[O.M.G.S. Suburbia]

   O.M.G.S. Suburbia, 1964

Approximately 5-3/4 inches / 146 mm wide.

As emblazoned on the front in big type, this radio has twelve (count 'em!) transistors.  The performance is very good, but I suspect at least a couple of the twelve transistors in the circuit may have been added for marketing purposes.

Back in the very early days of radio, buyers came to associate more tubes in a radio with better performance and higher quality.  It took only a few years before some unscrupulous manufacturers started using weird designs or "dummy" tubes to artificially inflate the tube counts of their radios.  It wasn't long before transistor-radio makers began doing the same thing with transistors in the 1960s.


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