Motorised Movement

Our latest restoration is a 1938 EKCO radio complete with motorised pre-set tuning.  Just press any one of the ten buttons in turn and you can have hours of fun watching the dial whizzing round to the next setting.  I say whizzing, there is a gentle whirring noise and the pointer moves slowly round the dial before sedately settling on the selected station.  When you get tired of that, just sit back, enjoy the sound and admire the beauty of the gleaming cabinet.

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The wooden cabinet has been stripped, sanded, stained, lacquered and polished to within an inch of its life.  All the hard work has definitely paid off. This radio has enjoyed a long and active life and was sporting the scars to prove it.  Although it could never be restored to its original showroom state, the nicks and gouges have been evened out and it has now developed a wonderful warm finish bringing out the natural beauty of the wood.  Time for a cup of tea and a biscuit.

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2 comments

  1. Thom Hickey · June 23, 2014

    Thanks. Something wonderfully charming about these old radios. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (give it a spin).

    • waynesradios · June 23, 2014

      Thanks Thom. Now we get them to work with mp3 or ipods they’re much more in demand and we can continue to feed our obsession.

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