Radio/Stereograms – did you ever have one of these?

Thanks to Richard J Porter for finding this…

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Andy Qunta… Yes, we had something like that! Spent untold hours with it!

Janine Anne Hemsley… Still use mine .

Dave Luck… Had one very similar, but with twin sliding door’s on the front, good old fashioned Radiogram.

Jim Breeds… Gosh, almost the identical model to the one Dad bought from Bryants! It was a Bush stereogram with a Garrard deck.

Kevin Burchett… I  think Madeline Joyce Morton still has one of these she did last year anyway.

Madeline Joyce Morton… Still have one it is a Bush and still works

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Lucy Pappas… We had one. I wonder what happened to it?

Steve Thorpe… Had one the same, could plug a cassette recorder into the back. Then we had an ITT Music Centre with meters for recording levels! Happy days 🙂

Andy Maby… My ‘posh’ Aunt and Uncle had one! I remember playing my cousin’s singles: ‘Venus’, Shocking Blue!!!

James Turner… Am I old, just taken this photo in my lounge.

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supplied by James Turner

Liz Dianto… My Grandparents had one, and it had a great sound

Terry Pack… We had a mono, valve driven one! Great sound.

Dave Luck… Found picture of my first radiogram given to me by my father, this one was made by Ferguson. This was then replaced by a Rigonda Bolshi Radiogram

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supplied by Dave Luck

John Wilde… I would like one. Anyone?

Jim Breeds… There’s a few of them out there … http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_odkw=stereogram&_from=R40&_osacat=0&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l2632.R2.TR4.TRC2.A0.H0&_nkw=stereogram&_sacat=69851

Nigel Ford… I remember Dad going off to Eastbourne to buy a RIGONDA Bolshoi so he could listen to a Mantovani LP that we bought him for Christmas, though he seldom did and I believe it was an old valve system that sounded great compared with our Dansette Tempo player… but what I really wanted to say was….Nice Bush Madeline….

Mike o Brien… Owned a good few radiograms in my time and stereo systems to boot!.In the early 70’s owned a brand new Rigonda Bolshoi radiogram (I loved it) cost £125.There was at the time so much on the market we were spoilt for choice,Dynatron radiograms were in their heyday then but very expensive I have owned several models over the years(second-hand) One of my favourites I bought brand new was a HMV Stereomaster radiogram the sound was incredible (bought 1971) and cost £64. I am in my early 60’s now and still love radiograms and vinyl.Another favourite brand was Grundig.I own today a Grundig balmoral radiogram (mono) from 1955 a stunning piece of kit I bought second hand last year for £50.It is in superb condition internally and externally,it boasts 3D sound and contains 5 speakers,Collaro RC54 record changer,I did replace the cartridge so it will play stereo records(although the output is Mono).I kept the original so I can still play 78’s.Also included in the price was a complete set of valves all brand new.It still picks up a few radio stations mainly on VHF(FM today).The previous late owner had lavished care and attention on it,and it looks as if came out of a showroom,so all in all a great buy!,especially as it is 60years old this year (I have all the original paperwork).

Alan Wadey… Yes I have one email me.

Jan Warren… OMG!! Mike mentioned “Rigonda”!! – I think they were a German make but our family had lots of mad parties in the 70s and we had lots of big Rigonda speakers to give us the loudest music possible, those speakers became “legendary” in our family, I think some of us have some still in use?!! haha, happy days!! 🙂

Michael O’Brien… Alan Wadey.re Grundig Balmoral radiogram.email mikobrien@live.co.uk. Do you still own one as I do.

Wendy Weaver… I had one, I think it was a Bush. Had a lovely tone.

Pete Prescott… My friends family did. A big deal then !

Beki Milton… I know someone who still has one of these in their living room now and still uses it

Mike Cope… Those style Radio-Grams sounded beautiful – rich & warm…

Josie Lawson… I think my dad did but not absolutely sure

Coco Pops…My Dad did

Holistic therapies oh so heavenly… Yes my mum and dad had one exactly like this around 1969…the posh stereogram ..loved it saved you putting your record player and 45s on the floor .. well we did in our large household

Dave Nattress… My parents had one very similar – a stereo-gram they called it and it had an auto-changer for about 6 records. Bought in about 1966. Used to play my singles and LP’s on it and I think it may have played some of my parents old 78’s!!! Not sure about that. Also, though before that I remember their old wind-up gramophone with 78’s and steel needles and horrendous old Gracie Fields records. They had some seriously criminal records between them. These newer “record players” had 33/45/78 speeds but was there also a 16 RPM?

Tony Ham… There was a 16 on mine, never knew anyone who had a record that played at that speed though.

Michael O’brien… Gracie fields how awful!!!!! I think 16rpm was used for records with speech only(Could be wrong) Although I have never seen one. I have many 78rpm records and play them regularly on a Garrard record changer.It plays eight records in succession brilliant to watch. Rigonda bolshoi radiograms were made in Russia. This is pic of radiogram I own.Grundig ‘Balmoral’Radiogram made in 1955.Cost 122gns when new it is valve radiogram,with 3D sound,the cabinet contains 5 Speakers.3 at the front and one speaker at each side.The sound is incredible.At the time of manufacture a remote control was available as an optional extra!.

Alex fccnp… Hi guys, Before today I did not know that Simfonia-2k model (export English language version is Rigonda-bolshoi) was sold in Europe. This radiola (called this way in its country) was manufactured in USSR, not in Russia (USSR consisted from 15 republics including Russia). More exactly it was made in Riga, Latvia republic, west side of USSR. If you will need its schematic you can try search Симфония-2к схема. They very similar if not exactly the same. I I’m interested in old tube receivers too. Thanks.

Conan Howard… always amazes me how many people on this forum have never been or lived outside of Hastings for their whole lives. .WOW

Eco Jane… had one of those Xactly the same

David Edwards… Anorakey or what

Roy Penfold… Still got one. Gutted unfortunately but houses modern day dvr and sound system with TV on top. I keep meaning to mount the TV on a motorised system so it pops up when you open the lid (which still has its soft close hydraulics)

Jeff Belton… My mum and dad had one . Great sound.

9 thoughts on “Radio/Stereograms – did you ever have one of these?”

  1. I remember Dad going off to Eastbourne to buy a RIGONDA Bolshoi so he could listen to a Mantovani LP that we bought him for Christmas, though he seldom did and I believe it was an old valve system that sounded great compared with our Dansette Tempo player… but what I really wanted to say was….Nice Bush Madeline….

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  2. Owned a good few radiograms in my time and stereo systems to boot!.In the early 70’s owned a brand new Rigonda Bolshoi radiogram (I loved it) cost £125.There was at the time so much on the market we were spoilt for choice,Dynatron radiograms were in their heyday then but very expensive I have owned several models over the years(second-hand) One of my favourites I bought brand new was a HMV Stereomaster radiogram the sound was incredible (bought 1971) and cost £64. I am in my early 60’s now and still love radiograms and vinyl.Another favourite brand was Grundig.I own today a Grundig balmoral radiogram (mono) from 1955 a stunning piece of kit I bought second hand last year for £50.It is in superb condition internally and externally,it boasts 3D sound and contains 5 speakers,Collaro RC54 record changer,I did replace the cartridge so it will play stereo records(although the output is Mono).I kept the original so I can still play 78’s.Also included in the price was a complete set of valves all brand new.It still picks up a few radio stations mainly on VHF(FM today).The previous late owner had lavished care and attention on it,and it looks as if came out of a showroom,so all in all a great buy!,especially as it is 60years old this year (I have all the original paperwork).

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  3. My parents had one very similar – a stereo-gram they called it and it had an auto-changer for about 6 records. Bought in about 1966. Used to play my singles and LP’s on it and I think it may have played some of my parents old 78’s!!! Not sure about that. Also, though before that I remember their old wind-up gramophone with 78’s and steel needles and horrendous old Gracie Fields records. They had some seriously criminal records between them. These newer “record players” had 33/45/78 speeds but was there also a 16 RPM?

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  4. Gracie fields how awful!!!!! I think 16rpm was used for records with speech only(Could be wrong) Although I have never seen one. I have many 78rpm records and play them regularly on a Garrard record changer.It plays eight records in succession brilliant to watch.

    Reply
  5. Hi guys,
    Before today I did not know that Simfonia-2k model (export English language version is Rigonda-bolshoi) was sold in Europe. This radiola (called this way in its country) was manufactured in USSR, not in Russia (USSR consisted from 15 republics including Russia). More exactly it was made in Riga, Latvia republic, west side of USSR. If you will need its schematic you can try search Симфония-2к схема. They very similar if not exactly the same. I I’m interested in old tube receivers too. Thanks.

    Reply

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