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 Post subject: Panasonic T-66, or Matsushita, or National
PostPosted: Jun Wed 05, 2019 9:07 pm 
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Picked this radio up recently. Not in too bad a shape but needs some refinishing
and the usual capacitor replacement. It does play but has very low volume.

Google can only find this radio with a Matsushita or National label on the front.
Radio Museum is the same, although the their National has different short wave
frequencies as does the T-66D.

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/panasonic ... _t_66.html

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/panasonic ... _t_66.html

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/matsushita_t66d.html

I found a YouTube video where the radio doesn't have the label on the right
below the tune knob but has a small coin shaped label on the left below the
volume knob that looks like it says National on it. Different frequencies also
and no tone control.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl0oj5kqwNA

Whats the story here? Do I have the only Panasonic? (haha)

Sams has it listed in 604-9 which I do not have. Does anyone have it?

Thanks for any info.

Al


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 Post subject: Re: Panasonic T-66, or Matsushita, or National
PostPosted: Jun Wed 05, 2019 9:20 pm 
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That's a good looking radio !

Are you going to try and refinish the wood cabinet ?

Bet Greg will find some info for you...

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 Post subject: Re: Panasonic T-66, or Matsushita, or National
PostPosted: Jun Wed 05, 2019 9:23 pm 
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Very nice... :)
I have a dozen or more of those, but not that particular one. Lol

Factory service notes...
T-66: https://www.kevinchant.com/uploads/7/1/ ... 1/t-66.pdf 1.4MB
T-66A: https://www.kevinchant.com/uploads/7/1/ ... /t-66a.pdf 10.1MB

Greg.


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 Post subject: Re: Panasonic T-66, or Matsushita, or National
PostPosted: Jun Wed 05, 2019 9:24 pm 
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Panasonic, National, Matsushita, Quasar were all one family (after I think 1974-ish). Depending on the country of origin/sale, they would have different labels.
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 Post subject: Re: Panasonic T-66, or Matsushita, or National
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Read about Kōnosuke Matsushita the founder of Panasonic via this link...
viewtopic.php?p=2995692#p2995692

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 Post subject: Re: Panasonic T-66, or Matsushita, or National
PostPosted: Jun Thu 06, 2019 2:56 am 
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A good looking radio.


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 Post subject: Re: Panasonic T-66, or Matsushita, or National
PostPosted: Jun Thu 06, 2019 4:02 am 
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Thanks for the comments and info.

I thought it was a good looking radio too and just couldn't come home without
it. The wood looks to be in good shape and should refinish without too
much trouble. The trim isn't too bad either - one dent below the 11 on
the bottom SW scale and that strip may have been brass colored. The
battery terminal and spring are clean, just rusty brackets. And one screw
missing for the hinged battery door. The missing screw was almost a
deal breaker ;-)

Thanks to Greg for the service info. The T-66a took some time to get
but I finally did. And a great read on Mr. Matsushita.

I knew Panasonic, National, Matsushita were "one" but didn't know Quasar
was included. I just thought with today's internet that I would be able to come
with another radio somewhere that said Panasonic on it.

Al

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