You are welcome to post comments about my collection and I'm very interested in hearing about your own personal experiences with transistor radios.

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Reply MarieGuaws
10:03 AM on February 21, 2017 
Времени не было совсем! Узнай, как я удивила своих гостей... Курочка получается очень сочной и аппетитной, отлично украсит любой стол и порадует ваших близких отменным вкусом. Готовить ее вовсе не сложно, а даже интересно. Для приготовления вам потребуются самые обычные продукты, которые можно с легкостью найти у любой хозяюшки. Перед приготовлением обязательно убедитесь, что ваша куриная тушка свежая, в противном случае все блюдо будет испорчено, так как перебить запах несвежего мяса довольно сложно. Для приготовления блюда нужно взять: попробуй удиви своих Всем желаю успеха! Marie ------------------- 21/02/17
Reply Graham Hilder
8:16 PM on January 11, 2017 

Hello James, we're cleaning out our mum's garage and have come across two old radios. Wonder if we can find anyone who'd like to save them. Hate to see them biffed out. One's a Pacemaker TransPortable 58, named Transistorised 58 on the front panel. I've powered it up with a 5V plugpack and it goes. Other's a "Philips Cordless Seven Transistors", mains-powered, a little smaller than the Pacemaker set, and it goes too.

Both are scruffy and have noisy controls but it would be good if someone could take care of them.

Regards and thanks,

Graham H, Paekakariki.

Reply Eric
12:17 PM on December 15, 2016 

I enjoyed your site.  Great information source. I too am an addicted radio collector.  My friend got me hooked when I moved to Texas and we continue to search the world over for Transistor Radios.  I worked for Motorola for years and was able to obtain the many early Motorola radios. This was before EBay was created and changed the market.  Many of the designs are works of art. 

Reply Phil
5:33 PM on September 8, 2016 

Nice interesting site James with good photos and info, I came across this while researching my recent aquisition, a Sony TR72 serial number 14572, it's not working yet as it had been dropped sometime and the case is smashed, but it's wood and I'm a carpenter so time will fix that, electronics may take longer but your circuit should come in handy. A noticeable likely problem is the resilient mounts for the tuning condenser have deteriorated to sticky smudges. On the bright side it came with the earpice and pouch and also the antenna wire and its card for storage with Sony logo. The handle's also bent but I hope I can straighten that without fracturing it. I'm UK based and collect many types of radio not just transistor.

Reply Willy Collins
10:31 AM on September 1, 2016 

Good Day James, I would like to talk to you about some of your images. Can you please send me your contact information.

Thanks, Willy Collins

Reply tom
10:02 PM on August 27, 2016 

When I was in Alaska in the early 80's, a lot of the old mining and hunting camps had a roughly 1 x3 inch metal bar(they were all the same) on top of the radio that boosted the  AM signal.  Do you know what it is and where I could get one. About fifteen years ago I saw one on a radio in the background  on a PBS film  documentary about a family living in the wild in Alaska.  I spoke with a tech person at CCrane and he was no help. I really like your site.  Very informative.  Thanks, Tom

Reply John Waldron
8:42 PM on August 14, 2016 

  Great Site! Love your Private-Ear  and Pee Wee Radio articles! I own a Pee Wee and am amazed at it's performance for such an inexpensive xtal set.

   FWIW, if you look up "John Waldron" + "Old Radios" on U-Toob, you will discover the vlog that goes with the Austin-American Statesman article on my 160 + radio collection. I restored ALL of my sets. My favorite is my 1947 Motorola WR-8 wireless phonograph, as it took two tech manuals to restore and ALOT of work! Will play up to 10-78 record and xmit them around 1600 KHz on the AM band-Cheers Kiwi!:)-John in Texas

Reply Hugh Anderson
10:30 AM on August 13, 2016 

Hi James, I liked your site.

When I was young, my Dad got me a xtal set in a jet airplane, and I have been trying to find another. Can you contact me about this? I want some advice.

Apart from that - I had a Hikers-1 radio, and went on to have a life-long interest in electronics. I now am in Singapore, and I tend to use software defined radios for many things, but I still like the early stuff :)

Cheers Hugh

Reply Terry Hart
8:18 PM on August 12, 2016 
I have just bought a Pacemaker Transistoised -58,Where can I get batteries for it,I understand they are 9 volt. Thanks Terry (0274327206)
Reply Don
10:58 PM on July 23, 2016 

Hi I am quite impressed with your collection and website.  I have a few Regency TR1 radios, one of which has one of the lowest serial numbers I know of.  Also today I bought  Lucky Pocket Radio. (Harper crystal Pocket radio), in exceptional condition.  If you would like more information or details please feel free to contact me.  Sincerely Don

Reply michael lowden
4:03 PM on July 20, 2016 

Hi !! Yesterday I found a very nice Mitchell radio in the box.!! Wonder what I can get for it.??

Reply Mike Thomas
10:06 AM on May 29, 2016 

Hello Jim,

Fellow collector here for the past 20 plus years. Started with table tops until they started taking up too much room. I have around 200 transistors in my collection so far and am actively searching all the time. I am also an amateur photographer and you have done a great job with your photos.

Reply Jeff
1:08 PM on April 30, 2016 

i recently found a Philco VeeP transistor radio with the original box like the one highlighted on you web site.  I appreciated reading about the history of it.  I was wondering, since it was not made for very long, is it rare and does it have a collectors value to it?  Thanks!

Reply Carstvn
10:52 AM on February 14, 2016 

Thanks for all of the interesting info and excellent photography.  If I might suggest a correction for the Sharp Tranket that reads, "Its rear end resembles that of a 58 Buick."  The 1958 Buicks did not have round taillights.  The 1959 and 1960 Buicks, which had round taillights, are a much better match.

Reply Scott
2:25 AM on February 11, 2016 

Amazing review of the Sony TR-72. I recently came across one myself, serial #11052 - an older model with the Transistorized text on the front. I also recently found a Sony TR-609 in great shape; can't wait to read your article on that one as well.

Keep up the great work!

Reply Brian Weber
3:39 PM on January 28, 2016 

Hi James, Great webpage’s!

I really liked the Toshiba TR-193 page. I have a pair of Red and Blue (black?) Toshiba TR-193s just like you have. I also have the original TR-193 box, leather radio and earphone cases, warranty card, operating instruction pamphlet and radio dial tag that says 'as advertized in Life Magazine'. I guess it must have been quite an honor for Toshiba to advertise in Life Magazine!


Reply Jorge Montoya
9:16 AM on December 17, 2015 

Dear James

I am interested in the user manual privat-ear radio. the radio was purchased on Ebay and in the post office box the manual is lost. I am a university professor and I live in Colombia. Thank you.