classic radio shop
212 Roughton Road
Cromer. Norfolk NR27 9LQ
close to Roughton Road station
Phone: +44 01263 519278
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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.
We can supply from stock replacement batteries for the portable valve radios (jewel case) This is the popular 90 volt HT . These batteries are copies, scanned from originals, and then placed onto cardboard, so are exact replicas, and will therefore fit in the battery compartments available. As these are used in the HT supply, these will operate until the voltage drops below 45 volts typically and will be indicated when the radio seems not to work at all. When the battery is discharged, you can then re-use the outer housing and place your own set inside if required by opening it up from the top.I have used choc block for connecting these to the radio plug as the original fittings would be near impossible to source. These just need a screwdriver to fit, remember the polarity, if in any doubt, please contact me first for advice. Comes with handy information sheet. I have added £2.00 inclusive for posting and packaging
This battery is a earlier version of the popular B126. As I have customers who prefer batterys to match the period of their portable radio's I can now offer this as a alternative compared to the later 1960's version above.
Connections are via chock block as the original fittings cannont be found
This is the 1.5 Volt LT battery for the popular (jewel case ) radios. This battery is used for the heater supply. I have used choc block to allow connection to the radio as the original fitting would be too difficult to source. The battery as it slowly discharges will be indicated as the radio sound level starts to get lower, until nothing is heard. When fully discharged the battery can be re-opened for re-use with your own battery set for convenience. comes with instruction sheet, Ensure you wire the battery correctly, if in any doubt. please contact me first. I have included £2.00 postage and packing
This Battery was designed for use in the Ever Ready Sky radio's of the 1950's,
This battery is quite wide but due to limitations in the cases it is only 1.5 inches wide.
These batterys were first produced around 1946 and were often used in pairs to create the 90 Volt HT supply on the portable valve radio's, I have seen this in the early Bush model's.
I have the 1950's version on the next battery page
These batterys were first introduced in the 1960's and were very popular at the time, and continuing from the cardboard version shown here to being produced in tin throughout the 70's and into the eighties and as far as i can recall production finished in the early 1990's.
So having an extensive life before being replaced with the smaller PP9 at the end. Of course the PP9 was also introduced in the 1960's, but the earlier portable radio's at the time required a larger capacity battery for every day use.
This battery comes complete with leads via choc block to allow connection with the radio.
These large and heavy batteries were combined 90 Volt HT & 1.5 Volt LT. The reason why they were so sizeable was due to giving a minimum of 250 hours of use. I imagine the long usage took some of the sting of buying one. These were used in the Sky series of Ever Ready battery radios. The version I can offer looks the same but, due to cost in shipping weight and the amount of dry cells needed, is reduced to give an equivalent usage as per the standard versions available
We also offer the Ever Ready B136 on the other battery page
Fitting is via chock block via the original plug. Instructions given
Due to size and weight £5.00 postage and package is included
This combined 90 Volt HT and 7.5 Volt LT battery was created in the mid 1950's to support the Vidor range of jewel case radio's that were battery/mains hence the higher LT voltage.
The Ever Ready equivalent being the B148 and the size is 2.75 , 3.5 , 3.5 inches
70mm , 89mm 89mm
This battery was used for the valve portables of the late 1920's and 1930's, at 25cm width 16.5 cm depth and 7 cm in height, these portables were not light weight.
The Pye series for example would have used these at the time, offering up to 144 Volts HT if the grid bias was not required, but from experience most radio,s would be set at 126 volts and 60 volts for them to work correctly.
As standard this battery will be offered with connections via chock block of 126 and 63 volts and all the bias tappings as the HT voltage falls, alterations to the bias would be required.
This is a rare battery to find and this copy is from around a 1936/37 battery which I have in my collection.
If other HT tappings are required I can supply them as standard for you.
Due to the size and the number of cells required this is quite expensive to produce.
Rare find, this battery will look good for the owners of mid to late 1920's receivers, the battery will have fittings for all the outputs, these being 1.5, 3.0, 4.5, 6.0, 7.5 and 9.0 volts via chock block.
As we know bias arrangements were not accurate and depends also on the HT battery so quite often these would be altered to suit. Bias batterys due to very low current requirements will last a very long time, and sorry but the original price of 10d has due to inflation been increased
Quite rare the GEC BB414 battery was a equivalent to the Ever Ready AD14 as used on the Sky casket radios.
As the case was large the later models had the large and heavy combined battery giving extended usage, before these were produced the single version for HT was produced to compliment the LT unit GEC BB502.
The battery measures 8 inches width, 3 inches height by just under 1.5 inches in depth.
This will be offered as a high capacity as intended
This battery was used in early period 1920's - 1930's battery operated receivers where a seperate bias voltage was required.
It has 1.5,3,4.5,6,7.5 and 9 volt outlets, I can either have this preset to your own requirements fitting via connectors, or can supply just the box so you can build it yourself using your own 1.5 volt combination. The battery is quite small at 12.2cm width, 7cm in height and just 2 cm in depth. See attached photo of just the box in place.
The copy for you to cut out and make up is £4.0 including P&P or complete to your choice of voltage outlets as listed below.
The Ever Ready 1.5 Volt LT battery was a high capacity battery and introduced around 1946, measuring at 2.6 inches square by 3.8 inches in height, it is twice the size of the AD35 that was introduced only two years later.
This will have a higher current capacity to take into account its original intended use.
Please see batteries page 2 as the 1950's AD4 and the 90 Volt HT battery B117 is availible there
Ever Ready PP1 Battery ( 6 volt) . These batteries were used on transistorised radio's of the late 1950's and early 60's.
Typical radio receivers were Decca TPW70 , TP44, TP60 the Ekco BPT series, ACE , HMV and Murphy.
This battery comes supplied with chock block connectors as the original fittings are difficult to fit.
These are the higher capacity versions offering a prolonged use of the heater supply, this version comes with a interesting fact of having the Dec 27th 1967 lable still attached and for interest had never been used. Size 9.5 cm width, 9.5 cm height and 3.5 cm depth
These batterys were used on the popular Vidor range of jewel cased radio's of the 1950's, typical the mains/battery versions as the LT battery (L5060) was 7.5 volt not the more typical 1.5 volt often used.
The B114 battery is a copy of an original period version fitted with new cells given you the voltages required to run your period small personal radio receiver again with that original classic look.
The connections are via wires with choc-block and colour coded to identify which way this is fitted to your pin plug.
Comes complete with fitting instructions, as always I'm only a phone call away if in doubt.
This battery is the British version of the one below (USA) and was used on portable radio's of the 1940's/50's, due to the limited size of the box the PD will be 64 Volt, but this will not have an issue with the receiver, I can fit the correct voltage but this would require smaller Amp/hour battery pack, if prefered.
These are quite hard to find now, as these were used on the early 1950's radio such as on Vidor Henley CN426 and Pye P131MBQ for example. The matching 90 Volt L5512 is also availiable
This battery complements the Vidor L5048 7.5 Volt battery, this being for the HT 90 volt typically operated in the bVidor range of dual mains/battery dual case radios (Henley CN426) and the Pye P131 MBQ.
The Vidor L5040 compliments the 90 Volt HT version above, ideal if you have one of the many Vidor range dual case radio's. First introduced around 1964 until 1970. The later 60's versions are on the next battery page
It has the same specfication as the Ever Ready AD35
Again one of the larger series batterys supplied by Ever Ready for the radio's of the early 1950's, for example the Ferranti 945, as well as the range of Ever Ready models of the time. The AD14 that compliments this battery (1.5 Volt) is on the other battery page with the 1950's B107.
This re-production even shows the slight fading as per the original as it had been stored in the same radio from new.
The connections are via chock block connection, allowing fitting to the original pins
I have now recently aquired a cleaner battery, lower picture, this will be the one sent off to you, as you can imagine it takes time to source good condition versions sometimes these are located as a time capsule left for decades in the receiver intended for use as per this one.
This rare 67.5 volt HT batteries are very expensive to purchase when you can find them. These were used on the late 1940's- early 50's personal radios as an example the RCA Victor BP-10. The LT 1.5 Volt for the valve heaters is a standard off the shelf unit, so no problem there. This copy is from an RCA version, which allows you to fit this in the space provided, it has two wires from it identified plus and minus via the colour coding. Instructions to fit included. Price includes P&P in the UK.