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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jun Mon 29, 2020 7:09 pm 
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livewire54 - I did buy the replacement Zenith 500H label that is being sold on eBay and carefully pasted it on the radio, only to have some of the "Zenith" lettering fall off! As the lettering is just above the volume dial, under normal use, the lettering wouldn't last long. I may buy some clear plastic to cover the reproduction Zenith label and try and use another label. I wonder why Zenith didn't just use a piece of plastic instead of using an inexpensive label on such a fine transistor radio. - Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jul Thu 09, 2020 5:42 am 
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Recently picked up this Columbia Triumph III model C-615.
It was an export model for the American market, re-branded for CBS Columbia by Nordmende of Germany in 1960.
Basically a copy of Nordmende's highly popular "Transita" series of radios, it could tune AM / SW / FM
bands using the front panel pushbuttons. (The Transita radio picture is shown for comparison)


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jul Thu 09, 2020 6:07 am 
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^ Those are interesting radios. Push button band selection, and a large circular dial. I like 'em!

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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^ Those are interesting radios. Push button band selection, and a large circular dial. I like 'em!
+1 Neat radios!

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Interresting thing about this radio I have considerable original owner history (deceased) and location (Minnesota) His niece was kind enough to provide his personnel history. Original owner purchased about 1948.
Restored and working. Leather case in good condition.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Interresting thing about this radio I have considerable original owner history (deceased) and location (Minnesota) His niece was kind enough to provide his personnel history. Original owner purchased about 1948.
Restored and working. Leather case in good condition.

This is NOT a transistor radio.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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pauls.ironhorse wrote:
Interresting thing about this radio I have considerable original owner history (deceased) and location (Minnesota) His niece was kind enough to provide his personnel history. Original owner purchased about 1948.
Restored and working. Leather case in good condition.

This is NOT a transistor radio.

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OH jeeze, you are absolutely correct, my brain is stuck in low gear this morning. Sorry.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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pauls.ironhorse wrote:
wiscojim wrote:
pauls.ironhorse wrote:
Interresting thing about this radio I have considerable original owner history (deceased) and location (Minnesota) His niece was kind enough to provide his personnel history. Original owner purchased about 1948.
Restored and working. Leather case in good condition.

This is NOT a transistor radio.

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OH jeeze, you are absolutely correct, my brain is stuck in low gear this morning. Sorry.
I figured that the person who "restored" it (you?) put a transistor radio inside and I was waiting to see a picture of the exposed chassis. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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I figured that the person who "restored" it (you?) put a transistor radio inside and I was waiting to see a picture of the exposed chassis. :wink:

Dave

No, I restored it, note the large wax caps in front. It is an RCA BP-10. I just saw small portables in the other posts and wasn't thinking very well when i posted.
Here is internal view befor restoration.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Well, tube or not, it's still an enjoyable set to see, and I believe might be historical if it was the first really "small" portable tube set to appear, I think in 1940 or so.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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+1. Tube or transistor, it is still very interesting. What makes it more interesting it is almost as small as a transistor radio. .

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Here is an article (in Nutsvolts) about the original transistor radio using transistors developed by T.I.
How arcuate is the time line and other details ?
(NOTE) The pictures are from the article..

https://www.nutsvolts.com/magazine/arti ... e=hs_email


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jul Fri 10, 2020 10:17 pm 
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Found this Miller Transistall transistor radio today at a local estate sale. Came with a carrying case but not sure is case is original to it or not.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jul Fri 10, 2020 11:23 pm 
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Here is an article (in Nutsvolts) about the original transistor radio using transistors developed by T.I.
How arcuate is the time line and other details ?

Interesting and basically factual article, but I did find one apparent error;
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Other marketing ploys included manufacturing TR-1 radios with clear backs to demonstrate the solid-state nature of the radio

Had they actually produced clear backed sets for sale, there would be examples offered on eBay as well as other sites, even if only very limited in frequency, such as when Bulova or Mitchell branded sets are available.

I had heard that the clear back sets were possibly salesman's samples, which would explain their extreme rarity. They come up on eBay even less often than any of the Pearlescent colors, which appear maybe once every 5-7 years.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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livewire54 wrote:
Recently picked up this Columbia Triumph III model C-615.
It was an export model for the American market, re-branded for CBS Columbia by Nordmende of Germany in 1960.
Basically a copy of Nordmende's highly popular "Transita" series of radios, it could tune AM / SW / FM
bands using the front panel pushbuttons.

Nice find. I have the exact same model that I picked up at a swap meet in Michigan a few years ago.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jul Sat 11, 2020 11:42 pm 
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Nice to read the article from "Nuts and Volts" and find that Sarah Lowery is still involved with transistor radios. When I first started my hobby of vintage transistor radios, I spent a lot of time looking at Sarah's collection. - Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Nice to read the article from "Nuts and Volts" and find that Sarah Lowery is still involved with transistor radios.

Judging by the comments, I think that's an old article.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jul Sun 12, 2020 12:10 am 
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calmark - John is our "expert" on the Miller Transistall transistor radio and perhaps he will know if the case you have is original to the radio:

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
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Thanks Mark. I'll add better pictures on the case, soon. I did get it working.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jul Sun 12, 2020 4:26 pm 
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Hello Mark,

Congrats on your great find !

The Miller Transistall 555 was a kit radio and they seem to be very hard to find though a few surfaced on Ebay years back... Have never heard of or seen a carrying case offered for them---perhaps someone found a box which would fit or made it ?

Looking forward to your pics (inside also would be great)---appears that it will clean up well !

I found and bought an original dealer's flyer for these and have scanned it in hi-res if you are interested in having a copy---just PM an e-mail...

Enjoy that gem !

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