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.
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.
Delighted to have been tasked to source and modify a radio for a vintage van lover from Italy. The spec was for a modified mustard coloured Roberts radio to team up with his 1978 Fiat Pulmino 900T Classic Van.
So happy that we were able to track down this little beauty, play swapsy for a few parts to get it working and send it on its way.
What’s made it super special is that the proud new owner has taken the time and trouble to send us photographs showing just how happy he is …
Strut & Cluck, invite you to connect your music app to their Wayne’s Radio to create your own mood in their private dining room in their restaurant in Shoreditch. They will serve you with their home cooking inspired Eastern Mediterranean free range turkey and seasonal dishes in the most relaxing of surroundings. As well as the food, you can feast on the range of vintage radios on display.
Can you spot the grey Cossor? An opportunity to enjoy experience a culinary treat and soundcheck a Wayne’s Radio. What could be better.
Telefunken Concertino made in Germany in 1955 or 56. A beast of a machine, weighing in at an impressive 14.5 kg.
Three speakers, piano bush buttons and a bright green magic eye. With pre-set Bass, Orchestra, Smooth and Jazz settings, there’s hours of fiddling and adjustment to keep you going whilst listening to your favourite tunes. Who needs the telly?
1955 ahh … Tony Bennett Stranger in Paradise, Jimmy Young , Unchained Melody and Bill Hayley and his Comets were definitely doing a Rock Around the Clock. What better radio to enjoy them on.
Sadly this one is already well-loved and will soon be on its way back home to Wales but we have two or three similar in the workshop if you’re seriously smitten.
Roberts R600. Vintage transistor radio manufactured from the late sixties to the early seventies. This specimen was obviously well loved and looked after but wouldn’t make a sound. These radios do turn up regularly but rarely in such good condition. They’re generally minus the silver tops to the caps and with a missing, or at best bent, aerial. Fault-finding was a frustratingly long and tricky process but Wayne got there in the end. Finally fixed, sounds great and ready to be boxed up for its return.
Amongst our radio treasures we have a working Dansette Capri transistor radio manufactured in the UK in 1963 by a company better known for its record players.
Although the popularity of the transistor radio was short lived, the transistor radio remains an important part of radio history. The invention of the transistor enabled radios to be developed which were small, portable and battery powered, in a dramatic contrast to the size and weight of the radio used in the family home. These little radios were manufactured in their billions for a market of post World War II baby-boomers with disposable income, a love of this new fangled rock and roll and a desire for independence from their parents.
The heyday of the transistor only really spanned from the late fifties to the seventies but if you owned one then you were hip and happening.
It’s very rare to find a radio like this in such good condition. There is no damage to the leather case, the stitching and the strap are completely intact and the radio itself has minimal signs of wear and tear.