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.

 

Fabulous Forties

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We’d love to share with you this great forties Cossor in our trademark Nordic Blue.  One of our latest before and afters.  I know, looking distinctly green in this light but, in its original state, this Cossor did look shabby and certainly not chic.  Looking unloved and sorry for itself it was just begging for a makeover.

When it was chosen as a gift for a thoroughly modern miss, the brown and boring just had to go. Wayne’s Radios waved its magic wand and the radio now sits stylishly in her room.  We know she’s chuffed to bits at how it’s turned out. We hope you agree it’s a great improvement.

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Vintage Black Box Hi Fi Record Player

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According to Gramophone magazine in 1955, “Never before had so compact a unit provided this high fidelity reproduction with such a room filling quality of sound.

We’re pleased to report that this wonderful vintage record player has found a good home and is making beautiful music once more.  It was last heard playing Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain”, and bringing a tear to its new owner’s eye.  We love it when our customers like our vintage sounds as much as we do.  It must be a bit like letting go of a puppy.

Part of the charm of this record player was its simple wooden box.  lt looked great with the lid down, plugged into an mp3 and letting out a gentle glow.  Although it was called The Black Box, we think this refers to the name of the valve amp inside it and not the cabinet.

Tick Tock

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A change is good as a rest here at Wayne’s Radios, so our attention has temporarily turned to a cream and brown bakelite Vintage Clock Radio built by EKCO in 1956. Comparatively small, it just fits neatly on a bedside cabinet.

Whenever possible we like to keep everything as it was originally, but sometimes the only way we can prolong a radio’s useful life is with sympathetic alterations. This little lovely will therefore be restored and modified by the addition of a modern amplifier.  This moderation will enable the radio to be used with an MP3 or similar device to make it possible to enjoy your own music collection, or access DAB radio with a simple plug in.

The vintage radio continues to be both beautiful and useful and there will be one less radio that ends up in landfill.  Groovy and green.  How good is that.

Farmyard Vintage Radio Challenge

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We do like a challenge here at Wayne’s Radios.  Our latest endeavour was found lurking in the back of a barn.  It’s got woodworm holes, bird poo and a complete spider cemetery, but we will not be beaten.  In fact, watch this space.  As this vintage valve radio is in such poor condition and should really have ended in a skip, we’re going to give it a complete transformation and maybe even get a bit creative.

Most Cossors are common or garden.  They were made in their thousands in the early fifties in wood or bakelite but the large speaker gives out a good sound and lots of volume so this one definitely deserves a second chance.

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