01-27-2010, 04:12 PM
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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Silicon Valley CA, Storm Lake IA
Originally Posted by IMD262
Next time you speak with Sam, asked what ever become of idea of the 457 and this:
You raised an interesting point. The item in the above post came to Sam's attention when he received many phone calls about it. This ad is a fake, a phoney, a hoax - nothing more. Someone had photo-shopped the whole radio ad together. Sam had to deal with phone calls for many days over that one.
As well as today...
The 457's scenario is whole different story. The radio and accompanied box came out just as the FCC
has posted an edict against external amplifiers being used by all interstate truckers. The companies told their drivers that anyone was caught with an external amp that they would be immediately dismissed. Since the 2nd unit attached to this radio appears to be an external amp
- no one bought them. Neither was it an external amp! No one wanted that kind of trouble; so it wasn't bought from fear and reprisals from this 'edict'. They started production with only 1,000 and then had to stop - due to this sudden marketing condition. So, if anyone has one - it is a rare piece indeed. They do exist in small numbers. Maybe a handful or so in possession by a few individuals today.
Sam said that the Astatic 575 copy/mic will be on the way to me in the next few days. The mic itself will be available on the market in mid February. Probably on the shelves or on internet stores too.
So we will have an exclusive first review
on this mic - here on the World Wide Radio Forum
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