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Vintage Transistor Radios

The vintage transistor radio is a fun and affordable category of vintage electronics to collect and to use. We have been collecting them for a while now, and this page features a few of our favorites from our personal collection. Scroll down to see pictures of vintage transistor radios!
Realistic 10-TRF vintage transistor radio

1962 Realistic 10-TRF Vintage Transistor Radio

From the Realistic Technical Apparatus Company of Boston, Massachusetts, this 1962 model 10-TRF transistor radio was sold by Radio Shack through their mailorder catalog or one of their nine retail stores. It was made in Japan by Toshiba, and is probably one of the first line of products made for Radio Shack after Tandy acquired them in 1962. The Tandy Corporation was a leather goods company, which explains the beautifully-styled genuine leather casing. It originally sold for $29.95. Based on inflation, that would be $227.00 in today's money, which explains their $5.00 monthly payment plan! Despite the seemingly high cost, it was the most affordable transistor radio of its day. The following is actual copy from the 1962 Radio Shack catalog:

realistic vintage transistor radioRadio Shack's 100-Mile Range Transistor Radio...10 Transistors, 13 Semi-Conductors! Ours alone...the only transistor radio under $50 with proven 100-mile sensitivity! The incomparable Realistic 10-TRF incorporates the very finest in engineering and sensitivity. Large speaker for full fidelity sound. And to top it off, Radio Shack designers have created cases of glowing genuine leather!

The unit measures 6.75 inches x 3.75 inches x 1.5 inches and is in very good cosmetic condition. There are a couple of small dents in the aluminum faceplate and some of the gold coloring is worn. The leather shows only minor wear. There is minor cracking in the handle, but it is still very sturdy. It looks like the 9V battery plug was replaced at some point (there is black electrical tape on the wires). It has been tested, still works great, and has a genuine nostalgic sound.

 

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REALISTIC EARLY MODEL STRAWBERRY12-166B FLAVORADIO TRANSISTOR RADIO
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VINTAGE REALISTIC TRANSISTOR RADIO MODEL 12-725 FM/AM (WORKS)
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Realistic 12-614 AM FM Transistor Radio TV2: CH7-CH13 TV1: CH2-CH6
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