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 Identify an AWA transistor radio, maybe sell me one?.
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 9:20:55 AM on 19 November 2019.
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 Location: Toongabbie, NSW
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Here is one for the brains trust.
Barbara had a little AWA tranny, she saved her pennies up and in 1962(?) she bought her own radio.
Her cruel husband (me) eventually threw it out in the late 70's when the batteries were hard to get.
(I bought her a better newer tranny that used normal 9 volt batteries.)
Now she wants it back!

Well it would be nice to buy one, problem is I have never seen one just like it.
We all have ones like the B42 "AWA Radiola Transistor" and every one I have, or seen, has a brown LEATHER sown case.

Barbara's tranny had a grey PLASTIC case.
The set was like a B42, left side dial, right side speaker, right side switch, left side earpiece socket.
The PLASTIC case was grey coloured and heat welded together with a PLASTIC carry strap.

Anybody seen one, know the model number, could sell me one, or even just the case, and I can put a B42 in it and pretend.

Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 1:10:54 PM on 19 November 2019.
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Like this one?

https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&id=7A1D...


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 1:18:39 PM on 19 November 2019.
Fred Lever's Gravatar
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Yep Brad that's the style.
I think Barbs one must have been end of production where they stopped using the leather supplier and tooled up for all plastic?
I wonder if anybody who worked there is still alive and can confirm that guess?

Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 1:41:22 PM on 19 November 2019.
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 7:00:15 PM on 19 November 2019.
Fred Lever's Gravatar
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Positive it was bought 61/62.
A big purchase for a 20 year old lass by herself with no man in sight.
Yes she was one of the original Ms's who demanded to buy things for herself.
Being 4' foot 7" and a 1/2 breed pom may have also been a help?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also had bought a portable record player, still have that.

Back to the set.
The set cabinet was a dead ringer for the B67 with the RECTANGULAR speaker holes.
The plastic case had round holes just like the leather cases.
Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 9:17:18 PM on 19 November 2019.
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B67 uses a modern PP3 type 9V battery. I gather what is sought is a model that used the old style 2362 battery like this:

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/evereadyau_9_volt_battery_2362.html


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 7:08:50 AM on 20 November 2019.
Fred Lever's Gravatar
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Yes GTC definitely the 2362 battery like a B42.
The odd thing out seems to be the Plastic Case.

I'm betting the cabinet and PCB would have been pretty standard through a lot of models.
This gets back to changing from leather to plastic at some time, or, using plastic for a time and then swapping back to leather?

I note some later models had NO case at all like the polished metal "pocket" types and the all plastic "brick" models, the ones with no dial.
All of that points to cost saving to stave off the flood of imports caused by that wonderful government we got that killed local industry in the 70's.

Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 10:05:17 AM on 20 November 2019.
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I am not sure of the year the one I have was made. I have a very similar (if not the same as the one pictured) still with its original leatherette case, ear piece still in its 'deal bag' and still in it's original box. It's never been powered up and I scored it some years ago for $20 - obviously from someone who was unaware of what originally packaged radios are potentially worth. Because it has always been in its box, even the lighter coloured plastics are all still the original colour.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 12:32:16 PM on 30 November 2019.
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Hi Fred.

I don't know if this is of any help, but I have a, "New Old Stock," cabinet for an AWA B24 radio.
Yours if you want it. It is fairly close in looks and control layout.

Wayne


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 7:13:59 PM on 30 November 2019.
Fred Lever's Gravatar
 Location: Toongabbie, NSW
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Thanks Wayne for the kind offer. Got a couple of leatherette cases and cabinets so I can put together a near copy, but....
The real problem is the desired case was grey welded plastic not brown stitched leatherette and I have never seen another one anywhere.

How I wish I had not thrown it out in some rare clean up!

Fred.


 
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