Guys & Dolls, the most wanted TPS-L2 ever…

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When the TPS-L2 (see my review here) was released on 1979-07-01, SONY still had not invented the ‘Walkman’ brand. In the first months they preferred to sell it under three different names: Freestyle in Sweden, Stowaway in the UK, and Soundabout in the US. But they quickly realized that that was not a good idea. They needed ONE brand. And the name ‘walkman’ appeared. So finally they released the very first TPS-L2 under the Walkman:

TPS-L2_6_resizeThis is the very first TPS-L2 series with the Walkman logo.

And only in the very first lot they decided to name both the headphone jacks with ‘Guys’ and ‘Dolls’, but they quickly switch to simply ‘A’ and ‘B’:

TPS-L2_5_resize

And… here’s what I recently got:

SONY Walkman TPS-L2 Guys-dolls 02

Yeah, one of those super-rare units. It’s been so long until I find one, but it’s really worth the waiting. Here you can see it compared to my other TPS-L2, a later version with the modern logo:

SONY Walkman TPS-L2 Series 02

The left unit is the first one and the right one, the later with the modern logo came a few years later.

SONY Walkman TPS-L2 Series 03

And here you can see them with their respective soft case:

SONY Walkman TPS-L2 Series 01

Nice, huh? Both units represent a bit of history of the portable music players, as they were the first ones with the original and 2nd generation logos.

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  1. […] the movie was released; a rare “Guys & Dolls” version, which labeled the headphone jacks by gender, can sell for nearly $3000. Thanks to Pratt, the Walkman had come full […]

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