We often buy radios to meet a specific customer’s wants or needs. Having a request for a radio of a particular size or era, we seek out something suitable. On the hunt for a Ferguson Finesse, we spotted this collection. Magic eye – tick, both knobs – tick, piano keys – tick, case looks good – tick, but it’s miles away and do we really want all the others? Of course, you’ve guessed it. Before too long we’re in the middle of a bidding war and if someone else wants them, then of course we do too. Think two children fighting over the teddy in the toy box.
Having trecked half way across England to pick up the radios, our excitement quickly morphed into disappointment. The little speaker was full of woodworm and had to go straight in the bin. One of the bakelite cabinets was cracked beyond repair .. (there was no mention of that in the description). The lovely Ferguson Finesse … oh yes it did have all the bits usually absent after sitting around in someone’s garage for the last thirty or forty years, but sadly the extra bit of trim that fits under the knobs and piano keys – missing.
If you restore vintage valve radios, you never say die. Buying a collection is always, in the end, somehow so much more satisfying. It means you get the good, the bad and the ugly and some of our more successful radio rescues have been ones that should have been consigned to the skip.
Well, I like this one. We’ll let you know how we get on with the other radios and if anyone out there has the missing bit for the Ferguson Finesse, you may even be able to sell us your entire collection.