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Old 23rd Jun 2021, 7:34 pm   #21
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I will have to ask my mate Tony at the Larkhall Inn where I drink most lunchtimes. He used to make Dansette record player cabinets as well as Roberts radio cabinets when he worked at Bath Cabinet Makers (later Arkana) during the 1950s and 1960s. Many radio and TV cabinets were made here in Bath including cabinets for Dynatron amongst many others. If anyone would know what materials were used then he should, I will try to catch him on Friday.
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Old 24th Jun 2021, 6:40 pm   #22
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Thanks very much Neil. That is very good of you.

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Old 9th Jul 2021, 2:22 pm   #23
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Well, I had a chat with Tony today (he has been on holiday for a week). All completed cabinets made at Bath Cabinet Makers were veneered, these were cabinets for radios, televisions and radiograms. All cabinets for portable equipment such as for Roberts, Hacker and Dansette were made as bare-bones plywood cabinets and then sent out to another plant for the covering stage. I am fairly sure that Roberts radios were finished off in Walcot Street (only a five minute walk from home) but anything bigger was sent further afield.
Attached image shows both the old and new factories where cabinets were made. The new factory is now a Lidls store and is a listed building.
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Old 9th Jul 2021, 11:51 pm   #24
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My understanding is the Rexine material is the faux leather effect stuff. My 1963 Dansette Bermuda (cream & teal) is covered with something more akin to a linen cloth. Very thin, a clear cross weave material with a sort of coating.
Rexine was a type of nitrocellulose coating on fabric, also used in car trim and bookbinding, often with a leather grain imprint. As it became considered too dangerous to produce the nitrocellulose covering, alternatives came about. Re-doing some of my ancient car trim, I got samples from FJ Ratchford which has a wide range of Rexine-like materials, and specifically mentions the original stuff.

It's worth having a look as, while not an exact match, they have a number that are a similar flexibility and can certainly be used as a vibrant and personalised covering material.
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Old 10th Jul 2021, 8:20 am   #25
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I think the 'alternative' coating was PVC. Certainly smells similar to a reel of PVC covered cable when new. Best quality was a fine cotton cloth but cheaper alternatives, usually on cheaper makes, was printed paper which sometimes had a PVC coating and sometimes a cheaper sort of flexible varnish.
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Thanks again Neil. An interesting piece of history

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Old 12th Jul 2021, 10:37 am   #27
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Thanks Uncle Bulgaria, that is really helpful.

The Rexine (or Rexine lookalike) seems to be the most common used by Dansette restorers and I have not been able to find anything remorely resembling the cloth appearance of my Dansette Bermuda. However, the link to FJ Ratchford you posted looks promising. They certainly have many more options available than other places I have searched.

I shall have to settle down to a good browse through the Ratchford website

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Old 12th Jul 2021, 10:41 am   #28
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Thanks vidjoman, another very helpful tip.
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Old 5th Sep 2021, 12:40 pm   #29
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my father used some kind of printed paper - also appears used on record cases as I have one in front of me now and its wearing on the folds badly. I heard on Youtube the paper types are no longer avalible, is that true ?
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Yes, it seems the original paper covering is no longer available. However, the Ratchford link I mentioned earlier looks encouraging. They sent me some samples which look like they'll do the job.
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Ratchford's sample cards are remarkably attractive!
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