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Craig Panorama Inc.; Los Angeles (CA)

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Name: Craig Panorama Inc.; Los Angeles (CA)    (USA)  
Abbreviation: craig
Products: Model types

Craig Panorama Inc.; 3412 south lacienega blvd.; Los Angeles California. Known as manufacturer and/or reseller of (Japan or far east made) open reel tape recorders and radios in the 1960ies. "VISTA" was one of their labels,

Craig Corporation.
Located in Los Angeles, California and originally founded in the 30's as Craig - Panorama by Robert Craig to distribute photographic products.
In 1952 his son, the economist T. Robert Craig Jr., took over as chairman of the company and quickly transformed the business into an importer and distributor of Brown Goods, although in the late fifties and 60's the company did some of their own design, quality control and final assembly but this was mainly to get around the very stringent USA import tax regulations at the time and by 1972 the company had ceased all local assembly.
In 1963 the company changed from a California registered company into the Delaware registered Craig Corp.
Although the company traded in all kinds of CE products ranging from alarm clocks through calculators (very high tech at the time) the company's became best know in the 60's for their tape recorder products that they sourced from Sanyo, Pioneer and others, initially these were mostly Reel to Reel but the company expanded into the 8 Track Cartridge market in the latter half of the decade and met with spectacular success in the ten emerging car audio market, the end result being that in last 2 decades of the company's life it was mostly known as a provider of car audio products and novelty high tech electronics.
The company had for a time very close ties to Pioneer and when Pioneer USA was set up in 1972 a number of top Craig employees left to work for that company.
The company's assets including the brandname were sold to Bercor in 1985.

This manufacturer was suggested by Wolfgang Scheida.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  65 Vista Globe Radio Six Transistor NTR-6G 2SA142  Brand: VISTA Material: Base black Bakelite, housing Plexiglas with continents molded ... 
USA  60 500 unknown_Magic-Eye  FM band also labeled as VHF. 
USA  91 Stereo Cassette Player JH6010   Craig Portable Stereo Cassette Player Model JH6010. Auto Stop Function Fast Forward... 
USA  75 IMA - Multiband Radio - AM-FM-TV1-TV2-WB 7500A   Made in Hong Kong. 
USA  86 FM AM 2 Band Stereo Radio Cassette Recorder J449   Craig Radio Tape Recorder Model J449. Frequency Range: AM 520 - 1605 kHz, FM 88 - 108... 
USA  76 Stereo Entertainment System A 2000   Craig AM/FM Stereo Entertainment System Model A 2000. AM/FM/FM-MPX/Stereo Cassette ... 
USA  75 2623 Code 01   Craig Portable Solid State Cassette Recorder/Player Model 2623 Code 01. Automatic Shu... 
USA  80 1602 Code 01   Craig TableTop AM Radio with Analog Alarm Clock Model 1602 Code 01. Power Consumption... 
USA  80 IMA Stereo System PS 2000   Craig AM/FM/FM-MPX/Stereo Cassette Model IMA Stereo System PS2000. Frequency: FM 88 -... 
USA  78–81 Series 5000 Deluxe Integrated Receiver 5504   Craig AM-FM Stereo Receiver Series 5000 Model 5504. Bass- & Treble-Control, Loudn... 
USA  75 FM / AM Cassette Solid State 2612 Code 02   Craig Portable AM/FM Cassette Player/Recorder Model 2612 Code 02. Frontloading Tape D... 
USA  70 8 Track Stereo Player 3201 (Japan 704)   Craig Table Top 8Track Stereo Player Model 3201 (Japan 704) Power Consumpton 30 Watts... 


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