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1957 Standard SR-F22

Shirt pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
4 1/2 x 2 7/8 x 1 1/4 inches / 114 x 73 x 32 mm
Six transistors, superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Manufactured by Standard Radio Co., Ltd., Japan

Every collector has a fish that got away, and this is mine, one of the very first Standard SR-F22s ever made — it had a serial number just above 240, and the serial number was typewritten on a pasted tag of paper rather than printed on a label. The cabinet color was not quite as green as this old scan from my M31 Transistor Radios website page, but it was nothing like the smooth, soft pale green of other SR-F22s or Mignons I've seen since. I honestly have no idea whether I sold it, traded it, or it simply got lost among the many other things that have gone missing in my move from the US to Europe ten years ago, and maybe it's still tucked away somewhere in a tub in storage — I'd really like to think so!

Certainly one thing that can be said about the SR-F22 is that it has a very strange cabinet face, and not a very pleasant looking one at that — the 1958 Standard Mignon FT-7 which used the same chassis as the SR-F22 dramatically improved on its cabinet face, unifying the speaker grille with the top half of the set to create a really gorgeous cabinet face.

1957 Standard SR-F22

1957 Standard SR-F22

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