There's nothing quite like a beautiful old valve radio. They have appearance, character and a simplicity of design rarely seen these days in a domestic appliance. Their sound quality, whilst technically imperfect, is very, very pleasing to the ear as many a valve enthusiast will tell you.
I dabble with old valve radios from time to time and remarkably many spares can still be found to get one up and running. It's quite rewarding when an old set slowly crackles back into life after decades of lying dormant in less than ideal storage conditions.
I have in storage, some 1950's ship radio equipment from a Merchant Navy Ben Line vessel called the "Benmacdhui III" which was scrapped in the early 70s. All the equipment was made by Marconi and for those that are interested, the list is as follows:
|Ship's main transceiver
|Automatic Emergency Broadcast detection receiver
|Automatic distress keyer
|Distress frequency receiver housed with "AutoKey"
|Hand cranked lifeboat emergency transmitter
|Echo sounder - paper record
|Echo sounder - rotary neon depth indicator
|Emergency ship-board transmitter
|Radio direction finder used for navigation
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