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PostSubject: Viscount vip transistor radio   Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:25 am

Hello I bought a Viscount VIP radio jaycesradios.jimdo.com/radio-photos/
Ive noticed that there is a VIP and a non VIP version, what is the difference? Also there are two different versions of the chevron. One is curved the other is not.

look here as well ----->http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/viscount_6_tp_1026tp10.html
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PostSubject: Re: Viscount vip transistor radio   Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:52 am

Jaycebot wrote:
.....Ive noticed that there is a VIP and a non VIP version, what is the difference?

Probably about $5 in the original MSRP...... Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Viscount vip transistor radio   Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:10 am

so youre just paying more for a different emblem?
kinda a pointless upgrade...

What about the different chevrons?
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PostSubject: Re: Viscount vip transistor radio   Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:48 am

I was only kidding Jayce.... but there may be some truth in it - particularly with some of those Nipponese radios.... I've heard rumor that the transistor count was inflated by some unscrupulous manufacturers simply putting them on the PCB and not actually attaching them to the circuit..... Mad

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PostSubject: Re: Viscount vip transistor radio   Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:49 am

HAHA good one!
I had read that these have toshiba transistors.
these transistors say"TEN"
I believe the non VIP version has six as well
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PostSubject: Re: Viscount vip transistor radio   Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:34 pm

Ha...Viscount. I had one of those as a tween.
Along with numerous others. They were the iPod of todays kids.
The smaller the cooler. Cool
It seems like I was getting a new one about every 6 months or so.

What the heck happened to that? And all the others I owned?
What would go wrong with them to make you toss 'em out?


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PostSubject: Re: Viscount vip transistor radio   Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:08 pm

I'm 15 and would rather listen to my zenith royal 500 than my iPod!
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PostSubject: Re: Viscount vip transistor radio   Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:59 pm

Jaycebot wrote:
I'm 15 and would rather listen to my zenith royal 500 than my iPod!
Very popular among collectors, this is Zenith's very first transistor radio-
but you probably knew that.

First Transister Radio -Made in the USA. was the Regency TR- 1G

Regency Factory, Lawrence, Indiana : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKln6zTy4C8

One just sold on EBay
http://cgi.ebay.com/Regency-TR-1G-transistor-radio-leather-case-/120634088720?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item1c165a1d10&autorefresh=true

Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_z7fFB5yl0
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PostSubject: Re: Viscount vip transistor radio   Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:52 pm

Radionut39 wrote:
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Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_z7fFB5yl0

Wow, what a cool story about Roger McGuinn..... thanks for posting that link!
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PostSubject: Re: Viscount vip transistor radio   Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:08 pm

Does anybody know the difference between the VIP and non-VIP? Also any I go on the two different faceplate designs?
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PostSubject: Re: Viscount vip transistor radio   Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:37 am

I suspect they are just minor model/design changes. Those radios were flooding in back then and the manufacturers had to keep their designs fresh. Even if the internals were the same they could easily make changes in the case or add a VIP badge.

Maybe when the main ARF Forum gets set-up again there might be someone more knowledgeable about Viscounts in the Transistor forum.

Sarah's Transistor Radios has a few Viscounts on her site but I don't know if she is still active or not. It might be worthwhile to try e-mailing her:

http://www.transistor.org/collection/collection.html
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PostSubject: Re: Viscount vip transistor radio   Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:36 am

ok thank you
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