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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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Pilot Little Maestro 1939 Early version 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 moto 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, and someone in the past managed with a couple of valve changes added a transformer, brilliant idea, no heat and no extra dropper sections required. Perfect set up

The radio has had all the standard componets replaced and all the electrolitic capacitors up-graded, the original one visible on the top chassis is for show only. The aerial is a long wire and unlike a number of them where the wire was fitted around the base for storage this one is fitted into the back chassis, see photo's, when 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 Early version SOLD

£195.00 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 moto 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, and someone in the past managed with a couple of valve changes added a transformer, brilliant idea, no heat and no extra dropper sections required. Perfect set up

The radio has had all the standard componets replaced and all the electrolitic capacitors up-graded, the original one visible on the top chassis is for show only. The aerial is a long wire and unlike a number of them where the wire was fitted around the base for storage this one is fitted into the back chassis, see photo's, when 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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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.

McMichael 137 (1937 (Twin Speaker Superhet ) 3 bands sold

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. These valves are very hard to find so I have fitted a old one to finish the look

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 sold

£425.00 SOLD

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. These valves are very hard to find so I have fitted a old one to finish the look

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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