All Change

It’s all change here at Wayne’s Radios.  The last twelve months began with the great excitement of packing up radios, moving them into storage and selling the old family home in anticipation of a whole new chapter.

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The plan was to give up work, downsize, move to the Wirral, and enjoy more time to devote to both radio rescue and the restoration of a newly acquired 1974 vintage Airstream.

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You know what plans did.  Went badly wrong.

We were unexpectedly left wading through the vagaries of the British conveyancing process.  Trying our very best to buy a house from an old lady who couldn’t remember that she was selling a house.  We were left not quite sofa surfing, more Travelodge surfing.  What started out as a temporary measure began to feel like life might be permanently on hold.   It was time to regroup and move on to Plan B.

Plan B?   Start again …

Although a lot further on than the three months initially anticipated, we’re finally in a different house.   The workshop now takes over the top floor and, if you work standing up, has a view of the Irish Sea, the Mersey and Liverpool docks.  Who knew how exciting it would be having an indoor shed.

The lockup on the East Coast is now gradually being emptied and the contents relocated.  It’s not a quick job moving over 200 radios from one side of the country to the other and finding somewhere to put them but we’re on the way.

And finally, the Airstream restoration is nearing completion and it will soon be ready to move to its new home in Wales … that’s a story all in itself.

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No frills or furbelows

The Fenman II is definitely a no messing kind of man’s radio.  It’s big, solid and dependable.  Made by Pye, Cambridge, England in the mid-fifties to rival the continental bad boys.  What it may lack in styling, it more than makes up for in sound.

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This ten valve radio is considered, by some, to be ‘without doubt, the best valved radio made in the UK, with push pull output and 4 speakers’.  

A luxury model when it was introduced in the fifties and, according to Pye Ltd the ‘multiple loudspeaker system maintains a true balance of treble and bass in every part of the room and adds an unusual realism and depth to the reproduction’.

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Very soon it will be on its way to its new home in Ireland where the new owner has been patiently waiting.  The latest of our well-travelled radios.  Not the best looking radio we’ve seen, weighs a ton, missing the original knobs, but quality none the less.

Broken Glass

Our latest challenge came from the beautiful island of Madeira.  We received an email from a man looking for a replacement glass panel for a Diora Calypso 62015 which has great sentimental value for his family but was sadly now broken.

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As a rule, we’re loath to break up restorable sets but can’t resist a sob story.  We had an “oh go on” moment and the glass was duly removed, protected by some serious packing, double boxed until it was almost the size of the original radio and shipped off to Madeira with fingers crossed.  The glass on a vintage radio is always the most difficult to replace and the first thing to get broken.

It was a nailbiting wait.  At one point the radio was lost in transit and we thought it had all been for nothing until it was finally tracked down at the airport.

At last we were able to breathe a great sigh of relief when we received the news that it had been located and had finally arrived in one piece.  One happy radio, customer and his Dad and that’s what makes this job so worthwhile. 

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Worth the money, to see my father remembering my grandma and his childhood.

The only problem  … we’re now looking for a replacement glass panel for a Diora Calypso 62015.

Going Dutch

We were recently asked to source a radiogram for a customer, after seeing and hearing one of our previous restorations whilst on holiday in Brittany at La Chaumine.

The result was this beautiful Bush RG46 radiogram from 1954.  With a fully restored radio, brand new record deck, aux input for mp3 or bluetooth and personally delivered to its new home in Alkmaar, Holland.

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Definitely the best Wayne’s Radio roadtrip so far.   It included night ferry from Harwich, tour of the beautiful town of Alkmaar, educational visit to the cheese museum, slice of Apple Cake, a fabulous lunch, climb up a working windmill, several cups of coffee and an assortment of traditional biscuits.   All this was courtesy of a generous chunk of Dutch hospitality from the radiogram’s new owners.  We ended the trip with a large glass of wine and a well earned rest on the night ferry home.  A job well done.
As for Alkmaar, definitely go visit, it’s worth the trip.
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