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Vintage Solid State AM Radio / Lamp made by Audition
A rather curious-looking thing…! This is a vintage radio / lamp with a few curious design and functionality characteristics. Made by (or at least labelled as) “Audition” and originating from Japan, this is a fairly standard AM radio combined with a small lamp which has two intensity settings, low and high. The quirkiness arrives with the layout and the dials and switches, of which there are several. Three switches cover the main functiona: radio on/off, lamp on/off, lamp low/high, with the two rotary dials for volume and tuning. The speaker sits between the two of these, with the lamp – the shade of which is relatively small – positioned on a higher “step”. There’s an earphone socket on one side of the case and underneath there is a recess for mounting it to a wall. It’s all a little bit weird, but rather fun. It’s certainly different.
The radio and light are fully functional, and it actually feels rather well constructed. There are one or two signs of age and use, but nothing visually distracting, and the plastic housing is solid with no chips or cracks. The base measures approximately 9cm by 15cm by 8cm (3½ in. by 6 in. by 3 in.), the chromed gooseneck is approximately 30cm (12 in.) in height when fully extended and the shade measures approximately 10cm (4 in.) in length with a front diameter of 6cm (2¼ in.). The lamp takes a standard 12V mini bayonet bulb which are widely available.