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Ok gang, the Gakken kits from Japan are going quick, here’s the next one we’re releasing! The vacuum tube radio kit – From Gakken’s Sophisticated Science Kit for Adults, this great kit allows you to put together a real, functional, vacuum-tube radio! Includes a pin straightener for the vacuum tubes, a testing microphone so you can make sure everything is hooked up correctly to produce sounds, rubber feet on the fiber board to minimize “howling,” a variable condenser to allow for finer tuning, a recreation of 60-year-old circuits, and a more powerful transformer for better volume and sound quality. Runs on five 9V batteries and one “C” battery (batteries not included). Tubes are 100% functional NOS tubes. Make is proud to be the exclusive distributor in North America for these brilliant kits! Here’s a build video to check out from 2006 (not ours, but the same kit).

6 thoughts on “Vacuum tube radio kit

  1. Excuse my ignorance, but do these things get FM stations? I’d really like to make one, but if all I’ll get is talk radio, I think I’ll pass.

  2. I’ve gotta say, new tube gear is nice. But. That seems like it’s sort of more of a conversation piece than a solid tube receiver.

    The sale site amazingly neglects to mention which bands this receiver gets, but I’m guessing it’s limited to the 0.5-2.0 MHz range (e.g.: mediumwave, aka broadcast AM in the US).

    Yeah, you could spend $99 and have to assemble this limited mediumwave receiver. Or you can hit ebay and buy a Hallicrafters S-38 series wideband receiver and have an decent 0.5-30MHz AM/CW receiver for $50 shipped. It’ll probably work okay, or you can get some practical experience replacing the electrolytic capacitors and restore a practical and functioning piece of history.

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