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Post by Greg Davis Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:37 pm

Today my wife and I went to the Spring Antique Mall after we attended an estate sale that was so thoroughly picked over there was nothing worth looking at.  Now I've been aware for a while that transistor radio prices have been depressed, but I was SHOCKED at the deals I got today.

The first one that caught my eye was a GE 766A 6 transistor, made in 1958.  This is the one withe the red plaid grill.  It looked to be in pretty good condition and the dealer only wanted $3 for it.
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The second one that caught my attention was an Onkyo "CLOCKY" 8PA-112T clock radio, a brand name I associate with high end stereos from the 1990s, not transistor radios.  The radio has 8 transistors and the clock is manually wound from the back.  That one set me back a whopping $6.
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The most expensive find for the day was the GE P860A "SPORTMATE" that cost a staggering $8.
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Post by Wildcat445 Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:58 pm

It looks like you had fun. Nice score!

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Post by Guest Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:07 am

That's great, I wish I could find deals like that here.

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Post by 75X11 Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:08 am

That first GE, It looks like the rechargeable model they introduced around that time. Does it use ordinary batteries? Nice haul, by the way!
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Post by Greg Davis Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:58 am

I think you are right, 75.  I remember reading about P766A being rechargeable.  However, the batteries that were in it when I disassembled it were Duracells.  The reason i think the rechargeables made sense for this unit is because it is a real booger-bear to disassemble sufficiently to change the batteries.
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Post by 75X11 Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:23 am

As I remember it was extrusion cast aluminum with sliding panels and end caps. Another example of elegance trumping ease of use. There are a couple of threads about the rechargeables on TRF.
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Post by Greg Davis Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:58 pm

You are correct. Examining the circuit board I now see an RCA connector wired to the batteries... obviously the recharger port.
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Post by 75X11 Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:29 pm

Maybe over time you could find the accessory and instruction set that went with it I believe they had a case for the charger and radio.
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