This selection of vintage radio sets are for people who want to have a go at a DIY restoration.  We check them all  for obvious faults, and completeness.  A full description is given for each set,  together with a difficulty rating, so you should have a good idea what is required before you purchase an item. Where we have the service data,  it is included with the radio free of charge.   If you would like more details about a set,  then please feel free to telephone or email us.

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You should not expect the restoration projects to work correctly as purchased, repairs may be required before it is safe to connect them to the mains supply.

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Stock last updated on 5/03/19
New items added on 5/02/19

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Afraid we are very short of project valve radios at the moment.   Several deals have fallen through and things seem to be getting much harder to find in good order.   Patience required!

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We now have two pages of restoration projects.  Click on the Roberts radio to go to page two,  where you will find more valve and lots of transistor vintage DIY radios. 

1949/50  Bush AC11
Bush made this radio one of their first to use the quick remove chassis system. You only need to remove the knobs, take out two screws and unplug a couple of wires to lift out the chassis, making a big improvement on their earlier designs which would take the wireless repair man half an hour to strip down. I doubt it saved the owners any money, but I guess it made life easier for us engineer types. You can expect good performance really from any of the Bush radios of this line, such as the AC11,31,34,41 and so on. One benefit on this model is the inclusion of an internal frame type aerial which I've found to be more than adequate. This particular example looks very original - bar one thing that I have spotted.  Someone in the past has replaced the UL41 output valve with a UL84,  and changed the base to suit.  Looks like an old repair job,  done well so no problems and as you know UL84's are a fraction of the cost of UL41.  The only other thing to mention are some marks on the case which will cover up and some worm holes to fill in.   We have treated the cabinet and innards.   There is a good helping of fluff included! 
Frequency Coverage :- LW / MW / SW
Dimensions 20" wide, 13" high, 7" deep
Antenna - frame type with sockets for SW etc.
Restoration Difficulty 1 - easy

Price  £28   (£120 overhauled)  UK Delivery £14   Most of EU £28 - £36
Sorry this is sold.

C1959 Pye VHF2D
Here we have a well preserved,  all band valve receiver from the Pye Cambridge factory.   Continental styling (even tells you so on the front panel!) with piano keys.  It contains a proper AC mains chassis and has a decent sized large elliptical speaker fitted.   Quite a large cabinet,  which again is in good order.   The speaker cloth and dial glass are both colourful things.   It works reasonably well already,  give it a good service and will have a high performance valve radio to play with.
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW / VHF FM / SW
Antenna -  internal with sockets for AM etc 
Dimensions  21" wide 15" high, 10" deep
Restoration Difficulty  1.5 intermediate. 
Price  £40   (£195 overhauled)  UK Delivery £15   Most of EU £28 - £36
Sorry this is sold.

1950's large Bakelite extension speaker  3 ohm
Well it is not a radio but all the same a useful speaker in a Bakelite cabinet that will polish up well.    3 ohms impedance.   Was connected up to an AR88D when it arrived here.   There are a couple of holes in the top panel which I suspect once had a handle attached through.  Back panel fitted.     

Dimensions 15" wide, 13" high and 6" deep
Price  £15   UK Delivery £8     Most of EU £20 - £36
Sorry this is sold.

1954 Vidor CN429
Excellent,  indeed lovely condition throughout,  this green and grey version of the 429 is by far the rarer colour scheme to find.    At 64 years of age it is looking good.
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW
Dimensions 8" wide, 8" high, 4" deep
Antenna -  internal plate aerial.
Restoration Difficulty 1.5 intermediate
Batteries 90V ht 1.5V lt
Price  £30 (£call overhauled)  UK Delivery £10  Most of EU £20 - £36
Sorry this is sold.

1954 Vidor CN429
Here we have another one.   Finished in red,  fake snake.  Somewhere down this web page there should also be some mock croc.   All going on here….    Good original condition. 
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW
Dimensions 8" wide, 8" high, 4" deep
Antenna -  internal plate aerial.
Restoration Difficulty 1.5 intermediate
Batteries 90V ht 1.5V lt
Price  £30  (£call overhauled)  UK Delivery £10  Most of EU £20 - £36

1954 Murphy U198M
Most Murphy products were big heavy well made items.  Well they retained the well made bit for this design,  just squeezed it into a case about half the size of a Bush DAC90A.  This one is in good original condition,  with a good cabinet and tuning dial.  All bits present and correct. 
Frequency Coverage :- LW / MW
Dimensions 9" wide, 7" high, 5" deep
Antenna -  internal with socket for wire
Restoration Difficulty  1 easy
Price  £28  (£100 overhauled)  UK Delivery £12  Most of EU £22 - £36

1956 Regentone DP2
This is rather nice for a Regentone, who unfortunately were not exactly known for their exciting, groundbreaking ideas.    A dinky little maroon Bakelite radio about the size of a Pilot little Maestro or Tesla Talisman.  Built on a proper chassis this example is in good original order,  no damage and all the trim is clean and tidy.
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW
Antenna - internal ferrite rod
Dimensions 11" wide, 6" high, 4" deep
Restoration Difficulty  1 -  easy
Price  £25  (£95 overhauled)  UK Delivery £12  Most of EU £22 - £36
Sorry this is sold.

C1956 MasterRadio Sundown Sapphire
Continuing our midget radio selection this was a good find and by all accounts is quite a rare item.   MasterRadio was a small British manufacturer producing American looking compact wireless sets.  Apart from a bit of heat deterioration  around the dropper resistor area of the rear panel this one has survived well with no cabinet damage and a good dial.  Electrically all pretty basic AC/DC stuff so do not try and earth the chassis,  it will NOT end well :-)   I quite like the fact that they used the same RS style knobs as Roberts, Fender and several other manufacturers.  RS were onto a very good thing!   
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW
Antenna - internal ferrite rod
Dimensions 10" wide, 7" high, 5.5" deep
Restoration Difficulty  1.5 intermediate
Price  £40  (£125 overhauled)  UK Delivery £12  Most of EU £22 - £36
Sorry this is sold.

C1952 Vidor CN435   
This looks to have had some repair work completed already,  it came from a very good home and I would expect it is in working order.   I do like this colour scheme on the 435  - all of which has survived remarkably well.     
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW
Dimensions 8" wide, 8" high, 4" deep
Antenna -  internal plate aerial.
Restoration Difficulty 1.5 intermediate
Batteries 90V ht 1.5V lt
Price  £30  (£call overhauled)  UK Delivery £10  Most of EU £20 - £36


C1955 Ever Ready Sky Countess
All good and original with a clean cabinet.   Only thing I can spot are two missing screws to fix the chassis into the cabinet,  and bit of the covering material needs sticking back down on the inside of the lift up lid.  Very good.     
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW
Dimensions 8" wide, 8" high, 4" deep
Antenna -  internal ferrite rod.
Restoration Difficulty 1.5 intermediate
Batteries 90V ht 1.5V lt
Price  £30  (£call overhauled)  UK Delivery £10  Most of EU £20 - £36

1924 GECOPHONE BBC BC3250  two valve TRF 
Here we have another cracking Gecophone wireless,  the two valve version which is in a similar condition to the BC3000  -  it's totally original,  missing the two valves  (which are type D.E.R. Triodes)  Where have the valves gone?   -  that is a good question!   The top copper? Coloured panel needs a polish,   woodwork wise it's another "spent most of its life in a box job"  -  the GEC / BBC labels are particularly good here.     It's a wireless museum piece no less. 
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW
Antenna -   long wire required.
Restoration Difficulty   -  I'm not going to guess!   
Batteries 120V HT  2V LT
Dimensions   13" wide 5" high, 9" deep
Sorry it is sold.    New items arriving soon.

Wondering where all the transistor radio projects have gone?   We had to make some extra space  -  click the Roberts Radio to go to restoration projects page two.   Lots more valve and transistor goodies to be found here.
We will have some more valve radios as soon as the next batch arrives.     Keep checking the website.

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