When it comes to a radiogram, I think we tend to expect something that’s the size of a house. Not so this 1970s Grundig COMO 4 radiogram. Read more
From an era when audio systems were also furniture comes the Grundig KS742U Stereogram.
One of my favourite designs of the 1960s has just appeared on eBay, the 1960s Mario Bellini-designed Grundig Phono Boy record player.
Yes, there are a number of old audio systems on eBay right now, but I'll wager there's nothing else like this Grundig radiogram.
In terms of design alone, it's a stunning piece of furniture. Out of the 1950s and offering up some cool midcentury style, it looks immaculate, despite pushing 60 years old. Check out the plethora of images on the site to see it close up – we can hardly see a mark.
It's also (just as importantly) in full working order, the radio and the record player, which you'll find by pulling down the cabinet just above the speaker. You can see that in action over the page. Oh yes, you can also wire up your modern-day electronics to it – that's also shown in action on the site listing. Downside? The price, with the seller asking £840, although you can make an offer.
Also known as the Minerva after the company that made them, the Phono Boy 7-inch portable record player by Dario and Mario Bellini actually made its name when Grundig started selling them. But this is one of the original Italian models.
A very hip vintage item from 1968 and a useful one too. Slip in a 45 and you get to play singles, which is useful at record fairs, charity shops, car boots and the like.
According to the seller, it is n 'excellent vintage' condition, with one or two very small marks. Battery-powered, so no worries about changing the electrics. £30.53 is the price right now.