, 2016 1:09 am 
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Joe - Most of the transistor radios in my collection have seen better days, although most of them still work. The few Sony TR-63s I've seen for sale on eBay usually go for quite a sum, unless they are damaged and don't work. A had a chance to get a TR-63 at a decent price, but someone bought it on eBay before I could hit the "enter" button! - Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Mar Tue 08, 2016 5:07 am 
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Indeed - the key to eBay is patience. If you are currently collecting, I guess I understand a little better why you are not finding radios in good condition at a reasonable price. The explosion in the value of collectibles of all sorts over the last 20 years means that most all worthwhile available radios have been 'collected'. What we are seeing more recently is mainly the selling off of those radios collected (or simply bought to speculate on) long ago, often at the highest prices the market will bear.
I had the advantage of having obtained most of my collection 15-20 years ago when there was much more selection, and good deals could still be had. Even then, there were those who were trying to 'flip' them for enormous profits, knowing that collectors were often willing to shell out a lot to avoid the effort to get what they wanted - the way it always has been and always will be with certain collectors.
Personally, I collected them because I have always been interested in radio. I loved the look of many of the early sets, and I wanted the challenge of restoring them both cosmetically and electronically. I'm not a TV watcher - I am always listening to a radio, AM, shortwave, scanner, FM to a lesser degree. Being an RF technician for a living, you would think I might get sick of radio, but that has never been the case - there is enough difference in the modern equipment I service at work and the vintage radios I work on at home. Access to good test gear is a big bonus.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Mar Wed 09, 2016 1:16 am 
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Joe - Often transistor radios I've been trying to collect will come up on eBay in rather poor condition and don't attract a lot of bidders, so I'll purchase them for parts. Many times these "parts" radios only need to be cleaned and have a few components replaced in order to make them presentable. Half the fun for me is seeing if I'm the successful bidder on eBay. Even when I don't win, I figure there is always tomorrow! - Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Here's some of my collection
PostPosted: Mar Thu 10, 2016 3:06 am 
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"Looking forward to seeing more here from Joe. - Dave"

Okay - here's another installment:


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 Post subject: Re: Here's some of my collection
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Love the TR1000! Gonna have to find me one. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Here's some of my collection
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The last time a Standard SR-F25 was for sale on eBay, the seller ended the auction early as someone probably sent them an email with a bid they couldn't turn down.


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 Post subject: Re: Here's some of my collection
PostPosted: Mar Fri 11, 2016 3:45 am 
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I'm on a roll...


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 Post subject: Re: Here's some of my collection
PostPosted: Mar Fri 11, 2016 7:44 pm 
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Nice radios Joe!

I have been looking for a T-150 for so long, but they almost always go for sky high prices, although I did see a nice red one for $75 once... but someone else hit the BIN button faster than I could.

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Love the TR1000! Gonna have to find me one. :)


I have one of them in white, and while it's definitely an oddball, I do like its unusual looks (there is a video of it on my YouTube channel if you want to see it). It seems that the vernier tuning capacitors on these sets almost always have the inner shaft seized to the outer one, and I could not get it freed up on my good set or my more beat up example.


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 Post subject: Re: Here's some of my collection
PostPosted: Mar Fri 11, 2016 10:22 pm 
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Impressive collection of Zenith Royal 500 transistor radios, one of my favorites as they are great performers and use AA batteries.


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 Post subject: Re: Here's some of my collection
PostPosted: Mar Sat 12, 2016 2:43 am 
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Some very nice radios, for certain !

Thanks for the pics...

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 Post subject: Re: Here's some of my collection
PostPosted: Mar Sat 12, 2016 5:19 am 
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I have been looking for a T-150 for so long, but they almost always go for sky high prices, although I did see a nice red one for $75 once... but someone else hit the BIN button faster than I could.


True - even back when I got this one, they were not seen too often.

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tig1 wrote:
Love the TR1000! Gonna have to find me one. :)


I have one of them in white, and while it's definitely an oddball, I do like its unusual looks (there is a video of it on my YouTube channel if you want to see it). It seems that the vernier tuning capacitors on these sets almost always have the inner shaft seized to the outer one, and I could not get it freed up on my good set or my more beat up example.


Yup - same with this one. Getting them freed is pretty low priority for me at the moment.
The other thing I saw on your Youtube channel is the Brass Raytheon and its accessories. I have one other accessory that you may not be aware of:


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 Post subject: Re: Here's some of my collection
PostPosted: Mar Sat 12, 2016 5:27 am 
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Tonights installment:


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 Post subject: Re: Here's some of my collection
PostPosted: Mar Sat 12, 2016 7:53 am 
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Nice collection! Do you have all of them functioning?

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 Post subject: Re: Here's some of my collection
PostPosted: Mar Sat 12, 2016 2:50 pm 
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No. At the time I collected most of them, 15-odd years ago, I had in mind that the restoration would be something to occupy me in my retirement.
I've done electronic work on maybe two dozen of them. Units that had suffered battery leaks for example would get serviced "while I'm at it"
Several of the most valuable ones I will leave as original. Joe


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 Post subject: Re: Here's some of my collection
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Wow! This thread put a grin on my face. Thanks for the pictures!


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