‘I play digital music by means of my 1949 radio’

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By Alex Cockeram
BBC News

Rob Seaward and Murphy A146 console radiopicture copyrightRob Seaward
picture captionRob says the unique valves on his Murphy A146 nonetheless work at this time

When we consider know-how our creativeness often takes us to photographs of the longer term. But for some, know-how hyperlinks us to the previous – whether or not for nostalgia or for private causes

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Following our latest characteristic on classic know-how, we requested you to share a few of your collections with us – and other people from world wide responded..

Rob Seaward, North Yorkshire, UK: 1949 Murphy A146 radio

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I’ve a group of older know-how which I’ve collected all through my life – together with previous cameras, calculators, hi-fis and radios. I had been all for music from an early age, but it surely was actually when my father bought a Bang and Olufsen music centre that my curiosity in not solely music, however type and performance actually took off.

Rob Seaward's old hi-fispicture copyrightRob Seaward
picture captionRob Seaward says he has collected older know-how all through his life

To me, a decrease middle-class grammar faculty child living in Bradford, I all of the sudden had entry to a world of actual type and glamour.

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My favorite piece have to be the Murphy A146 console radio designed by Gordon Russell in 1949.

Murphy A146 console radiopicture copyrightRob Seaward
picture captionFrom this angle you may see how the radio acquired its “Batwing” nickname

Its nickname is the “Batwing” due to the form of the again panel. The sound is wealthy, barely heat and typical of valve tools. In its day, the radio price the equal of a mean month-to-month wage, it was constructed to final and the unique valves are nonetheless working at this time.

However, because it pre-dates FM it’s a little restricted. I’ve had it restored and as a part of the method we had a Bluetooth adapter put in which suggests I can now play my favorite digital music by means of this marvel from the 1940s – which actually amazes folks.

Konrad Hayashi, Atlanta, USA: 1981 AM/FM Panasonic radio

Konrad's Panasonic Radiopicture copyrightKonrad
picture captionKonrad has taken his radio to the Middle East, West Africa, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands

I nonetheless hearken to my dependable, dual-voltage, AM/FM Panasonic radio that I purchased in 1981 when my US Navy ship was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. I usually performed music in my small stateroom at evening within the Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf, and elsewhere removed from any land indicators. It jogs my memory of locations I’ve been and of the way it offered a connection, often by means of the tapes that may play, with buddies that I had been with.

I additionally realise that whereas our digital connectivity provides unimaginable choices older analogue gadgets can nonetheless function, on battery if mandatory, within the face of threats by laptop viruses or drought-imposed scheduled brownouts resembling they’ve in Peru.

I would not think about an improve any greater than I’d eliminate a reliable pal as a result of they are not carrying the newest fashions.

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Adam Thomson, Australia: 1950s GE electrical firelighter

GE fire lighterpicture copyrightAdam Thomson
picture captionAdam says his GE firelighter “doesn’t take no for an answer”

I nonetheless have a GE electrical firelighter from the mid-1950s. It price me £2 from a second-hand store in Acton, west London in 1973. It’s a bit like a 3kW hairdryer and once I nonetheless lived in England it lit coal fires in minutes. Forgot it as soon as and the cast-iron hearth grate started to soften!

It makes lighting a wooden hearth very simple – we now have limitless firewood on our rural piece of land from long-dead fallen bushes. If you employ a wooden hearth, you may know that there are occasions once they simply do not wish to gentle or burn simply. This firelighter would not take no for a solution and eliminates the inconvenience of lighting the fireplace.

I do not got down to gather previous issues, however I additionally do not change issues for the sake of it, particularly once they work completely effectively or within the case of this firelighter, there’s not a brand new equal anyway. It’s a reasonably out-of-the-ordinary gadget.

Like most individuals my mother and father did not have some huge cash within the 1950s and 1960s and I’ve at all times discovered bits of package fascinating to dismantle and restore, in all probability beginning with my first bicycle. Quite usually it isn’t solely cheaper however takes much less time to do some restore or upkeep oneself, reasonably than make the journey to some restore store after which return every week later.

David Dore, Shropshire, UK: Automatic, or ‘self-winding’, watches

Watchespicture copyrightDavid Dore
picture captionDavid’s watch assortment

I noticed my first Rolex at age 11 worn by a person ready on the identical bus cease whereas on my option to faculty, and my ambition was set – I needed that degree of engineering.

Today I take delight in guaranteeing my watch is about precisely to make sure the pure and minute modifications which can have occurred in a single day are corrected.

I take nice pleasure arising at 4:45am, coming downstairs and turning the FM radio on. I choose up my watch and attempt to anticipate if my in a single day positioning and temperature management makes an attempt have been enough to control the frequency by the smallest margin of time, in order the countdown pips begin on the radio, the second hand sweeps majestically to 12 o’clock on the ultimate elongated pip.

Then I do know my automated mechanical companion is synchronised and that my day can start within the data that wherever I’m and no matter I’m doing, the BBC and my watch will keep true.

Steven Go, Brooklyn, USA: 2004 iPod

Steve's iPodpicture copyrightSteve
picture captionSteve purchased a docking station in lockdown, giving his iPod a brand new lease of life

This iPod was my birthday present in 2004 from my siblings and two of my shut cousins (it was sort of an costly present). It’s my default music participant whereas I drive, bike and work, although I ended updating the tracks after about 5 years of utilizing it.

It’s greater than an mp3 participant. To me it represents artwork, engineering breakthrough and a very nice birthday present I nonetheless love and revel in. I can not convey myself to eliminate it so it sat inside my desk.

Since the lockdown, I had a fortunate discover of a used Bose docking station on the thrift retailer and gave this iPod one other life on my home workplace desk. It’s so fairly to have a look at and it nonetheless works. I can hear the onerous drive spin when altering tracks! I adore it and hope to get many extra years of use.

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