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 Post subject: Radio Shack Push n Play
PostPosted: Sep Sun 05, 2021 4:48 pm 
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I just bought one of these Push n Play radios on e-bay.

It looks like a slightly nicer clone of the Nordmende Tasti, but has an AM band in addition to FM.

All I know is that it is made in Japan. Is there a way I can find out the manufacture using a code inside the radio?

If it has good tone, I may just keep it as a spare radio (one of too many).


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 Post subject: Re: Radio Shack Push n Play
PostPosted: Sep Sun 05, 2021 9:03 pm 
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Interesting, I've never seen that model.

When you get it, the country of manufacture should be stamped on the back bottom of the cabinet. If there's a paper label inside, it may also give the makers information.

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Shack Push n Play
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A Realistic transistor radio from 1970 was probably made by Foster, a Japanese manufacturer.
You will learn much when you get a look at the chassis.

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Post subject: Japanese Radio Manufacturers Codes
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Funai Electric Co. Ltd. Osaka.

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Shack Push n Play
PostPosted: Sep Mon 06, 2021 5:23 pm 
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Thanks for figuring out the manufacturer. I had a hunch that it was some contract manufacturer because I had never seen a similar design sold by one of the major Japanese brands.

It must have not been a big seller because I think it lasted only one year, 1970.

The only other Funai made product I have is a Magnavox video recorder from about 10 years ago.


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 Post subject: Re: Radio Shack Push n Play
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Of course car radios had presets, but in that era, they were mechanical. This looks like there's a pot for each of the three buttons, so varactor tuned. A few years later tv sets (and VCRs) were like this,va fixed set of buttons and a panel that opened with a trimpot and vhf-lo/vhf-hi/uhf switch for each. Set the band, adjust the pot, and you could flip between the channels in use lically.

The step after that was of course digital synthesizers.


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 Post subject: Re: Radio Shack Push n Play
PostPosted: Sep Tue 07, 2021 4:29 am 
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Don't (or maybe vaguely) remember that set, and believe that 1970 was the year that our neighborhood Radio Shack opened when I was a kid... Initially thought it might be a "signal seeker" from thread title, but only one AM and two FM presets is pretty limited and can see why it wouldn't sell well... Definitely collectible though as it appears to be a scarce set...

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Shack Push n Play
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Interesting, I have never seen anything quite like it. Nice find.


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 Post subject: Re: Radio Shack Push n Play
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Just noticed that it had a tuned RF-amp stage---too bad it didn't have a larger "manual tuning" dial !

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Shack Push n Play
PostPosted: Sep Thu 09, 2021 7:17 am 
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eastside1919 wrote:
Thanks for figuring out the manufacturer. I had a hunch that it was some contract manufacturer because I had never seen a similar design sold by one of the major Japanese brands.

It must have not been a big seller because I think it lasted only one year, 1970.

The only other Funai made product I have is a Magnavox video recorder from about 10 years ago.


The vintage Funai stuff made in Japan was of decent quality, the company going by that name today just makes badge engineered junk in the middle kingdom. I'm not even positive that it's the same company or if some Chinese outfit bought the name. I'm guessing that it wasn't a big seller because it it's basically a gimmick that made a product that cost more, but wasn't any more useful then similar sets without it. Philco made a radio with a similar concept back in 1949, and it was only offered for one year as well, probably because you couldn't tune it manually.
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