Audio Anthropology

    Take Me to the Pilot

    Issue 161

     

    Look at this beauty! Toshiba AM radio, 1955. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Masaki Ikeda (talk).

    Look at this beauty! Toshiba AM radio, 1955. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Masaki Ikeda (talk).

     

    A late 1950s or early 1960s Pilot Radio Corp. SA-232 stereo amplifier. These were high-quality amps in their time and could be paired with the Pilot SP-210 preamplifier by means of a dedicated umbilical cord.

     

    Pilot SA-232, rear view. The green dummy plug covers the umbilical cord connection for the SP-210 preamp. Courtesy of StereoBuyers/High-End Auctions, photo by Howard Kneller.

    OK, not strictly vintage but a 1970s icon reborn. The JBL L100 Classic, a modern re-issue of the JBL L100, one of the most famous loudspeakers of all time.

     

    Potent portable: 1960 Motorola transistor radio ad. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

     

    Howard Kneller’s audio and art photography can be found on Instagram (@howardkneller@howardkneller.photog) and Facebook (@howardkneller).

    2 comments on “Take Me to the Pilot”

    1. Wow, that “transistor” (as my Dad used to call it) was pretty pricey! $24.95 in 1960 would be about $245.00 today. But hey, it was cutting edge technology!

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