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I have received prompt, courteous service from many of the following sources, but please note that I have no connection with them in any way whatsoever other than as an occasional customer of some of the suppliers myself, or as an observer in the case of the sites. Information given on this page is mostly transcribed from text provided by the source mentioned or the site operators therefore, though offered in good faith, I take no responsibility for any loss incurred. The links are placed roughly in categories i.e. radios for sale, data, components etc, but many suppliers offer a comprehensive service and if you are in doubt it almost always will pay you to contact them by e-mail or telephone.

When contacting suppliers, please mention 'Vintage Radio World' web pages and, if writing, enclose an SAE if a reply is needed.    

All links checked and found to be 'live' in January 2010, though not all are up to date in content. I do the best I can with updates of these links pages, but from time to time a changed URL or a dead link can slip by me so if you spot any URL errors, any incorrect data or know of details that need adding or changing, please let me know! 

Web masters: want your web site adding? Just E-mail with your URL and I'll insert a link on this page on a reciprocal basis (your site must list mine and meet the basic criteria listed at the foot of the main links page).  

Know a site that you believe should be here? E-mail the URL (see foot of page for email address) and I'll take a look.

Grille cloth, Tygan, Rexine, handles and fittings

(Rexine and handles should suit valve portable radios):

www.retrospecialist.co.uk

Formerly S.W. Chaplin  

Reproduction 'Tygan' grille materials. Linen backed rexine. Paper backed rexine. Linen backed vynide. Handles, both strap and drop types. Feet. Cabinet hinges and catches. Piping cord in gold and silver. Loudspeaker mounting bolts, screws and nuts.

If you are searching for replacement grille cloth, knobs, dial glass or back covers to suit your Philips radio, you might just find what you need at

http://www.radioverzameling.nl/repro/uk/

... although you may find the Dutch language a problem. If so, either use a translator such as the Google or Bing add-on or find the contact page and email your enquiry (in English, of course)

Valves & Valve Data Specialists

Phil Taylor offers valves, some electrolytic capacitors, potentiometers and polyester capacitors. No web site, no email, unfortunately - but well worth a telephone call or a letter when you are searching for that elusive part. Very helpful and prices are reasonable:

Philip Taylor, 3 Silver Lane, Billingshurst, Sussex RH14 9RP

Tel: 01403 786250

VALVE DATA CD-ROM

Here's a useful CD-ROM guide to valves, from Paul Stenning. A whole stack of famous data and equivalents manuals is on the menu, and the best results are obtained when viewed using a suitable web browser.  

This is an item no serious restorer and valve enthusiast should be without and at a very reasonable price, too. Contact Paul for further details and latest versions on

paul@vintage-radio.com

or take a tour around his superb website on 

www.vintage-radio.com

Also available from the same address: Paul's useful CD-ROM and DVD collections of vintage radio service data. See below for more details of these, under 'Paul Stenning' or click on 'Things to Read' for a review of the contents of these products. Paul's CD-ROMS and DVDs are also now available from Radio Bygones magazine (see 'Things to Read')

Tube Data Source Locator

This is an update on this site - note the new URL. This US-based site offers you the chance to search for equivalents to that oddly numbered or unfamiliar valve. Also offered is data, pin-outs and other statistics. Although not exhaustive, there's a large and increasing range of data here that can at times be very useful. There's also circuit data links for a goods number of American radio and amplifier makes. To access, click on the graphic or use the URL below:

http://www.duncanamps.com/tdslpe/

Malcolm Bennett  supplies valves and service data. For details, visit his excellent website or E-mail your requirements. 

http://www.valve.demon.co.uk/

General radio components, including valves

Here's a very useful site. Visit the crowthorne tubes website for a host of parts, valves and equipment for the radio/television restorer or collector.
The site is run by an enthusiast to help other enthusiasts.
http://www.crowthornetubes.com

Lots of hard-to-find components on offer here:

http://www.bardwells.co.uk

Here' s a site unfamiliar to me, but I'm informed their service is prompt with no minimum charge and they also stock 'new, old stock' items (not in their lists - I assume you have to request specific info). At the time of my visit the site was undergoing a rebuild and was not accessible:

http://www.rshelectronics.co.uk/

Catalogues and lists

Geoff Davies (Radio)

13 Bowen Road, Rugby, CV22 5LF. Tel: 01788 574774. Email: geoffdavies@fsmail.net

Geoff has lists of reasonably priced spares including valves and offers a fast, reliable service by post. A very helpful and friendly supplier. Phone for details or send stamp for lists. Sorry, as yet no internet connections known to me.

Yours Truly... VRW Publications

Run by the operator of this web site and offering CD ROMS and downloads of eBooks, plus a vast stock of reasonably priced data: click on the 'SCHEMATICS' or 'TV SCHEMATICS' buttons to access the archive. Enquiries are welcome by e-mail - address at foot of page.

The Valve Page

 For all you 405 buffs, a CD-ROM chock full of useful specific vintage TV service data is available from

www.TheValvePage.com

Last updated 2014.

Antique-style cloth covered wire

http://www.sundialwire.com

Sundial Wire is a premium AMERICAN supplier of new, cloth-covered wire, U.L. listed, in a variety of colors, gauges, and styles. Clients include lighting designers, museums, theme parks, theatrical set designers and antique restorers. Most of our wire is designed in-house and is not available anywhere else. Our product line is still expanding so come take a look and give us your suggestions if you don't see what you need.

American Radio data and spares

If you are one of the many restorers working on USA products, try JUST RADIOS for your data and components. This site hails from Canada and has lots to offer beside circuit data. There's even a good range of condensers (capacitors) suitable for valve (tube) work.

http://www.justradios.com/

Nostalgia Air. Here's a site from America that might be just what you are looking for if you renovate those great American radios. Schematics galore on a vast range of sets, all for free. Download or view directly. Also worth your while to take a look around the rest of the site.

http://www.nostalgiaair.org/

Continental radio data

http://www.radiomuseum.org

Click on the above link and you'll reach RADIOMUSEUM. There's a full Radiocatalog for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, listing more than 30,000 receivers with more than 16,000 printable schematics.

Transformers

Majestic Transformer Co.

245 Rossmore Road, Poole, Dorset BH12 2HQ. UK

Tel: +44 1202 734463. Fax: +44 1202 733793

Website: http://www.transformers.uk.com

 Mains transformers, audio transformers, smoothing and filtration inductors. See the web site for more details.

Loudspeaker repairs and spares

I have not so far found a good UK site for this service. Anyone care to suggest one? Meanwhile, we must look across the pond...

This site, located in the US of A but offering sales worldwide, looks to be a good source for foam surround repair kits and much more loudspeaker-angled items:

http://www.speakerworks.net/

Other American sites I found for loudspeaker spares are

http://www.simplyspeakers.com/

http://www.newfoam.com/

http://www.speakerex.com/

Please be aware that I have no personal experience of dealing with any of these companies. These links are included simply for the convenience of readers.

Other useful sites

http://www.ashfordchroming.com

Chroming & Restoration of Antique, Classic and Modern Parts for Hobbyists and Restorers. Fast-Reliable Service to  customers in UK, Ireland and Scotland - We can restore your parts in Chrome, Nickel, Brass, Gold and Silver. Call +44(0)1233 660879 - Postal Service.

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