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    Here's a challenge especially for the wrinklies on this forum!

    I wonder if anyone can identify this radiogram from the 1950s. The picture is of my parents taken in the late 50's I think. I think this was their first (rented) flat when they moved to London so cannot be held (fully) accountable for the 1950's decor.

    My father was a music enthusiast and an early adopter of his time. He had a Grundig portable R2R with the "magic eye" and one of the first Philips cassette recorders (the one with the central rectangular block that pushed up, down, left and right to move the tape and play).

    The sound from the radiogram was pretty good IIRC. The turntable was on the right of the unit behind a drop down panel. Pretty sure it was a Garrard autochanger. I am guessing it was one of the good brands of the time.

    Would be fantastic to id it, especially from this partial print. It was a dark wood, darker than rosewood BTW.

    Geoff

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    Great picture.. Hard to say really, and a bit before my time. Maybe Magnavox, or Grundig. they were similar styles and fairly common Nice bit of Bakelite edging
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    My recollection was that it was a Grundig (brand loyalty and all that).

    On a related note, he also had a Long John transistor radio. About 80% of the size of a boxed spirit bottle (70cl). Took a big bugger of a battery probably a PP9 but it seemed bigger as a kid!

    Geoff

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    I'd say a Ferguson (or HMV). Both used the same cream and gold type knob and styling:



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    The Turntable could be a bsr. At this time, garrard, decca , bsr, were common. Different makes like Grundig, Baird, Hmv, ferguson, used bought in turntables as well as own badged. I think garrard were more expensive, and bsr were budget. May be difficult to correctly identify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SquireC View Post
    The Turntable could be a bsr. At this time, garrard, decca , bsr, were common. Different makes like Grundig, Baird, Hmv, ferguson, used bought in turntables as well as own badged. I think garrard were more expensive, and bsr were budget. May be difficult to correctly identify.
    The turntable looked very similar to the one in the picture above from Mr Kipling. On our radiogram it was on the right hand side (the bit that can seen in the photo). I have an idea that it was a Garrard autochanger. At the time of purchase my parents were DINKY's. I am sure my father would have done some background research before buying and gone for the better unit. It would have been bought in London.

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    The turntable is a BSR:

    We had one like this with the same deck:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Kipling View Post
    The turntable is a BSR:

    We had one like this with the same deck:
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    I stand corrected. Having done a bit of googling it was clearly a BSR (dark cream in colour). The cabinet colouring was very similar to this one. Is it a Ferguson?

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    Aye...

    My Mother replaced our Ferguson with a Alba with Garrard deck and an 8" elliptical speaker. Didn't sound as good as the Ferguson, which had an 8" diameter speaker and open back. The speaker was closed in on the Alba. Always disappointed with the sound of it after the Ferguson.

    Have a look on e-bay for the 621 radio pictured. Has FM and sounds like you're back in the 50s/60s. Great for Radio 4.

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    My parents had a radiogram from the sixties, there was a certain smell from stuff of that era, my little Dansette smelled the same. When my mum got a Technics separates system ( which I still have in the bedroom ) my Step father turned the radiogram into a cocktail cabinet, at least it didn't just go to the tip.
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