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 Post subject: Marvel 6 Transistor Shirt Pocket Radio
PostPosted: Mar Sat 23, 2019 5:56 am 
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I found this little Marvel 6 YR-15A six Transistor radio today in an antique store in St. George, Utah. It’s a true shirt pocket radio, not much larger than a pack of cigarettes. It’s got a dent in the speaker grille, but looks like an easy fix. I haven’t had time yet to research it or even stick a battery in it to see if it works. I will check it out when I get home to Richmond, VA.

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 Post subject: Re: Marvel 6 Transistor Shirt Pocket Radio
PostPosted: Mar Sat 23, 2019 6:18 am 
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I have one just like that. Good performer with plenty of volume. Nice pickup!

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 Post subject: Re: Marvel 6 Transistor Shirt Pocket Radio
PostPosted: Mar Sat 23, 2019 6:30 am 
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Thanks. I may pick up a 9v cell tomorrow and see if it is still alive.

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 Post subject: Re: Marvel 6 Transistor Shirt Pocket Radio
PostPosted: Mar Sat 23, 2019 7:15 am 
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TSM 18
or... https://www.samswebsite.com/en/photofac ... msid/579_5

I guess it's as small as the Channel Master's 6508 and 6509
...I have a couple, black and red, somewhere. Lol
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 Post subject: Re: Marvel 6 Transistor Shirt Pocket Radio
PostPosted: Mar Sat 23, 2019 3:43 pm 
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Nice find. I was in St. George yesterday too (I live in Mesquite, just down the road). Which antique store did you find it at?


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 Post subject: Re: Marvel 6 Transistor Shirt Pocket Radio
PostPosted: Mar Sat 23, 2019 7:24 pm 
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Ed Morris wrote:
Thanks. I may pick up a 9v cell tomorrow and see if it is still alive.

Most likely it'll need it's 4 E-caps replaced, but you might get lucky if it spent it's life in the dry climate of UT.

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 Post subject: Re: Marvel 6 Transistor Shirt Pocket Radio
PostPosted: Mar Sun 24, 2019 3:26 am 
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Nice looking little radio, Ed !

Interested to see how it performs & sounds once working...

Noticed that the PCB is "solder-side" out which isn't that common in the smaller sets...

That would have really been something if you & Colin had been in the same store a day apart !

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 Post subject: Re: Marvel 6 Transistor Shirt Pocket Radio
PostPosted: Mar Mon 25, 2019 1:16 am 
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When I first started to collect transistor radios, I bought 2 Marvel YR-15A on eBay, even though one was in poor shape and the other one had a chip on the cover. I was surprised to find both radios still worked. I picked up the same radio that was marketed under the Imperial brand with a batch of other radios and it is the best one, although there is a crack by the volume control. - Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Marvel 6 Transistor Shirt Pocket Radio
PostPosted: Mar Mon 25, 2019 2:34 am 
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Mark, don't hesitate to swap chassis', and put the best performer in the best condition case. The Imperial, with the pink body, would have been made for the feminine trade, and as such would be quite a bit rarer. How many pink colored Transistor radios do you see on The Bay in a month?

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 Post subject: Re: Marvel 6 Transistor Shirt Pocket Radio
PostPosted: Mar Mon 25, 2019 6:38 am 
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It’s a Marvel! The radio works, but does need a recap. Audio is clear, but has to be cranked to max to get a decent volume. It picked up two AM stations very well. I’m not sure how many AM stations are in the St George area.

I found the radio at Lee’s Antiques, a small store just west of the round-about on Brigham Rd when you exit off I-15 towards the Walmart. I always find something interesting there when we come out every year to visit my sister.

Colin, when my parents were still living, we used to stop in Mesquite when driving between Parowan and Las Vegas.

I think it would be a decent performer with a recap. Thanks to all for the comments.

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 Post subject: Re: Marvel 6 Transistor Shirt Pocket Radio
PostPosted: Mar Mon 25, 2019 7:12 am 
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9 AM stations should be listenable in that burg, Ed;
https://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/locat ... h&x=13&y=5
A recap and tweaking the RF ant trimmer and IF's should bring 'em all in.

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 Post subject: Re: Marvel 6 Transistor Shirt Pocket Radio
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Ed Morris wrote:
I found the radio at Lee’s Antiques, a small store just west of the round-about on Brigham Rd when you exit off I-15 towards the Walmart. I always find something interesting there when we come out every year to visit my sister.
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Thanks Ed. I wondered where Lee’s was located, now I know. I have only been here since November of last year, so haven’t got around to exploring all the good places.

I am glad to hear that the radio works. There probably aren’t too many AM stations in St. George for you to listen to. Next time I am there for something other than a medical procedure I should take a radio with me and find out.


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 Post subject: Re: Marvel 6 Transistor Shirt Pocket Radio
PostPosted: Mar Mon 25, 2019 10:17 pm 
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fifties - I picked up the Imperial with some other transistor radios that someone probably collected up over the years and was really interested in a battered Toshiba 6TP-304. I'm one of those collectors who will try to find a radio in poor condition so I can see if it is worth buying another one in the future. I imagine the former owner of the Toshiba kept the radio as it stills plays and they used a lot of tape to keep it from falling apart. I probably own one of the worst condition Toshiba 6TP-304 that still works! - Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Marvel 6 Transistor Shirt Pocket Radio
PostPosted: Mar Mon 25, 2019 10:47 pm 
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Hey Mark, you own one, and that's what counts!

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