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.
Radio,s, cabinets and of course record players over time loose there warm glow, or even colour if exposed to bright sunlight over extended periods of time. The cabinets if early models in particular may well have been glued with animal glues and if exposed to damp conditions will seperate, creating additional problems. But that said timber based products are repairable in most cases. Veneers can be re-fitted and matched and the finish can be greatly improved. These days there are a number of modern finishes which work rather well, Clear Gloss finish Polyurethane is very good for every day use, resilient to alcohol and does not scratch easy. Or I can French Polish, it is all done by hand, and can be finished to either a low luster or up to what is termed in piano restoration as a mirror finish.(Highly polished).
I had a 1964 pye record player that required at first repair and the client requested if i could re-polish the mahogony veneers, this was untertaken to create a period finish reflecting the age rather than a brand new in your face look, the photo's will identify the process.
The first photo is where the colour has been totaly bleached out.
This is the finshed effect creating a warm colour glow to the final case.
With French Polish it can take a few weeks for the polish to harden and generally depending on how much body has been applied you will get some sinking, so this is something you need to take into account for the final finish.
Also when working the product, i use a long tube light rather than either daylight or standard bulb ?, why the answer is really quite simple. THe strip light will show every defect in either the wood or the polish, it in effect amplifies the surface for you. So if you can get a good finish in that set up, the results in normal light and lighting will be perfect.
I can if required also work in black polish, this is much harder, and my experience was re-polishing concert grands, 10 foot in lenght to meet the needs for concert artists etc.
This is a McMichael 135 looking rather sad. This was stripped back to bare wood and re-stained with a antique Mahgony
finish as seen in mid 18th century furniture (rich red) I understand that radio's had not quite been developed then, but it gives it an interesting look. The completed case with stand is below, now waiting for the electronics to be refurbished.
As you can see, restorations can be undertaken, in this case the first part was just to get the case secure and solid again before real work could commence. The old veneers were removed , just leaving the maple venneer to the lower front as i will try to leave as much as possible original, it's part of its history, though in this case due to 40 years plus of poor storage did not leave me to much. Then colour mathch this with the new and then French polish in this case to a piano finish