Making the Grade

Making the Grade

Written by Frank Doris


We thought it was a tube tester at first...but no, it's an electronic egg grader!



The ventilation grille alone is enough to make us want this 1960s Fisher X-100 tube integrated amplifier. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Joe Haupt.



For true analog purists, here are two stylus force gauges from Metrosound and Shure. I probably acquired both in garage sales decades ago. Both can be surprisingly accurate, if somewhat fiddly.



It's Elektro the Moto-Man, the smoking robot! From Radio Craft, August 1939.



Presenting the Motorola Changeabout: in case you could only afford one 8-track player after making the payments on your house, car, and boat.

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