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The R-52 was a radio-only set, designed and produced in 1929, just as RCA was preparing to purchase The Victor Talking Machine Company. It was virtually identical to the R-32 model in a larger "tall-boy" cabinet. The first units went on sale at just about the time the merger was complete, and they may be considered early "RCA Victor" products. Victor had usually relied on RCA to produce the radios in their radio/phonograph combinations, but this "micorsynchronous" radio was designed by Victor, and was considered to perform quite well. It was one of the last products to be engineered and produced by Victor. Both walnut and mahogany finishes were available. Although inexpensive, these were remarkably good machines, and featured beautifully figured cabinets.
Approximately 35,000 R-52's were produced in 1929 and 1930. List price was set at $215.00 (tubes were extra-cost items!). Since the impact of The Depression was becoming significant by 1930, many units remained unsold by dealers, who continued to market these models well into the early 1930's at a significant discount off list price.
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