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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Apr Tue 30, 2019 10:16 pm 
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Colin, thanks for the compliment.

I have a thing for themes, logical groupings if you will.
The following pictures depict one such theme that runs through my radio collection.
The first image was of a red re-branded TR-1088, I already posted, about four pics back.

Next is this "throw away" oldie from around 1965.
No model number, not sure what the name "Valiant" indicates in this case.
"Hong Kong" is molded into the rear cover and it is stuffed with Toshiba transistors.
I really like the embossed oval pattern on the front grill, a nice touch for an otherwise boring radio.

This exact set has been making the rounds on ebay the last few years appearing in multiple auctions,
first in the UK, and the last few sales in the USA. (I can tell from the scratches present on the face)
Funny how these things change hands and get around.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Apr Tue 30, 2019 10:42 pm 
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#3 is another "$5 Ebay throw-away" set, Model TR-835.
Made in Japan, uses Toshiba transistors.
electrolytics have a suspected date code of 1960 on them.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Apr Tue 30, 2019 11:05 pm 
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I enjoy collecting 1950s and early 1960s Bulova radio sets.
They had some really slick styling and colors. Gold and chrome accents made them POP!
This set isn't too flashy, but screams of that era's boldness.
The Model 680 was made in black, red, white and grey colors.
It is missing it's carry handle / kickstand, I will fab one someday. (that's what they all say, ha-ha!)
The set's name is also "Valiant" as evidenced by the owner's manual.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Apr Tue 30, 2019 11:14 pm 
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Next up is one of the crown jewels of my collection. Can you guess what it might be?
I didn't think so, but then there was only one clue. It's name is VALIANT!
It is a Realtone model TR-803, collectors nicknamed this set "Blades".

These little sets are more delicate than saltine crackers, the plastic is so thin.
This is the older six transistor model, the newer seven transistor version
has a little brass "wing" glued onto the molded depression in the middle of the plastic casing.

More to follow in a few days...


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Apr Tue 30, 2019 11:23 pm 
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IDK the model number, but this is one of my best performing -and nicest looking- small Transistor sets.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Apr Tue 30, 2019 11:49 pm 
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fifties - Your Bulova is a model 820-X.
A black one with a gold colored face sold on RA about six months ago for $40 + shipping.
Bunis shows them valued at $15 - $20 in 1996.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: May Wed 01, 2019 9:30 pm 
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What is this you say? Another VALIANT?

Yup, model TN-603 from 1959, these are rather rare these days. I don't know the origin, other than Japan.
Out back, under the white rear cover, the radio uses Hitachi transistors,
it has a reverse mounted printed circuit board with the model number etched into it.
Check out the red and gold "atomic" cloisonne badge in front, and the exquisite reverse painted dial face.
These little sets were available in different colors and also widely re-branded with names such as:
"ABC", "DAY-LITE", "FOUR STAR CAPRI" and "NEW APOLLO".

As a footnote, I have a confession to make. Yes, this a new find and yes I paid top dollar. LOL


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
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That TN-603 is beautiful.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
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It is! Thanks Colin.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
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That is a very slick looking radio, congrats! And yes, worth top dollar, no question. Even has the '50's atomic symbol to date it from that period. And I like the way they positioned the CD marks, near the dial instead of above the frequency numbers...Very unique.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
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Here's on of his cousins I had The Harpers P65...same Hitachi Trans and set up, but different circuit. Very fragile case w/ a heavy front...usually damaged, as this was.
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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
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Going along the same design theme, here's two of my Linmarks;


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
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CJ Design wrote:
Here's on of his cousins I had The Harpers P65...same Hitachi Trans and set up, but different circuit. Very fragile case w/ a heavy front...usually damaged, as this was.


Yeah, I've read about the Harpers using the same case, the family resemblance is quite obvious in your picture.
That is a beautiful set, too bad about the considerable damage.
I have also heard from multiple sources that these are prone to having their badges fall off due to aged glue.

fifties - I like your Linmarks, I have been searching for the one on the left.
A while back, I bought a model T-67 relatively cheap.
It's circa 1960, the kickstands were just but a memory by then. Pic below.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
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So I strayed from my Valiant theme.
I have three more to show, will do so after unboxing one and digging the other two out of storage.

Brought this little lady home tonight.
So far, it has been a great date!
She is sporting a scalloped pearl reverse painted dial face, chrome grill bezel and a baby pink case.
Thing of beauty, she is. I think I'll keep her!


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
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I love that little pink beauty...a while back ion the Bay someone had an empty (no radio) original box for that. I don't know of it sold.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
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I would love to get my hands on that box.
It's not your every day, garden variety box either.
The two front corners are rounded and it has a silk lining inside.
It would definitely help the resale value of the radio.


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The RCA 1-T-4H "Hawaii" came out in 1959 and although it is an interesting 8 transistor radio, I wonder why RCA would build such a large radio. The RCA 1-T-4H uses 4-AA batteries and has a plug on the back to recharge them. - Mark


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3Transistors wrote:
The RCA 1-T-4H "Hawaii" came out in 1959 and although it is an interesting 8 transistor radio, I wonder why RCA would build such a large radio. The RCA 1-T-4H uses 4-AA batteries and has a plug on the back to recharge them. - Mark

Not surprising at all about the size. About that timeframe larger than "pocket size" Transistor portables with bigger speakers and kickstands were being produced by Emerson with their rocket designations (Atlas, Vanguard, etc.), Motorola, Trav-ler, and Westinghouse. Here's a few of mine.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
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3Transistors wrote:
The RCA 1-T-4H "Hawaii" came out in 1959 and although it is an interesting 8 transistor radio, I wonder why RCA would build such a large radio. The RCA 1-T-4H uses 4-AA batteries and has a plug on the back to recharge them. - Mark


My guess is that most USA based companies were behind the miniaturization curve that was led by the Japanese around this time.
The USA was just beginning to learn how to reduce the size of tube type circuits and components to conform with the new transistor layouts,
while failing miserably in comparison to the new products that were being developed in the Land of the Rising Sun.
A short time after the reign of the "large box" USA made transistor sets, those same companies threw in the towel
in the face of the superior (at least in size and price) Japanese onslaught of tiny shirt pocket radios.
As we all know, they began to contract re-branded OEM radios from Japan.

Examples of parts that limited the "shrinkage"of USA made transistor radios were:
multi-plate metal frame variable tuning capacitors vs miniature plastic stacks. Tuning coil cans.
Large speakers and the related battery based power supplies required to power them.

America has always had a "go big or go home" mentality until Japan convinced us that "smaller is better".
Granted, larger speakers tend to render better quality sound output and volume,
but the tinny little speakers the shirt pocket sets employed were considered to be good enough
by the unwashed masses who knew nothing about audio fidelity.
And I do believe that Zenith was the "hold out" here, they did pioneer some of the smaller US made sets,
while also attempting to better their speaker technology within that smaller frame layout.


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The Emerson Miracle Wand set that fifties posted is a perfect example of a transistor set
plopped into a tube type casing that is ridiculously large, using tube set manufacturing techniques (point to point hand soldered)
and then marketed in the same old, tired American light as a portable that will go anywhere.
They sold a bunch of them though, because this style portable set is what Americans were used to buying.
Their advertising was on point too: "All Transistor". Miracle Wand = Great Reception. "Long battery life".


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