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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Blue Spot Monte Carlo Radiogram

Probably late fifties, early sixties Blue Spot radiogram, with a wonderful dark brown mahogany, high gloss finish.  Once the Blaupunkt valve radio warms up and the cocktail cabinet is loaded, you’re ready to roll back the rug and party.

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The Blue Spot radiogram was considered The Radiogram in its day and it still packs a powerful punch.  I love the pale blue Garrard deck.  It really contrasts against the dark wood, although it’s difficult to do it justice in a photograph.  Vinyl is making a comeback, although for some of us, it never went away.

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Not What It Said On The Tin

Sometimes a restoration is not quite what we expect.  Our latest restoration commission has turned into something of a detective story.

Clue Number 1.  The Cabinet

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Inlaid wood, good quality.  What do you think, 1930s, 40s, early 50s?

Clue Number 2.  Inside the Lid

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That’s easy, its a G Marconi, and the inside should look like this ….

Except, the turntable looks like ..P1040911

and the radio looks like

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It could be regarded as a bit of a vintage technological mish mash that should be returned to its original specification, but it’s a family treasure not a listed building.  It’s been enjoyed by generations, the turntable and radio have already been replaced by late fifties or early sixties technology and now it’s going to be renovated and upgraded once more to enable its latest twenty first century owner to listen to MP3 or DAB radio.  It’s quite special that each generation has managed to make its mark and it’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to get it working once more.