First of all, this is just a thread I am opening out of interest. All the statements are just observations and thoughts I had and I would be interested in your opinions.
So, the champagne Bombeat 40 - probably the rarest box in the world as there is only one known to exist. (Please correct me if I am wrong)
Additionally to that, there are only two photos of it around. One on a chair and one on a table. Both with flash and not very good. (Once again, please correct if I am wrong)
Even though the bomBeat 40 itself is already really rare, there have been like 10 or 15 found in the world and the number keeps on growing. Yet, as far as I recall, the only BomBeat 40 that ever surfaced in the UK was this very champagne one. If it was sold there, why did only a champagne one surface and if it was a special UK edition, why is this still the only one known to exist even though there are many devoted members in the UK?
Here is one of the known pictures of the "holy grail":
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As you can see, I marked a few things.
Orange: The MQJS buttons are light green while they are silver/chrome on the common BB40. It might be a design thing but I wonder why Toshiba would choose to make them green out of all available colors.
Red: Two MQJS logos. Yeah, I know the WX-1 also has two Passive Radiator logos but it is a three piecer which makes it understandable. But two MQJS logos only centimeters apart on a one piecer? Strange layout...
Yellow: Three Toshiba Logos. One in bold letters and two in the curvy style. I know the one on the aluminum is hard to spot but it is there. I mean okay, Toshiba was probably proud of their radio and the common BB40 also features two Toshiba logos but three? Why would that be?
Then one more thing is that the middle console with the tape deck and VU meters is silver on the common BB40 which makes it stand out in a great contrast and is appealing to the eye. The champagne one is champagne all over though. Just sayin'.
One more thing is that as far as I recall, the model number was RT-S913 just as well with no special suffix.
Okay...this is just what I observed. Of course there are some points that speak for originality as well.
1. The different graphics. The radio scale is black with green details and the VU meters also look different.
It could be done but it would be connected with a lot of effort.
2. The space around the buttons and the headphone jack is champagne as well. Yet again, a lot of effort to reproduce. But possible.
I would be interested in seeing the bottom of this radio to see how the feet are worn off...
So...could it be...is the infamous champagne BomBeat 40 a very, very well done custom job?
I would be very interested in your opinions.