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on 4 January 2010
Author Tony Thompson is an established writer on vintage radio, and this book is certainly a fine example of his craft. Hardbound and superbly illustrated throughout with full colour photographs of radio sets, reproductions of adverts and vintage articles, this book is a delight and very easy to read. Whilst it is aimed primarily at the radio collector, rather than the electronics engineer or enthusiast, Tony explains basic radio and electronics theory and circuit operation in a particularly straightforward style that will appeal to all readers. The use of 'sidebars' provides easy access to relevant information about specific personalities, inventors, radio sets and design styles whilst not interrupting the reader's flow through the main text - something many books fail to achieve.

The book covers the 1920s to the 1960s and includes early transistor receivers as well as traditional valve sets, all arranged in a chronological sequence that demonstrates how radio styling followed the fashion of the day, from Art Deco through streamlining and austerity, to the angular modernism of the 1950s and onward. Tony's understanding of design influences, and the personalities behind them, is put across to the reader very well indeed, and Tony comments comprehensively on the social changes that swept Britain over the same period.

My favourite section of the book was Chapter 14, where the author describes the renovation of a wooden radio cabinet with the aid of clear step-by-step photographs, and we see the 'basket case' radio restored to showroom condition. Tony goes on to describe a number of techniques for cabinet restoration and provides numerous hints and tips based on long experience. There is also an excellent section on how bakelite, catalin and urea formaldehyde cabinets were manufactured, together with restoration techniques.

The book concludes with a comprehensive reference section and list of further reading, specialist suppliers and relevant websites. For the newcomer to this hobby, the social historian or the experienced enthusiast, this book is an essential addition to the bookcase or workshop shelf.
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on 5 December 2009
I have followed Mr. Thompson's writings in "Radio Bygones" for sometime now so decided to purchase this book from Amazon. It's a very interesting book--so good in fact, I found I couldn't put it down. There are any number of vintage radios pictured in it's pages, together with brief descriptions of each. To save space, Mr. Thompson uses abbreviations for each description. Good, up to a point--abbreviations are described in the introduction, but not all are described! For instance, it wasn't until half way thru the book that I worked out what T.I. meant! And when a radio has shortwave coverage, the frequency coverage should have been listed, if possible. The book also has details of how to obtain vintage radios, restoration, etc. Highly recommended.
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on 25 November 2014
An interesting and informative read on the history and development of vintage radios, predominantly valve but including transistors.
Covering all aspects of collecting, using and some servicing. Ratings for collectability of a wide range of radios through the decades, illustrated chronologically. Information is also included on the major players that manufactured sets from the golden era of UK radio production. My only disappointment is a lack of illustrations of the internals of the featured sets. Recommended to the veteran collector as well as the novice.
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on 6 April 2014
A very well produced book in the standard Crowood format, full of interesting facts and high quality photographs. Provides a history of radio (wireless) broadcasting from Marconi's first transmission and most of the manufacturers through the decades. Also provides a technical, but easy to read description of the different types of receiver, basic fault diagnosis, repair and restoration.
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on 7 October 2000
A clear and complete description of vintage radios, easy to follow with indications and fotos, a really "must have"
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on 19 August 2013
It's okay, lots of info and pictures but not enough info on repairing and testing old valve radios. I have built a lamp limiter using instructions from this book which I have found very useful when first powering up these old radios. It's expensive for what it is.
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on 30 March 2015
A good well written book, giving all the information any enthusiast would require.
I keep going back, and back to it.
Regards MYNXMAN.
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on 31 December 2014
It was bought for a present so I can't really comment on it except to say it was well received.
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