Going Into the Unknown


Today we got a great new Philco radio and can’t wait to get started on it.  Sadly so far, despite our best efforts, we’ve been unable to find the model number. Please help us harness the power of the internet.  Someone out there will know exactly what it is, how to go about finding out, or a man that can and they may even have schematics.  One of the valves (or tubes) inside is marked USA and it looks thirties or forties but that folks, is all we know.


Check out the FB10 made in 1950 by Kolster Brandes.  Originally marketed as The Magic Midget and now more commonly known as The Toaster.


Moulded in one piece with no cardboard back, it looks good from any angle and the controls cleverly sit, neatly balancing the shape, in the bottom corners like little feet.


At only 25 x 17 x 16 cm, it is indeed a tiny little thing and a dead ringer for a 1950’s toaster, both a wonderful piece of practical design.

Perfect Day

We’ve had an exciting day out collecting a car full of radios and valves.?????????????????

It’s been a fantastic opportunity to visit a bit of Britain we wouldn’t normally see and a great excuse to stop and grab an all day breakfast from a greasy spoon. If only the journey was a bit longer, then we could’ve squeezed in a coffee and cake stop too.

Passing the travelling time with 6 Music and listing all the tracks that have a girl’s name in the the title, until it got far too tricky and we moved onto boys. Oh the joys of a Wayne’s Radios Road Trip – cue Lou Reed’s Perfect Day.

When we got back, the first radio out of the back of the car was this lovely looking 1950s cream Ferguson and the day was complete.  I know, we’re very easily pleased.  Now all that’s left to do is photograph and store the radios and sort and catalogue the valves.  I think it may very well see us through the long winter months.


 How did you spend your Perfect Day?

The Final Cut – 1938 Vintage Valve Radio


The restoration of this beautiful 1938 Vintage Pilot valve radio is now complete and it’s ready and waiting for a new home.  We secretly don’t mind if it takes a week or two on this occasion as it looks pretty good right where it is.

Where in the World is Skamleback or Schenect’y?


It’s a combination of little things which make rescuing valve radios a thrill.   Our latest restoration project, a 1938 floor-standing Pilot Radio has made our day by revealing the most amazing tuning dial.  Often the dials on vintage valve radios are painted on glass and are either broken, faded or wiped clean.  They rarely stand up to the test of time. Imagine our delight when this sadly neglected seventy something year old was dismantled and cleaned and we could gradually see the muted colours and decorative design on this dial.  A work of art in its own right.  Look closely, you might even find your city.  Let me know if you do.

Never Say Die


A 1950 Cossor Melody Maker 501 in a very sorry state.  On first glance, we thought it was a completely lost cause and it was very nearly consigned to the skip.   At the very last moment, something made us reconsider and we thought we’d give it a go.



Boy are we glad we did.  As you can see, after a little bit of TLC, the Bakelite case was restored to its former glory and the vintage valves sounded just as wonderful as they did back in the 1950s.