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1956/57 Philco T7-128

Micro-table / small portable radio, thermoplastic cabinet
7 x 4 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches / 178 x 108 x 45 mm
Seven transistors (Philco, 2x L-5028, 2x L5113L, 2x L5114L, S-1001), superheterodyne circuit
Two 1.5v D cells

Philco's first transistor radio, the T7 can be found in two cabinet versions: the 1956 T7-126 with a painted metal speaker grille so soft that you almost can dent it just by staring at it, and the 1957 T7-128 which has a plastic louvered speaker grill that's not only dent-proof but also makes the radio look infinitely better than the 126. I'm showing only the T7-128 here — it's not just better looking than the 126 but also much less commonly found. One of the best and truly classic cabinet designs of the early US transistor radios!

1957 Philco T7-128


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