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KB Scarlet Rhapsody VP21

Portable radio
9 5/8 x 7 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches / 225 x 184 x 82.6 mm
2-band MW/LW, seven (eight?) transistors (Texas Instruments, 2x 2G374B, others unknown), superheterodyne circuit, vernier tuning
Two large 4.5-volt batteries
Manufactured by Kolster-Brandes Ltd., GB

A great piece of plastic, and scarlet it is — a bright red cabinet offset by a now ivory-colored speaker grille that probably was white in its time. One design problem here is the star motif — those stars belong to the midnight-blue background of the Starlight Rhapsody and they make no sense being here on this red cabinet body.

This Scarlet Rhapsody model apparently is a jazzed-up version of the six-transistor Starlight Rhapsody, — and while this model calls itself "Transistor Super 8", I count only seven transistors — maybe one is lurking beneath the circuit board. Besides the two TI transistors, there are three silver cans bearing only a logo that appears to be for "S.E.C." and function markings ("IF", "MIX") — there's also a silver top hat and a silver can locked inside a copper shield, but I'm not going there....


KB Scarlet Rhapsody VP21

KB Scarlet Rhapsody VP21


KB Scarlet Rhapsody VP21

KB Scarlet Rhapsody VP21


KB Scarlet Rhapsody VP21

cabinet back


KB Scarlet Rhapsody VP21

chassis — click on the photo for a larger image

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