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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 9:05:37 PM on 5 June 2013.
Smalbild's Gravatar
 Location: Golden Grove, SA
 Member since 5 June 2013
 Member #: 1357
 Postcount: 4

Hello everyone, Dan here from South Australia. Reason I joined up is I cruise around a lot of Estate sales and auctions and the other day I bid on a couple of items that suit the retro / vintage theme in my home d├ęcor.

I picked up:

(1) HMV Mercury portable turntable from the late 60's - early 70's which still works but the volume is really low.

(2) I also got a Peter Pan Adventurer radio in it's original canvas carry bag. From what I can gather the Peter Pan can be modified to run on external batteries

(3) Precedent radiogram / stereogram with a built in reel to reel tape recorder. The radio works but is very crackly, I believe that the record player works too but it has no stylus and the reel to reel is an unknown quantity.

My problem is I would like to get them all operating as close as possible to the way they should but I am technically challenged - I've got no idea of how to do it or where I could go to go to get it done at a reasonable price.

Other than that I have a bit of an antique phone collection with about 25 phones, wooden wall phones, skeleton phones, candlestick phones, ringer boxes, Bakelite phones, Bellsets etc, also have a couple of phonographs and gramophones (HMV 101) and an old Healing Golden Voice radio in good working condition and I have just started collecting antique electric fans with a 1920's Marelli and a GEC from the 1940's.

Any suggestions about getting the 3 recent acquisitions looked at here in SA?

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 10:58:09 PM on 5 June 2013.
Brad's avatar
 Location: Greenwich, NSW
 Member since 15 November 2005
 Member #: 1
 Postcount: 6625

G'day Dan,

Welcome to the Vintage Radio forums.

I can't help much with South Australian repairers/restorers and have never managed to get any in our service directory. We do have a few members from South Australia so they may be able to assist. Alternatively there's several vintage radio clubs with access to these resources and also spare parts and circuits.

It's good to hear that your antique collection is diverse. We cover vintage phones here as a few members including myself take an interest. I personally have two black phones from the 40s/50s in active service, one desk model and one wall model.

See this thread for details.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 12:08:32 AM on 6 June 2013.
GTC's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
 Member #: 823
 Postcount: 6237

Welcome to the forum.

Any suggestions about getting the 3 recent acquisitions looked at here in SA?

Contact these guys:


They ought to be able to point you to somebody locally.

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