Vintage Shorts


This is the first in an occasional series looking back at vintage gear from all corners of the globe and all corners of audio technology. Hope you like it

The box you can see above is an original issue for the 1958 Sony TR-610 transistor radio. Sony being a small outfit back then.

In fact, Sony didn’t even make the box. America’s Delmonico International did that. From what I hear, Sony was not too pleased that its logo was not to its exacting standards.

In fact, Sony kicked Delmonico off the case after this one and set up its own distribution arm in America.

You can see the radio itself here too (above). The first Japanese radio ever to make it ‘big’ outside of Japan. So big that a host of copycats followed suite (you can see those designs ranged behind the Sony original).

Many thanks to Eric Wrobbel for his kind permission to use the above images. Check out Eric’s website for more on this vintage tech, for information on his own publications, other subjects on his site and his YouTube channel.

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  • Reply
    7th September 2021 at 2:48 pm

    The ideal fisherman’s pocket entertainment—back in the day these were also a big item at the beach.
    I remember hot sunny afternoons and the tinny little sound of top 40 radio coming from the nearest cute girls sporting Sony transistors and wearing provocative bikinis.
    Ah yes—those were the days.

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      7th September 2021 at 2:50 pm

      Steady, DoctorFine…steady. ;

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