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circa 1958 Toptone AR-610

Shirt pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
4 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 1 3/8 inches / 114 x 67 x 35 mm
Six transistors (oval Hitachi: HJ15, 2x HJ17D, 2x HJ22D, HJ23D, + 1N34A? glass diode)
Superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Manufactured by Tokyo Optical & Radio MFG Co., Ltd., Tokyo

An early Japanese pocket transistor radio that shows up on eBay quite often, sporting a completely unique cabinet design — the tuning dial is placed on the side of this set and tricked out in a wonderful reverse-painted 1950s automobile dashboard styling.


Toptone AR-610


Toptone AR-610


inside back cover


chassis — click on photo for a larger image

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