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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Nov Wed 18, 2020 12:00 am 
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The 1955 Emerson model 838 used subminiature tubes as the converter, IF, and 1st Audio while the output stage used a pair of transistors in push-pull.

https://radiophile.com/emer838.htm

When FM stereo was added to German sets, the multiplex decoder was often solid state.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Nov Wed 18, 2020 12:28 am 
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I will surely check my 1950s and 1960s radios and see what they have inside. What fun.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Emerson actually made two hybrid versions, basing them on the 4 tube cabinet and chassis from the 747 model of -I believe- 1953. The 1955 model 838 and 1956 model 856 -as Dave said- replaced the audio output tube with a pair of Transistors. The difference between them was simply front panel cosmetics.

The A supply battery was changed from 1-1/2 to 4 volts. The entire battery compliment was supposed to last longer, given that the audio output was the biggest user of current with a tube, but not so with Transistors.

Automatic Radio's Tom Thumb did the same thing, basing their 3 tube 2 Transistor model TT-600 after the original 4 tube model TT-550.

Top shelf, left side, Emerson 4 tube 747, center and right, Emerson 856.

Middle shelf, two centers and upper right, Tom Thumb 4 tube 550. Two lefts and lower right, Tom Thumb 600.

Upper rear, two Regency TR-1's thrown in for good measure.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Nov Fri 27, 2020 3:54 am 
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Wannabe Global - also got a pink & white one on the way.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Nice looking Zephyr


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Thanks Colin!
It is a very scarce set, prototype maybe?
Most of the GR-711 models did not have an easel stand, they used a wire handle / stand.
The red plastic case is from a completely retooled mold.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Ya know, yer right; I have three of them, and all have the carry handle/stand.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Welp this dont fit in here probably but I soldered this Elenco AM kit together. Its is a transister radio. In a Frankenstein sorts of wayIt was fun to solder and easy. I got it so I can experiment with different antennas I want to build and other components. I think.its great!
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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Rob, I think your Elenco kit fits perfectly in this forum. It’s a transistor radio and it’s part of your collection. I like it.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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I have several radios from the 1960s to early-1980s. I will have to take pictures

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Hi all. I've always been hesitant to post here as it seems to be mostly about pocket transistor sets. But what the hey! I'll post some sets of mine. I never really got into collecting the small transistors, but much prefer the larger sets. Have about 90 and can't display them well as my larger wood sets get all the display space. Here are a few unusual sets I have, more to come in next posting. For some reason I can only post 3 photos.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Here's a few more sets from my collection. I like the 60s to 70s sets, they usually sound great.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Michael, no size discrimination on this site! It’s always nice to see unusual sets such as yours.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Another set to show - A Clarville from France. The French radios are always very decorative! I will have more to post soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Post away, Michael! Do you live here in the states, or elsewhere?

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Yep. I am in Lawn Guyland (Long Island, New York). I just like the foreign sets best as they have the best sound, and seem to be higher quality in most cases.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Born in Kew Gardens myself.

Not too many here seem to be into furrin' Transistor radios, save for Japanese sets, so your collection would be interesting and unique on the board. Look forward to seeing more of 'em.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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I seem to be leaning more toward furrin' sets myself. I just acquired a decent Grundig Satellit 6001 but have quite a few other Euro sets as well. It's out of it's cabinet as I type since I'm trying to diagnose a strange problem being discussed in another thread. You certainly have a handsome collection of some rather uncommon radios, Michael.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Hello Michael Katz
I really like that Telefunken radio !


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Thanks Rich. I much prefer the larger sets, but this little Telefunken is in great shape and plays well, so it stays! I have had other small sets that I sold off, and sometimes I wish I hadn't. Oh well. I will be posting more pics soon.


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