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Reader Ed Harris says: “I grew up in the 1960s and started buying records seriously around 1969, when I was 14. In those days, the four main record shops in Liverpool were NEMS, Beaver Radio and Rushworth & Dreaper – all in Whitechapel – and a second branch of NEMS in Great Charlotte Street. In 1971, one of the first branches of Virgin Records opened in Bold Street..

Hello. I have unearthed (literally) an HMV gramophone. According to UK Vintage Radio network it's an HMV model 532 Superhet Ten Autoradiogram from 1931-32. Apparently it is a "Rare beast"

It has "Rushworth and Dreaper" engraved in gold inside the lid.

It is in terrible condition, having been in an old cottage for decades, and I have neither the time nor the expertise to try to restore it. I don't even know if it is worth restoring.

Can you point me in the direction of someone who might know a bit more and who could advise?

Michael O'Reilly





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