It’s all change here at Wayne’s Radios. The last twelve months began with the great excitement of packing up radios, moving them into storage and selling the old family home in anticipation of a whole new chapter.
The plan was to give up work, downsize, move to the Wirral, and enjoy more time to devote to both radio rescue and the restoration of a newly acquired 1974 vintage Airstream.
You know what plans did. Went badly wrong.
We were unexpectedly left wading through the vagaries of the British conveyancing process. Trying our very best to buy a house from an old lady who couldn’t remember that she was selling a house. We were left not quite sofa surfing, more Travelodge surfing. What started out as a temporary measure began to feel like life might be permanently on hold. It was time to regroup and move on to Plan B.
Plan B? Start again …
Although a lot further on than the three months initially anticipated, we’re finally in a different house. The workshop now takes over the top floor and, if you work standing up, has a view of the Irish Sea, the Mersey and Liverpool docks. Who knew how exciting it would be having an indoor shed.
The lockup on the East Coast is now gradually being emptied and the contents relocated. It’s not a quick job moving over 200 radios from one side of the country to the other and finding somewhere to put them but we’re on the way.
And finally, the Airstream restoration is nearing completion and it will soon be ready to move to its new home in Wales … that’s a story all in itself.
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.
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’.
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.
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 …
Strut & Cluck, invite you to connect your music app to their Wayne’s Radio to create your own mood in their private dining room in their restaurant in Shoreditch. They will serve you with their home cooking inspired Eastern Mediterranean free range turkey and seasonal dishes in the most relaxing of surroundings. As well as the food, you can feast on the range of vintage radios on display.
Can you spot the grey Cossor? An opportunity to enjoy experience a culinary treat and soundcheck a Wayne’s Radio. What could be better.
Whenever we hear the silky smooth sound of Errol Brown pouring his heart out, we know that another radio has been rescued. Although this song only reached number 13 in the UK charts way back in 1978, it will always be in our Top Ten. It’s Wayne’s go to song for sound checking. Every time another vintage radio is restored, Hot Chocolate’s front man gets to perform I’ll Put You Together Again.
We’re now going to fix up even more radios and check out the Hot Chocolate back catalogue including their cover of Elvis Costello’s Green Shirt. Thank you Alexis Petridis of The Guardian for pointing us in the right direction and thank you Errol.
The 252 is a first-class piece of engineering and a very fine piece of furniture.
The Murphy A252 from 1956 is now working and the valves sounding wonderful once more. The speaker grill cloth, brass trim and African veneer cabinet cleaned, polished and restored to its former glory. Any guesses where it’s headed off to? I’ve given you a clue or two.
It’s now nestling in the shade as part of Hornby Garden Designs vintage garden at this year’s Shrewsbury Flower Show.