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 Post subject: Are transistor radios made in Ryukyu Japan good quality?
PostPosted: Sep Thu 10, 2020 5:05 am 
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I just bought a pocket transistor that Radiomuseum notes as being manufactured there.


I gather these are islands off the coast of Japan, the name is from the Chinese, meaning "glazed horn dragon".

I have noticed other radios that are noted for their place of origin in Japan.

What, if any, bearing does this have on the quality of the radio?


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 Post subject: Re: Are transistor radios made in Ryukyu Japan good quality?
PostPosted: Sep Thu 10, 2020 5:16 am 
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The Japanese made damn good pocket radios, and pretty much drove American companies out of that market in the early '60's. Ryukyu made sets would be just as good as any other Japanese manufacturer.

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Are all chocolate chip cookies nice?
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:) Greg.


Edit: can you post a photo Tim, I have one with that island stamp somewhere. lol

"Ryukyu Brother Corporation" of Okinawa, Japan.
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=vaV ... BXoECAEQAQ


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 Post subject: Re: Are transistor radios made in Ryukyu Japan good quality?
PostPosted: Sep Thu 10, 2020 11:15 am 
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Just one perspective:

Does sound matter? Japanese excelled at miniaturization and assembly integrity on that scale. So their 'quality of novelty' was unequalled.

Realizing 'quality of sound' is somewhat laughable to argue among speakers under 3 inches, but the point of radio is listening to it and US designs universally sounded better albeit while taking up more space.

A classic round-grille Sony fit my shirtpocket with room for a pack of Juicy Fruit alongside, but it was gritty and fatiguing to listen to.

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 Post subject: Re: Are transistor radios made in Ryukyu Japan good quality?
PostPosted: Sep Thu 10, 2020 12:55 pm 
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fifties wrote:
The Japanese made damn good pocket radios, and pretty much drove American companies out of that market in the early '60's. Ryukyu made sets would be just as good as any other Japanese manufacturer.

Thanks for the info!


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 Post subject: Re: Are transistor radios made in Ryukyu Japan good quality?
PostPosted: Sep Thu 10, 2020 1:03 pm 
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egg wrote:
Are all chocolate chip cookies nice?
https://antiqueradios.com/forums/viewto ... 1#p2738511

:) Greg.


Edit: can you post a photo Tim, I have one with that island stamp somewhere. lol

"Ryukyu Brother Corporation" of Okinawa, Japan.
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=vaV ... BXoECAEQAQ


Thanks, Egg!
I really appreciate the cool links!

The radio is a Summit 10 transistor.



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 Post subject: Re: Are transistor radios made in Ryukyu Japan good quality?
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I have a similar one, made in Hong Kong. I see yours has a metal air variable tuner, a sign of quality in these types of sets. Mine has the smaller enclosed Polyvaricon type.


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 Post subject: Re: Are transistor radios made in Ryukyu Japan good quality?
PostPosted: Sep Fri 11, 2020 3:13 pm 
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fifties wrote:
I have a similar one, made in Hong Kong. I see yours has a metal air variable tuner, a sign of quality in these types of sets. Mine has the smaller enclosed Polyvaricon type.

Thank you for the picture and the information!
Nice radio there!


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 Post subject: Re: Are transistor radios made in Ryukyu Japan good quality?
PostPosted: Sep Thu 17, 2020 3:55 am 
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fifties wrote:
I have a similar one, made in Hong Kong. I see yours has a metal air variable tuner, a sign of quality in these types of sets. Mine has the smaller enclosed Polyvaricon type.

It arrived!

Here is the unboxing video!


https://youtu.be/iBFzQKuZ7to


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