This little entry level receiver from the 60’s is an Allied Model 333. It’s basically a re-badged Pioneer SX-34 and was also marketed as a Knight Model 333. Certainly not chock full of features but it does have the basics. The Pioneer version was sold in Japan while the Allied version was sold in the U.S. The Model 333 retailed for about $129.95 in 1969 and you could add an optional wood case for another $14.95. It is rated at 12 watts per channel which isn’t too bad for a tube amplifier. As you can see it looks very similar to the Pioneer SX-34 shown below.
The Model 333 has an interesting “Tuning Eye” that was somewhat popular among tube receivers of the 60’s. It is basically a tube laying horizontally inside the receiver that would get brighter as the tuning signal got stronger. Probably very cool in the late 1960’s – it’s actually even pretty cool now.
The 333 has a headphone jack on the front panel along with a speaker off switch to mute the speakers when listening through headphones. It also features a wide slide rule tuning dial that accommodates FM stereo, FM monaural and AM.
The Allied 333 is a full push-pull tube receiver, not a hybrid, and has 13 tubes not including the tuning eye tube. From what I can see there are:
4 – 6BM8’s (8J)
2 – 6BA6’s (8J)
1 – 6BE6 (9E)
1 – 6AU6 (9E)
1 – 6AQ8 (9F)
1 – 6AQ8 (9D)
1 – 6AN8 (9L)
2 – 12AX7’s (8L)
The wiring underneath the panel is an ugly mess and I wouldn’t want to have to do much restoration work there. It weighs in at around 28 pounds without the wood case. Add another 5 pounds for the wood case.
All tube receivers are collectible. Even the bottom of the line or “entry level” units are in demand. So, even the little Allied 333 gets some attention when it comes up for auction.