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 …
In spite of spending the best part of the last fifty years at the back of the garage, this seriously sad and lonely 1954 GEC vintage valve radio has now been completely transformed. Thoughtlessly abandoned in the swinging sixties, it was tossed aside the minute that newfangled tiny transistor radio upstart turned up, all clever and full of its own importance.
Where is that trendy upstart now eh? … Landfill. The valve radio is having a revival. The GEC is back to claim its rightful place. Big is beautiful once more.
Wayne can always see the true potential of a radio. You can’t fool him with missing knobs and dusty dials. Not only is he a wizard with a soldering iron and an oscilloscope, but he also has an amazing eye for detail. He can recognise a good bit of design when he sees it and another Vintage valve radio lives to play another day.
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.
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,
or even Gingham.
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.