Scott T33S

November
1 9 7 2 november 1972
1 9 7 8 1978

Scott, Germany-owned and operated since 1973, had been at the forefront of digital FM reception, alongwith Heathkit and SAE (west) and JVC (east).

A french october 1977 ad says that the T33S was the basis for Scott's 1975 RD1000 receiver - a prototype never released. The same french ad also says that the 1975-1977 period saw Scott register 150 worldwide patents related to Hi-Fi.
Also that the T33S suffers a frequency variation of only 0,0001% and that it has perforated cards acting as memory presets. Yes : perforated cards which the owner perforates himself with the Scott-supplied perforator !

Somewhat fastidious at first but sliding a card in to choose a preset station really has some of a sci-fi taste to it.
Really a hand-made automatism, just like the rest of the T33S which obviously was made in very small quantities and hand-made from top to bottom.

A more remembered competitor is the Toshiba ST-910 for instance but it came later and was built to the exacting industrial japanese standards...
Sony cautiously waited 1977 and never commercialized its early 70s ST-5555 prototype until IC integration got a bit more under control - and by which time, the T33S was a very old thing from the early days.

It seems the original Motorola ICs were replaced by Siemens ICs in the samples made for Europe - which is where most ended up anyway as the T33S really was developped there : all T33S were hand-assembled in Germany by SYMA, Scott's distributor but in fact much more : the "S" in T33S means Syma...


Thanks to Dirk, Steffen and Klazien who have all provided a lot which only owners and restorers can provide !
Dirk has also gracefully provided the code for the memory cards - "call letters" in Scott lingua.

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Scott T33S : 2 topics
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  • Scott Stereomaster 433 digital radio tuner                             (2)last updated by Axel - 22/02/2013, 22H49
  • Scott T33S tuner cards                             (4)last updated by panoplia - 08/12/2013, 20H45
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