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 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.
Like most small companies, dealing in the classic or collectable's market with a small dedicated group of people who enjoy restoring the past and have a passion for this. Myself i worked in electronics for over twenty-five years, and like a lot of people of my age starting in the then rental television market from the early 1970s.
We still live in a throw away society where when something fails, it is easier and a lot of times cheaper to just dispose and purchase another. When period radio's were being produced these in most cases were the home enterainment centre for the family, and were costly, often many times greater than a working mans wage for a month. So were treasured and therefore looked after, and importantly built using discreet components. Just like classic cars of the time using standard parts and were therefore easier to repair and often cheaper to maintain. That's why so many can be restored today as most of the components are standard off the shelf types.
I would say people like myself have a interest in the past, perhaps because it seem's they were better times, things were less complicated and hearing the sound coming from a radio loudspeaker. Perhaps the family were sitting around listening to the Clithero Kid, The Navy Lark on a sunday luchtime or late in the night or hearing from a 1930's radio that war in Europe has ended. That's where i get the buz, something from the past that I cannot only look at but have the same enjoyment as those original owners had, so many years ago.
Servicing and repairing
I get a lot of enquirys from people who wish to have their radio's repaired, from simple broken dial cords to full repair and service. These are often from Ebay purchases that were perhaps not quite accurate as to the working condition or again from collectors who are now looking to get a particular radio working rather than just for display.
At first most people will contact me via the phone as to what I am able to offer them, and I can recommend using the parcel2go site as a convenient and cost effective way to have your radio picked up from your home and delivered to me so I can at first undertake a evaluation on it before any work is carried out and give you a price relating to it.
This way the customer can feel confident that they will not get an unsheduled bill far in excess to what was either discused or to the value of the unit itself; Of course a radio that has been in your family for a long period of time will have a greater intrinsic value than perhaps a recent purchase.
As a member of the British Vintage Wireless Society , the radio itself has more value to me rather than what can i think i could charge and get away with it concept. Thats why when I have bought radios in for parts I end up repairing them. This happened to me recently on a Goblin Time Spot, The case looked like it had been dropped from a great height, missing panel etc, but I just could not scrap it, it just felt wrong