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General Electric Monster Mini

Discussion in 'I found this!' started by Mister X, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. Mister X

    Mister X Active Member

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    I could sense something special with this unit, a General Electric 3-5226A. I love the mini boxes, even a unibox is cool and this is no exception. I've never seen one up close before so I took a chance with the BIN option and found my new favorite unit.

    Just a hair bigger than some of the old clunky walkmans, I'd date this around 1981 but I don't know for sure. The build quality is top-notch and has a Sanyo Feel to it. Most of the surfaces are metal cladding and all the buttons and dials have a real quality feel to them. The Cyclops level indicator is cool, I believe it varies in brightness depending on what you are monitoring but it's easy to confuse it with a stereo indicator (this unit is mono)

    I have to think that it was pretty cool to be able to directly record the radio to tape but without a manual I don't know if it records in stereo. The belts will need to be done and I might bump it up in order since it's so cool. I've only got a few General Electric Boxes but they all seem to be a little better than normal.

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    I think the record head could give you a clue. And is there a headphones output? If so I'd find logical that the stereo-recording ability was related to the "stereo-ness" of the output when listening to FM.

    Very nice little unit indeed, I love that you say that it's just a hair bigger than a clunky walkman.
     
  3. T-ster

    T-ster Moderator Staff Member S2G Supporter

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    Very nice, good that you say it has a Sanyo feel as it is a Sanyo aka, M1700 i think..
     
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    Wow, you nailed it T-ster! I just googled that model and a ton of Sanyo Photos popped up. When I said clunky walkman, I had an Panasonic RQ-J6 in my hand, kind of a bigger personal cassette player. I didn't mean to disparage Walkmans....
     
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    I've got two of them Sanyos --one in red, so cute -- and I can testify that these minuscule fella can deliver a punch. They sound loud and clear. First time I see a rebranded version (General Electric, wow!). Great score
     
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    I'm equally surprised at the big sound coming out of the little speaker, any idea of the year of manufacture?
     
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    Yep I've got the Sanyo version too :)
     
  8. Mister X

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    According to the HIFIengine Website, it looks like a 1981 model with a blistering 1.6 watts of power! The catalog is in German so I can't translate more than that.

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    Very nice little recorders .
     
  10. Mister X

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    Thanks Patron! I took a gamble on it just cuz it was cute and small. Turns out these little units are beefy and sound decent for what they are. I just bought another similar brand, can't wait til it gets here....
     

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