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1958 Bebe Grammont

Small portable, nylon cabinet
6 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 1 7/8 inches / 160 x 95 x 47.6 mm
2-band MW/LW, six transistors (Thomson / COSEM — see below), superheterodyne circuit
Four 1.5-volt cells
Manufactured by TED (Technique et Décoration) for Television Grammont, France

A wonderful nylon-cabinet small portable radio — both examples I have look nearly as new as the day they were made.

Like many European MW/LW radios, this set's MW band is calibrated in meters and the LW band displays the handful of LW broadcasters by name. Radios made in France designated their bands as "PO" (Petites ondes) and "GO" (Grandes ondes), "PO" being MW, and "GO" LW.

The two examples I have of the Bebe Grammont incorporate two different complements of transistors. The red-and-black: COSEM (France), SFT95, SFT102, SFT103, 2x SFT106, SFT123. The gray-and-black: Thomson (France), 2x 36T1, 37T1, 9Y1T1M?, 2x 988T1. The chassis photo below is of the gray-and-black model.

1958 Bebe Grammont

1958 Bebe Grammont

chassis — click on the photo for a larger image

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