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1959/60 Tunde 2

Micro-table, thermoplastic cabinet
6 1/8 x 3 5/16 x 1 11/16 inches / 156 x 84 x 43 mm
MW, six transistors (Hitachi, 2x 2SA12, 2SA15; Tungsram, 2x OC1071, OC1074)
Superheterodyne circuit, vernier tuning
Two tubular 3-volt batteries
Manufactured by EMV (Elektromechanikai Vállalat), Budapest

This Tunde 2 model is nearly identical to the original 1958 Tunde, Hungary's first transistor radio. In terms of the cabinet face, the only difference is the "2" added to this later version's nameplate. But just to complicate things here a bit, there actually were two original Tunde models, which have come to be designated as the Tunde "0" and the Tunde "1" (both versions displayed a nameplate saying only "Tunde") -- these designations come from the comprehensive Hungarian radio web site, “Radio Muzeum”.

The Tunde "0", reported to have been produced in 1957, was most likely an experimental model with a very low production run. It used a 9-volt circuit and Telefunken transistors. The Tunde "1", produced in 1958, was the first mass-production model — it retained the 9-volt circuit, replaced the Telefunken transistors with Hitachi transistors, and added vernier tuning.

The Tunde 2 model shown here has a 6-volt circuit, a vernier tuning dial, and has a combination of transistors made by Hitachi and Tungsram, a Hungarian semiconductor manufacturer, making this the first model incorporating transistors made in Hungary.

Both the Tunde "1" and Tunde 2 appear to have been made for export, as both models have the words "Made in Hungary" (in English) printed on their tuning dial faces. The Tunde 2 continued to be produced into 1961 or later.

1959/60 Tunde 2

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