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

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We constantly up-grading our stock of period radio's

 

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 can do the hard work for you.

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Utlra R906 Twin de-lux 1953 (SOLD)

This radio in near perfect condition is a fine example of the Coronation Twin, because the radio was released in the same year as the coronation of Queen Elisabeth II. This radio was offered in either snake skin (imitation) as pictured or there was also a dark version with imitation crocodile leather, as yet not seen one of those.

The radio has two sliding doors to the front allowing protection when either moving the radio around or when again a selected station and volume have been adjusted allowing the doors to be closed preventing changes happening.

It is a mains (original plug and lead supplied) or battery powered valve portable receiver with medium wave (190 - 550 metres) and Long wave (1160 - 2000 metres) .

The batteries not supplied though if requested can be provided are Ever Ready AD39 7.5 Volt LT and B129 85 Volt HT as this is supplied with its original mains lead it was felt that this would be used more in the home than outside.

The audio output from the 5 inch loud speaker gives more than needed power IP11 pentode output valve and with a good sensitivity works very well indeed.

The condition is first class with the original rear lower cover still in place for the battery compartment and Ultra buit these to a good standard with the the aerial built into the rear door designed with a high Q loading coil this gives improved selectivity and reduction in static noise that works even in the workshop.

The radio is offered complete with 1 years warranty and would suite either a gentleman or the lady of the house, i know about the latter as my wife is giving hints that she would like it, "christmas is on it's way". 

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Utlra R906 Twin de-lux 1953 (SOLD)

£230.00 SOLD

This radio in near perfect condition is a fine example of the Coronation Twin, because the radio was released in the same year as the coronation of Queen Elisabeth II. This radio was offered in either snake skin (imitation) as pictured or there was also a dark version with imitation crocodile leather, as yet not seen one of those.

The radio has two sliding doors to the front allowing protection when either moving the radio around or when again a selected station and volume have been adjusted allowing the doors to be closed preventing changes happening.

It is a mains (original plug and lead supplied) or battery powered valve portable receiver with medium wave (190 - 550 metres) and Long wave (1160 - 2000 metres) .

The batteries not supplied though if requested can be provided are Ever Ready AD39 7.5 Volt LT and B129 85 Volt HT as this is supplied with its original mains lead it was felt that this would be used more in the home than outside.

The audio output from the 5 inch loud speaker gives more than needed power IP11 pentode output valve and with a good sensitivity works very well indeed.

The condition is first class with the original rear lower cover still in place for the battery compartment and Ultra buit these to a good standard with the the aerial built into the rear door designed with a high Q loading coil this gives improved selectivity and reduction in static noise that works even in the workshop.

The radio is offered complete with 1 years warranty and would suite either a gentleman or the lady of the house, i know about the latter as my wife is giving hints that she would like it, "christmas is on it's way". 


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Top view showing carrying handle with the doors closed, a very contempary style suited equally today as it was over 60 years ago

Reaw view with door opening revealing chassis and lower battery compartment

PYE P123BQ (June 1957) (SOLD)

This is as early a transistor radio you can purchase without paying silly prices, I'm of course refering to the first British model Pam 710, good examples when located are in excess of £600 today and poor versions over £200. These were only produced for only around a 12 month period, this perhaps may have been due to the shortage of suitable transistors. As Pye were the first to commit themselves by bringing to market their own semiconductors as no commercial quantities were available at that time and production runs were rather limited. So Pye using the a similar designed  chassis produced the P123BQ model reducing the Pam 8 transistor down to 6.

Production started in January 1957 costing £17 13s 4d plus purchase tax, this is not far short of between an average 3 to 4 weeks wages in the 1950's. This particular radio was produced in June 1957, in fact the speaker is also date stamped at 13/06/57 and would have been fitted within that short period. The radio again due to the low gain RF transistors has an I.F of 315 Kcs the tuning coils on this first version identifies these easily, unlike the later 450 Kcs models.

The radio uses 4 1.5 volt batteries supplied and operates on fixed LW ( radio 4) and Medium wave band. The middle banding on the case has been replaced as often these are in a poor way, general condition is very good and internally the transistors are all original and only a few de-coupling components needed to be replaced with the rf and I.F sections re-calibrated. The radio works well, LW very strong and pre-set so picked for optmium reception, meduim wave is good, but not quite as sensitive, the fact the i.f sensitivity is perfect, audio stage good, it can only leave the first stage oscillator, the output from this section via a oscilloscope clearly shows is not as high as the later model, so must be due to limitation on the transistor gain. This is a interesting time in the development of transistors from the 195o's and having the use of a vintage radio of this period is in my opinion rather special.

Comes complete with 1 years gurantee

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PYE P123BQ (June 1957) (SOLD)

£130.00 SOLD

This is as early a transistor radio you can purchase without paying silly prices, I'm of course refering to the first British model Pam 710, good examples when located are in excess of £600 today and poor versions over £200. These were only produced for only around a 12 month period, this perhaps may have been due to the shortage of suitable transistors. As Pye were the first to commit themselves by bringing to market their own semiconductors as no commercial quantities were available at that time and production runs were rather limited. So Pye using the a similar designed  chassis produced the P123BQ model reducing the Pam 8 transistor down to 6.

Production started in January 1957 costing £17 13s 4d plus purchase tax, this is not far short of between an average 3 to 4 weeks wages in the 1950's. This particular radio was produced in June 1957, in fact the speaker is also date stamped at 13/06/57 and would have been fitted within that short period. The radio again due to the low gain RF transistors has an I.F of 315 Kcs the tuning coils on this first version identifies these easily, unlike the later 450 Kcs models.

The radio uses 4 1.5 volt batteries supplied and operates on fixed LW ( radio 4) and Medium wave band. The middle banding on the case has been replaced as often these are in a poor way, general condition is very good and internally the transistors are all original and only a few de-coupling components needed to be replaced with the rf and I.F sections re-calibrated. The radio works well, LW very strong and pre-set so picked for optmium reception, meduim wave is good, but not quite as sensitive, the fact the i.f sensitivity is perfect, audio stage good, it can only leave the first stage oscillator, the output from this section via a oscilloscope clearly shows is not as high as the later model, so must be due to limitation on the transistor gain. This is a interesting time in the development of transistors from the 195o's and having the use of a vintage radio of this period is in my opinion rather special.

Comes complete with 1 years gurantee


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Close up of the chassis, you can clearly see the earlier I.F coils, the only issue with all these early transistor radio's is the oscillator coils are often fixed in position and the risk is very high for damage to occur, so unless its far off specification I would recommend to leave them alone. The speaker is rather interesting as its centre taped high impedanced 110 ohms so as to allow direct connection from the V10 output transistors.

£475.00
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McMichael 137 (1937 (Twin Speaker Superhet ) 3 bands

This radio is very similar to the 135 which was recently sold, the difference between the models are as the lid is opened the large tuning dial lifts forward allowing you to see it more clearly, sounds simple but the extra design work involved to acheive this would have given the designers some headaches.

Again to some degree with the tuning dial they have added a magic eye tuning indicator at the top of the scale, total gimmick, the equivelent of go fast stripes on a standard car today. This is the original and no longer has emission and with a cost of around £70 ish to replace, i could not warrant the extra cost, but it is an easy customer replacement if the new owner really wanted to replace it.

The radio has a very clean chassis, with all the components requiring replacement undertaken as per a restoration. All the valves are original and fuction as good as the day it arrived at its first home. Unlike the earlier models this has the seperate transformer and full wave diode fitted to one side away from the chassis. The case work is therfore a little heavier and 2mm thicker than the earlier model due to this extra weight in the chassis, and as before was offered with a standard Mahogny cabinet and finished either in this colour or Walnut. This one i have stained in light Mahogony to match the original colour on the underside of the lid and again has the additional stand to match to complete the look. The case has been French polished to a high finish to complement the style as was pleasing to the conservative taste of the upper middle classes of the 1930's despite the then modern look of Ecko radios.

The radio has Medium Wave, Long Wave and Short wave and like all vintage radios of this time will require an external aerial to work really well, but in fact a wire lenght of just a few feet will give results, but at the time it was expected that radios of the time to have a average aerial lenght of between 40 - 70 feet.

With a twin speaker design and a connection for gram at the rear by means of a jack plug allows modern technology to connect to the output stage.

The radio comes complete with the old style  original mains lead as was used at the time, this has been tested and is perfect for use, but if required i can fit a modern one in its place  and of course come with 1 years warranty.

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McMichael 137 (1937 (Twin Speaker Superhet ) 3 bands

£475.00 Incl P&P

This radio is very similar to the 135 which was recently sold, the difference between the models are as the lid is opened the large tuning dial lifts forward allowing you to see it more clearly, sounds simple but the extra design work involved to acheive this would have given the designers some headaches.

Again to some degree with the tuning dial they have added a magic eye tuning indicator at the top of the scale, total gimmick, the equivelent of go fast stripes on a standard car today. This is the original and no longer has emission and with a cost of around £70 ish to replace, i could not warrant the extra cost, but it is an easy customer replacement if the new owner really wanted to replace it.

The radio has a very clean chassis, with all the components requiring replacement undertaken as per a restoration. All the valves are original and fuction as good as the day it arrived at its first home. Unlike the earlier models this has the seperate transformer and full wave diode fitted to one side away from the chassis. The case work is therfore a little heavier and 2mm thicker than the earlier model due to this extra weight in the chassis, and as before was offered with a standard Mahogny cabinet and finished either in this colour or Walnut. This one i have stained in light Mahogony to match the original colour on the underside of the lid and again has the additional stand to match to complete the look. The case has been French polished to a high finish to complement the style as was pleasing to the conservative taste of the upper middle classes of the 1930's despite the then modern look of Ecko radios.

The radio has Medium Wave, Long Wave and Short wave and like all vintage radios of this time will require an external aerial to work really well, but in fact a wire lenght of just a few feet will give results, but at the time it was expected that radios of the time to have a average aerial lenght of between 40 - 70 feet.

With a twin speaker design and a connection for gram at the rear by means of a jack plug allows modern technology to connect to the output stage.

The radio comes complete with the old style  original mains lead as was used at the time, this has been tested and is perfect for use, but if required i can fit a modern one in its place  and of course come with 1 years warranty.


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Top view with lid closed.A piece of furniture that would not only look good in any modern room but works.
I love the styling of these radio's and with a good aerial work very well indeed, helped of course by the twin loud speaks to the front. Would look great in any modern home, infact not only a period p Side view

The picture shows side view of the chassis, and the interesting top plate that allows the tuning dial to lift. The piece visable on top is the select switch display that identifies which wave band you are selecting. The transformer and full wave rectifier are not present in this photo.

£75.00
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PYE P114BQ ( 1956)

A nice example of the popular Jewel Case portable radio in a poker dot finish, 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 offeres 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. 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. The radio comes complete with batteries fitted and 1 years gurantee

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PYE P114BQ ( 1956)

£75.00 Incl P&P

A nice example of the popular Jewel Case portable radio in a poker dot finish, 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 offeres 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. 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. The radio comes complete with batteries fitted and 1 years gurantee


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