(not in any particular order, you will find others on other pages throughout the site.)
Technical books to download
Another list ofVintage Radio Sites (UK)
Three more lists
here, here and here
Vintage Radio & Audio Components
If you don't know what wood your
cabinet is made from
you may be able to match it from te colour photographs shown here:
A Dutch site with service
documentation, photos and details
of many radios and television sets: (see vade mecum)
Cleaning metal surfaces and restoring
patina some tips
and ideas you might find helpful
Here are a few others that I have found interesting and useful:
American site with vintage and antique
substitution data, schematics etc.
References, tips etc:
Wires and cable for sale www.wires.co.uk/
Loudspeaker cloth excellent
reproduction cloth, good
Radios for sale and restoration, things
to make, repairs
and restoration service and spare parts.
Great site with loads of pages and
pictures including 18000
schematics of mainly european radios.
You want to buy a telephone? Need parts
for one? Here
are two sites which you should look at. Every telephone sold has been
taken apart, professionally cleaned,restored and fully tested.
of the Mobile Phone
A site dedicated to the past, present and future of mobile phone technology.
History of engineering comprehensive source of information from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the 1960s. http://www.gracesguide.co.uk
If you want to know more about Cossor radios look at this great site: http://www.cossor.co.uk/home
Service Data etc. Savoy Hill publications www.savoy-hill.co.uk/ might be able to supply you with diagrams service data etc. They claim to have the largest and most comprehensive library of service data and have have a huge collection of trade catalogues dating back to the early 20's.
Discussion forums Want to know something, want spare parts? Try Alan Lord's page Vintage wireless forum and Paul Stenning's page Vintage radio Discussion forum on which you will find a lot of useful information.
Books I can recommend:
"The Setmakers" A history of the UK radio and television industry. BREMA 1991. This has 464 pages of fascinating and useful information of the history, intrigues and personalities of the British radio and television industry, its rise and fall.
"Bakelite Radios"The collectors guide to the style and beauty of the bakelite Radio. 126 pages of colur plates and interesting text. Robert Hawes and Gad Sassower,Eagle Editions Ltd 2002
"Early Wireless"This book by Anthony Constable has 160 pages and 162 diagrams and photos of radios from the very beginning up to 1938. My copy was published in 1980 by Midas Books.
"Radio Radio"This book by Jonathon Hill has 320 pages and 961 diagrams and photos of radios from the very beginning up to 1995. This is the one to buy if you want to identify a particular radio. Third Edition published by Sunrise Press 1996
"The Cat's Whisker"This book also by Jonathon Hill has only 96 pages and 122 diagrams and photos and covers 50 years of wireless design. First published by Oresko Books Ltd 1978.