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Post by Greg Davis on Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:01 pm

I happen to have a weak spot for Toshiba transistor radios.  I think they were pushing the edge, rather than just creating boxes. I don't have many of them in my collection, but the ones I do have are special to me.  Have a look at mine, and if you have any in your collection please share them too.  I always enjoy seeing them.

5TR-193 (The "Lace")


6TR-304 (The "Coffin")


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Post by Guest on Sat Feb 15, 2014 1:16 pm

That's quite a nice collection.  Very Happy 

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Post by Brig on Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:18 pm

Very nice collection! Hope these Toshiba products were of better quality than were their projection TVs of the early 1990s and their DVD players of the early 2000s. . . .The first TV's breakdown cost me over $300 for repair and then broke down again just a few months later (both times a color convergence problem). The DVD player never performed satisfactorily, despite costing about $175. I finally wised up and junked both units, replacing them with Sanyo and Sony gear, and swearing off Toshiba forever. . . .

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Post by Bill Cahill on Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:49 pm

Very nice. I suspect they were definitely better quality. I also like the crown boy's transistor radios. Unfortunately, I don't have any at this time. Had two at one time as a boy. A light blue shirt pocket with a brass metal grill, and, a large pocket light bule one with a chrome metal grill.

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Post by 75X11 on Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:29 pm

I've not seen much of their radios. I can see it must be because folks are snapping them up! Nice units!
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Post by Greg Davis on Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:31 pm

They are fairly scarce. The two at the top especially so. Probably more common in Japan than in the states.
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Post by Dr. Radio on Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:02 pm

Those are great examples Greg!

When you mentioned Toshiba, the first thing I thought to myself is "I wonder if he has a 'Lace' ?" Sure enough.

I always felt that during this era the Americans designed far more beautiful automobiles then the Japanese, but America had nothing on Japan when it came to artful beauty in pocket-sized radios.
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Post by Greg Davis on Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:42 pm

There's a story behind the "Lace".

3 or 4 years ago I found it in the display case of a small "junk" shop along the Chuckanut Highway. The guy that owned the shop knew what he had, and he knew how rare it was. He placed a VERY high value on it too (based on the highest price one ever went for on eBay). When I learned how much he wanted for it, I walked away and wrote it off... but not entirely.

Last year when my wife and I were heading back to Anacortes (on the way to the ferry to Victoria) I detoured to that junk shop to see if the radio was still there. This time I was more flush with cash, but still too cheap to pay his price. Anyway, we haggled, and I got the price down to a level I was comfortable with, and he accepted.

Now there is absolutely nothing to draw me back to his shop. Oh, he does have a few more radios, but none I care to own.
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Post by Dr. Radio on Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:47 pm

Interesting story. I'm glad it's in your hands now, instead of slowly fading away in a greedy junk shop!
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Post by Dr. Radio on Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:26 pm

I missed out on this one, was watching it, but it ended when I was busy.....

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Toshiba-tranisistor-radio-from-the-60s-/171242142723?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT&nma=true&si=O6LtYPHtjnp4p3lGPfxjvS4DD3Q%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc
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