Sears Model 250 Portable 8-Track AM/FM/FM Stereo, Works AC or DC - $115 (Northside)
make / manufacturer:Sears
model name / number:250
size / dimensions:15" x 12" 7"
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This portable radio & 8-track unit is functional and in great shape. The speakers sound great either detached or together like a boombox playing out the front and back. This rare piece will be the find of the year for a vintage electronics hobbyist. If you're interested, read on down - I'm open to bartering.
This model was featured in the 1972 Sears & Roebuck catalog... A portable Solid-State AM/FM/FM Stereo/8-track Player, Model 250. It is marked on the back as "250.21300200". The AC cord is included and it will function on 6 D-cell batteries too. Adapters exist to fit 1.5v AA batteries into D-sized holders. The cigarette lighter power adapter is missing but replaceable.
8-track cassettes load into the side of the player. It does play the couple of 8-tracks I've tried. Button lights indicate the program, 1-4. Take a scroll through the pics to see it in hand as well as detached.
It has an attractive, classic control panel with a warmly lit tuner, knob controls for tuning and volume, slide tone controls for bass and treble, a balance switch, and the mode indicator lights. The slide switches can crackle while adjusting but all do in fact work. The antenna is 3' and A+, never been bent or caught in the car window. It'll find and hold the faintest signal possible in AM, FM or FM Stereo. The carrying handle slides down and out of the way when not needed.
Without a doubt, the coolest part is that it splits into Left-Right speakers. I'd never seen this on a vintage portable before and it's amazing. The cord connecting them allows for about 6 feet of separation for stereo sound, and it can get loud. With the volume halfway up, it fills a room. The speaker wire and the power cord can be wound and stored inside the two halves *without* disconnecting—the left and right speakers can both remain connected, and the AC cord snaked out so the player can be used when it's latched shut. Stereophile Magazine 1972 centerfold home and away player.
It weighs over 10 pounds, a couple more with real D-cell batteries, though I do recommend the adapters which allow smaller rechargeables to be used in place of C-cell and D-cell ones. One stripe of silver trim is absent from the back. Please see the pics, what's left is a bit of the hardened factory glue - no broken bits.
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