As premium receiver collectors/users know, the 302A is certainly among the top rarest of the JRC professional/marine line. At the top of that line was the NRD-630, which was described by the company at the time it was being manufactured, as a “training” receiver. For some reason, though more of them were manufactured by JRC, the 302A is even more infrequently seen on the used market.
Listed as “typically unavailable” on Page 347 of the Osterman Receivers Past and Present guide, the 302A exceeds the previous 301A model in having ISB mode and a narrow 0.5 filter, with 1 Hertz tuning resolution. Previous other ultra-rare JRC sets on the Japan site included two NRD-95 receivers, both of which came in at over $5,000 U.S.
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Jason Walker, who writes:
I noticed a New Zealand news article that may be of interest to SWLing Post readers.
Approximately 400 vintage radios are to be auctioned in Nelson, New Zealand. Whilst I use more modern Tecsun radios, the article will be of interest for vintage collectors. Many of the Radios are New Zealand made and rare.
Thank you, Jason. Even though this auction has been widely publicized in New Zealand, the collection is so massive, I imagine bidders will be walking away with some excellent bargains. If I lived in NZ, I would certainly be a part of the bidding. I’d love to have an NZ-made receiver.
I really like the following quote from the Stuff.co.nz article:
The widower of the man who stockpiled the radios told Walker her husband had collected the stash from all over the country.
“His wife was a wee bit disappointed she didn’t know he had half the radios because he used to keep hiding them.[“]
How many of us can relate to that last statement? Let’s face it: par for course, right!? 🙂
Wow–thanks, Kris! What a fantastic array of vintage radios. I’m so happy I don’t live anywhere near Royal Wootton Bassett–the last thing I need right now is that sort of temptation! I’m afraid I’d walk away with a few vintage goodies if I attended.
Kris also points out one radio in particular: the Televisor-type chassis and Schaub Lorenz Music-Center (48 hour recording Radio):
He included a link to this video of the Schaub Lorenz Music-Center in action. An amazing bit of mechanical engineering:
“He had a big, shortwave radio he kept by his bedside,” said his daughter, Susan. “This thing would buzz all night. He’d have headphones on, listening to San Francisco, the British news. He was just a radio junkie.”
Jaeggle wasn’t just a radio listener, he was a radio collector. He bought his first cabinet radio from an auction as a pre-teen, and over the decades amassed a huge collection.
“He spent many hours torturing his family with the screeches, whines and whistles of accurate restoration in an ever-shrinking house full of radios,” Susan recounts, with a laugh.
“(The basement) was chock-a-block with radios,” said his ex-wife, Anne. “You kind of wandered down this narrow pathway to get from the bottom of the stairs to the laundry room.”
Jaeggle died on Dec. 8, 2014, at age 72. Almost three years later, his family has put his radios and gramophones up for sale Oct. 28 at Able Auctions in Abbotsford.
Sam Garandza of Able has never sold anything quite like it.
“This is the biggest collection I’ve ever sold,” said Garandza. “I think I had 70 radios in one consignment, but this has to be 400 or 500 radios. (There are so many) we are selling some in group lots, so we might end up with 200 to 250 lots.”[…]
These fine, collectable receivers appear on Ebay regularly, but this one is in pristine shape:
The asking price is a cool $1,800 USD, but for the near mint condition of this T-1000 it is likely appropriate; perhaps the new owner will acquire it for a “Best Offer” price. Other T-1000s on Ebay currently are priced from $370 to $1,299.
Of course, the cost is in-line with a collectable value; functionally, it’s reception abilities are almost certainly surpassed by a modestly priced SDRPlay RSP1 or a vintage Sony ICF-2010 for instance. The radio aficionado interested in the 55 year old T-1000 is not expecting best-in-class reception, but the chance to own a recognized icon of industrial design (the T-1000 is in NYC’s Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection).