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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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Kolster-Brandes FB10 (Toaster) 1952

These radio's due to there small size was marketed as "The Magic Midget" and at only 23cm width, 15cm depth and 18cm in height this is indeed a remarkable little receiver. Offering 2 bands, medium , Long wave  an unusual midget feature is the use of a mains auto-transformer, which avoids the generation of considerable amount of heat common in the Bush DAC series. The radio has been taken apart all standard components replaced, the rather unusall 422Kcs I.F peaked and of course the RF and oscillator stages re-set to the original specification. As these were first introduced in September 1950 costing £8 17s 1d nearly half the price of its rival, the Bush DAC90A, it was a great value radio, for use either in the bedroom or in the kitchen. As history as shown British made goods "those were the days" were more in demand rather than the American midgets such as this, there was a fear that parts may have been difficult to source if they were failures, though in fact this was more a competative sales point than anything else.

Another good feature is the dial light moves along with the cursor, something that Bush could have learnt a lesson from.

The radio is in first class condition, with no cracks or damage and works very well with the new improved early ferrite inbuilt aerial, but does allow you to fit an external one if you wish to do so. It is a set that fits perfectly into a modern home and is popular with collectors as good examples are not easy to locate. Comes complete with 1 years warranty

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Kolster-Brandes FB10 (Toaster) 1952

£155.00 incl. P&P

These radio's due to there small size was marketed as "The Magic Midget" and at only 23cm width, 15cm depth and 18cm in height this is indeed a remarkable little receiver. Offering 2 bands, medium , Long wave  an unusual midget feature is the use of a mains auto-transformer, which avoids the generation of considerable amount of heat common in the Bush DAC series. The radio has been taken apart all standard components replaced, the rather unusall 422Kcs I.F peaked and of course the RF and oscillator stages re-set to the original specification. As these were first introduced in September 1950 costing £8 17s 1d nearly half the price of its rival, the Bush DAC90A, it was a great value radio, for use either in the bedroom or in the kitchen. As history as shown British made goods "those were the days" were more in demand rather than the American midgets such as this, there was a fear that parts may have been difficult to source if they were failures, though in fact this was more a competative sales point than anything else.

Another good feature is the dial light moves along with the cursor, something that Bush could have learnt a lesson from.

The radio is in first class condition, with no cracks or damage and works very well with the new improved early ferrite inbuilt aerial, but does allow you to fit an external one if you wish to do so. It is a set that fits perfectly into a modern home and is popular with collectors as good examples are not easy to locate. Comes complete with 1 years warranty


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Rear view of the chassis of the KB FB10

Those of you who are familar with these radio's will have noticed this is a later model with additional upgrades, all the valves apart from the left hand side (half wave rectifier) are now fitted with B9A valve bases, using 6BE6, 6BA6 ,EBC90 and of interest the 6BW6 audio amplifier first introduced in 1950. The original audio output valve 6V6GT was first introduced in 1937, so as the first models came off the production line it seems possible that these were going to become difficult to keep production going. So perhaps within a year or so a new design was being developed and again costs in production could be reduced by the aerial . How many of these were produced i'm not sure as all the others I have seen or information on these sets only identify the first production model.

Under chassis view, with component changes seen

Bush DAC90A (1955) SOLD

 

The most popular classic radio availible is the Iconic Bush DAC90A. A five valve radio, AC/DC transportable superhetrodyne receiver which has Medium Wave and Long wave switchable from the side. These receivers are small in size 9.25 inches height, 7.5 inches depth and 12.75 inches in width and therefore fit comfortably in any modern home.To ensure reliabilty as standard all the components that would require replacement have been done including the on/off volume control and one valve that was not quite to specification replaced to ensure a first class receiver.  The I.F section and RF sections have been aligned and therefore is very sensistive and responsive.

 

Due to its simple chassis and good design this is a radio you can use and enjoy every day, another added bonus is now the avaliabilty of the original 3.5 Volt dial lamps to improve the tuning dial. This one as can be seen in the photo is finished in a Walnut stylel (Bakelite) though a plastic variation of Bakelite (Catalin) can be found in the Ivory version though, these are in fact trade names of the product, but Catlin is more brittle and models are often shown with either cracks or chips to the body.

As with all these models the power supply is a simple half wave rectifier but works very well. These use a UL41 as an audio output valve, if at times you hear a slight mains hum, often the fault will be due to a cathode to heater leak, I have found this on many of these valves hence a new replacement valve has been fitted.

This model is in very good  condition with no  marking to the polished cabinet, the contol knobs are perfect. I haver never quite understood why you see damage to these as often as you do it would be the last thing to get misuse and comes complete with the original 2 pin plug, including the 12 months guarantee, would make either a great present or why not just treat yourself.

 

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Bush DAC90A (1955) SOLD

£145.00 SOLD

 

The most popular classic radio availible is the Iconic Bush DAC90A. A five valve radio, AC/DC transportable superhetrodyne receiver which has Medium Wave and Long wave switchable from the side. These receivers are small in size 9.25 inches height, 7.5 inches depth and 12.75 inches in width and therefore fit comfortably in any modern home.To ensure reliabilty as standard all the components that would require replacement have been done including the on/off volume control and one valve that was not quite to specification replaced to ensure a first class receiver.  The I.F section and RF sections have been aligned and therefore is very sensistive and responsive.

 

Due to its simple chassis and good design this is a radio you can use and enjoy every day, another added bonus is now the avaliabilty of the original 3.5 Volt dial lamps to improve the tuning dial. This one as can be seen in the photo is finished in a Walnut stylel (Bakelite) though a plastic variation of Bakelite (Catalin) can be found in the Ivory version though, these are in fact trade names of the product, but Catlin is more brittle and models are often shown with either cracks or chips to the body.

As with all these models the power supply is a simple half wave rectifier but works very well. These use a UL41 as an audio output valve, if at times you hear a slight mains hum, often the fault will be due to a cathode to heater leak, I have found this on many of these valves hence a new replacement valve has been fitted.

This model is in very good  condition with no  marking to the polished cabinet, the contol knobs are perfect. I haver never quite understood why you see damage to these as often as you do it would be the last thing to get misuse and comes complete with the original 2 pin plug, including the 12 months guarantee, would make either a great present or why not just treat yourself.

 


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Pilot Little Maestro (1939/40) SOLD

A fine little 4 valve plus rectifier in very good condition, offering Medium and Long wave reception.

If you have ever seen Good Night Sweetheart , the same model is on the shelf in the public house. The radio's were first produced in February 1939 and the chassis was fitted into several alternative small table cabinets, this one being Walnut.

These radio's are interesting for a number of reasons, first the small size only 30cm wide, 14 cm high and 20cm tall, and due to its small size and as a AC/DC radio, hence no transformer the dropping of the HT to feed the valve heaters was undertaken with a tapped line cord ballast resistor !, what that infact meant you had a long mains cable around 10 feet in lenght and when switched on and the cable often being  curled up resulted in a 100 watt of heat radiating from it. It worked very well indeed, today we have them as electric blankets. Then time passes, years later the next owner feels that cable is to long and reduces it, those valves seem to be getting brighter, then one day the original cable is not working, then of course the fun starts. The new owner fits a brand new mains cable and switches on " flash " did i just see someone take a photograph  or did those valves attempt to go into orbit.

The motto of the story is with any vintage or period radio check for information before you attempt to turn it on.

This radio no longer has the original ballast lead, so the previous owner created a version of a mains dropper in a seperate box to protect the receiver and it works very well, though does get hot, so beware, but very well made and reliable and correctly earthed.

The radio has had all the standard componets replaced and all the electrolitic capacitors up-graded, the original one visiable on the top chassis is for show only. The radio had a repair undertaken in 1950 and apart from that was in a first class condition. The aerial is a long wire which is fitted underneath for transportation, when fitted in your own home , just unwind it and drop it down and will work well. If you are looking for a small 1940's radio, this a little gem. Comes complete with 1 years gurantee

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Pilot Little Maestro (1939/40) SOLD

£155.00 SOLD

A fine little 4 valve plus rectifier in very good condition, offering Medium and Long wave reception.

If you have ever seen Good Night Sweetheart , the same model is on the shelf in the public house. The radio's were first produced in February 1939 and the chassis was fitted into several alternative small table cabinets, this one being Walnut.

These radio's are interesting for a number of reasons, first the small size only 30cm wide, 14 cm high and 20cm tall, and due to its small size and as a AC/DC radio, hence no transformer the dropping of the HT to feed the valve heaters was undertaken with a tapped line cord ballast resistor !, what that infact meant you had a long mains cable around 10 feet in lenght and when switched on and the cable often being  curled up resulted in a 100 watt of heat radiating from it. It worked very well indeed, today we have them as electric blankets. Then time passes, years later the next owner feels that cable is to long and reduces it, those valves seem to be getting brighter, then one day the original cable is not working, then of course the fun starts. The new owner fits a brand new mains cable and switches on " flash " did i just see someone take a photograph  or did those valves attempt to go into orbit.

The motto of the story is with any vintage or period radio check for information before you attempt to turn it on.

This radio no longer has the original ballast lead, so the previous owner created a version of a mains dropper in a seperate box to protect the receiver and it works very well, though does get hot, so beware, but very well made and reliable and correctly earthed.

The radio has had all the standard componets replaced and all the electrolitic capacitors up-graded, the original one visiable on the top chassis is for show only. The radio had a repair undertaken in 1950 and apart from that was in a first class condition. The aerial is a long wire which is fitted underneath for transportation, when fitted in your own home , just unwind it and drop it down and will work well. If you are looking for a small 1940's radio, this a little gem. Comes complete with 1 years gurantee


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The mains dropper sections are fitted inside this case, the unit uses a number of high wattage resistors, to create the equivelent line cord ballast. Here the mains HT has also been reduced by some 35 volts.

The heater voltage due to the valve heaters are in series works perfectly well. The unit has a 4 pin plug for fitting to the radio and comes complete with fitted mains plug

Rear cover is perfect due to minimum heat produced in the radio

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Pye PE114BQ (1955) Blue banding with grey Rexin (copy of the original user manual included)

A clean example of the popular Jewel Case portable radio with only slight wear and minor dis-colouration of the Chrome hinges , These use miniture valves and run from a 90 Volt B126 ever ready battery and 1.5 Volt LT AD35 Ever Ready dry batterys supplied. The radio switches on as soon as the lid is opened and offer's medium and long wave reception with good sound from the 4 inch loud speaker. The frame aerial is fitted into the top lid. First released in 1955 and costing £9 9s 6d batteries and tax was extra. These radio's are very sensistive and selective and were the last phase before transistors started to replace these portables just 3 years later. Repacement components to the age related issues had already been undertaken and the I.F calibrated. These are popular with classic car owners and of course Pye collectors. A poker dot version is also on my website for sale. The radio comes complete with batteries fitted and 1 years gurantee

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Pye PE114BQ (1955) Blue banding with grey Rexin (copy of the original user manual included)

£75.00 incl. P&P

A clean example of the popular Jewel Case portable radio with only slight wear and minor dis-colouration of the Chrome hinges , These use miniture valves and run from a 90 Volt B126 ever ready battery and 1.5 Volt LT AD35 Ever Ready dry batterys supplied. The radio switches on as soon as the lid is opened and offer's medium and long wave reception with good sound from the 4 inch loud speaker. The frame aerial is fitted into the top lid. First released in 1955 and costing £9 9s 6d batteries and tax was extra. These radio's are very sensistive and selective and were the last phase before transistors started to replace these portables just 3 years later. Repacement components to the age related issues had already been undertaken and the I.F calibrated. These are popular with classic car owners and of course Pye collectors. A poker dot version is also on my website for sale. The radio comes complete with batteries fitted and 1 years gurantee


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PAM TB59 (1958) SOLD

The Pamphonic reproducers Ltd radio TB59 has an interesting history, most collectors of these early transistor radio's would have heard of the first British transistor radio Pam 710 of course designed and built in fact by Pye. But being concerned with their puplic image and therefore placed these under a different name, just in case the people did not buy into the new technology. Of course they did and just over a year Pye using the same basic circuit produced the Pye model P123BQ, a number of examples including the first will be seen on here very soon. The first Pam as already mentioned was in production for not very long, so a new version was introduced perhaps it was due to the fact that the Pam radio though exspensive some £24 in 1956 then Pam720 so for a better word Pye were the market leaders, and a new model was released the Pam TB59 in 1959. The model is in design the same as the Pye Q4 using 6 off yellow circle transistors with an approx audio output of 200MW.

The radio is as it was first produced, no component needed replacing and works very well indeed, as any peice of furniture of the time, there is some wear to the case, but minimal , the usual issues with the top button bright knobs are often rusted or pitted and very slight wear to the handle, But overall a nice example and in many ways more attractive than other models at this time, it cannot be a coincident that the handbag styling was to attract the lady buyers of the late 1950,s .Another early example of a transistor radio from the late 1950's costing £19.00 quite an investment for the lady of the house.

Runs off 6 volt battery PP1 supplied and come with 6 months warranty.

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PAM TB59 (1958) SOLD

£110.00 SOLD

The Pamphonic reproducers Ltd radio TB59 has an interesting history, most collectors of these early transistor radio's would have heard of the first British transistor radio Pam 710 of course designed and built in fact by Pye. But being concerned with their puplic image and therefore placed these under a different name, just in case the people did not buy into the new technology. Of course they did and just over a year Pye using the same basic circuit produced the Pye model P123BQ, a number of examples including the first will be seen on here very soon. The first Pam as already mentioned was in production for not very long, so a new version was introduced perhaps it was due to the fact that the Pam radio though exspensive some £24 in 1956 then Pam720 so for a better word Pye were the market leaders, and a new model was released the Pam TB59 in 1959. The model is in design the same as the Pye Q4 using 6 off yellow circle transistors with an approx audio output of 200MW.

The radio is as it was first produced, no component needed replacing and works very well indeed, as any peice of furniture of the time, there is some wear to the case, but minimal , the usual issues with the top button bright knobs are often rusted or pitted and very slight wear to the handle, But overall a nice example and in many ways more attractive than other models at this time, it cannot be a coincident that the handbag styling was to attract the lady buyers of the late 1950,s .Another early example of a transistor radio from the late 1950's costing £19.00 quite an investment for the lady of the house.

Runs off 6 volt battery PP1 supplied and come with 6 months warranty.


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View of the Pam TB59 taken apart to show component layout and original fittings

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