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In terms of production, the Sony TR-72 portable radio had a relatively short life of just a few years and yet went through numerous revisions. Reputable analysis suggest that only 40,000 of these TR-72's were ever produced spanning about 4 years. This "Gendis" version was manufactured for 'Sony of Canada Ltd' at a time when the "Sony" moniker only existed as a brand name of the Japanese company Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo. Like all "Sony TR-72" radios, they were made in Japan. Wooden case is hand made from hardwood, possibly cherry wood.
Age: Although this is a "Gendis" Canadian model, it appears to be from 1956. By spotting key identifiers such as transistorized on the metal front plate, coupled with a low serial number (11052), these are some obvious clues that this is indeed an early model. A great editorial on this TR-72 model is paramount reading for any radio buff, at www.jamesbutters.com/sonytr72.htm. Highly sought after and highly collectable, this radio retailed for $89.95 back in 1958. The last time one was sold or even offered on eBay was four years ago in March 2012 when it sold for $218 USD.
Condition: Wood has some small superficial marks. One 'arrow' on top which points to volume is loose (slight wear to the finish can be seen as it 'spins' on the hardwood finish). Internals are clean, no corrosion whatsoever. Original plastic battery tube is included, which can be seen clearly in at least one photo (there are ten photos in all). Radio works fabulously: we tested it with 3 "D" cell batteries and it picked up local stations and pumped out very good sound.
Serious collector? Ask us for more info and photos. We'd be happy to gently take this TR-72 down from the top shelf for closer inspection.
A history of "Sony Canada" including "Gendis" can be found on Wikipedia here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Canada