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    Posted 9 months ago

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    Can someone shari any info on my radio that I have recently come to own please. I have contacted the radiomuseum in Montreal and would or could not help me. I have tried to research this beauty. There isn't alot of info on it.
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    1. fortapache fortapache, 9 months ago
      Whatever it is it is very cool. Just by looking I say 1950s/early 60s. RCA victor transistor radio. Shouldn't be that hard to find.
    2. keramikos, 9 months ago
      Hi, Shariler. :-)

      I think I found it:


      Transistor Six P-331
      Country: Canada
      Manufacturer / Brand: RCA Victor (International), Montreal
      Year: 1958 ? Category: Broadcast Receiver - or past WW2 Tuner
      Semiconductors (the count is only for transistors) 6: 2T73 2T76 2T76 2T66 2T65 2T65
      Main principle Superheterodyne (common); ZF/IF 455 kHz; 2 AF stage(s)
      Tuned circuits 5 AM circuit(s)
      Wave bands Broadcast only (MW).
      Power type and voltage Dry Batteries / 6 Volt
      Loudspeaker Permanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil) / Ø 3.5 inch = 8.9 cm
      Power out
      from Model: Transistor Six P-331 - RCA Victor International,
      Material Plastics (no bakelite or catalin)
      Shape Very small Portable or Pocket-Set (Handheld) < 8 inch.
      Dimensions (WHD) 7.25 x 4.25 x 1.62 inch / 184 x 108 x 41 mm

      The RCA-Victor model P-331 is a 6-transistor portable radio for standard broadcast reception. Has internal ferrite rod antenna and two earphone jacks.



      A very rare, and I mean RARE radio. This is the first transistor radio manufactured by the Nippon Victor Company in 1957-58. Nippon Victor was renamed Japan Victor Company or JVC. This example was made for export to Canada. There are only a handful of these known to exist. (the number could be as low as ten)

      It's a hefty coat pocket sized radio - very well made. The entire front panel is reverse painted.

      The domestic Japanese variant is even more attractive and equally as rare!

      I recently saw a newspaper ad that included this radio (the Ottawa Journal from December 12, 1958) which shows a retail price of $59.95



      RCA Victor Canada began to market Japanese-made transistor radios in late 1957, or quite early in1958. It begins with the P-331, a beautiful set made by NVC - later JVC - with Nipper on the large reverse-painted front panel and which was sold in the domestic Japanese market as the TS-600. (The TS-600 was launched around August of 1957 as NVC's first transistor radio.) That was followed by the P-330, which is based on the NVC TS-650.

      Following these two models, RCA Victor Canada appears to have gone on a path of selecting radios from a variety of Japanese makers as suited their motives at any given time.


      A service data manual (not free):


      RCA P-331 service data manual. Dated 1958.

      This is an original factory issued manual, it is not a copy.

      In good used condition. 4 pages.


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