Here is a brief summary of facts
and observations regarding the important aspects of Trans-Aire contributions
to transistor history:
● Trans-Aire designed
and manufactured inexpensive transistor radios during the 1950s and 1960s,
with facilities in several suburban NY locations, including New Hyde Park, Jamaica
and Mineola. During the 1960s, Trans-Aire also maintained a manufacturing
facility (Trans-World) in Hong Kong.
● Trans-Aire radios were
branded with a variety of names (almost never Trans-Aire). The most common
radio house brands made by Trans-Aire include Harlie, Saxony, Electra,
Montvale, Mayfair tape recorders and Sinclair oil company radios.
Trans-Aire also made many radios for Bulova (Joe recalls AC-powered table
radios branded Bulova.)
● A key factor in
Trans-Aire’s success for low-cost manufacturing was the use of “fallouts” (factory
rejected transistors) from such companies as Raytheon, GE and Fairchild.
These rejected devices were bought very inexpensively in large quantities,
and then re-tested and relabeled by Trans-Aire for use in radios. In order
to meet good performance levels, while minimizing costs, these “fallout”
transistor tests were quite extensive, and conducted to determine best
circuit placement (audio, driver or high frequency) for the devices. Paper
labels or different color paint swatches were used to identify performance
levels of the tested transistors.
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