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Turn the Radio On

By chase
So, I took the back off as mentioned here , luckily I did get it back on safely Wink
Lots to see, including the large expanse of muck and cobwebs and no, I didn't clean it, what a travesty that would have been !

An HDR image, 3 frames 1 stop apart combined in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.
Lit by diffused daylight camera left to try and avoid highlights on the glass valves.

Thanks for dropping by.
Constructive critique and mods welcome.
Be good, stay safe and smile.
Janet xx

Tags: Radio Still life Old Hdr Digitally manipulated Daylight Testing Wires Bakelite vlaves

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pablophotographer 10 2.0k 416
10 Aug 2020 12:28PM
A pre-transistor Phillips radio! Nice work.
bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
10 Aug 2020 12:48PM
very well captured and titledWink
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
10 Aug 2020 2:34PM
Certainly in need of a good dusting down! A fine and unique still-life, Janet, like the inclusion of the little visitors... 😃👍
Trev 😀
Fefe Plus
10 62 38 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2020 2:43PM
Are those two white things inside cables?....or fingers trying to get out 😱😱
chase Plus
16 2.3k 601 England
10 Aug 2020 2:46PM

Quote:or fingers trying to get out

Radio claws Diane, quite rare these days, almost went into extinction when they stopped making radios like this, I saved them Wink Wink

Thanks everyone.
Janet xx
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2020 3:03PM
Love the subject... Good work, patina indeed ...
Isabel GrinGrin
10 Aug 2020 3:13PM
Blimey! I have a friend whose house is full of bits of wire and electrickery gizmos. It's a world I am happy not to inhabit. It's all too untidy for my liking!Grin Interesting pic though WinkGrin
chase Plus
16 2.3k 601 England
10 Aug 2020 3:22PM

Quote:It's all too untidy for my liking

Lol, Dad wasn't the tidiest person in the World but he knew his electric stuff ( he was an electrical designer ), he had this radio playing for years in his shed, about 200 yards from the house, we listened to Radio Goodness Knows What for many hours. How he got it to work...beyond me...I think there was a metal clothes hanger involved draped from inside the roof !! Wink

Thanks all.
Janet xx
adagio Plus
3 4 2 England
10 Aug 2020 3:34PM
By 'eck Janet, you're a brave woman taking this apart but definitely worth it!!!! A great still life, full of muck and God knows what else...oh, and I like that old meter, is that yellowing sellotape stuck across the dial???? Great image👍👍!!


chase Plus
16 2.3k 601 England
10 Aug 2020 3:42PM

Quote: is that yellowing sellotape stuck across the dial

Certainly is Angela, Dad knew how to fix stuff Wink
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
10 Aug 2020 4:02PM
And the snail.

We used to call this a wireless in the old days...
DaveRyder Plus
7 5.9k 13 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2020 4:37PM
From Vases to Valves.
I so want the old ammeter Smile
I've a battered old analogue one from the 80's I wont part with.

Great image.
pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2243 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2020 4:46PM
Oh, the memories! My partner used to specialize in bakelite like this and had someone repair them. This man was never short of work and I'd love to have seen his workshop. There is hope for this one yet. Love the little visitors.
Your dad sounds a bit like mine, who was a development engineer and always "developing" in his shed.
chase Plus
16 2.3k 601 England
10 Aug 2020 4:47PM
Thanks everyone.
Lorraine and Dave, wonderful to have your UAs, many thanks...and no Dave, sorry you can't have's mine, all mine, especially the sellotape Wink

Maybe I ought to get it to the 'Repair Shop' but then all the memories inside it would be gone and it would play different , more up-to-date remains...broken but memorable Smile
Janet xx
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
10 Aug 2020 5:04PM
Has it warmed up yet? 😁😁
chase Plus
16 2.3k 601 England
10 Aug 2020 5:06PM

Quote:Has it warmed up yet?

Lol, not quite but I remember it used to take a while and make a rather loud hummm........Smile
bricurtis Plus
16 2.6k 51 England
10 Aug 2020 11:27PM
Great insight to that radios workings Janet - I thought those valves were spice jars from the thumb.Smile
bluesandtwos 12 532 1 England
11 Aug 2020 9:17AM
I love this and I love the fact you have preserved it in it's natural state! Taking the back off to me, would have been akin to opening up a tomb in a pyramid, full of untouched things. Smile And of course, the snail! Nice one.Grin


Ps Is there a date stamped on that plate?
chase Plus
16 2.3k 601 England
11 Aug 2020 10:17AM
Dave, this is what I can make out on the plate..

No. **95...cant see the first two markings and I really don't want to clean it.
Underneath the plate....MO1 470 KC

There may well be a date somewhere else but finding it could be difficult Sad
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
11 Aug 2020 10:31AM
Now, that's style...

I wonder how many of the stations that are - I assume - marked on the dial are still transmitting?
chase Plus
16 2.3k 601 England
11 Aug 2020 10:36AM
Lol John, no markings on the dials to tell you what stations were available, as I recall, 'white noise' had the best reception Wink
chase Plus
16 2.3k 601 England
11 Aug 2020 8:44PM
Great to have your UA John, many thanks.
Janet xx
Yogendra 18 22 1 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2020 9:38PM
Wonderful details..
chase Plus
16 2.3k 601 England
17 Aug 2020 11:08AM
Thanks all.
Many thanks for the HC guys Smile
Janet xx
chase Plus
16 2.3k 601 England
18 Aug 2020 3:36PM
Hi Somnath, thank you so much for your UA, appreciated.

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