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 Post subject: "General" 8GA-70IF AM/FM 10 transistor, Japan
PostPosted: Jun Wed 12, 2019 10:52 pm 

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For some bizarre reason, classic transistor radios are following me home lately, :shock: :shock: I got this one along with the 1937 Emerson AM131 I posted about in the general discussion forum. It's labeled "General 8GA 70IF". Ten transistor AM/FM.

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This is how it looked when I found it in that dank, dirty, spiderwebbed basement workshop I mentioned in the Emerson thread. The leatherette sleeve is rotted to the point that it's held together with tape. I had to be really careful prying the radio out.

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After I pried it out of the sleeve. I have no idea what that thing on the lower right is for.

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Typical, isn't it?

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No CD marks but labeled in cycles instead of hertz, meaning 1964-68 vintage. It has a very 50s look to it despite that. It also looks as if there are two dial pointers, one for AM and one for FM.

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Somebody tried to pry the battery door open with a screwdriver at one point, apparently, not realizing what that silver slider thing was for.

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The only label it had.

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The insides. Transistors are Hitachi, variable cap says Mitsumi. Along with styling that would have been considered retro in 1965, this may have been a bargain basement radio.

Anyway, somebody posted about US FM on the general discussion forum, making me think of this radio for some reason. I also have an AM/FM South Korean radio in the garage too that is really weird. Maybe I'll get to that this weekend.

 Post subject: Re: "General" 8GA-70IF AM/FM 10 transistor, Japan
PostPosted: Jun Wed 12, 2019 11:35 pm 
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It's listed in the '96 Bunis Guide, value range $30-$40. They didn't however give a manufacturing date, just noted that it was made in Japan.

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 Post subject: Re: "General" 8GA-70IF AM/FM 10 transistor, Japan
PostPosted: Jun Sun 16, 2019 5:00 pm 
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Your radio was made by the Yaou Electric Company, Kanagawa Japan in 1965.
(that is most likely why there are no Conelrad CD markings)

The knob(?) at the lower right side of the grill, is most likely the AM / FM selector.
Looks like some pieces of it / and next to it were broken off?

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