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 Post subject: Operating Guide For GE P-780
PostPosted: May Sat 18, 2019 2:37 pm 
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Being as this subject recently came up for another brand, what's out there for GE P-780? Are no doubt various printings depending on version.

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 Post subject: Re: Operating Guide For GE P-780
PostPosted: May Sat 18, 2019 3:02 pm 
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Well, Tom---checked my folder and don't have the operating manual, but do have scans of the original hang-tag which came on one of my "B"'s if you or anyone else would like them... Still have your e-mail if interested.

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 Post subject: Re: Operating Guide For GE P-780
PostPosted: May Sun 19, 2019 3:43 pm 
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Thanks John, I appreciate it.

I did find a picture but not a complete scan.

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Also found picture of a guide that's probably for a P-780D or maybe a little later. Mentions antenna connections.

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I can see having one of these at a football game :lol:

Guy in front of you giving guff on your team? A quick introduction across back of this head to Mr 780 would shut him up. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Operating Guide For GE P-780
PostPosted: May Sun 19, 2019 4:05 pm 
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Hey Tom,

That would definitely shut him up---permanently ! And possibly break your arm in the process...

Just sent the scans---looks like the inside of hang-tag IS the operating manual !!!

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 Post subject: Re: Operating Guide For GE P-780
PostPosted: May Sun 19, 2019 4:47 pm 
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Got it!! Thanks!!!


Possibly on early models the hang tag and instructions were one in same.

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 Post subject: Re: Operating Guide For GE P-780
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Thank you for posting the pics.
What was the price for a P-780 when it was new?
My mom bought me one in the 60's, when I was about 12 years old.

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 Post subject: Re: Operating Guide For GE P-780
PostPosted: Jun Sun 02, 2019 8:06 pm 
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Billboard magazine, January 12, 1959

Six Models Added to GE Radio Line.
Heading the line is the Cross-Country Model P-780 with a retail price of $75.00
It has 8 transistors plus one crystal diode and features a tuned RF stage for long-range reception even in cars, planes, trains or boats. Case has chrome plated metal front grille and luggage-type folding handle, 5 1/4 inch speaker, vernier slide-rule tuning, and extra-large 9 1/2 inch ferrite rod antenna, dial light. Will play about 500 hours on one set of ordinary flashlight batteries...

...Portable radios will be available at retail level in the early spring, with the exception of model P-780, which will be available in June.
https://www.radiomuseum.org/forum/ge_ad ... _1959.html

Original scan of BB magazine 1-12-1959
https://americanradiohistory.com/Archiv ... -01-12.pdf 28.9MB

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 Post subject: Re: Operating Guide For GE P-780
PostPosted: Jun Tue 04, 2019 4:48 pm 
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egg wrote:
Billboard magazine, January 12, 1959

Six Models Added to GE Radio Line.
Heading the line is the Cross-Country Model P-780 with a retail price of $75.00
It has 8 transistors plus one crystal diode and features a tuned RF stage for long-range reception even in cars, planes, trains or boats. Case has chrome plated metal front grille and luggage-type folding handle, 5 1/4 inch speaker, vernier slide-rule tuning, and extra-large 9 1/2 inch ferrite rod antenna, dial light. Will play about 500 hours on one set of ordinary flashlight batteries...

...Portable radios will be available at retail level in the early spring, with the exception of model P-780, which will be available in June.
https://www.radiomuseum.org/forum/ge_ad ... _1959.html

Original scan of BB magazine 1-12-1959
https://americanradiohistory.com/Archiv ... -01-12.pdf 28.9MB

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Greg, thanks for posting this info, much appreciated. :D

Confirms my suspicion the P-780 was not available before middish '59. As I've stated prior, code dates don't lie.

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 Post subject: Re: Operating Guide For GE P-780
PostPosted: Jun Wed 05, 2019 10:55 pm 
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I have a P-780E, box, and all the original paperwork. The op manual is a trifold, I can scan that. There is also the warranty card, list of GE service shops, and an order card for a long distance antenna.
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 Post subject: Re: Operating Guide For GE P-780
PostPosted: Jun Wed 05, 2019 11:09 pm 
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jrehkopf wrote:
I have a P-780E, box, and all the original paperwork. The op manual is a trifold, I can scan that. There is also the warranty card, list of GE service shops, and an order card for a long distance antenna.
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Thanks!! I'll send you my email in a PM...

I don't have a E but maybe one day. I do have B(early & late, built 15 mo apart), D, F, plus P-783 that circuit wise similar to P-780H.

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 Post subject: Re: Operating Guide For GE P-780
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Scanned and sent. Glad to do it.
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 Post subject: Re: Operating Guide For GE P-780
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Thank You!! Got it. Much appreciated.

Did you notice in corner of one page "P-780E & F" is stated"?

What's funny is the picture shows a G, D, B, or A model.

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 Post subject: Re: Operating Guide For GE P-780
PostPosted: Jun Fri 07, 2019 3:03 pm 
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Hi John, gotta question.

I believe you have a P-780H(maybe two?). Do you have any pictures of speaker(s). I'm interested in code dates and source of speaker. All the P-780B I've seen have Carbonneau mfg speakers, which are rather bassy and have best sound at almost full treble.. My 780D has a Russell Speaker Co spkr(no idea they even existed) & P780G has a Oakton(common GE supplier). Either of these are clearer than the Carbonneau speakers, generally sound best with tone at mid range.

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 Post subject: Re: Operating Guide For GE P-780
PostPosted: Jun Fri 07, 2019 3:59 pm 
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Hey Tom,

Here are pics of the 2nd 780H speaker cropped from hi-res images. Couldn't find internal pics of the 1st set and wonder if I ever took any !

Knew nothing of the speaker differences and thought the "cleaner" sound was due to audio circuit changes...

Hope these help !

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 Post subject: Re: Operating Guide For GE P-780
PostPosted: Jun Fri 07, 2019 7:33 pm 
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Thanks John

I can't absolutely say the difference is speaker but the 780D I have was built probably within a week or two of my late B. Part code dates overlap, with B actually having some newer parts than the D(speaker in D coded two weeks later than B). Other than the addition of antenna connections and speaker supplier, the two radios are virtually identical.

Note.. I had noticed on the P805A series the Carbonnaeu speaker gave a more bassy sound than the ones with a Oaktron speaker(apparently only two mfgr used for these radios). Needing all the help they can get, better bass response is welcome.


I dunno what to think about the H speaker, from still another mfgr.

EIA 575 Heppner Mfg Co, Round Lake Ill.

HEPPNER SOUND

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CONTINUED USE NOT FILED WITHIN GRACE PERIOD, UN-REVIVABLE
3/25/1988
Serial Number: 73242117
Filing Date: 12/10/1979
Registration Number: 1169058
Registration Date: 9/15/1981
Goods and Services: Loudspeakers
Mark Description: NOT AVAILABLE
Type Of Mark: TradeMark
Published For Opposition Date: 6/23/1981
Last Applicant/Owner: Heppner Manufacturing Company
Round Lake 60073
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Design Search: (NO DATA)
Register Type: Principal
Disclaimer: Applicant disclaims any rights to the word "Sound" as it might be used separate and apart from the mark as shown. (NOT AVAILABLE)
Correspondent:
Donald E. Deuster
510 N. Lake St.
Mundelein IL 60060

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 Post subject: Re: Operating Guide For GE P-780
PostPosted: Jun Fri 07, 2019 7:57 pm 
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Hmmm...

Guess I could pull cover off of other "H" if you'd like ? May be awhile as busy here...

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 Post subject: Re: Operating Guide For GE P-780
PostPosted: Jun Fri 07, 2019 8:13 pm 
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John unless you just want to see what speaker was used, not necessary, I just found another pic of the Heppner speaker.

What I did just notice is all these later speakers(incl ones I have) have cheesecloth added to back of speaker. I believe that would cut bass response somewhat?

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