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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One or two new items available,  nothing much else in stock now until we can go out and collect things again.   Nearly 12 months now since the last radio event...

C1962 Pye transistor 
I am not sure of the model number  of this well preserved little radio,   it is in excellent all round shape and quite attractive too.   Nothing much else to report really  -  have a look at the pictures. 
No damage or marks. 
Coverage :- LW / MW
Dimensions 8" wide, 5" high, 2.5" deep
Antenna -  ferrite rod with an external aerial socket.
Batteries   1 of 9V PP7 type   (suggest using a 6 AA cell adaptor)
Restoration Difficulty  1.5 intermediate. 
Price  18  UK Delivery 8

1965 Hacker Democrat RP34  (transistor)
In what I think is the best colour for Hacker democrat radios,  this one is finished in a sort of RAF blue.   All original,  in pretty good shape.   Usually one or more of the RF / IF transistors will have failed in here,  once replaced you will have an excellent quality AM radio which will outperform the Herald in an even more rugged and compact cabinet.   
Coverage :- LW / MW
Dimensions 9" wide, 6.5" high, 4" deep
Antenna -  ferrite rod with an external aerial socket.
Batteries   2 of 9V PP9
Restoration Difficulty  1.5 intermediate. 
Price  25  UK Delivery 8

1959 Bush VHF80C   (Valve)
Always a popular compact valve radio,  the VHF80 was a successful design.  In one guise or another it carried on until the mid 1960's and was one of the last valve models to be mass produced.   This is the slightly rarer red and white version.   All in good shape and ready for restoration.   There is nothing complicated about this model and being later it is not completely infested with Hunts capacitors.     
Frequency Coverage :- LW / MW / VHF FM
Antenna -  internal aerials for all bands with socket.
Restoration Difficulty  1.5  intermediate
Price  30    (120 overhauled)  UK Delivery 13  Most of EU 25 - 36
Sorry this one has gone.  Sold. 

1953 Pye P75   (valve)
The P75 is one of those small woody radios with internal aerials that are very popular,  and rightly so as they are easy to work on and well made.  Good cabinet and chassis on this one,  it will make an excellent example. 
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW / SW
Antenna - internal frame for LW/MW with sockets for external.
Restoration difficulty   -  1 easy
Dimensions  16" wide 12" high, 7" deep
Price 35   (130 overhauled) UK Delivery 14  Most of EU 25 - 36
Sorry this one has gone.  Sold. 

1974 Grundig Concert Boy 1100 (transistor) 
This is a cracking model from Grundig radio.    When they are working well they are hard to better for general listening.   Really good audio response and is up to the task of reproducing any kind of music.   Unlike the Yacht boys they don't boom and rattle when the bass is turned up  -   It needs a tidy up and it does have the odd mark here and there, overall though it is pretty good.    Would make an excellent work horse or workshop radio.   Mains or battery powered.    It is working apart from the tuning drive which has jammed (although there is slight movement)  - it is usually the bush on the tuning capacitor spindle that gets stuck.   A squirt of WD40 and a bit of gentle persuasion will normally put this right. 
Frequency Coverage :- LW, MW, VHF FM and loads of SW bands.
Antenna -  internals with sockets. 
Restoration Difficulty   -  1  Easy
Dimensions  16" wide, 9" high, 3.5" deep
Batteries   D cells or use internal mains power supply
Price  24  UK Delivery 10  Most of EU 22 - 36. 
Sorry this one has gone.  Sold. 

C1952 Ever Ready Sky Baronet  (valve)
This one came our way as part of a collection,  it has previously been re-capped to a good standard and I suspect it will work well with a suitable HT 90V supply.   It is all in good clean condition,  in a nice colour scheme.   There is lots of fun to be had with the compact battery valve portables and if you use 10 alkaline PP3 batteries they last quite a long time.     
Frequency Coverage :- LW, MW
Restoration Difficulty   -  1  Easy
Batteries   90V HT 1.5V LT  -  or use a battery eliminator
Price  27   UK Delivery 10  Most of EU 22 - 36. 
Sorry this is sold,  to be overhauled.   

1953 Ever Ready Sky Queen  (valve)
In good original (and clean) condition  -  just the way we like 'em.  The Perspex handle is clear.   Considered to be a bit of a classic now.   The only fault I can see is a small crack in the rear circle surround trim.   
Frequency Coverage :- LW / MW
Antenna -  internal frame with sockets.
Dimensions 12" wide, 9" high, 7" deep.
Batteries   90V HT 1.5V V LT or use a battery eliminator.
Restoration Difficulty  1.5 intermediate.
Price  27   UK Delivery 10  Most of EU 22 - 36. 

1962 Ferguson 3120  (transistor)
Another nice,  slightly older Ferguson radio,  commonly known as the "bookend" model.  The bookend unfortunately has lost some of it's brass effect paintwork which needs a re-spray and there is a bit of a battery leak on the bottom but it does not look bad inside.   However the all important brass telescopic antenna has survived and the rest of the cabinet is clean and tidy.  Good dial too.    Not a common radio and worth spending some time and effort restoring.  A good project. 

Coverage :- LW / MW / 2 SW ranges
Dimensions 9" wide, 5" high, 2" deep
Antenna -  ferrite rod / whip with sockets
Batteries   4 C cell 1.5V type
Restoration Difficulty  1.5 intermediate. 
Price  13  UK Delivery 8  Most of EU 22 - 36)
Sorry this one has gone.  Sold. 

C1959 / 1960 Philips L3G91T  (transistor)
Here we have a nice, well preserved original Philips radio from the time when transistors were cutting edge technology in portable radio sets.  No damage to report and the red plastic has kept most of its colour.    OC transistor series in this one.   
Antenna - Internal ferrite rod with sockets
Batteries  -   1 of 9V PP9 
Frequency coverage   -  MW / LW
Dimensions 9" wide, 6.5" high 2.5" deep.

Price  15   UK Delivery  8  Most of EU 20 - 36)
Sorry this one has just gone.  Sold.

C1936/7 HMV 557   (valve)
In good order as found in part of a large collection  this HMV has been previously worked on to a decent standard.   It is all very presentable and the tuning dial looks fantastic with its dark red / orange glow.  Have a good look at the pictures.   The back panel has been replaced with a makeshift  piece but it does the job quite adequately.   This is a proper high quality valve set from the 30's complete with chain drive tuning and all band coverage.   The tuning drive is a dual speed type.    Quite heavy! 
Antenna -  Simple wire antenna required. 
Frequency coverage   -  MW / LW / SW
Dimensions 17" wide, 19" high 11" deep.

Price  85   (225  overhauled with warranty)
UK Delivery  17      Most of EU 28 - 42

Sorry this one has gone.  Sold. 

C1948 Regentone 353  (valve)   
Cheap valve project for someone  -  it is all nice and original, electrically and cosmetically.   There is a bit of veneer missing from the font corner edge.   It has a nice twin speaker set up and octal valves.   It looks like the tuning drive cord needs re-stringing.  All bits present and correct.   
Antenna -  Simple wire antenna required. 
Frequency coverage   -  MW / LW / SW
Dimensions 20" wide, 15" high 8" deep.

Price  25 
UK Delivery  14    Most of EU 28 - 42

Sorry this one has gone.  Sold. 

C1939 Murphy A70   (valve)   set 1
Not had any nice 1930's Murphy's in for a while and then we get two of them both at the same time.   This first example cosmetically is most original  -  it has been previously restored and the cloth has been replaced.  However the cabinet veneer is good,  as is the chassis.   Suspect there will not be too much wrong with this example  -  before we got them they had just been collecting dust on a shelf for many years.   Will need a good service and re-commissioning.   The A70 is a good solid bit of heavy duty British engineering,  quite a beast.  It is the sort of radio that usually ends up with a name.   
Antenna -  Simple wire antenna required. 
Frequency coverage   -  MW / LW / SW
Dimensions 28" wide, 19" high 9" deep.

Price  60   UK Delivery  17    Most of EU 28 - 42

C1939 Murphy A70   (valve)   set 2
Much the same as the other one bar some interesting cabinet work at the bottom of the set,  I wonder if it got damp at some point in its life?   The chassis is clean and tidy.   
Antenna -  Simple wire antenna required. 
Frequency coverage   -  MW / LW / SW
Dimensions 28" wide, 19" high 9" deep.

Price  50   UK Delivery  17    Most of EU 28 - 42
Sorry this one has gone.  Sold. 

C1935 GEC AC4  (valve)   
It has been a while since we had a proper 1930's upright superhet wireless to put in our restoration projects bit of the website.   This one came in a few weeks back,  in unmolested condition.  It does have a few marks here and there but nothing too serious  -  the whole thing needs a good clean for starters.   It is all things said nearly 85 years old!   The only non original bit that I can see on the electronics side of things is a 1960's radiospares capacitor dangling off the output transformer which looks like it has been there since the 1960's.  There is a small hole starting to wear on the edge of the speaker cone / baffle.     Time to get clicking the pictures.. 
Frequency Coverage :- LW/MW
Dimensions 14" wide, 18" high, 9" deep
Antenna -   simple wire needed as per most early valve radios.
Restoration Difficulty  1.5 intermediate / more advanced,   
Sorry this is sold.

1947  Roberts P4D  (90V dry battery valve) 
Apparently a tasty radio, as it has been slightly nibbled by our common enemy.  Nothing too serious thankfully there are a few holes in the front and some on the bottom cover  -  luckily being a dark blue colour they are easy to cover up with blue polish or a wax crayon.   Otherwise the radio is not too bad,  there is a bit of light corrosion on the hinges and as usual the handle is past its best.  The electrical side of things and innards generally look absolutely fine.  Untouched.   Oh and before I get asked,  yes the woodius wormius has been treated.   It was already dead,  it's now well and truly embalmed.   I nearly gassed myself in the process. 
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 14  Most of EU 25 - 36
Sorry this is sold.

1959 Bush VHF90A (valve)
Another Bush for you to have a go at.  This model is not common and when they do turn up usually the dial is distorted.   The reason for this is that folk in the past tended to put the wrong wattage bulb in the radio,  which would get far too hot and eventually melt or badly distort the top part of the red plastic dial.  Glad to say this one is not damaged at all, and equally the clear tuning knob is indeed clear and not the common milky white colour that UV light turns them to.   Another well designed chassis which is very easy to work on.   No AM bits to make it over complicated.  This one again is original as found.   
Frequency Coverage :- VHF only
Dimensions 13" wide, 9" high, 7" deep
Antenna -   has internal dipole with a socket.   
Restoration Difficulty  1.5 intermediate
Price  35  UK Delivery 14  Most of EU 25 - 36
Sorry this is sold.

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