Big, Bold and Brassy

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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 ParadiseJimmy 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.

 

Que Sera Sera. A Blue Spot Radio

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This is our newly restored 1950s vintage valve radio made in Germany by Blaupunkt.  Although the radio came to us looking very dirty and distressed we knew it would be worth spending time on.  The  name Blaupunkt came from the blue spot that was used by the “Ideal” company to mark products passing quality control.   The blue spot became synonymous with quality and innovation.  People started asking for blau punkt products and inevitably this became the company’s trademark and name.  As you can see it’s now looking lovely once more and sounds as good as it did back in 1956 when Doris Day was singing Que Sera Sera. 

The blue spot also featured in the collage we used for our Christmas card this year by Maddie Gosling. You can see more of Maddie’s work  at http://maddiegosling.tumblr.com/  and also on some of our radios.

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1966 Winning Radio

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1966 Philips Saturn Radio, made in Germany in the same year England won the World Cup. This is a long, lean stereo machine, in fact 73cm long.  It still needs a bit of a dust and a polish before it’s finally finished, but we think it’s looking good already and it sounds even better. One of the replacement valves was particularly hard to source but worth the effort.  We think it could be the best sounding so far.