This interesting appliance was produced in 1962 and it allows the reception of MV and FM from 88 to 108 MHz. This extension was not to be found in German devices that were produced for the European market at that time and that reached up to 100 or a maximum of 104 MHz.
Its elegance and refinement are worth noticing. This American manufacturing appliance is provided with a clock that keeps an extremely balanced and pleasant contour.
Like many American devices designed and manufactured 60 years ago, the lines and style are still modern and undated.
In fact, the graceful lines and small size are perfectly suitable for modern settings.

The alarm clock function is really reafined and when it starts, the radio section turns on simultaneously. Unlike the transistor appliances, being it a valve radio, it starts slowly until the valves warm up and its sound nevers winds up being annoying.
To put it shortly: a sweet awakening!

This strong aesthetic personality is the main reason I restore this series of American production equipment.
There are modern appliances that copy or are inspired by these designs, but owning an original is another thing!

The sound performance of these radios are modest compared to the German giants on this website, but you can connect a digital source to this small GE radio.
This possibility will be discussed later in detail.
In addition to listening to your IPad or PC, this unit is able to receive a Medium Waves.
This device is powered by 120 volts supplied by an adapter to be connected directly to the local power supply.
It also comes with a connection cable with a 3.5 mm mini jack compatible with any modern equipment such as an IPod, PC, etc.

Founded in 1890 by Thomas Alva Edison the Edison General Electric Company invented and produced almost everything that has to do with electricity, lighting, household appliances, industrial products, medical equipment and more.
Here is a brief list of the major inventions of the company.

1895 World's largest electric locomotives
1896 X-ray machine
1902 The electric fan
1910 The first Hotpoint
1914 World's largest electrical installation The Panama Canal
1918 Generator for Niagra Falls - Enormous power of one of the great natural wonders of the world
1922 Radio station WGY
1927 Brings TV into the home
1930 First Electric washing machine

Courtesy of NBC

1932 GE scientist Irving Langmuir win the Nobel Prize for his pioneering research in the field of surface chemistry
1938 GE invents the fluorescent lamp.
1942 The first U.S. jet engine the I-A.
1943 Auto pilot
1947 A two-door refrigerator
1953 GE chemist Daniel W. Fox makes discoveries leading to the development of Lexan polycarbonate resin
1955 first reproducible process for making diamonds
1957 the J93, the first engine to operate at three times the speed of sound
1957 the world's first licensed nuclear power plant
1959 The first halogen lamp
1961 GE opens space center at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
1962 superconducting magnet over 100,000 gauss
1969 GE supplies overall quality control, systems engineering support, for th Apollo 11 mission
1981 GE Lighting produces 3 ft. long fused quartz ingots that can be drawn into fiber optic strands 25 miles in length.

Following results of the researchs are less made public.
This company had no difficulty producing radio equipments!

Source - General Electric

Year of production: 1962

Superheterodyne IF: 455/10700

6 AM Circuits
8 FM Circuits

Medium Waves (OM)
FM 88-108 MHz

Wideband loudspeaker

Plastic case

Dimensioni (LHP) :
13" Length - 5.5" Width - 6 Height

Net weight: 113 oz

6 tubes:
19JN8 12BE6 12BA6 19HV8 12AU6 50HK6

Lighted tuning displayis

Very nice the solution to illuminate only the scale of the band you are listening.

On the left the switch is in AM position.

In the photo to the right instead the switch is in FM position.


Inside the cabinet there is a ferrite aerial for AM reception.
It's sufficiently efficient but extremely directive, so the position of the radio impact on the quality of reception.
The back panel is prepared to connect an external antenna for the FM band.
With a good FM aerial the reception would be good.


Clock section :
The upper knob of the watch has the following functions:

Radio Alarm
No Alarm

On - Radio on
Off - Radio off
Sleep 0-60 min. - Radio will turn off with delay

Radio section:
The left knob controls the volume
The outer central knob controls the tone, the concentric allows you to select the band.
The bands provided are two, AM and FM.
For FM you can choose whether with AFC (Automatic Frequency Control) or without.
I recommend using the normal FM of the research station and then switch to FM-AFC to remain docked to the radio station chosen.
Finally the right knob is the tuning.


It was used an 10 inch loudspeaker performant enough despite its size.
The audio spectrum, which can be expected for transmissions in medium wave is sufficiently reproduced.

We are not talking of course of deep bass and treble bright, but only a voice clear and intelligible without fatigue.



Aerial AM - FM inputs, ground.

All photos of the restoration works have been lost due to the failure of my Hard Disk - The restoration can not be documented

The ubiquitous suggestive night image of GE C-525A ready to run

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