I aquired this antique EKCO record player / radio some time ago in order to put a few of my old vinyls to use. Originally it was in a bit of a state but it still functioned and had some nice design elements to it; tidy and compact with some stylishly crafted logos and features, the main EKCO badge being my favourite. After a bit of research I found out EKCO was a small company down in Essex, known as E.K.Cole Ltd, who were bought by PYE Ltd, but long since defunct.
Eventually, the needle gave in after one too many punishments of prog-rock… I found an electrician who specialises in restoring these kind of things and took it for refurbishment to Mick Shute – and what a sterling job he did; looks and sounds brand new. Mick offers some great extras, including updating all of the components with the latest digital technology, but keeping the antique aesthetic. I opted to keep it traditional and went for original valves and replacements as I love the warm bassy sound it produces, especially with vinyl. Mick is well worth contacting if you’re in need of electronic / restoration services.