Forums :: NEW! Web Resources :: Features :: Photo Gallery :: Vintage Radio Shows :: Archives
Support This Site: Contributors :: Advertise


It is currently Oct Sun 25, 2020 5:13 pm


All times are UTC [ DST ]





Post New Topic Post Reply  [ 14 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Emerson 888 Models Mis-Information
PostPosted: Jul Tue 05, 2016 12:37 am 
Member

Joined: Aug Sat 31, 2013 11:22 pm
Posts: 2312
Location: Ft.Worth, Texas
There seems to be a lot of mis-information on the web concerning the Emerson 888 models. Most websites say that there were 4 models; Pioneer, Explorer, Atlas, and Vanguard. I have identified my 888 as a Galaxy so, I believe there are 5 888 models. The Galaxy looks identical to the Pioneer except for the grill which is without the diamond pattern. Also, the Pioneer is marked as such on the back. Mine is simply marked Emerson 888. My example is below. Has anyone else here researched this before?


Attachments:
006.JPG
006.JPG [ 184.03 KiB | Viewed 3416 times ]

_________________
Cliff Fitch
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Models Mis-Information
PostPosted: Jul Tue 05, 2016 1:15 am 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Jan Thu 01, 1970 1:00 am
Posts: 582
Location: Ontario, Canada
There was the 888 "Titan"
https://www.flickr.com/photos/51764518@N02/8325650264

And let's not forget the two leather cased variants: The Satellite (in Canada we had the
Marconi "Constellation")
and the leather-clad clock radio 888 named the Transtimer.

ImageMarconi "Constellation" by Michael Jack, on Flickr

ImageEmerson Transtimer by Michael Jack, on Flickr

In Canada we had a variant of the Pioneer which was sold under the Marconi brand name.
ImageMarconi 488 by Michael Jack, on Flickr


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Models Mis-Information
PostPosted: Jul Sun 10, 2016 7:40 pm 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep Sat 29, 2012 6:32 pm
Posts: 942
Location: 13760
Cliff, you have an early example of what became the 888 Pioneer, when Emerson came out with other sets in the series (early ads show just the one model). Emerson improved the grill (IMHO) and changed "Transistor Eight" to Eight Transistor" on the dial scale when it became the "Pioneer" (at least I haven't seen any that say "Pioneer" but have those early features).


Attachments:
Emerson 888 1957.jpg
Emerson 888 1957.jpg [ 194.17 KiB | Viewed 3320 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Models Mis-Information
PostPosted: Jul Sun 10, 2016 9:13 pm 
Member

Joined: Aug Sat 31, 2013 11:22 pm
Posts: 2312
Location: Ft.Worth, Texas
Thanks 50'sTR. That is a very cool ad too. $45-48.00 in 1957 was pretty strong money for a radio. Thats $325.00 in todays money. Crazy! There does appear to be a Galaxy model according to some online sources including Radio Museum and the pictures of those look like mine as well.

_________________
Cliff Fitch


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Models Mis-Information
PostPosted: Jul Sun 10, 2016 9:48 pm 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep Sat 29, 2012 6:32 pm
Posts: 942
Location: 13760
hearsedriver wrote:
Thanks 50'sTR. That is a very cool ad too. $45-48.00 in 1957 was pretty strong money for a radio. Thats $325.00 in todays money. Crazy! There does appear to be a Galaxy model according to some online sources including Radio Museum and the pictures of those look like mine as well.


Actually the 888 was bargain at the time, since the 7 transistor Zenith Royal 500 and the 7 Transistor Philco T7 both cost $75!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Models Mis-Information
PostPosted: Jul Sun 10, 2016 10:31 pm 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Jan Thu 01, 1970 1:00 am
Posts: 36212
Location: SoCal, 91387
50sTransistorRadios wrote:

Actually the 888 was bargain at the time, since the 7 transistor Zenith Royal 500 and the 7 Transistor Philco T7 both cost $75!

That was a week's gross pay back then, for the average worker.

_________________
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\He Who Dies With The Most Radios Wins/////////////////////////


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Models Mis-Information
PostPosted: Jul Sun 10, 2016 10:43 pm 
Member

Joined: Aug Sat 31, 2013 11:22 pm
Posts: 2312
Location: Ft.Worth, Texas
With todays labor, material, union cost, it would cost $200.00 to build that radio in the US today.

_________________
Cliff Fitch


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Models Mis-Information
PostPosted: Jul Mon 11, 2016 1:29 am 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Jan Thu 01, 1970 1:00 am
Posts: 36212
Location: SoCal, 91387
Perhaps, but if the figures from the Bureau of Labor are to be believed, even if the retail cost of that $200 manufactured radio were at triple, it would still be well under a weeks pay today (as they calculate the average to be $880/week);
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t19.htm

_________________
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\He Who Dies With The Most Radios Wins/////////////////////////


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Models Mis-Information
PostPosted: Jul Mon 11, 2016 5:14 am 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep Sat 29, 2012 6:32 pm
Posts: 942
Location: 13760
I meant it was a relative bargain, these radios were definitely a luxury item, but at least you got a lot for your money. Most of the later production 888 sets I have encountered still work well on their original parts, but not these early ones (the caps they used have a very high failure rate).

With today's automated pick-and-place machines, wave soldering and the low cost of components, it actually would not be that expensive to make something like this in the USA, since there would not be much labor needed.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Models Mis-Information
PostPosted: Jul Wed 27, 2016 1:36 am 
Member

Joined: Dec Wed 16, 2015 10:31 pm
Posts: 304
Location: Toronto ON
To further confuse the issue, one of my 3 Marconi 488's has the same grill, but the dial says Eight Transistors instead of Transistor Eight. This implies that the Marconi branded radios began production fairly early, while Emerson was transitioning to the 888 Pioneer. It's missing the CMC badge - one of the many things on my list to reproduce. Joe


Attachments:
Marconi 488 Red.jpg
Marconi 488 Red.jpg [ 88.25 KiB | Viewed 3148 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Models Mis-Information
PostPosted: Sep Fri 18, 2020 1:04 am 
New Member

Joined: Sep Fri 18, 2020 12:53 am
Posts: 2
I have an 888 Galaxy that looks completely different. Sadly I cannot post an image because I am a new user. But it does not look like any of these.

On the back it says "Commemorative of the World's Fair" and "888 "Galaxy"".


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Models Mis-Information
PostPosted: Sep Fri 18, 2020 1:39 pm 
Member

Joined: Nov Tue 07, 2017 12:14 am
Posts: 56
Location: Bogota
Wow beautiful radio!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Models Mis-Information
PostPosted: Sep Sun 20, 2020 7:13 pm 
New Member

Joined: Sep Fri 18, 2020 12:53 am
Posts: 2
Here is a photo of the Emerson 888 I have that says "888 Galaxy" and "Commemorative of the Seattle World's Fair" on the back.

Attachment:
20200917_185832.jpg
20200917_185832.jpg [ 415.14 KiB | Viewed 164 times ]


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Models Mis-Information
PostPosted: Sep Sun 20, 2020 10:23 pm 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Jan Thu 01, 1970 1:00 am
Posts: 36212
Location: SoCal, 91387
^ I like your nic, and remember drinking Doppelbock at a Gasthaus in West Germany. I was told that it was scraped from the sides of the barrel, and the alcoholic content was 20%. I laughed at that, but funny thing, when I stood up, the walls started spinning! :wink:

Here are two pages from Transistor Radios, 1954-1968, by Norman Smith (click on them to enlarge to readable);


Attachments:
Emerson 888 series.jpg
Emerson 888 series.jpg [ 2.81 MiB | Viewed 186 times ]
Emerson 888 series 2.jpg
Emerson 888 series 2.jpg [ 519.48 KiB | Viewed 186 times ]

_________________
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\He Who Dies With The Most Radios Wins/////////////////////////
Top
 Profile  
 
Post New Topic Post Reply  [ 14 posts ]  Moderator: Dave Doughty

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bob E. and 11 guests



Search for:
Jump to:  


































-->


Privacy Policy :: Powered by phpBB