Reel to Reel tape recorders (Analog has never been away)
Service Sound ~ Reel to Reel Tape Recorder
classic radio shop
212 Roughton Road
Cromer. Norfolk NR27 9LQ
close to Roughton Road station
Phone: +44 01263 519278
Please call the above number first, as the mobile is really never used, unless i'm away
Note. call the main line first as the mobile is on only occasionally.
contact Roland or Mark at
Reel To reel tape machines
Reel to Reel recorders like vinyl in records are here to stay.
The period tape machines like Ferrograph were hand built to last and were built in the UK, just like the classic radio's of the same period use off the shelf components . With that classic valve sound and mechanical design whats not to like. Every instutution had them BBC, schools, armed forces and if you were lucky the private owner to .With the correct servicing some 50 years later they are as good as the day they left the factory
Retro with Classic designs are now very popular. There are a number of client's who collect from a certain decade, this can be for personal interest or as props in television or film, through to interior design. At times we are asked to supply good looking models but are not fully functional. If there is a particular period radio you require please contact me to your specific needs so we c
an do the hard work for you.
I have worked on the BBC series The Repair Shop for the last three series, Recent photo above taken for the Christmas special we have recently finished shown on boxing day. I have been repairing/restoring many items of vintage and classic electronic equipment from radios, amplifiers, tape recorders, radiograms, etc to a jukebox plus many more for the show. The picture to the left is Jay blades ( The Boss) with myself in between filming.
RADIO'S REPAIRED AND NEW STOCK MODELS
Due to the increase of repairs for clients that i now undertake it is going to take me a little longer than I had hoped to get the quanity of radio's and televisions I have to be ready for sale. My plan is to within a few months have a complete range of period, vintage radio's both valve and transistor avaliable to offer a wide choice.
As you can imagine the 1930's radio's have to be stripped, colour matched and french polished then the chassis cleaned, repaired re-aligned and tested before i would be confident to offer them for purchase. I'm always purchasing interesting models that I know will be of interest to you and with that in mind i plan to update with items that i,m currently working on. For example I'm restoring a McMichael 135 and 137 radio's including partial restoration to a 137 for a client plus two civilian receivers both completly stripped and made good, also the popular Goblin timespot will be on here again. That with the popular Hacker range I have and the Bush MB60's and TR wil keep me busy. There is nothing worse than looking in a shop window with items for sale seeing sold and no change of stock after weeks of looking I plan to update very soon. So thank you all for your interest and patience and keep watching my window for the new range coming very soon.
Classic Radio shop can now accept credit card payments if you are present using the PAYPAL HERE card reader. As you would in any shop. If purchasing via my website even if you do not have a paypal account, when you are in the checkout , Just go through the system and when requested payment you will see that you can enter your card details, this is a secured payment system. We will not have access to any of your card details, thus allowing you to purchase something you would like to buy straight away rather than sending cheques or opening a paypal account if you do not have one.
Any difficulties please call and i can take you through the process
Mobile phones, please note as I'm often in the workshop my mobile phone is not switched on, please first call me on my main line as there is always someone there to take your call. Mobile conditions in Norfolk are not perfect at times. As I would not like to think I have ignored your call.
Close to my work shops is my observatory housing a well known historic instrument The Horace Dall 15.5 inch Dall -Kirkham Cassegrain telescope. This is the prototype to many large telescopes used today hence Dall in the name.
I restored the original observatory made in 1936 which was built for the telescope and was used in Luton, Bedordshire at his home with Horace until his death in 1986. With the support and assistance of the Luton Astronomical Society I was able to restore and bring the telescope to Norfolk to be used again. I had known Horace since I was just 14 and often used the telescope with him so it was fantastic to be able to house it here at my home.
The telescope is a high F ratio , meaning large primary images at the eyepiece . Horace was a planetary photographer using then film, to day CCD has totally revolutionized astronomy.
The telescope looks different to others for a number of reasons, the original fork mount and pillar was from a victorian 8.5 inch reflector that Horace purchased in the Mid 1920's, and with the old concept make do and mend created this .
For more information please google ref myself and Horace for more details
With a comprehensive workshop able to not only just repair, but also restore wooden radio cabinets to give either a brand-new look, or to be able to create that it has well been looked after over many years of service feel. Using the same techniques as you would repair a valued piece of antique furniture. Perhaps old-fashioned but I prefer to French polish, a technique I have been using for many years, whilst restoring a large number of historic piano's in the UK for large country houses. This finish gives a warm glow rather than a bright look compared with modern contemporary varnishes as is easier to repair in the future.
Unlike some E-Shop's, customers are encouraged to view our workshop's and to see the range of vintage valve and transistor radio's produced from the 1930's to the mid 1970's, while having an informal chat about their potential investment, or your own treasured family wireless that requires repair.
Retro these days has never been so popular and there are a number of collectors who are interested in a particular period, for example the forties weekend's held at the Poppy Line in Sheringham, just a few miles from us allow's people wishing to collect from that period, to not only visit but that important how does it sound and feel approach before purchase.
All prices of radios and batterys include courier to your door
Hacker radio's are repaired and sold here, I had one of these radio's brought into me as a part exchange and to be honest I, like a lot of people was not aware of them. The sound quality is brilliant, the build quality is first class as they were built to a standard not a price. These radio's are very collectable and enjoyable, with so many different models to choose from, there is a model to meet your requirements. First built in 1960 (Herald) until 1977 these all British made radio's are a joy and were exspensive to buy at the time. We have a number of different models always in stock to show you.
Looking for valves, then contact Mervyn (01263 511455) see his website below. As standard there are over 20,000 valves in stock at any time, including high end audio and radio from most decades , as a rule if he does not have it , it doesn't exist . I have used his services so many times over the years and if I'm not sure about a valve or its equivalent he's the man to ask. First class service and fast posting
Service Sound ~ Reel to Reel Tape Recorder
The popular jewel case radios, that uses two batteries. The 90 volt HT and the 1.5 Volt LT have not been in production for over 35 years. Classic Radio Shop can offer copies of the Ever Ready models for your convenience. These batteries are the same as the original, so have two advantages 1) look the same for the authentic look and 2) guaranteed to fit in at times rather tight spaces within the radio. These can be opened up and re-used when needed.
We also offer the Sky series radios combined HT and LT.
See batteries for prices, now including posting and packing.