I have just spent a week listening to this smart retro styled radio. My Mum and Dad (now in their 80s) bought this one 5years ago to replace the brown version with which I grew up with,it lasted for 50years!! I am not joking ,between our family we must have listened to thousands and thousands of hours of radio time!I still remember colouring in the Roberts sign on the front with a yellow wax crayon when I was about 6. The brown one died then revived and then died again,it is still in the loft though ,ready for a third go ,it´s even had an article witten about it in Somerset Sight magazine for the partially sighted,fame indeed. Pretty sturdy with a wooden body clothed in leather with gold trim and gold mesh on the front it is easy to carry and doesnt mind a few bumps.It can run from the mains but ours is always run from the9v PP9 battery as my Mum is partially sighted and finds this easier. Two dials on the top control on/off and tuning,and 4 buttons tone ,FM;MW,and LW. Apart from the extendable aerial and headphone socket, thats it,simples! If you open the back you will find that Roberts Radios are made in Great Britain and are by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen,H.M. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and H.R.H The Prince of Wales. If you are looking for a traditional style radio with great sound and reliability this is the one for you,I fully expect this one to last longer than me.There is a choice of colours ,the dark green is particularly classy looking in my opinion as is the claret but all of them have that sturdy ,reliable look about them ,I hope they never change.
I bought one of these last christmas in green for my parents and they have been so impressed with it I have decided to buy one for myself As you would expect from Roberts the quality is excellent, it feels really sturdy and robust, the reception is great and sound is very good as well, it can run off batteries or the mains so its very versatile. You really get the feelng it will last a lifetime. I have found some problems in stock of the more popular colours but I have managed to find a pink one from www.wooklums.co.uk for just £94.99.