This Transetta 2 was manufactured in Austria in 1961 by Siemens. It is a fine looking radio that bears some resemblance to the Sony TR-67.

There is an air of the cosmopolitan about its design, it has a sophisticated and confident look to it, slightly snobby and reserved, a bit like a classic black tuxedo. But that large gold chevron framing the tuning dial is like a fiery red silk tie giving it spark, pizazz and a bit of the euro bad boy thrown in for good measure!

This is certainly a radio that demands respect in any collection!

Siemens manufactured an earlier model of the radio, the original Transetta was manufactured in 1958, three years before the release of the Transetta 2. The 1958 Transetta operated on the broadcast band only. It did not have the three push buttons on the top that the later model has and the plastic casing was smooth and shiny. The Transetta 2 has a pebbled finish to most of the plastic. In 1963 Siemens released a Transetta that operated on the broadcast band and FM.

The Transetta 2 operates on both broadcast and shortwave bands. On the tuning dial the names of various European cities are written including Bratislavia (Slovakia), Munich (Germany), Graz (Austria), Wien (German for Vienna, located in Austria). This radio is not as large as I imagined measuring 7.5" x 4.5" x 2.2" inchs.







Siemens was founded by Werner von Siemens in 1847 in Berlin Germany. In 1848, the company built the first long-distance telegraph line in Europe; 500 km from Berlin to Frankfurt am Main.

In 1867, Siemens completed the monumental Indo-European (Calcutta to London) telegraph line

In 1881, a Siemens AC Alternator driven by a watermill was used to power the world's first electric street lighting in the town of Godalming, United Kingdom.

Siemens & Halske (S&H) was incorporated in 1897.

Siemens manufactured its first radio, a three-stage tube set, in 1923. It was known as the Siemens D-Zug ("express train"). It consisted of an HF amplifier, an audio detector and an LF amplifier and operated with a horn loudspeaker.

In 1924 Siemens installed the first set of automatically operated traffic lights on Berlin's Potsdamer Platz.

In the 1950s Siemens started to manufacture computers, semiconductor devices, washing machines, and pacemakers.

In 1965 the company presented Europe’s first mass-produced integrated circuit.

Today Siemens employs over 450,000 people in more than 190 of the world’s countries.

REF: Siemens History






This Transetta 2 is not an easy radio to get into! Alan Kastner was kind enough to send me the instructions for removing the back but I was not game enough to carry them out in case of unforeseen problems (I chickened out!)

This model uses 9 transistors.