Gizmos by Category

Sinclair Stuff

Cameras & Optical

Clocks Watches Calcs

Computers & Games

Geiger Counters & Atomic Stuff

Miscellaneous & Oddities

Phones & Comms

Radio & Audio

Tape Recorders & Players

Test & Scientific Instruments

TV & Video

 

Psst...looking for cheap 

nuclear stuff?

Gizmos A - Z

15-station Desk Intercom

Academy 'Camcorder' Radio

Accoson Sphygmomanometer

Acos SLM3 Sound Level Meter

Acoustic Coupler

Advance PP5 Stabilised PSU

Aibo ERS-111 Robotic Pet

Aiwa LX-110 Linear Turntable

Aiwa TP-32A Tape Recorder

Alcatel Minitel 1 Videotex

Aldis Folding Slide Viewer

Alpha-Tek Pocket Radio

Airlite 62 Military Headset

Airlite 71 Aviation Headset

Aitron Wrist Radio

Aiwa TP-60R Tape Recorder

AKG K290 Surround 'Phones

Amerex Alpha One Spycorder

Amstrad em@iler

Amstrad NC100 Notepad

Amstrad VMC-100 Camcorder

AN/PRC-6 Walkie Talkie

Apple Macintosh SE FDHD

Amstrad CPC 464 Computer

AlphaTantel Prestel

Archer Realistic Headphone Radio

Astatic D-104 Desk Microphone

Atari 2600 Video Game

Atari 600XL Home Computer

Audiotronic LSH 80 'Phones

Avia Electronic Watch

Avid Pneumatic Headphones

AVO Multiminor

AVO Model 8 Multimeter

Bambino Challenger Radio

Bandai Solar LCD Game

Barlow Wadley XCR-30 Radio

B&O Beocom 2000 Phone

Baygen Freeplay Lantern

Bellwood, Bond Spycorder

Benkson 65 LW/MW Radio

Benkson 68 Mini Tape Recorder

Benkson 79 Mini Tape Recorder

Benkson 92 Baby Sitter Alarm

Betacom BF1 Pianotel Phone

Betacom CP/6 Ferrari Phone

Bigston PS-5 Flat Panel Speakers

Binatone Digivox Alarm

Binatone Long Ranger 6 CB

Binatone Mk6 Video Game

Binatone Moontime Clock Radio

Binatone Worldstar Radio

Binotone Radio Binoculars

Bio Activity Translator

Biri-1 Radiation Monitor

Bolex Paillard 155 Cine Camera

Bowmar LED Digital Watch

Boots CRTV-50 TV,Tape, Radio

Beseler PM2 Color Analyzer

British Gas Mk 2 Multimeter

Brolac Camera In A Can

Brydex Ever Ready Lighter

BSB Squarial

BT CT6000 Moneybox Payphone

BT Genie Phone

BT Kingfisher Answering Machine

BT Linesmans Phone 282A

BT Rhapsody Leather Phone

BT Slimtel 10 HT2A

Cambridge Z88 Computer

Candlestick Telephone

Canon Ion RC-260 Camera

Cartex TX-160 Multiband Radio

Casio VL-Tone Keyboard

CD V-700 Geiger Counter

CD V-715 Survey Meter

CDV-717 Survey Meter

CD V-742 Pen Dosimeter

Casio CA-90 Calculator Watch

Casio WQV-1 Camera Watch

Central C-7980EN Multimeter

Channel Master 6546

Chinon 722-P Super 8 ciné

Citizen Soundwich Radio Watch

Citizen ST555 Pocket TV

Clairtone Mini Hi Fi Radio

CocaCola Keychain Camera

Coke Bottle AM Radio

Commodore 64 Home PC

Commodore PET 2001-N

Companion CR-313 Walkie Talkies

Computer Novelty AM/FM Radio

Compact Marine SX-25

Concord F20 Sound Camera

Connevans LA5 Loop Amplifier

Coomber 393 Cassette Recorder

Coomber 2241-7 CD Cassette

Contamination Meter No.1

Cosmos Melody Organ

Craig 212 Tape Recorder

Craig TR-408 tape recorder

C-Scope ProMet II Detector

Dansette Richmond Radio

Daiya TV-X Junior  Viewer

Dancing Coke Can

Dawe Transistor Stroboflash

Decca RP 205 Record Player

Decimo Vatman 120D Calc

Diamond Rio Media Player

Dictograph Desk Phone

Direct Line Phones x2

Dokorder PR-4K Mini Tape

DP-66M Geiger Counter

Duvidal FT-66 Tape Recorder

Eagle Ti.206 Intercom

Eagle T1-206 Intercom

Eagle International Loudhailer

EhrcorderTP-421 Tape Recorder

Electrolysis Cell

Electron 52D Spycorder

Electronicraft Project Kit

Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart Radio

EMS Stammering Oscillator

Ericsson Ericofon Cobra Phone

Estyma Travel Radio Alarm

Etalon Luxor Light Meter

Euromarine Radiofix Mk 5

Exactus Mini Add Calculator

Fairylight Morse Set

FEP Microphone & Earphone

Ferguson 3247 Tape Recorder

Ferguson FC08 Camcorder

Ferguson FHSC 1 Door Cam

Fi-Cord 101 Tape Recorder

Fi-Cord 202 Tape Recorder

Field Telephone Set J

Fidelity HF42 Record Player

Fisher-Price 826 Cassette

Fleetwood Globe AM Radio

Fonadek Telephone Amplifier

Franklin LF-390 Guitar Radio

Gaertner Pioneer Geiger Counter

G&E Bradley CT471C Test Meter

Garmin GPS III Pilot Satnav

GE 3-5805 AM CB Radio

GE 3-5908 Help CB Radio

GEC C11B2 Electricity Meter

GEC Transistomatic

GEC Voltmeter

General Radiological NE 029-02

Gfeller Eiger Phone

Giant Light Bulbs

Giant Watch-Shaped  Radio

Goodsell TC Record Player

Gowlland Auriscope

GPO Headset No. 1

GPO Keysender No 5

GPO RAF Microphone No. 3

GPO Telephone Series 300

GPO Telephone Type 746

GPO 12B/1 Test Meter

GPO Trimphone

GPO Ring Microphone No 2

Gramdeck Tape Recorder

Grandstand Astro Wars

Grandstand Video Console

Grundig EN3 Dictation

Grundig Melody Boy 1000 Radio

Grundig Memorette

Grundig TK-141 Tape Recorder

H&G Crystal Radio

Harrier Pilot AM/FM/Air Radio

Hacker Radio Hunter RP38A

Hacker Radio Mini Herald

Hanimex Disc Camera

Harmon Kardon HK2000

Harvard Batalion Radio

Heathkit GR-70 Multiband Radio

Heathkit Oxford UXR2 Kit Radio

Henica H-138 Radio Lighter

Hero HP-101 Intercom

Hitachi MP-EG-1A Camcorder

Hitachi TRK-8015 Cass Recorder

Hitachi WH-638 Radio

Hitachi VM-C1 Camcorder

HMV 2210 Tape Recorder

Hohner 9806 Organetta

Homer KT-505 Phone Amplifier

Homey HR-408 Recorder

Horstmann Pluslite Task Lamp

Ianero Polaris Spotlight

Ingersoll XK505 TV, Radio

Interstate Video Game

International HP-1000 Radio

Internet Radio S-11

IR Binoculars No 1 Mk 1

ITT KB Super AM/FM Radio

Ivalek De Luxe Crystal Radio

James Bond TV Watch

Jasa AM Wristwatch Radio

Juliette LT-44 Tape Recorder

Jupiter FC60 Radio

JVC GR-C1 Camcorder

JVC GX-N7E Video Camera

JVC HR-C3 VHS-C VCR

JVC HR-3300 VHS VCR

King Folding Binoculars

Kodak Brownie Starflash

Kodak 56X Instamatic

Kodak 100 Instamatic

Kodak Disc 6000

Kodak EK2 'The Handle'

Kodak EK160 Instant Camera

Kodak Pony 135

Koss ESP-6 Headphones

Kvarts DRSB-01 Dosimeter

Kvarts DRSB-88 Dosimeter

Kvarts DRSB-90 Geiger Count

Kyoto S600 8-Track Player

La Pavoni Espresso Machine

Le Parfait Picture Frame Radio

Linwood SImple Siren Car Alarm

Ludlum Model 2 Survey Meter

Macarthys Surgical AM Radio

Magnetic Core Memory 4kb

Maplin YU-13 Video Stabilizer

Marlboro Giant  AM Radio

Mattel Intellivision

Maxcom Cordless Phone

McArthur Microscope OU

Mehanotehnika Intercom

Memo Call Tape Recorder

Merlin Hand-Held Game

Micronta 22-195A Multimeter

Micronta 3001 Metal Detector

Micronta S-100 Signal Injector

Microphax Case II Fiche

Midland 12-204 Tape Rccorder

Military Headset 5965-99-100

Mini Com Walkie Talkies

Mini Instruments 5.40 Geiger

Minifon Attaché Tape Recorder

Mini-Z Electro Thermometer

Minolta 10P 16mm Camera

 

Widget Of The Week

Sony ST-80F AM/FM Tuner, 1969

If you think Apple have been clever in the way they’ve developed and marketed their products, they are mere amateurs compared with what Sony got up to in their heyday, from the early seventies until the late nineties. Like Apple today, Sony’s creativity wasn’t just confined to their products; they also had some really memorable advertising campaigns. Take the one (see below), with the somewhat wordy strapline: ‘It’s a good thing people don’t buy cars the way they buy Hi-Fi’. Not especially catchy, but combined with that wacky image it definitely made you look. However, like so many ads – more so these days -- it takes a while to work out what product is actually being peddled. If you look closer at the smaller photo, in amongst the hi-fi components, you might just spot a Sony ST-80F AM/FM tuner, just like the one featured here. 

 

It’s a shame it is so hard to see in the ad. It was one of the Sony’s most elegant products; it still looks as fresh as a daisy and is arguably as eye-catching as the weird car. The advert must have worked, though. The ST-80F and its companion Hi-Fi components sold by the bucket load, which is even more impressive given that they weren’t cheap, and the performance of the tuner, whilst generally rated as okay, didn’t exactly excite the Hi-Fi reviewers of the day.

 

The ST-80F was an upgrade of the ST-80, launched a year or so earlier. Outwardly they look the same but the F in the model number denoted the use of newly developed and rather exotic Field Effect Transistors (FETs) in the front end of the tuner, promising improved sensitivity and reduced noise. What really makes it stand out though is on the outside and that large circular tuning dial, with its soft green glow. It is framed by a sleek yet understated brushed aluminium panel, sitting atop a discrete control panel. But it’s not until you turn the tuning knob that you realise where the all money went. Behind the scenes the knob is coupled to a substantial flywheel, which drives a slow, precise and silky smooth pulley mechanism that makes tuning stations a truly tactical treat. There’s also added eye candy in the shape of a small tuning meter. Together they make it look and feel like a precision instrument, rather just another joyless button encrusted black box.

 

Staying with the innards for a moment longer, build quality is excellent, not to say vastly over-engineered for something that will spend its entire working life sitting on a shelf. There really was no need for all that heavy-duty metalwork, but if nothing else it meant that a fair few of them have survived, which is more than can be said for most of its rivals. The whole ensemble is housed in a simple but elegant wooden, teak veneered case. It smells great too, more so when treated to a wipe over with a good quality furniture wax. Around the back is a bank of screw terminals for external AM and FM aerials, and in a slot at the top of the panel there’s a mysterious black cylinder pokes out, that can be moved from left to right. This turns out to be the tuner’s ferrite rod antenna for AM reception; the adjustment allows the user to align it to the local transmitter for the best reception.

 

Short story short; I found it at a local car boot sale; the asking price was £15, I offered a tenner and we settled on £11, on the stallholder’s solemn promise that he had it working only the day before. Normally I wouldn’t have bothered but it seemed to be in unusually good condition and even if it didn’t work it looked smart enough to become the base for wacky table lamp (only joking, though such atrocities have occurred!). I needn’t have worried; following a thorough internal clean up and exterior waxing, then a quick mains test, it was powered up and it worked, and worked well. I can appreciate some of the comments in the reviews of the day, though. It is by no means bad, far from it, but it really needs a good rooftop or loft aerial to get the best out of FM reception, especially in a weak signal area. To be fair it should be heard through its companion amplifier, the TA-88, and matching Sony speakers, like SS-5088s. It’s on the to-do list and I ever manage to get my hands on them, at a fair price, I will update this item. Who really cares though? There’s pleasure to be had just twiddling that tuning knob and watching the dial turn – yes, I really do need to get out more often…

 

What Happened To It?

In the 80s and 90s Sony and many of its rivals updated their product ranges with alarming regularity, in some cases twice a year. But the early seventies were simpler times and the ST-80F probably hung around for 5 years or more. It’s hard to say exactly when the end came but the late seventies saw some seismic changes in home Hi-Fi design and manufacture. The introduction of integrated circuits, digital electronics and fancy displays brought with it a multitude of innovative features and functions, lower prices and the rising popularity of stacking systems, to accommodate new components, like high quality tape and CD decks.

 

The ST-80F was a product of an earlier, analogue age. It's life-

span was, therefore, limited but by all accounts it was a commercial success. The solidity of the design can be judged now by how many seem to have survived and how often they appear on ebay and specialist dealer’s websites. A decent quality runner will set you back around £30 - £50; expect to pay £80 or more for a well cared for example. On the other hand you will be very lucky to find a matching TA-88 amplifier for less than £100, so keep your eyes peeled for boot sale bargains, they are out there, and this setup is still capable of sounding good, even when compared with flashy modern digital squarkboxes.


DUSTY DATA

First Seen:            1969

Original Price:       £80.00

Value Today:         £30.00 (0519)

Features:                2-band (AM/FM) stereo superhetrodyne receiver, frequency coverage FM: 87 – 108MHz, AM: 520 – 1605kHz, rotary flywheel-balanced tuning, moveable ferrite antenna, manual/auto AFC, illuminated tuning dial and signal strength meter, line-level stereo output (phono), antenna connections (screw terminals, teak-veneered wooden case

Power req.                       240V AC

Dimensions:                    225 x 158 x 130mm

Weight:                             2.6 kg

Made (assembled) in:      Japan

Hen's Teeth (10 rarest):   6



Web

dustygizmos

Dusty Navigation

About Dustygizmos

Crystal Radios

Transistor Radios

Mini Tape Recorders

Spycorders

Sinclair TVs

Manuals

Tape Recorder Gallery

A - C    D- M     N - Z

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Gizmos A - Z

Minolta-16 II Sub Min Camera

Minolta XG-SE 35mm SLR

Minolta Weathermatic-A

Minox B Spy Camera

Modernage Bookcorder 405

Mohawk Chief Tape Recorder

Monatone D 5151 AM Radio

Motorola 5000X Bag Phone

Motorola 8500X ‘Brick’

Motorola Micro TAC Classic

MPMan MP-F20 MP3 Player

Music Man Talking Radio

My Power Megaphone

Mystery Microphone

Nagra SN Tape Recorder

National Hyper BII Flashgun

National RQ-115 Recorder

National Panapet AM Radio

National Toot-A-Loop Radio

NatWest 24 Hour Cashcard

Nife NC10 Miner's Lamp

Nimslo 3D Camera

Nivico JVC TR-514U Recorder

NOA FM Wireless Intercom

Nokia 9210 Communicator

Novelty AM Radio Piano

Nuclear Enterprises PDM1

Olympia DG 15 S Recorder

Onkyo PH-747 Headphones

Opax Stereo Microscope

Optikon Binocular Magnifier

Oric Atmos Home PC

Panda & Bear Radios

Panasonic AG-6124 CCTV VCR

Panasonic EB-2601 Cellphone

Panasonic Toot-A-Loop Radio

Panasonic RP-8135 Mic

Panasonic RS-600US

Parrot RSR-423 Recorder

Penguin Phone PG-600

Pentax Asahi Spotmatic SLR

Philatector Watermark Detector

PH Ltd Spinthariscope

Philips 13RF833 Turntable

Philips CD 150 CD Player

Philips Electronic Kit

Philips EL3302 Cassette

Philips EL3586 Reel to Reel

Philips GF300 Record Player

Philips N1500 VCR

Philips N4308 Tape Recorder

Philips PM85 Recorder

Philips P3G8T/00 Radio

Philips VLP-700 LaserDisc

Philips SBC RU 098 TV Remote

Phonotrix Model 1 Recorder

Pifco 888.998 Lantern Torch

Pion TC-601 Tape Recorder

Pioneer Hawaiian Phonograph

PL802/T Semconductor Valve

Plessey PDRM-82 Dosimeter

Polaroid Automatic 104

Polaroid Land Camera 330

Polaroid Supercolor 635CL

Polaroid Swinger II

Polavision Instant Movie

POM Park-O-Meter

Prinz 110 Auto Camera

Prinz Dual 8 ciné Editor

Prinz TCR20 B&W TV

Promax GV-298 Pattern Gen

Psion Series 3a PDA

Psion Organiser II XP

Pye 114BQ Portable Radio

Pye Q6 Two-Band Radio

Pye TMC 1705 Test Phone

R2D2 Lazerbuilt Novelty Phone

Quali-Craft Slimline Intercom

Rabbit Telepoint Phone

RAC Emergency Telephone

Racal Acoustics AFV Headset

Radofin Triton Calculator

Raytheon Raystar 198 GPS

Realistic PRO-62 Scanner

Realistic TRC 209 CB

Renown 402 Tape Recorder

ReVox A77 Tape Recorder

Roberts R200 MW/LW Radio

Rolling Ball Clock

Rolls Royce Car Radio

Ronco Record Vacuum

Royal/Royco 410 Recorder

Runbaken Ardwick Batt Test

Sanyo G2001 Music Centre

Sanyo MC-1/1A Mini Recorders

Sanyo MR-115 Tape Recorder

Sanyo M35 Micro Pack

Satellite AM/FM Radio

Satvrn TDM-1200 Sat Box

Science Fair 65 Project Kit

Seafarer 5 Echo Sounder

Seafix Radio Direction Finder

Seiko EF302 Voicememo

Seiko James Bond TV Watch

Sekiden SAP50 Gun

S.G. Brown Stick Earphone

Shackman Passport Camera

Sharp CT-660 Talking Clock

Sharp RD-303E Tape Recorder

Shira WT106 Walkie Talkies

Shira WT-605 Walkie Talkies

Shogun Music Muff

Silma 120M Projector

Simpson 389 Ohmmeter

Sinclair Calculator

Sinclair Black Watch

Sinclair FM Radio Watch

Sinclair FTV1 Pocket TV

Sinclair Micro-6 Radio

Sinclair Micro FM Radio

Sinclair Micromatic Radio

Sinclair Micromatic Kit (Unbuilt)

Sinclair MTV1A Micovision TV

Sinclair MTV1B Microvision TV

Sinclair PDM-35 Multimeter

Sinclair System 2000 Amp

Sinclair Super IC-12

Sinclair X1 Burtton Radio

Sinclair Z-1 Micro AM Radio

Sinclair Z-30 Amplifier

Sinclair ZX81

Smiths ECS Process Timer

Smiths SR/D366 Gauge Tester

Snooper Geiger Counter

Speak & Spell

Spirit Of St Louis Radio

Sony Betamovie BMC-200

Sony CFS-S30 'Soundy'

Sony DD-8 Data Discman

Sony CM-H333 Phone

Sony CM-R111 Phone

Sony FD-9DB Pocket TV

Sony M-100MC Mic'n Micro

Sony MDR3 Headphones

Sony MVC-FD71 Digicam

Sony SL-C7 Betamax VCR

Sony TC-50 Recorder

Sony TC-55 Recorder

Sony TR-55 Camcorder

Sony Walkman TPS-L2

Sony Rec Walkman WM-R2

Speedex Hit Spy Camera

Standard Slide Rule

Standard SR-V07 Miniature TV

Starlite Pocket Mate Tape

Staticmaster Static Brush

Steepletone MBR7 Radio

Stellaphone ST-456 Recorder

Stuzzi 304B Memocorder

Stylophone

Talkboy Tape Recorder

Tamrom Fotovix TF-56WE

Taylor Barograph

Tasco SE 600 Microscope

Teacup Novelty AM Radio

Technicolor Portable VCR

Telephone 280 1960

Telequipment Servicescope

Telex MRB 600 Headset

Thorn Radiacmeter

Thunderbirds AM Can Radio

Tinico Tape Recorder

Tokai TR-45 Tape Recorder

Tomy Electronic Soccer

Tohphonic HP-2T Intercom

Toshiba HX-10 MSX Computer

TR Gooseneck Microphone

Triumph CTV-8000 5-inch TV

TTC C1001 Multimeter

Uher 400 RM Report Monitor

UT-66 Video Sender

Vanity Fair Electron Blaster

Vextrex Video Game

Victoreen 471 Survey Meter

Videomaster Superscore VM8

VideoPlus+ VP-181 Remote

Vidor Battery Radio

View-Master Stereo Viewer

Viking Sol Invictus Metal Detector

Vivalith 301 Heart Pacemaker

VTC-200 Video Tape Cleaner

Waco Criuser AM Radio

Waco TV Slide Lighter

Wallac Oy RD-5 Geiger Counter

Weller X-8250A Soldering Gun

W E Co Folding Phone

White Display Ammeter

Wittner Taktell Metronome

Wondergram Record Player

Yamaha Portasound PC-10

Yashica AF Motor 35mm

Yupiteru MVT-8000 Scanner

`

All information on this  web  site  is provided as is without warranty of any kind. Neither dustygizmos.com nor its employees nor contributors are responsible for any loss, injury, or damage, direct or consequential, resulting from your choosing to use any of the information contained  herein.

Copyright (c) 2006 - 2019 dustygizmos.com

 

 

counter statistics