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Old 6th Aug 2020, 2:40 pm   #481
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The mention of Superadio in Liverpool is interesting. In addition to Beaver Radio I think there were a number of similar shops in Whitechapel ( Liverpool ) ( 1946 - 1960 ) period.Selling ex WW2 surplus stuff. Communications receivers which I could not afford. I did get a radar display unit with VCR97 CRT and some EF50 red Sylvania valves and think some SP41s.
There was also Milligans halfway up Brownlow Hill from Lime St, I bought an RF24 unit from them c1960.

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Old 6th Aug 2020, 4:15 pm   #482
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Off Scotland Road, in the 50's & 60's, to the rear of Casnow Street Market(Paddies Market), was another 2nd hand radio shop. I forget the name. A crappy looking place amongst bombed out shells, but a treasure trove of all sorts of stuff.
But then, since joining the RAF in '61,I didn't return to radio pursuits as a hobby, till 2007. But by then, had been living nearly 400 miles north of Bootle/Liverpool for 34 years. I'd imagined that all those radio shop haunts had long passed into oblivion. As Kevin says, such old radio shops were run by really helpful & friendly proprietors. Some of them, I vaguely recall, were started by demobbed ex radio servicemen after the end of the war.

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Old 6th Aug 2020, 6:43 pm   #483
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My local shop was in Chesterfield near horns bridge , the chaps name was Jack Tweedy, I used to take a walk down to the shop of an evening just to look at the window display of ex WD stuff there were things like 1155s sp600 etc , plus all sorts of components and some new stuff, Happy days indeed ,never to repeated sadly , I must have been about eleven /twelve years old , Where has all the time gone Mick.
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Old 6th Aug 2020, 6:59 pm   #484
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Ex WD stuff. There used to be many of these fascinating shops piled with junk. They all had that unmistakable smell rather like the inside of an army tank or a HMV wind up gramophone.
Another memory of London Road Kingston upon Thames and Merton High Street from my much younger days. John.
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Old 6th Aug 2020, 7:34 pm   #485
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Nearest one to me used to be in Worthing if I recall correct, remember going there in the late 60's/early 70's and it was all ex-MOD stuff. Lots of old scopes, B40/B41 receivers stacked on shelves. Miss those old places, there was always good stuff to be had (I picked up a klystron oscillator for some reason, goodness knows what became of it)
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Old 6th Aug 2020, 8:14 pm   #486
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that would be GWM Radio. I went there in 1971 with my dads friend who worked for Pye on the transmission network. got some ARP12 for my 62 set for the princely sum of 50p each. I remember the stacks of radios and radar piled up but sadly didn't return for a few years.

used to go to Arthur Sallis in Brighton pretty much every week for parts or junk from the floor. they had a lot of power supplies from Creeds that were in Bevendean and later on Tutts radio
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Old 7th Aug 2020, 12:59 pm   #487
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I also remember Jones radio in Slough, must have closed in '95
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In early 70s there was an electronics junk shop on Radford Boulevard in Nottingham.
I called many times on a Saturday for supplies. It was run by a chap with the surname of De Havilland who was reputed to be related to the famous acting/aircraft design family. I think 'Roland' and 'Grenville' were among his given names. I have just searched the DH family tree but can find no reference. One Saturday the shop was empty and I never did find out what happened to it/him as it always seemed very busy.
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Anyone from the Bradford area may remember a shop in Shelf called Crowthers, it had a vast amount of things for sale, he had valve radios stuck in corners, he sold valves and cables, his wife sold clothes and knitting wool, it had everything, i still remember the smell as a child, it smelt of old tv's, i remember he had a big valve radio sat on the counter, it was playing on the odd occasion i went in there. I used to stand outside as a child and look in the window, amazing shop it would have been early 1970s, i think it finally closed in the 1980's after he died and his wife couldnt cope.
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I used to live in Bedford, and went to Clarabut's for the odd component, (AF116 at 6s 6d) and some advice. It wasn't till much later that I heard he was involved in the public address industry.

Does anyone have any more information about him?
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Old 11th Aug 2020, 3:56 pm   #491
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As someone who was involved in the PA business, all that I know is that he was one of the first public address contractors in the country and a founder member of the Association of Public Address Engineers which has now developed into the Institute of Sound, Communications and Vision Engineers. I believe he was also big in freemasonry.
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that would be GWM Radio. I went there in 1971 with my dads friend who worked for Pye on the transmission network. got some ARP12 for my 62 set for the princely sum of 50p each. I remember the stacks of radios and radar piled up but sadly didn't return for a few years.
In the early-70s I bought my first 'proper' communications-receiver - a Collins TCS12 (which I still have) from GWM, followed by a PCR and power-supply a few years later.
Then in subsequent years they supplied me with a body-worn Pye PF2 UHF or three, and in the late-90s a set of Pye MX290 2M radios.
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I used to live in Bedford, and went to Clarabut's for the odd component, (AF116 at 6s 6d) and some advice. It wasn't till much later that I heard he was involved in the public address industry.

Does anyone have any more information about him?
You know how memory holds odd things. I can recall seeing a photo in some periodical of a car or a van with a very large horn speaker on top of it with the name CECIL CLARABUT written in large curved lettering inside the horn.

Amazing whats stored for half a century in the back of the noggin when I could really do with the space for new stuff.

So I guess it must be the same chap. SWM, WW, PE, maybe PW.

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Old 12th Aug 2020, 10:27 pm   #494
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There was a picture of the caravan on page 119 of the June 1973 issue of Practical Wireless. https://worldradiohistory.com/UK/Pra...W-1973-06a.pdf

There was a one-page article "Memories of Cecil Clarabut, G2VS" by G3SYX (Ron Irving) in Radio Bygones, No. 49, October / November 1997, p. 13
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1973 is be later than I would have read those magazines, other than WW, so there may be an earlier article somewhere.

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There was also Milligans halfway up Brownlow Hill from Lime St, I bought an RF24 unit from them c1960.

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In 1969 we stayed at pokey Little B/B in Mount Pleasant, Liverpool run by a Mr Roberts for a week or so prior to moving to Formby. On walking down the hill towards town there was a tiny shop on the corner. It must have been physically very close to Milliganís but I donít think it was the same shop, in which case I am disappointed that I missed Milliganís when it was so close! Perhaps it is just my memory........ Presumably Milliganís is the shop mentioned in post #22.

Having been familiar with the electronic shops in London, Liverpool, Southport and Coventry it is such a shame that they have passed away. At the time I thought that they would be there forever. I suppose we were just lucky that the Govt Surplus left over from the war lasted as long as it did.

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There was also Milligans halfway up Brownlow Hill from Lime St, I bought an RF24 unit from them c1960.

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In 1969 we stayed at pokey Little B/B in Mount Pleasant, Liverpool run by a Mr Roberts for a week or so prior to moving to Formby. On walking down the hill towards town there was a tiny shop on the corner. It must have been physically very close to Milliganís but I donít think it was the same shop, in which case I am disappointed that I missed Milliganís when it was so close! Perhaps it is just my memory........ Presumably Milliganís is the shop mentioned in post #22.

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I've just had a walk up Brownlow Hill thanks to Google Maps Streetview and other than the RC Cathedral recognise nothing, I then searched Google for Milligans and amazingly found this which I have attached, it's from,
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Old 14th Aug 2020, 11:30 am   #498
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That’s the very shop John and exactly as I remember it! I even thought it was on a corner with a dead end street. Unfortunately can’t quite read the street name.
It must have closed shortly after we moved since the prices are pre ‘71. I still have bits bought from there.

I had a look at Streetview as well but so much has changed in 50 years as you say.

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As the song goes, "video killed the radio star", but surely "Software killed the electronics hobby shops" ?
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As the song goes, "video killed the radio star", but surely "Software killed the electronics hobby shops" ?
A lot of people are so software fixated that they forget that hardware is needed.

I once had some software that didn't need a computer. A Sony 3.5" floppy, the one in the plastic case. Slide the stainless aperture cover and you got an LCD. It was a rather basic calculator!

Along with those who ignore the need for hardware, there is a group who accept that computers are needed, forget the peripherals.... you can do anything if you only have a computer powerful enough! It's fun when they see the price (and the profit margin) on say a CNC machine tool, compared to the computer the CAD was done on

Joe public only seems to show any interest in radio gear when the internet and TV is down.

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