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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Radio Roundup


387707234A little look back at Wayne’s Radios 2014.  We’ve had the good fortune to hook up with vintage radio lovers who appreciate the style and sound of a vintage radio as much as we do.  We’ve worked on radios in many different shapes and sizes, met some amazing people and travelled the length and breadth of the country.

We’re now looking forward to 2015 and getting started on one or two of these. Just a sample of our extensive radio collection.

2015

1961 Vintage Transistor Radio

Way back in 1961, Dansette most famous for record players, took their brand new transistor radio to the National Radio Show at Earls Court in London.

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In 2014 in our Vintage Radio workshop, we have a beautiful example of just how lovely one of those radios would have looked.

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From 1961, but still looking amazing, a tiny 222 Dansette Transistor Radio.  We’ve had one or two through the workshop, but usually showing much more sign of wear and tear.  Radios have always been well loved and an important part of everyday life, and as a consequence many are covered in paint spots and nicotine, have chunks out of them, dints in them and the covering is ripped or torn.

This one is going to have an mp3/ipod input added so that its owner can, not only continue to enjoy looking at that classic sixties styling, but also listen to some great 1961 classics from the ipod.  I’m thinking Elvis Presley’s Are You Lonesome Tonight, or maybe the Everly Brothers singing Walk Right Back …  He could make a playlist starting with 1961 and going on from there.

What would be on your playlist from the past fifty years?

Ringing the Changes

We like restoring vintage radios to their former glory.   Not only bringing the sound back to life but also working on the cabinets, both bakelite and wood. These radios appeal to traditionalists and purists and are a joy to work on. Every radio tells a story and provides a very positive and tangible connection with the past.

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On the other hand,  we like to ring the changes and take every opportunity to take a distressed radio and bring it back to life, be creative and add our mark.

Some radios have damaged or wormy cabinets and they give us licence to perform a major face-lift.  Take one plain Bush vintage valve radio from the early 1950s and add a different touch.  It could be Nordic Blue,

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Seville Orange,

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or even Gingham.

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Working on these radios is particularly exciting.  How they will end up has only been in our imagination and we have to wait with bated breath for them to be reassembled.

Add an mp3 or iPod and we’re down with William Morris having nothing in our home that we don’t know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.  We haven’t been disappointed yet.

Comic Strip Radio

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With my very own Superman, I’ve just had a go at breathing new life into a vintage extension speaker. These can sometimes be found lurking in the back of junk shops gathering dust.  Not wanting to see anything that can be used or re-purposed go to waste, we took up the challenge and ta da ….

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Meet our latest iPod/mp3 amplifier.  Cheerfully finished off with a collage made from a tatty and dogeared 1968 annual.  Once drab and dreary, beige and broken, it couldn’t look more different.  Now fully functioning and looking seriously smart.

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And as for Batman and Superman, why they’ve hooked up together and got involved with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table? Perhaps the inspiration for the story came from a particularly trippy sixties dream.  If only they’d got hold of Doctor Who … now that would make complete sense – Time Lord and seasoned time traveller.
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The Return of the Radiogram

ImageAccording to The Sunday Times, Sideboards have finally made a comeback. 

“Homeowners have an on/off love affair with the sideboard. Adored by the G Plan generation, and a staple of smart homes in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, it got the cold shoulder in subsequent decades, consigned to the same design limbo as three-piece suites and linoleum. When midcentury modern style made a comeback in the late Noughties, however, those pared-back 1950s shapes began to look newly alluring, and we rediscovered a lust for long, low-slung cupboards — invaluable for everything from storing china to supporting the telly.”

So why not go one step better and make it a radiogram.

The once forgotten radiogram is back,  bang on trend, and look what we’ve got ready and waiting for a new home.  Load it with cocktails and sit right back and enjoy the sounds of the sixties.  If you can’t be faffed with playing records, we can take out the record deck and make even more room for storing the glasses and icebucket.  You can plug in your iPod or MP3 player and off you go.