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c.1961 Minivox RR-34B

Shirt pocket clock radio
3 7/8 x 2 7/8 x 1 inches / 98 x 73 x 25 mm
MW, six transistors (Matsushita: 3x 2SA101, 2SB171, 2x 2SB172), one OA90 diode, superheterodyne circuit
One tubular 9-volt battery
Manufactured by Minivox SA; La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland

A beautiful, sweet little pocket radio with rich reverse-painted plastic and a gorgeous Swiss-made clock on its face. Except for the clock, all components in this radio were made in Japan.

The manufacturer claims that the original c.1960 Minivox RR-34 was "THE WORLD'S FIRST AND SMALLEST POCKETSIZE CLOCK-RADIO" — true or not, this is the second version of that set, the RR-34B, providing a stronger audio output than the first version and using a single tubular 9-volt battery for power rather than three 1.5-volt cells.

Minivox RR-34B

Minivox RR-34B with jewel case

Minivox RR-34B with jewel case

booklet cover

booklet schematic and specs — click on the picture for a larger image

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