No frills or furbelows

The Fenman II is definitely a no messing kind of man’s radio.  It’s big, solid and dependable.  Made by Pye, Cambridge, England in the mid-fifties to rival the continental bad boys.  What it may lack in styling, it more than makes up for in sound.

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This ten valve radio is considered, by some, to be ‘without doubt, the best valved radio made in the UK, with push pull output and 4 speakers’.  

A luxury model when it was introduced in the fifties and, according to Pye Ltd the ‘multiple loudspeaker system maintains a true balance of treble and bass in every part of the room and adds an unusual realism and depth to the reproduction’.

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Very soon it will be on its way to its new home in Ireland where the new owner has been patiently waiting.  The latest of our well-travelled radios.  Not the best looking radio we’ve seen, weighs a ton, missing the original knobs, but quality none the less.

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.

 

Hot Line to the Pop Scene

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At first we thought this was a 1957 vintage valve radio, a Barclay made in Yugoslavia. On closer inspection we noticed M V Caroline on the glass. This radio was made and set up to receive Radio Caroline some time after 1964 using parts originally intended for a 1950s radio.  Radio recycling has long been a thing.

As for Radio Caroline.  Caroline was a British pirate radio station broadcasting from a ship in international waters with the sole intention of defiantly challenging the monopoly of the BBC and Radio Luxembourg.  Until this time the BBC had complete control on what British radio listeners were able to hear.

Ronan O’Rahilly was a would-be record promoter.   Frustrated by his attempts to get his band’s music on the airwaves and spurred on by a complete can do approach to life, O’Rahilly thought if he couldn’t get Radio Luxembourg and the BBC to play his records he would create his own radio station and, dear reader, the rest is history.

5-radiocaroline1965Radio Caroline has had a long and turbulent history in radio broadcasting becoming synonymous with the Swinging Sixties.  To the great delight of it’s listeners the station played music, music and more music and appealing largely to the post-war generation seeking to do things differently in any way they could. Radio Caroline was Your all-day music station, broadcasting from 6am-6pm, seven days a week.

earsThe first record to be broadcast on Easter Sunday in 1964 was the Rolling Stones’ version of Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away dedicated to O’Rahilly, the Irishman with the wit and will to make Radio Caroline possible.  Radio Caroline broadcast, at its peak, to a regular audience of ten million breaking the stranglehold of the BBC and Radio Luxembourg on British broadcasting.

Inside and Out

An amazing radio, inside and out.  A last look as one of our first radio restorations finally leaves the workshop for the last time.  Heading off to its new home before we become too attached.  It’s been nice knowing you little 1930s GEC valve radio.  The only good thing is, it gets to make another vintage radio lover very happy and we now get to choose another personal favourite.

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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.

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