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 Post subject: Old "Bulova" transistor radio
PostPosted: Mar Tue 26, 2019 8:52 pm 
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Last Saturday the California Historical Radio Society in Alameda held a "junk" fire sale. Apparently the Saturday before THAT they'd held a swap meet and auction (which unfortunately I didn't know about, I only discovered the junk sale via Craigslist, so... :cry: :evil: ) and so on the 23rd it was grab as much junk as you can for a $25 donation. I got an old Knight amateur radio receiver (which has a discussion on QRZ.com on the boatanchor subforum), and this odd little AM BCB transistor radio, which is only labeled "Bulova" and "VIII":

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The people at the swap meet the previous weekend were probably scared off by the fact that the "inner back"-the plastic that separates idiots from the inner guts of the radio-is gone, and that the AA x 6 holder was not original and was full of rot. I simply wired it for a 9v battery and it works wonderfully. It doesn't even "scratch" much, although the speaker is somewhat overdriven.

It has CD marks on the dial, although they're hard to see in the pic, so definitely a relic of the golden age of AM BCB transistor radios.

Probably made in Japan, although the country of origin is not noted on the radio. That could mean that it was on the inner back part, or that it's from the mid-late 50s when Japanese manufacturers had to be careful with the "I remember Pearl Harbor!" crowd trying to block their befuddled kids from buying a "darned Japanese radio".

I've seen other early transistor radios labeled "Bulova", which normally sold watches. Maybe these radios were sold in jewelry stores alongside the watches as a "loss leader"-get them in the store with the gee-whiz radio in the window, then talk watches.

Any ideas as to what exactly I've got here?


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 Post subject: Re: Old "Bulova" transistor radio
PostPosted: Mar Tue 26, 2019 9:22 pm 
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1963 Bulova Continental...
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 Post subject: Re: Old "Bulova" transistor radio
PostPosted: Mar Tue 26, 2019 9:26 pm 
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It's a Bulova Eight Transistor Radio. I was wrong its not a Jupiter. :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Old "Bulova" transistor radio
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Jupiter had a plastic case...
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The radio above has a Leather case.

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 Post subject: Re: Old "Bulova" transistor radio
PostPosted: Mar Wed 27, 2019 12:33 am 
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Egg is right, it's definitely a Bulova Continental. I personally didn't know that Bulova put out a line of transistor radios, as the fine print at the bottom of the ad notes Bulova traditionally sold watches.

Edit: Google brought up a VERY old thread on this forum in which somebody states that Matsushita made Bulova brand radios in the early 60s. I don't know if that means that Bulova brand radios were basically relabeled Panasonics. Also, it is stated that Bulova radios were indeed sold in jewelry stores alongside Bulova brand watches, and were priced accordingly. At least one poster in that old (2007) thread inferred that a Bulova radio was one that somebody went downtown to buy, which in those days meant that it was a pretty exclusive item.

As I noted, somebody had clipped an AA x 6 battery clip to the 9v connector, possibly to keep the battery from flopping around in the cabinet. The AA clip was definitely more modern, looked like one of those cheap Philmore clips from Frys. It was also rotten, but the batteries themselves were gone. It's possible that somebody discovered this radio with 6 rotten AA batteries, dumped out the rotted cells, installed new ones, then assumed the radio was dead when no sound was heard. Also, it would indicate that the inner back disappeared a LONG time ago.


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 Post subject: Re: Old "Bulova" transistor radio
PostPosted: Mar Wed 27, 2019 1:13 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Old "Bulova" transistor radio
PostPosted: Apr Tue 02, 2019 5:51 pm 
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Here's one I picked up a couple of months ago. Nothing special about it, in fact feels rather cheap, in spite of carrying the Bulova name. I also have a couple of Elgin branded radios, of an older vintage they are much better built. No CD marks and it has the Accutron logo.
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 Post subject: Re: Old "Bulova" transistor radio
PostPosted: Apr Tue 02, 2019 6:36 pm 
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^ Nice looking dial and a large speaker and long ferrite core, what's not to like? If anything, the plethora of Electrolytics that could need replacing.

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 Post subject: Re: Old "Bulova" transistor radio
PostPosted: Apr Tue 02, 2019 10:44 pm 
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I have pics of this one, beige with a white back.


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