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Friday, March 8, 2013

Model 8008 Balance-type fashion radio | JVC (Victor Company of Japan)| 1970

JVC was founded in Yokohama, Japan in 1927 as “The Victor Talking Machine Company of Japan, Limited” (日本ビクター株式会社, Nippon Bikutā Kabushiki-gaisha), a subsidiary of the Victor Talking Machine Company. In 1932, JVC started producing radios.

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The repair manual for this radio describes it as “Model 8008 6-transistor single-band balance-type fashion radio”.  The single band is AM, which unfortunately renders the radio more a design curiosity rather than a functional device, unless a dedicated AM radio is what you’re looking for.

JVC Service Manual:  Model 8008 Balance-type fashion radio

Click to be taken to the Service Manual for the JVC Model 8008 radio.

JVC Model 8008 radio, electrical schematic

Schematic diagram of 8008”.  Page 7 of the manual above, Figure 11, shows the electrical schematic of the JVC Model 8008 radio.  Click for a much larger version.

The radio is 4-1/4” in height, 10” wide, and 3-1/8” in diameter.  The base is 6-1/4” in height by 4-3/4” in diameter.  With battery the entire radio weighs in at under a pound.

While a fantastic design that you might think more common, this radio is extremely rare.  On the occasions it shows up for sale generates a lot of interest.  Typical prices realized are in the $200 range, with higher prices for better condition radios.  I have always thought of it as looking more like a futuristic vision of a telephone than a radio.  The radio balances on the point of a tapering cone and can be picked up like a phone off of the stand to move it.  In order to balance, there must be a battery installed, otherwise the radio will appear lopsided.

As far as I am aware, this radio was only made in yellow and red.  If you know of any other colors, please comment below!

Yellow

JVC model 8008 radio, yellowJVC model 8008 radio, yellow

Front and back views of the JVC model 8008 radio on its stand.  When looking at the front of the radio, the speaker and battery compartment are on the left side and the tuning control is on the right.  The tuning control is done in reflecting chrome.  A mark on the radio conveniently identifies the balance point.

JVC model 8008 radio, yellow

Front view of the tuning part of the radio (right side, looking from front).

JVC model 8008 radio, yellow

Side view of the tuning part of the radio. Here is the on/off and volume control wheel.

JVC model 8008 radio, yellow

Rear view of the tuning part of the radio, which reads “8008” and is screened with “MADE IN JAPAN”.

JVC model 8008 radio, yellow

Front view of the speaker part of the radio (left side, looking from front).

JVC model 8008 radio, yellow

Side view of the speaker part of the radio. Here is an opening for an earphone jack.

JVC model 8008 radio, yellow

Rear view of the speaker part of the radio, which reads in a circle, “MANUFACTURED BY VICTOR COMPANY OF JAPAN, LTD.” This side has two finger grips and and arrow pointing in the counterclockwise direction. When opened, this is where the 9 volt battery that powers the radio is installed.

JVC model 8008 radio, yellow

Battery compartment.

JVC model 8008 radio, yellowJVC model 8008 radio, yellow

The base is conical and tapers to a point, on which rests the radio.  It is my understanding that there was originally a cardboard insert at the bottom of the cone.  It is usually missing.

Red

JVC model 8008 radio, redJVC model 8008 radio, redJVC model 8008 radio, red

Several views of the JVC model 8008 radio in red.

JVC model 8008 radio, box and insert

The JVC 8008 box and insert.

References

JVC History. Retrieved February 19, 2013 from http://www.jvc.com/company/index.jsp.

JVC.  Retrieved February 19, 2013 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JVC.


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Hi, would appreciate a credit for the red JVC Barbell radio, as those were from my Ebay listing for that item. Thanks, Chris Marzec, Chicago

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