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A comment on functional simplicity.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by John Backlund, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. John Backlund

    John Backlund Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Right now I'm sitting at a rest area midway across South Dakota in a rented 13-foot cube van that's also pulling my MIL's Ford Taurus on a trailer, and I just wanted to take a moment, before moving on, to remark on the amazing thing I found in the center of the van's dashboard.
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    It's a radio, and that's all it is.

    Two bands, AM and FM.

    No bullsh#t, just a radio.
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    Intuitively simple, and VERY easy to operate.

    Unlike the 'sysytem' in our Ford F-150 and Nissan Murano, this amazing gadget doesn't require it's user to download a thousand page manual to figure out how to change it from FM to AM. Looky there, it has a band selector button right there in front of God and everybody.

    Wanna have it look for a different station? It has a clearly visible 'seek' feature right there under that horizontal screen thingy between those two knobs at the sides.

    I love this thing, and wish it came in more vehicles as an option.

    It has occurred to me that this radio may be the telecaster of vehicle entertainment systems, no frills, no BS, just solid functionality.
     
  2. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Sliders on car radios bug the hell out of me! Just give me an effing tone knob!
     
  3. stormsedge

    stormsedge Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I agree! I'm in the hunt for a '69-'72 something with a similar radio, rust patina, and an engine I can hit with a hammer. Just missed a GMC last week.
     
  4. Chandlerman

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    There is nothing on AM or FM that I would ever want to listen to. But yeah, simple is good.
     
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  5. don71

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    I dig the no frills. I often think we have too much gadgetry in ordinary things.
     
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  6. Deeve

    Deeve Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Yeah, it's the Esquire or P-Bass of radios - and probably all I'd ever use.
    If it was to "add a second pickup" it might have a usb input but really, why junk it up?

    Peace - Deeve
     
  7. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

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    This was the radio in my very first car (a 1967 Chevelle Malibu, fire engine red with a black vinyl top):

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    I really miss that car... And, those days!

    This isn't mine, but it is identical in every respect:

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    [sigh]
     
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  8. boneyguy

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    Listen to that radio like it's a rental!!!!
     
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    The "Audio" button looks confusing.
     
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    Good luck finding good music...
     
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  11. Edgar Allan Presley

    Edgar Allan Presley Friend of Leo's

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    The "CLK" button makes the singer or speaker on any station sound like a chicken clucking. Man, I wish radios still had that feature.
     
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    Turn it to the country station and play along to the chikun pickun!
     
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    Great if you like Mario Lanza and Doris Day. :D
     
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  14. Marc Morfei

    Marc Morfei Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Is there a slot for 8-track tapes?
     
  15. Prairie Phoenix

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    I would use that SO much
     
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    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I remember the radio on my first car.
    It was a 56 Chevy with a tube AM radio.
    It took a minute to warm up.
    It had a dial, but I never moved it from KNOW, the local AM Pop music station.
    I got the car in 1973, when I was 16, for 200 grocery-sacking dollars.
    There was lots of great stuff on that radio.
    I was 16, and had a sweet girlfriend, cool car, 68 gold top, and Marshall stack.
    I was king of the world!
     
  17. John Backlund

    John Backlund Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Balance, bass, treble, that's it. A worthy sound adjustment feature, and dirt simple to do.
     
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  18. John Backlund

    John Backlund Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    No, that would be, as Jed Clampett once said..."A might pridefull to thems what ain't got".
     
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  19. John Backlund

    John Backlund Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    I usually only listen to news/talk radio anyway.
     
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  20. John Backlund

    John Backlund Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    I don't care what people say about that computer game plumber guy, but
    don't be 'diss'n' Doris, man!
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