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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Stock last updated on 10/3/18
New items added on 9/2/18

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Not much left here at the moment,  we are on the lookout for a new batch of items.    Have a look at the communications page  -  new things there.  The next generation website is under development.   Intesting times.
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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. 

OK thanks for the all your help identifing this radio,  which we now know is an EAR model.  I should have guessed this as can remember selling a couple of the blue versions in the past.   Next question.   Does anyone have this model available for sale?  Has to be the red finished version.    Please drop an email or text message to us if you have one to part with.  Thanks, RB

1947 Philco A547B
Top quality Bakelite offering from the British Philco factory.  Not to be confused with Philco of the USA.  Solid and simple engineering inside and a distinctive dark chocolate coloured cabinet make this quite a stand out model.  It's all in great order bar one thing and that's a ding on the tuning dial glass.   It has a chip out of the top front edge.  Not cracked  -   this sort of resembles the damage you get on a car windscreen hit by a stone.   I wonder if this could be covered up using one of those glass chip filler kits?   Maybe so  -  even a blob of varnish in there would pretty much cover it up and stop the light reflecting.    Internally everything is in good original order  -  it's all standard Octal technology.   There are two short wave ranges which help to spread out the tuning.  Over the years we have overhauled loads of this model and they have always been good performers.   
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW /  2 SW
Antenna  -  simple length of wire needed. 
Dimensions  18" wide 14" high, 7" deep
Restoration Difficulty   1.5 intermediate.
Price £39  (£145  overhauled) UK Delivery £14  Most of EU £28 - £38
Sold.  Off to Stornoway soon. 

1953 Roberts CR      (mains / battery portable)
Roberts Radio made several versions of this valve portable radio before they got stuck into the very lucrative market of transistor things towards the later part of the 1950's   CR models are not so common and this cream colour suits it well.   I suppose it is almost beige.  Nice and orignal, in good order bar some worm holes on the bottom right hand corner.    Must have been tasty -  a bit of a pain but you can at least fill them up with a suitable wax.  I have treated the cabinet as a precaution.   Have a good luck at the pictures.   
Frequency Coverage :- MW and LW
Dimensions 12" wide, 8" high, 6" deep
Batteries   90V HT   1.5v  LT  -  or use built in mains power supply.

Restoration Difficulty   1.5 intermediate.
Antenna -  simple wire antenna needed.   
Price  £28  (£125 overhauled)  UK Delivery £12  Most of EU £25 - £36

Sorry this has gone.  Sold. 

C1950  Roberts RMB (valve)
One of the best Roberts valve based receivers,  the RMB is often the one to go for as it not only has SW coverage,  it also has a nice separate chassis internal mains supply.  So no need to mess about with 90V batteries or the hassle of putting together a mains power supply.   This one is in excellent shape all round,  the only thing to mention is the leather on the handle which has gone awol.   The crimson Rexine covering has been well cared for and is clean.   Lovely original condition,  they do not turn up often like this  -  especially in this colour with the correct set of control knobs.   A good project,  treat yourself to a tin of red shoe polish! 
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW /SW 
Antenna - internal frame with sockets for external aerials.
Restoration Difficulty 1.5 intermediate
Batteries 90V HT 1.5V LT or use built in power supply. 
Dimensions  12" wide 10" high, 7" deep
Price  £64  (£145 overhauled)  UK Delivery £12  Most of EU £25 - £36
Sold.  Off to Stornoway soon. 

C1942 War Time Civilian Receiver
Here is another good chance to get your hands on a nice condition war time utility civilian receiver.   We sold one like it recently,  this one turned up in even better original condition.  The cabinet, dial and innards are all good.  As I said before, not the usual tatty dug out of a collapsed coal shed object that turns up in auctions.  Good dial plate too.  A very worthy piece of history that will look great alongside your other 1940's goodies.   
Frequency Coverage :- MW
Dimensions 12" wide, 13" high, 6" deep
Restoration Difficulty   1.5 intermediate.
Antenna -  simple wire antenna needed.   
Price  £75  (£165  overhauled)  UK Delivery £14  Most of EU £25 - £36
Sold.  Sorry it's gone.

1952 Bush DAC90A
Well it's a nice original one apart from a chunk of Bakelite missing out of the bottom of the case,  and the resulting crack which needs gluing back together.  From the top or front / sides it looks great.   Nothing much else to tell you about this really  -  it's a classic.  Going cheap.     A bit of body filler and some careful finger work will put it right. 
Frequency Coverage  LW/MW
Antenna - Internal frame.
Dimensions 12" wide, 9" high, 7" deep
Price  £35   (£150 overhauled / repaired)
UK Delivery £12  Most of EU £25 - £36
Sold it.  Sorry.

1947  Roberts P4D 
Hmmm.  A tasty radio, well nibbled by anobium punctatum,  otherwise known as woodworm.  Yep it's amazing what you can learn on my website.   This is a shame as the actual radio is pretty tidy and has kept all the important bits rust free and clean.    However the cabinet looks like it spent time as a practice target for budding darts players and I think you will want to re-cover it.   Which is something you will enjoy doing.  I promise.   Looks like the HT battery wires have been changed around for using modern types  - it did have a rats nest of PP3 clips in there too but they ended up in the bin.  So get yourself some Rexine or other brightly flowered material and make yourself a custom 1950 valve portable radio.    Oh and before I get asked,  yes the woodius wormius has been treated.   It was already dead,  it's now well and truly embalmed.
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW /SW 
Antenna - internal frame with sockets for external aerials.
Restoration Difficulty 1.5 intermediate
Batteries 90V HT 1.5V LT
Dimensions  12" wide 10" high, 7" deep
Price  £25  UK Delivery £12  Most of EU £25 - £36
Sold.  Off to Stornoway soon. 

C1928/1930?  Pye or Lissen portable   All band including Short Wave
This is the first of our ancient offerings this time around and we have several things which you would not normally come across on our website.   Reason being they are old,  really old.   I have always aimed to have things post 1934 so we are into uncharted waters now.    So what is it  -  well it is built in an oak case (with its original factory finish),  and is 100% complete.   This along with the other 1920's radios below came from an iron mongers shop that during the 1930's decided to start selling and repairing wireless sets.   They gave up in the early 1960's so I was told  -  these items were boxed away and forgotten about for 60 years.   The shop recently closed down,  after well over 130 years of trading in iron work.   It was an interesting visit.    Back to the wireless,   of course it is a battery set   which I assume will be 120V HT,  2V LT and some grid bias arrangement.  The battery compartment is spotless  -  the whole thing is a time warp radio.  It even has the locking key attached to the handle on the front.   Inside the cabinet there are some old station logs with details of things received and the pointer positions on the control knobs.    Is it a Pye  -  I think so but I can't find a proper label on it anywhere.   My knowledge is limited pre 1935 so if you recognise it do let me know!   Have a good look at the photographs and be quick if you are tempted.  I suspect this may not be here too long.   
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW / SW
Antenna -   long wire required.
Restoration Difficulty   -  I'm not going to guess!   
Batteries 120V HT  2V LT  Grid Bias  -  likely to be -10V or so.
Dimensions 14" wide 13" high, 10" deep  closed.
Price  £175         UK Delivery £15   Most of EU £28  - £36   Sorry this item is now sold.

1923 GECOPHONE BBC BC3000  single valve TRF 
They are getting older.   This one is from the dawn of comercially made domestic wireless receivers.   A single valve TRF which will drive a pair of high impedance headphones.   The valve is missing which is a shame but nothing too impossible to get however everything else is top class.  Once again it was stored away in a box and looks like forgotten about!   The cabinet is superb with only slight deterioation is that some of the laquer on the top back edge is starting to peel,   it's just dried out.   No sign of any messing or indeed much use.   A very rare wireless set well worthy of some basic restoration and a DE2 valve.    It will not be long now until this is 100 years old.   
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW
Antenna -   long wire required.
Restoration Difficulty   -  I'm not going to guess!   
Batteries 120V HT  2V LT
Dimensions 11" wide 8" high, 7.5" deep
Price  £195     UK Delivery £12 Most of EU £22 - £36
Sorry this one is sold.   Gone in 24 hours….

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.

This is what it should look like when you have finshed restoring it...

1954 Vidor My Lady Margaret deLuxe CN434
Finally on offer this time why not have a nice attache valve portable radio,  which is obviously very well looked after.  Clean and tidy with no stains or marks.   Might even be tempted to call it outstanding if I used such words!   Smart.
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 one has also gone to Stornoway!  Sold.

1940's Raymond Bakelite extension speaker
Afraid it is not a radio,  but it is a nice speaker in an equally nice Bakelite cabinet.    Give it a buff up and the result will be like new.  Always useful to have a spare 3 ohm speaker ready to plug into your receiver.   No damage.  New old ex shop stock.

Price  £20  UK Delivery £8  Most of EU £20 - £36
Sorry this speaker has gone.  Sold.

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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