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On The Bench - PYE PE80 "Cambridge International"

This behemoth arrived last night and whilst it powers up the internals are in very poor shape - water-damaged, rusty and dusty, and the speaker is making horrible, unpredictable sounds.

PYE PE80

Fortunately, externally it's in reasonable condition, and all the knobs and controls have lovely movement. There's some water damage, a missing knob, and the speaker fabric needs replacing, but that's all do-able.

It's quite a special radio - with 11 selectable bands (9 shortwave, MW + LW) and the ability to tune within the selected band. It oozes quality and has an imposing, commanding presence! Launched in 1953 or...


On the bench - Ferranti 547

This stylish Ferranti 547 valve radio arrived recently. It makes a nice change to be working on something other than a Roberts radio!


It's not working, and internally it's already been hacked about quite a lot. Externally it's quite tired - so all in all, not economically viable to restore to its original working condition. Therefore it's going to become a rather nice Bluetooth speaker.

Noticing that it has a local retailer sticker on the back (Medlicott Brothers, Shrewsbury) I posted a photo onto a local interest Facebook group. One of the...