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1961 Decca Debonette TP50

Small leather-covered portable
8 7/8 x 5 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches / 225 x 146 x 57 mm
2-band MW/LW, six transistors (Mullard, OC44, 2x OC45, 2x OC81, OC81D, +OA70 diode)
Superheterodyne circuit, vernier tuning
Two 9-volt batteries
Manufactured by Decca, London

The Decca Debonette truly is the "Mister Potato Head" of transistor radio cabinet design and absolutely one of my very favorites... This set's MW and LW bands are calibrated in meters, and both bands also display by name several broadcasters of the time. Another great thing about this radio is that the vernier tuning dial is just so smooth to the touch in tuning!


1961 Decca Debonette TP50


chassis — click on the photo for a larger image


from Supplement to Wireless & Electrical Trader, 8 September 1962, p.1


from Supplement to Wireless & Electrical Trader, 8 September 1962, p.2

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