Where to find us:

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


Mobile 07743372028


Note. call the main line first as the mobile is on only occasionally.


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Business hours. We are open when ever you need us. Monday - Sunday

What's new?

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.

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Clients who request pre-sale or on going restoration

This page allows clients who have asked me to prepare a radio of their choice for evaluation before purchase.

I will take a number of photo's with relevant description so you can gauge if this is suitable for you before purchase. As with any of my radio receivers if on receipt you feel its not quite as good as you had thought apart from return postage costs , your money will be refunded to you.


As with any radio receiver 40 years plus there will be some signs of wear and it would be with few exceptions difficult to get a mint version and when one is offered for sale the price would reflect this, for example the popular Hacker range in particular the Soveriegns series are showing signs of price increase on auction sites even for rather poor models.

I often laughs when the seller indicates either that the radio worked fine when it was stored away 10 years and now unable to test it due to no batteries as if we do not know what really they are trying to tell us, and the other one I hear often," it was fine before I had posted it" ?.situation.


Buy with confidence if I happen to state that a radio is perfect, then I mean just that, if not then there will be some marking on the body etc. The plastic dial will allways be polished and this will remove most of the fine day to day use marks off, but not deep ones of course and i will give 12 months warranty on the electronics for your assurance.


Restoration of clients radio/television


This page also offer's clients to see how their own restoration projects are developing in particular furntiure restoration of cabinets.



Cost in 1972 £41.10s Hacker Sovereign MKII (RP25B 1972 - 73)

This model is in good condition with no rust often seen on the piano hinge, the foam is in perfect condition,, given a good impression to the front case.

This model has a couple of improvements and are therfore more sort after than the standard models. 1) A special socket for external 18 volt power supply such as the Hacker  VP408, if you use your own, please remember Hacker for some reason uses the centre pin as negative. 2) The improved FM IF ampifier has a AA119 IC gives greater reliabilty and nothing requiring adjustment in the future.

The radio has had a new telescopic aerial replaced, the FM tuner re-aligned with a spectrum analiser so its peaked to top performace and the audio output board fitted to the lower part of the case has been repaired and re-calibrated to Hackers requirements. The radio works very well and will go up in value as good examples are becoming difficult to find these days. It comes with 1 years gurantee and batterys fitted including postage costs.

The front dial plate has been re-polished taking away 40 plus years of fine scratches
Very clean chassis and note the condition of the piano hinge
The RP25B side view showing the external power supply socket
Close up of the tuning dial

Bush DCA 90 has been repolished , the scale lamp and cursor cleaned. The de-coupling capacitors rather interestingly have been replaced in the past with good quality replacements. The chassis is very clean and no indication of being stored in a damp enviroment.

The I.F stage has been realigned , and the rf alignment was still spot on even after all these years of service.

These are one of the best classic radio's I think you can get, still very reliable , simple to re-store and great fun to own.

Rear view with cover fitted, note original screws,
Clean chassis, the only wiring requiring replacement was the mains dropper used for the heater chain and I always extend the audio output transformer leads allowing servicing
Side view showing wave change selector switch

McMichael 137 (AC) the 137 relates to the production start date of 1937.

These radio's were offered with either Walnut or Mahogany finish using Mahogany as the base wood. This particular radio had exstensive water damage to the lid and required total stripping and sanding to remove the surface . As this model was finished in Walnut and the client requested that the lid was the main part of the restoration it was required to light balance the main body otherwise you would end up a slight tint mis-match with a warm top and a very flat body.

All work undertaking is by French polishing it allows more accurate colour matching.

These models first introduced in 1935 the earlier version tuning dial does not lift up with the lid unlike these models were offered with a pedestal as an extra at £2 2s

Costing £17 6s 6d in May 37 and within 4 months an additional increase of 11s was added, does not sound a lot to day had even a 25 c/s version offered again for £10s 6d added to the cost

Finished top colour matched to the Walnut base
The radio complete with new period speaker cloth fitted

The finished radio, waiting collection. These are a great vintage radio and would be a talking  point in any home, in fact i have both of these models, both will be for sale at the moment one is being fully polished in Mahogany , the other will be in Walnut

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