RARE 1975 SONY ICF 8900L
BIG PORTABLE WITH BIG PERFORMANCE
OUTSTANDING NEAR MINT CONDITION
TREMENDOUS TUNING CAPABILITY & WORLDBAND SHORT WAVE
MAINS (110v OR 230v) & BATTERY OPERATION
VERY HIGH SPECIFICATION
UNLIKELY TO FIND A BETTER EXAMPLE
SEE THIS ACTUAL RADIO PLAYING HERE ON YOUTUBE
SEE THE SONY ICF 8900L aT THE RADIO MUSEUM
Wow here is a sensational radio. It is rare, its unusual and its just a great radio for the enthusiast or layman alike. This has got to be one of the nicer vintage radios that has come into my hands. It will be difficult to replace. What makes this radio so great apart from its beutiful condition and full working order, is its interesting range of capability, its terrific performance and sound quality, and its Sony style.
Any 45 year old radio is bound to have some sign of use or age related deterioration, but yopu will need to look very hard and long to find anything of note with this beautiful example. The only very minor issue that prevents me describing it as mint, is that the aerial retaining clip is broken, and the rear battery compartment cover may be discoloured, although I tend to think that it may have started life a different colour as a contrast.
It is a delightful radio which reeks of quality, with top class materials, styling and performance, with fantastic tuning sensitivity accross its 6 bands. Its every inch a SONY.
The Spring 1975 Sony Brochure described it thus:
ICF 8900L. A new addition to the Sony range of portable radios, the ICF 8900L offers a comprehensive coverage of VHF, MW, LW, and 3 short wavebands. Although essentially a portable, the built in adapter also allows this radio to be operated from a mains supply. Separate bass, treble, and volume controls are of the slider type for easy operation. A maximum power output of 3 watts coupled with a large 6inch loudspeaker provides particularly good tonal response.
Equipped with a telescopic aerial for VHF and SW broadcasts and a built in Ferrite bar for MW amd LW. Aerial terminals are also provided to facilitate the use of an external aerial system.
SW1 7.0-18MHz (16,19,25,31,41M)
SW2 15-15.6MHz (Bandspread 19m)
SW3 5.8-6.4MHZ (Bandspread 49m)
Power 3 watts
4 transistors 2 x IC's, 4 diodes.
Power: AC 110v, 127, 220 & 240v 50/60Hz
Batteries 9v (6 x D cells)
DIMENSIONS 341 x 220 x 100MM
The radio is in excellent and full working order responding to smothly to all controls. It comes complete with its dedicated mains lead which can be fitted with a mains plug suitable for your local use.
I am providing a good range of photos for you to check out the condition of the radio for yourself, equally you should check out the link to the youtube video demonstration to check out the working condition.
This is a radio, that will be very difficult to replace you will be fortunate indeed to see or find a better example, and it will be a beautiful and interesting addition to any home or collection.
WHY" BUY IT NOW"
I list on a "BUY IT NOW" basis. I am unconvinced that auctions are a good buying experience.
You are obliged to "watch" something you want to buy for up to 10 days. Then, to stand a chance of winning you often have to set a date to be at your computer to enter a last minute bidding lottery, usually at an inconvenient time.
You end either dissapointed or concerned you have paid too much! Surely life is too short.
If you see something you like, and are happy with the price you should be able to secure it immediately.
No fuss. No problems.
BEWARE EBAY BARGAINS
Many vintage radios on ebay are poorly listed , without care, accuracy or honesty. You dont know exactly what you are buying from out of focus photo(s), and a scant description saying "untested as I dont have a battery". This may mean the bargain buy radio does not work and has iredeemable cosmetic issues. In short it becomes an expensive mistake that will never look or sound "right".
You may find such examples of this radio selling for less in ebay auctions. But with this radio you know exactly what you are going to get. I have provided a range of good clear photos, and a detailed accurate and honest description. The radio will have been cleaned and fully checked before despatch. I offer a full refund if the radio does not match description.
A working vintage radio in great condition offers tremendous value for money. Old radios are collectible, useable, and enjoyable, may well hold or increase in value, and many areavailable at a fraction of the cost of a new DAB radio that will struggle to match the sound quality, and certainly not the style.
This vintage radio is just a lovely thing to have. Buy It Now.
SAVE NOW: MULTPLE PURCHASE DISCOUNT
You may be interested in more than one of my radio listings? Purchase two or more at the same time, and I will be happy to apply a 10% discount applied to the combined Buy It Now prices of the radios. Further I will charge shipping at cost for the parcel with multiple radios. You will always save money pro rata on the shipping. For example to ship one radio to the United States generally costs £35, the cost for two will be around £45 (£22.50 each).
If you want to buy with the multiple doscount offer, dont delay (someone else can always buy while the listing is "live"), simply complete the Buy It Now for the radios, and I will adjust my paypal payment request to you accordingly.
STOP PRESS UK NEWS
ANALOGUE VINTAGE RADIOS REMAIN USEABLE UNTIL 2019 (& PROBABLY MUCH LATER)
Digital switchover plans for radio are a complete mess. The DAB technology simply is not capturing the public imagination, and the compresed sound of digital is a retrograde step for many. Because digital radio sales are so slow, and hardly any cars currently have DAB radios, the switchover TARGET date HAS BEEN DELAYED TO 2019. Many observers including this one, believe that even the 2019 TARGET will be missed and that vintage analogue radios will continue to be useable and the prefered choice of many listeners well into the 2020s.
READ MORE HERE
BUY WITH CONFIDENCE
Please also check my ebay feedback. Here is a selection of comments:
· Terrific seller! Item better than described, careful packing & int'l shipping.
· Brilliant seller, really helpful and arrived super quick just as described!
· Good communication & very prompt delivery of well-packaged item, 5-star seller!
· Excellent & Super Fast Delivery, Many Thanks
· Great seller would definitely buy from again!!!
· Item perfect for my needs, fast delivery, super comms, TNX Peter
· Arrived safely, as described. A
· Very good seller. Perfect radio!!!
· Superb item, super speedy delivery - top ebayer and gentleman, 5 stars, thanks!
· Nice chap to deal with, tracking info sent promptly and arrived in A1 condition
· Sorry for late feedback. Very very happy with this great Roberts radio
· Nice radio, Top Ebayer! Thanks, thanks , thanks !!! All tip top !!!
· Very nice radio and papers ! Many THANKS !!!