Collector Car Audio
Auto Radio, Auto Audio, for antique and vintage vehicles!
So you own a classic car -- good for you! But are you satisfied with that AM radio?
You can stuff a modern stereo in the glove compartment, where you can't reach it while driving. You can take a hacksaw to your dashboard and ruin the originality and appearance of the car. You've considered having the radio converted to modern stereo, or even purchasing one of those "reproduction" radios, but friends have warned you not to because of lousy performance. Well, your solution has finally arrived!
We can convert your original radio to modern AM/FM stereo, using the new Aurora Design components that have started a big revolution -- setting a new standard for quality and performance. Want Bluetooth? It's available, and we're not talking about some cheapish module that plugs into your lighter with wires dangling -- this is a fully certified, integrated system that works seamlessly with the conversion.
If you're less concerned with originality and prefer modern features such as digital display, seek and scan, etc., or if you're interested in a stereo on a budget, we carry the complete line of Custom Autosound products. These new stereos have improved drastically over the past few years, and their current product line is unrivaled.
Of course we also carry speakers and accessories, so come in and browse. If you have questions let us know -- we'll do our best.
NEWS -- March 3, 2014:
One day's mail!
Due to the volume of radios we're doing, please note: When sending in your radio for conversion, we can't stress this enough -- PLEASE pack it properly and fill out the paperwork. We still are receiving radios in boxes far too small, with insufficient packing, damaged. The forms are partially filled out, possibly with sections scratched out and the words "call me", or a question. We're happy to answer questions but we're also extremely busy. Seems when we DO call we seldom get through; multiply this times 20-30 such radios and, well, we've got a cabinet full of radios sitting, waiting. Meanwhile those who DO follow instructions are rewarded with a quick turnaround of only a couple weeks for most sets.
Some customers are calling just to verify we have the radio and everything we need. Actually this is working out well; I can look over the paperwork and verify we have what we need. Admittedly, sometimes it can be hard to call US, but please leave a message and we'll get back. Phone lines are open from 8:30-5:00 Monday through Thursday, till 3:00 on Friday. (Friday afternoons we prepare for weekend car shows)
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the tremendous demand for conversions, we are not accepting radios for original repair until further notice. Thank you for understanding.
Bluetooth update! The BT-1 Bluetooth module has been updated. There is no longer a need for an external pushbutton; all functions, including pairing, can now be made using the radio's original controls. Plus -- drum roll please -- the price has been reduced! It was formerly $200; now it's $180.
All radios currently here awaiting conversion with Bluetooth will receive the new version, AND the price cut.
We are the premier dealer for Aurora Design products!
It's one thing to offer a stereo conversion for your original car radio. It's quite another to offer such a conversion using products designed and built by engineers who BUILD OEM COMPONENTS FOR NEW CARS! Indeed, the products are automotive grade, and built in automotive plants in Detroit, USA! CLICK HERE for a short history of how these products came to be.
Unlike other products with high failure rates and annoying bugs and glitches, these products are built to a "Bulletproof" and "No excuses" standard. To you this means it performs as it's SUPPOSED to perform, and keeps on doing it for years to come in spite of Arctic blizzards in Alaska and blistering heat of Death Valley. These products are fully protected against reverse voltage, overvoltage, speaker shorts, and any other form of abuse that one might care to give it. I suppose it's still possible to destroy it with an atomic blast or a direct lightning strike, but I understand they're working on that . . .
FMR-1 Receiver PCB -- For stereo Conversion of your original car radio. Your radio is disassembled and cleaned, old components removed, and a modern PCB is installed that contains the stereo. Your radio LOOKS original because it IS original. It also FEELS original, as you operate it with the original controls and tuning mechanism. But it tunes and sounds fantastic! Compare this with the much more expensive "Repro radios" that look somewhat original (except for missing logos!) but don't deliver when you turn them on. No chintzy motor-driven dial pointers which are unable to fine-tune; no funny bugs or idiosyncrasies to live with. Indeed, the Wonderbar, Town & Country, Electro-Touch, Rotomatic, and other fancy tuners will operate just as they did before, in FM as well as AM modes.
We use the new Aurora FMR-1 Receiver PCB in ALL of our stereo conversions. THIS IS THE PCB THAT HAS THE COMPETITION IN A PANIC! Justifiably so, as the improvement over the other products is tremendous! Whether you use us or another dealer, insist on the Aurora PCB; don't make an expensive mistake!
NEW! FMR-1 Receiver PCB for stereo conversion!
BT-1 Bluetooth Adapter -- Fully integrated into the radio; listen to music or make hands-free calls from your smartphone.
Line Outputs Option -- provides line outputs, 4 channels plus mono subwoofer.
FMR-HV1 -- for early signal-seeker radios; provides adequate voltage, does not interfere with reception.
New! HPC-1 -- High-Current voltage booster -- the best there is! Offers 64w (6v+gnd) or 96w (6v-gnd or 12v+gnd).
Motor Driver -- For certain 1956-7 Lincoln/Mercury Bendix Town & Country radios.
MORE IS ON THE WAY! Stay tuned . . .
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MOSFET Vibrators by IECORP: The MOSFET Vibrator web page is finished. Unlike other suppliers who only offer a few basic types, these MOSFET vibrators are available for ANY radio that uses one -- we've even filled orders for some 32 volt farm radios! Click here for a look.
Custom Autosound has a LOT of new products, as well as improvements to their existing lineup. Yes, we fully intend to update this website to reflect these new products, but in the meantime of you have questions we will answer as best we can.
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Radio Parts and Accessories!
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History Of Tayman Electrical Started around 1915 in Washington, DC as a side business wiring houses for electricity, William E. Tayman opened a store to sell electrical appliances. When radio came out he began selling Atwater Kent, Silver Marshall, and Crosley sets. Two generations later and 1,000 miles further south, grandson Gary Tayman now specializes in vintage car radios and custom stereos for classic vehicles.
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Personal Antique Radio Collection Gary Tayman has collected many vintage home radios over the years. While some are still future projects, many are totally rebuilt and are used daily! One cannot deny that the carved-wood art-deco styling, coupled with the warm glow of the tubes, provides a certain charm that simply cannot be duplicated by any of their modern counterparts.
Sarasota Radio Meet A local swap meet where old radios and parts are bought and sold.
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