View Full Version : Bush VHF94 vintage radio


Mick P
02-12-09, 06:57 AM
I have now bought a 1950's radio and am having it restored for the bedroom

Regards

Mick

Tony L
02-12-09, 07:06 AM
I have now bought a 1950's radio and am having it restored for the bedroom

What radio did you buy Mick? There's an old chap down the street from me who restores that kind of thing as a hobby, wind up gramophones too, though 1950s is a little late for him, he's more into the 20s and 30s stuff. I really like that kind of thing and it's great seeing folk keeping them working and in daily use.

Tony.

Mick P
02-12-09, 07:13 AM
Tony

My father worked for Bush Radio as a Toolmaker in Plymouth for 8 years in the 1950's. About a couple of weeks ago, I thought of buying a radio for my spare bedroom and why not one from my Fathers era.

I susssed out a vintage radio forum, asked around and the best model seemed to be a Bush VFM94. It is a wooden case jobbie with FM reception. It measures 22" by something else. It is very 1950s in appearance.

There is a thriving restoration army in the UK and I am picking up my radio sometime in January from a guy who does it as a hobby near Gatwick.

Regards

Mick

martin clark
02-12-09, 07:25 AM
That sounds fantastic Mick - I hope you enjoy it.

Tony L
02-12-09, 07:28 AM
Sounds really nice Mick, though I can't find a picture - can you spot anything similar here (http://www.asod59.dsl.pipex.com/shrubbery3.html).

Tony.

(ex-RG71 owner!)

Mick P
02-12-09, 07:33 AM
Tony

There is a model shown in the url as a VFM64. My model is identical except that in instead of a bakelite border surrounding the grill, mine has a cream plastic one. It just looks a bit more 1950's.

Regards

Mick

Patrick Dixon
02-12-09, 01:36 PM
This is a Bush VHF94

http://www.vintage-radio.com/images/sets/bush/vhf94.jpg

I have the similar Bush VHF64

http://www.vintage-radio.com/images/sets/bush/vhf64.jpg

although it's not in great condition and is currently in bits ...

Tony L
02-12-09, 01:48 PM
I've pulled this content out of the AVI noisefest prior to deletion as it's interesting / well worthy of a thread of it's own.

Tony.

Patrick Dixon
02-12-09, 02:29 PM
The VHF64/94 has an electrostatic speaker for HF which after 50-odd years doesn't usually work - but they are easily repairable.

There is usually great debate on the vintage radio forum about which valve radio sounds the best, but these two Bushes and some of the Germans sets - Saba, Grundig etc generally get a mention.

Personally my favourites are the 1940s post war RAPs

http://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=10818&d=1184158649

Which have glass backs and chrome chassis for ultimate bling.

http://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=10689&d=1183645350