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 Post subject: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jun Fri 21, 2013 12:36 am 
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Just curious about some of the rarest transistor radios you guys own

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jun Fri 21, 2013 8:13 pm 
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Discussion of the rarest transistor (component!!!!) is now in tubes and parts forum.

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jun Fri 21, 2013 8:58 pm 
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I don't have any rare transistor radios, by definition. I am assuming you mean as in the most sought after because not being a popular seller, or as the most expensive to collect? It would also include probably the lowest number produced? I have a couple of zenith Royal 500s, that are way overpriced. But they are not rare. I think one of the rare ones I would like, would be the Regency. I do have a number of Short wave receiver's, two being Zeniths. The Transoceanic 1000, and Zenith Multiband 94.

I guess your locality would play a major part whether something is rare to you, vs a ardent collector who has money to go after elusive sets.

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
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Never seen another like this - the chassis is very similar to the locally made Ultimate "Explorer" but the case is totally different and with the "Ekco" logo on the front. Perhaps a pre-production prototype - bought in a church fundraiser for NZ$10!
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Top left, Aud-I-Tone 2 Transistor, center, Regency TR-1 in Mahogany, right, Cosmos-B, 2 Transistor.

Center left, Omegas 10 Transistor, right, Crown Super Six.

Bottom, DeWald model K701-B.
They used the same cabinet, but with a different placement of the volume control and a different tuner knob, on their 4 tube model as well.
Note the steel chassis, and six plug-in blue Raytheons. This is one of the heaviest Transistor sets I own, probably largely because of the speaker magnet weight. Not re-capped, and a very sensitive and selective receiver.


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
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Hey Fifties,

That DeWald is an interesting set---there are a couple other companies that "transistorized" their tube portables back then, but can't think of their names at the moment... Are there pin-holes in its speaker ??? Those early Raytheon transistors are pretty hot---have a couple in my parts drawer including one that was NOS from years ago.

And had no idea those Crown Super Sixes were that rare or desirable---know an antique shop where two have been for sale quite awhile... Heck---if someone had a decent Zenith Royal 475 to trade, I'd buy one of 'em ( they're asking $35 bucks each ) to swap !!! Here is pic I took with iPhone several weeks back:


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
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Hey John,
I've seen a total of 2 other DeWald's like this one, in a dozen years on The Bay. One of 'em was a bitchen green color that I was strongly outbid on, and have never seen another one since, so I have to say this little guy belongs in the rare category.

AFA tube portables that morphed into Transistor circuits with the same cabinets, the Emerson 747 became a hybrid with the model 838, as did Automatic Radio's Tom Thumb TT528 becoming a TT600.

Arvin's lunchbox 8570 series became a 9570 series sporting Transistors, as did their 8580 "Dynamite Handle" series going to 9580 numbers with solid state.

Admiral's lunchbox 4H2 series with the large bold "V" on the front became their 7L model, with an optional solar cell array.

I won't swear that the Crowns are that rare, but they are desireable, and the cabinet like mine is very similar to their "pocket" tube sets.

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
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This transistor clock radio is one of the first in my collection and I have never been able to identify it or it's maker so I consider it rare...at least it is to me..

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It has a wind-up clock that has an old-fashioned-looking, exposed-gear brass mechanism. The timer can be set to turn the radio either "on" or "off" depending on a switch position and uses a common 9-volt battery. It is about 7", 3" high and 1.75" deep. Says "Made in Japan" molded on the back. There is nothing inside to indicate it's maker. Does anyone recognize this trademark? I have never seen this on any other radio.

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
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Any markings / numbers on the board Dave?
A transistor lineup would be interesting to see.

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
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majoco wrote:
Never seen another like this - the chassis is very similar to the locally made Ultimate "Explorer" but the case is totally different and with the "Ekco" logo on the front. Perhaps a pre-production prototype - bought in a church fundraiser for NZ$10!
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Looks rather like this one:

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/ekco_rdm_r_50_23.html

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Mine.


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
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TonyC - of course it does! I put it on the RadMus site!

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
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majoco wrote:
TonyC - of course it does! I put it on the RadMus site!



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Hammarlund HR-10 portable radio
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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jun Sun 23, 2013 3:57 pm 
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Here are some of my rarest:
Below each photo is a description of the radio(s) and why each is considered
rare or uncommon....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/transistor ... 4116164983

http://www.flickr.com/photos/transistor ... 4116164983

http://www.flickr.com/photos/transistor ... 4116164983

http://www.flickr.com/photos/transistor ... 4116164983

http://www.flickr.com/photos/transistor ... 4116164983

http://www.flickr.com/photos/transistor ... 4116164983

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
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MICHAEL THOSE are some very nice radios have you ever heard of the hitachi ANNIE?

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
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A sony Tr 55 was sold about $ 3,000 today ......... :roll:

My Hitachi Annie:
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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
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michaeljpro wrote:
Here are some of my rarest:
Below each photo is a description of the radio(s) and why each is considered
rare or uncommon....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/transistor ... 4116164983

I simply clicked on this link, and then arrow'd across to see everything. Quite the collection; you took me to school on some of the Japanese offerings...And I'm an old dog in this hobby, lol!

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
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@ christophe121314. Yes I know of the Hitachi Annie. I wish I had one.
Yours looks great. You do very nice restoration work.
By the way, can you provide the link to the TR-55 that sold?

@ fifties. Thanks for the kind words. I spent a few years actively and
aggressively going after some of the hard to find radios. Ebay, flea markets,
antique shops, connections with local pickers, swap meets, you name it.
I've slowed down now :)
You have some pretty amazing radios too and your technical knowledge sure leaves me in the dust :)


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 Post subject: Re: Rarest Transistor radios you own
PostPosted: Jun Mon 24, 2013 4:37 am 
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Its a bit hard to figure if a radio is rare for me because i have not studied it or ebay for years . I do have a few i guess i consider not so common Mr J-pro would know though i suppose . I dont have pictures of them handy .

One i just found is a Panasonic .. R-1500 Its a bit bigger than a coat pocket size but not big imo... It is AM only . It has a slide rule dial on top along with 4 small round clear openings with tuning dials in each with 4 thumbwheels on the back . Has 5 pushbuttons on top . The thumbwheels are preset tuners . Strange thing about it is , it has no tuning caps in it . They used ordinary pots for the tuners .
I CANNOT find anything at all on the internet about this so either its rare or total junk .

My other ??rare?? one is the Sony pocket radio with 4 preset tuners on one side .

Other is a pocket Kaytone . It has the exact plastic case structure as the Sony 610 .

Michael .. do you have any ''sunset'' pocket radios ?

I should take pictures i guess


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