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1964 Almaz (Алмаз)

Small coat pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
5 5/16 x 3 1/4 x 1 3/8 inches / 135 x 83 x 35 mm
2-band LW/MW, seven transistors (2x П401, 4x MП41, one hidden), superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Manufactured at Radiopribor Factory, Leningrad, Russia

Quite a bit smaller than the 2-band, 7-transistor Neva-2, Sokol and Topaz-2 models made in the previous year. Black body with a nicely contrasting white plastic louvered grill across the face. (And yes, you can say the dial area is reverse-painted plastic, but it's certainly nothing to write home about.) The LW/MW band switch is located on the back face of the radio.

Six of the seven transistors are identifiable — the one that isn't is housed inside that big, well-secured gold-colored canister visible in the lower left-hand corner of the chassis photo below.

1964 Almaz (Алмаз)

chassis — click on the photo for a larger image

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