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Will the real maker of ITT radios please stand up

 
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Will the real maker of ITT radios please stand up

Post by crackle » Sun May 15, 2016 7:10 pm

At the NVCF today I was intrigued when I saw this radio.
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The Boots TR600

It looked very familiar, I just had to buy it to take home to make some comparisons.
Yes, here it is again this time badged as an ITT Colt from around 1972.
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ITT Colt

The plastic case, trim and handle of the 2 radios are identical, the chassis inside to all intents and purpose is also identical.
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Boots TR600 back
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ITT Colt Back

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Boots TR600 chassis
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ITT Colt chassis

The only difference to be seen is the dial markings.
The Boots Audio radio is Made in Malaysia. The ITT radio is not marked with country of origin but I have another ITT Colt with a simulated wood front and that was "Made in Hong Kong by ITT"
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ITT Colt with wood effect front

So who really made these ITT radios of this era.

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Re: Will the real maker of ITT radios please stand up

Post by Paul_RK » Mon May 16, 2016 12:27 pm

Quite a global assortment of factories, it would seem, not least as I was looking just now at a 1970-ish Regentone on eBay manufactured in American Ryukyu to a specification from Footscray.

 
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Re: Will the real maker of ITT radios please stand up

Post by crackle » Mon May 16, 2016 12:39 pm

Ah yes the TR419. Got one of those, but still looking for theKB KR019 though.

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Re: Will the real maker of ITT radios please stand up

Post by Paul_RK » Mon May 16, 2016 1:12 pm

I'm very surprised that model dates from as early as 1965, though a glance at the tuning scale (Light, Third, Home) should have given me a clue! It looks so like the radios I was used to seeing in shops around 1970, but the chromed grille bars of those usually didn't take long to begin to lose their shine.

 
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Re: Will the real maker of ITT radios please stand up

Post by Michael Watterson » Mon May 16, 2016 1:52 pm

OEMs.

It's like today, you can find the expensive Roberts at a fraction of the price with a different badge or case. Just a marketing division of Glen-Dimplex.
Or today's Bush/Alba badge owned by Argos.

I guess ITT increasing outsourced, especially cheaper models. At least the last five Ever Ready transistor sets completely outsourced. The Model B and C were not Ever Ready chassis, as Marconi/EMI used same as B and Cossor the same as C.

Plessey did a lot of Co-op Defiants? Pye maybe did some pre-war Every Ready / Lissen, at least the chassis metal work.

 
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Re: Will the real maker of ITT radios please stand up

Post by Cathovisor » Mon May 16, 2016 2:54 pm

Michael Watterson wrote:Or today's Bush/Alba badge owned by Argos.

Probably for not much longer. Argos - or to be more accurate, Home Retail Group - has been bought by Sainsbury's. Completion of takeover due in third quarter.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35941233
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35290161

Whether they're buying the IP that goes with HRG's ownership of the Bush and Alba names I do not know.


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