Unique, Upcycled, Repurposed or Bespoke Vintage Radios, Boomboxes & Bluetooth Speakers


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.


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...