1950 Ekco Stroller - internet radio, with USB and LAN inputs
This 1950 Ekco Stroller has been converted into a wireless speaker with preinstalled apps for internet radio, Spotify and Youtube.
These radio, were a must have on the 1950s and very popular to take on holiday. I believe this radios has been all over Britain and witnessed many changes in the world. I thought It would be shame to see this one hidden in a shed.
What I have done:
I bypassed the original tube amplifier with a modern class d amplifier, and combined it with a credit card size computer with Wifi. The computer converts the wifi signals into sound and feeds into the amplifier, the result is sound in CD quality. It works great with the original speaker and generates a warm sound. You also have 8Gb of storage, which allows you to upload your own playlists, and up to 1000 songs. The preinstalled software can play any audio format.
You can here it play here: YouTube channel
I am an engineer, working for most of my life in product design - and I'm always frustrated when great ideas are put aside because they're not suitable for the mass-market. I guess, that"s where my passion for these radios began, I wanted to create something different and exiting. With my knowledge of technology and hands-on experience I took on the challenge to breathe new life into these radios - and I hope you will share my passion. I understand that there is a growing market for handmade products and I believe that good quality conversions like this, will retain their value.
Dimensions: (WHD) 31 x 25 x 17 cm / 14.2 x 9.1 x 6.5 inch
Weight : 4 kg
The radio is in great condition and the wooden case is very solid, it makes the bass sound even better. Its a unique conversion and the original tube radio has been preserved. But please note that is a WIFI speaker only, no tube radio anymore.
The radio low voltage and has been adapted for use in any country. LAN and USB inputs are located on the back.
About the Brand Ekco
EKCO stands for Eric Kirkham Cole Limited (E.K. Cole Ltd). Eric Kirkham Cole and his girlfriend started making radio sets in 1924, they later married and in 1927 set up with funding from local businessmen, a new factory at Leigh-on-Sea, they expanded, first to premises owned by their various directors and then in 1930, to a very big new factory at Southend-on-Sea.
E.K. Cole undertook the manufacture of radio tubes for their own radios. In 1939 this commercial tube operation was taken over by Mullard. However the facility remained and was used to manufacture tubes for the armed services during the war.
Ekco produced also Air Interception radars for the RAF, Air to Surface Vessel sets for the Fleet Air Arm, amending these for installation in ships for the Royal Navy (and stopping the 100 valves jumping out of their sockets when guns were fired) and Search Light Control sets for the Army. Car radios, tape recorders and radiograms were added to the range of products.
1960 saw Ekco being taken over by PYE Ltd. From 1969 the factory no longer traded using the Ekco name but under the TV Manufacturing Ltd. banner. However this was short-lived and the company became PYE TMC Ltd.