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1958 Channel Master 6501

Small coat pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
4 3/4 x 3 x 1 1/4 inches / 120 x 76 x 32 mm
Six transistors (Sony), superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Manufactured by Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Japan
Distributed by Channel Master Corp., Ellenville, NY

A beautiful and early Japanese transistor radio made by Sanyo — the Channel Master 6501 was an export product following the Sanyo 6C-8 that shares the same chassis, and the 6501 was clearly a big improvement in cabinet design over the Sanyo.

Channel Master 6501

Sanyo 6C-8

page from Channel Master sales brochure

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