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October 13, 2009

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Shorty

This radio is of much higher quality than the Taiwanese-built TO on this page. The earlier TO's are wonderful radios that didn't outperform all others of its day, but lasted and lasted, and could be considered a radio that you could keep until the grim reaper called.

I have two Royal 3000's, one that my father bought in 1965, and one from flea-bay that I restored (1968 vintage).
I love them.... Works of art.

They remind me of shoebox Chevys.
They endure thanks to their beauty - and remind us how great American craftsmen were. (and still are)

This Sony is a better conceived machine than the 7000. Rich looking too. The 7000 is cheap looking in stark contrast to the earlier Trans Oceanics.

I'll take the Sony.

herculodge

Shorty, so some TO's were built in Taiwan? I thought they were all American built. Thanks for the heads-up.

Shorty

Jeff: Not all the 7000's were built in Taiwan, just the latter ones. (I'm pretty sure) Examine the pics from bigapple59's 7000, and right there is a sticker showing the radio's origin.

I recommend the book: "The Zenith Trans-Oceanic, The Royalty of Radios" ISBN 0-88740-708-0

It has vital info for TO collectors. A beautifully illustrated record with many vintage ad reproductions within.

Amazon has it.

herculodge

Shorty, if I read that book, it will whet my appetite for a $500 model. I'm already jonesing for a Sony CRF model of some sort.

Xtof

The Sony on ebay is not a 320 but a CRF-230. The 230 is a 60ies radio, the 320 a late 70ies design. Big difference...

herculodge

Yes, it's a 230. Thanks for the correction.

Stephan

The CRF-230 was quite an advanced portable in its day, a flagship model pretty much in "price (almost) no object" class with build and a price tag to match. For most of the shortwave range it used a variable low 1st IF between 1.6 to 2.2 MHz (which was then converted to 455 kHz), I'd guess with both RF and IF tracking. Ceramic filters found use in the IF section, and the narrow bandwidth still manages clean 5 kHz separation, no mean feat for a set of this day. The other ranges are no worse. Inside, everything is neatly shielded. Literature states that there are over a hundred alignment points.

The only big minus would be the wasted readout accuracy, as the shortwave scales are only marked in 50 kHz intervals, miles apart on the film scale - 10 kHz tickmarks would have fitted easily.

Jeffrey McMahon

Great info, Stephan. Thanks.

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