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.

The Italian Job

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.

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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.

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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 …

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… and we can see the radio looking right at home.

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Strut & Cluck

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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.

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151-153 Commercial Street, Shoreditch E1 6BJ

Tel: 020 7078 0770 or Email: info@strutandcluck.com

I’ll Put You Together Again

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.

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Flower Power

The 252 is a first-class piece of engineering and a very fine piece of furniture.

pic2The 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.

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It’s now nestling in the shade as part of Hornby Garden Designs vintage garden at this year’s Shrewsbury Flower Show.

Great British Menu

P1060083This GEC vintage radio has long been one of our favourites.  One of the first radios that Wayne restored, originally full of woodworm, with bits missing and metal work so completely black and pitted it looked like a lost cause.  It seemed a good place to start.  If he could make something of that he could do anything and if he couldn’t … it was in such a bad place the skip was the best place for it.

Back in October we got a message from Aktar Islam’s people asking if we had a radio suitable for broadcasting Winston Churchill’s speeches.  Aktar Islam is an award-winning Chef and Restaurateur and was taking part in the up-coming Great British Menu.  To cut a long story short, his people talked to our people – well me and we suggested that this little radio might fit the bill.

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We carefully packed the radio up and his people arranged for it to be collected and delivered to the studio.  They then asked if they could keep it for a bit longer and we weren’t sure if this was a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe it was lost or broken.  To our relief, it did finally come back in once piece but sadly with no news from Aktar’s people of how well it had gone and we assumed our radio had ended up forgotten or at best on the cutting room floor.

The days moved into weeks and the weeks into months until at last a friend said she’d seen our radio on the tele.  Thank goodness for Catch Up. There it was on Great British Menu just before the pudding was served.

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We were so proud.  An invite to award- winning Aktar’s restaurant might have been nice .. but hey you can’t have everything and when we’ve sold a few more of Wayne’s radios we’ll book a table at Aktar’s to celebrate.

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