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Old 16th February 2011, 00:11   #1
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My Vintage Radio

Brand:- PHILIPS
Model:- PRESTIGE
Year :- 1972 (May be earlier)

Still have the receipt / license paper. (Need to search again)
The radio have the same TEAK WOOD CASE / COVER from 1972.

Still it in excellent condition. Just listened it last week. Same crystal clear sound.


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Old 16th February 2011, 03:33   #2
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seems in pretty good nick...
Do you play it often or use it as a show-piece!

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seems in pretty good nick...
Do you play it often or use it as a show-piece!

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No is not a show piece.
We use it frequently.
As it don't have FM,so uses is not daily.
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Wow this is the exact same thing that was there in my house - worked fine in the 80s, and 90s.

But then I think we retired it from the services because of some issues (+ no FM).

This has t00bs in it, right?
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Wow this is the exact same thing that was there in my house - worked fine in the 80s, and 90s.

But then I think we retired it from the services because of some issues (+ no FM).

This has t00bs in it, right?
No idea it has "t00bs" or not.
BTW what is t00bs??
Sorry, for the question.I am totally dumb in respect of radio transistor.

Also have a "MURPHY" (sorry,Can not spell the exact name)radio.
Half of the size of the above radio and all wooden cabinet with big controller for volume / on /off . And another one for band.
It was not working till decade. Will dig it out.
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Wow!! have the same unit and one more with a Tube in front of it which helps in tuning. Yes these are the tube based ones. I just love the way it looks and its output is also pretty good!
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No idea it has "t00bs" or not.
BTW what is t00bs??
Sorry, for the question.I am totally dumb in respect of radio transistor.

Also have a "MURPHY" (sorry,Can not spell the exact name)radio.
Half of the size of the above radio and all wooden cabinet with big controller for volume / on /off . And another one for band.
It was not working till decade. Will dig it out.
t00b = vacuum tube = thermionic valve (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacuum_tube)
Old radios and TVs used to have these instead of solid state transistors and MOSFETs - due to high power application. (Solid state devices were not trusted beyond millivolts)

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Tubes are found in modern high end electronics as well. You just need to search a bit harder .
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^ That is because of debatable reasons.
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I agree with reignofchaos. the tubes or valves as they are some times referred are still used in high-end home amplifiers. I have one from Bang & Olufsen, If I remember correct then my dad had bought it some where around 1982-83 from Austria.
Its at my Chandigarh house & I had opened it once to to find small nuclear reactor type of inverted glass tubes.
One lost to the time is a bush radio with that omnious looking magic eye. I remember peeping hard inside that eye trying to find the singers singing inside that magic box.

Stop giggling boys... I was hardly 4 years old at that time.
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why try to look hard ?
If you are reading this, you are probably looking directly or indirectly at a tube
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^ Thats valid only if one has CRT.

TFTs are solid state devices (I am viewing on laptop)
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Hi,
My dad had a Philips Prestige 556 which he had purchased somewhere in his bachelor days and even now has the licence for it. It had the same ivory white front panel but with a dark brown varnish on the wooden box, A couple of years ago he had lost trace of it after giving it for some repair and totally forgot about it for some years. One fine day he realized that it was misplaced or lost for ever.
This Radio in the attached picture was spotted by me last month at a Puncture shop and asked him for it. I even promised to buy him a new age radio as a replacement. He said he had to ask his brother. So again I pursued him after 3 days, and got a negative reply. On the 5th day I thought "Man, why not try again". So, went to him and asked him to talk to his brother again and tell him that I need it. On the 6th day while I went to him, he agreed but in replacement for a DVD player but not for a radio. As luck was in my side, I had just replaced my Chinese / Delhi made car DVD/USB player from my car. I still agreed with his deal and rushed home to bring the DVD player for him. In 15 minutes I parted away with the car music player but returned happily with the Radio. Will be handing over this radio (My dad's lost treasure) to my dad while I go home in the coming week.
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I remember peeping hard inside that eye trying to find the singers singing inside that magic box.

Stop giggling boys... I was hardly 4 years old at that time.
I used to think exactly the same thing, that there were miniature musicians inside! Only, ours was a red-and-white Murphy radio.
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My Vintage Radio

Brand:- PHILIPS
Model:- PRESTIGE
Year :- 1972 (May be earlier)

Still have the receipt / license paper. (Need to search again)
The radio have the same TEAK WOOD CASE / COVER from 1972.

Still it in excellent condition. Just listened it last week. Same crystal clear sound.


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Thats a really nice antique radio you got. Even my family has had one big Murphy radio and a small Texla one along with a 20" B/W Western TV with shutter door cabinet. :P The last time the TV was powered, it functioned as a radio ( no picture only sound)

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Hi,
My dad had a Philips Prestige 556 which he had purchased somewhere in his bachelor days and even now has the licence for it. It had the same ivory white front panel but with a dark brown varnish on the wooden box, A couple of years ago he had lost trace of it after giving it for some repair and totally forgot about it for some years. One fine day he realized that it was misplaced or lost for ever.
This Radio in the attached picture was spotted by me last month at a Puncture shop and asked him for it. I even promised to buy him a new age radio as a replacement. He said he had to ask his brother. So again I pursued him after 3 days, and got a negative reply. On the 5th day I thought "Man, why not try again". So, went to him and asked him to talk to his brother again and tell him that I need it. On the 6th day while I went to him, he agreed but in replacement for a DVD player but not for a radio. As luck was in my side, I had just replaced my Chinese / Delhi made car DVD/USB player from my car. I still agreed with his deal and rushed home to bring the DVD player for him. In 15 minutes I parted away with the car music player but returned happily with the Radio. Will be handing over this radio (My dad's lost treasure) to my dad while I go home in the coming week.
Ilango thats quite a story, and nice to find that the story had a happy ending. I am sure your dad will be very happy to receive it.
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