Radio Repair Service

A trend seems to have developed over the years where the very mention of the words ‘vintage valve radio’ equate to ‘lots of money’. Valve radios are old, some are antique, some of the parts aren’t easy to obtain, and it will take a qualified radio engineer experienced in the repair and restoration of vintage radios to do the job properly. I don’t think anyone would argue with that. But, does that mean that you will have to pay exorbitant prices to have your radio repaired?

Your local radio and TV shop no longer repair or service valve equipment, which is fair enough as they are busy with plasma screen televisions. So, you turn to some old guy (like me) who was brought up with valves and has repaired more vintage radios over the last fifty years than he cares to remember. But let’s be sensible and keep things in perspective. You shouldn’t have to take out a mortgage to pay for the repair.


I work from home, which has several advantages. Firstly, I’m in my fully-equipped radio workshop most of the time so you can bring your radio to me at a time which suits you. Secondly, even out of office hours, I’m here to answer the phone and reply to emails. But the biggest advantage of working from home is that I don’t have to pay rent and rates on a shop. It’s all very well having a shop, but someone has to pay the rent and rates and insurance and… and that someone is the customer. My business strategy is simple – I can keep my prices low because my overheads are low.


If you have an old valve radio in need of repair, I will gladly take a look at it. Obviously, I can’t give you an estimate until I’ve checked it over and discovered exactly what the problem is. However, I won’t charge you for estimating a price to repair your radio. Do bear in mind that an estimate means exactly what it says. I can only give you a rough guide as to the total repair cost because, once the radio is working, I might discover that it needs a little more work to bring it back to its former glory.


I never include the cost of post and packing when giving an estimate. Return post and packing has nothing to do with the estimate and is costed separately.

So, dig out that vintage wireless from the attic and I’ll check it over for you. Even if your old bakelite or wood cabinet radio works, bring it to me and I’ll give it a FREE safety check. Enjoying the warm sound of your fifties valve radio won’t cost you as much as you’d thought and, once again, it will give you many hours of enjoyment. I am City and Guilds qualified in radio and TV servicing and have spent several decades in the trade, so you can be assured that your radio will be in good hands.


How long will it take me to repair your vintage radio? That all depends on how busy I am at the time, and how long it takes to get hold of a valve or other part that I may not have in stock. I have thousands of spares in stock, including thousands of valves, but I don’t have every part for every make and model of vintage radio.

When I’ve repaired a radio I like to give it a soak test, which means leaving it on all day every day for up to a week. The reason is that a radio of sixty or more years old, which might not have been used for many years, may develop other faults. So, be prepared to leave your radio with me for a couple of weeks, or longer.


I’m becoming increasingly busy, but I do all the work myself. I do NOT farm out work. In other words, I do not give radios to other engineers to do the work for me. If you bring your radio to me for repair or restoration, then I can assure you that I will be the only person to touch it. I pride myself in my work and I can assure you that I will be doing the work.

The first thing to do is email or phone me and we’ll take it from there. My phone number is 01903 610090 Alternatively, you can come and visit me. Give me a call first just to make sure that I’m in the workshop.


Once your radio is in the workshop, I will get it onto the bench as soon as I can. The first thing I will do is locate the faults and give you an estimate of the cost to do the work. If you accept the estimate, the radio will then join the queue of repairs to be done. You’ll be able to check the progress of your repair on the web site.

I never include the cost of post and packing when giving an estimate. Return post and packing has nothing to do with the estimate and is costed separately.


I accept payments by PayPal, cash, bank transfer, personal cheque or postal order. Payment must be made in cash if you are collecting a restored or repaired radio in person. Payment can be made via PayPal, bank transfer, personal cheque or Postal Order, prior to your collecting or my posting your radio back to you. I can email you an invoice for your repair as PayPal now accept credit card payments, even if you don’t have an account with them.


For up to date information on the progress of your radio repair, you can check online. This will save you the trouble of emailing or phoning me to find out how the repair is going. As far as I am aware, this service is unique to The Radio Workshop.


It’s best to bring your treasured radio to me. However, you can post it if you live too far away. But do be sure to pack it properly as antiques don’t always travel too well by post. You might find my posting details useful.


During a radio repair or restoration, I will give the cabinet a quick clean and polish but I no longer carry out full cabinet restoration.


I specialise in 1940s and early 50s British valve radio repairs and restoration, which keeps me in full-time work. I’d love to take on tape recorder and record player repairs, but I have to draw the line somewhere so I’ve drawn up a list of equipment that I don’t repair.


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Do you have a vintage valve radio in need of repair or restoration? The first thing to do is contact me. My email address and phone number are at the bottom of this page.  Or, use the quick form below…

Please contact me if you have any questions about a radio repair