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Crown TR-830

I'm a fan of Crown radios. The early ones are incredibly well built and and they look fantastic. I picked this one up at a local radio swap meeting on June 9, 2012. The cabinet is made of a plastic which is similar in weight and feel to plaskon (maybe it is plaskon?) and it sports a metal chassis, is hand wired and utilizes socketed RCA transistors. In other words was built in the same fashion as a tube radio. I'm guessing this radio may be as early as 1957 or 58.

The front portion of the cabinet is pink and the back half is a grey/blue mix. The reverse painted tuning dial matches the color of the back of the cabinet which I try and show in the next picture.

I supplied the radio with its required 9 volts and the radio played loud and clear with good sensitivity and a passable tone. All the internal components seem to be original.


This radio shares certain cosmetic similarities to the Olympic 666 radio.

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Taken on January 1, 2004