TED SAINT GERMAIN

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This chic TED Saint Germain was manufactured in France in 1962 by Technique et Decoration (TED). TED was formed in 1955 and headed by Mr Marcel NieL. Initially TED marketed a number of kitset radios and cabinets for use by other French companies. It was not until 1962 that Technique et Decoration released a radio branded as its own, and it just happens to be this little Saint Germain! Later that year TED amalgamated with Optalix, another of Mr Marcel Niel’s companies. Optalix was started 10 years earlier than TED in 1945. Mr Marcel Niel passed away in 1979 and Optalix manufactured their last radio in 1984.

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This glamorous TED Saint Germaine has a certain Parisian flair to it! Whilst listening to its pleasurable tones on the deck I felt compelled to pop the cork on a fine bottle of red and raise my glass in the name of its creator Mr Marcel Niel, a man who obviously cared greatly about appearance and style.

 

 

 

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This TED Saint Germain sports a cabinet made of red leather, plastic and metal. It has a leather wrist strap. It has a little metal kick stand at the rear, on the right, for lounging. I believe that this was the export model as the tuning dial has CD marks and other examples of this radio that I’ve seen do not.

The metal trim is gold plated! Upon its release in the UK it sold for 21 pound, a hefty sum in those days.

The Saint Germain logo is gold metal or plastic beneath clear plastic. Perhaps a European variant of under-painting? It measures just 6.3” W x 3.9” H and it is only 1.1 inch deep.

 

 

 

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This TED Saint Germain uses 6 transistors. It has an attachment for an earphone but this is only accessible by opening the cabinet. There is a variation of this radio that will also receive Long Wave. That variation had an internal switch and the empty slot for this can be seen on this radios circuit board. It may have a serial number of 10990.