Gary Tayman's 1964 Thunderbird

Collector Car Audio

Auto Radio, Auto Audio, for antique and vintage vehicles!

You own a classic vehicle.  You've put lots of time and money into it, and you're ready for that finishing touch -- a nice sound system.  After all that meticulous effort, do you:

THERE'S A BETTER WAY!

Why ruin the classic appearance of your vehicle when you can have a stereo that LOOKS GREAT, SOUNDS GREAT, and includes all the modern features you want?  For a totally original look, we can convert your existing stereo to a modern AM/FM stereo, using automotive-grade components from Detroit.  The radio still looks and feels original, but offers sound quality that was unheard of back in the day.  These conversions are available with Bluetooth and a USB port, so you're not compromising features just to have an original-looking stereo.

We also carry the Custom Autosound line of stereo products.  Take a look -- gone are the weak stereos with tiny buttons and dim displays; the past few years has seen a major transformation.  These stereos look better, perform better, and are more reliable than ever before.  The new Slidebar radios are the latest step in this progression.  If you want a fully-featured stereo with digital display that still looks good in your classic dash, or if you're on a budget, take a look at what Custom Autosound now has to offer.

Of course we also carry innovative speakers designed to fit in older cars which simply weren't made for stereos.

Whether you're ready to buy, or simply looking at ideas, feel free to look around.  Let us know if you have questions -- we'll answer them as best we can.

NEWS -- September 2, 2014:

Price changes -- a mixed bag:  We've made a few adjustments to Aurora Conversion pricing, although the vast majority of radios is remaining the same.  Wonderbar/ Town & Country sets are slightly higher, as are foreign-made sets and certain Lincoln models.  In other words tougher sets will be a little more.  Now the GOOD news:  For those of you who "want it all", a hardware change has enabled us to REDUCE the price for Bluetooth and USB Modules.  The combination price for both has been $280; effective now it's $230 -- a $50 price cut!  We currently have a few radios here, asking for both -- they WILL benefit from the new hardware and resulting price cut.

Turnaround:  we try hard to take care of radios quickly, typically 2-4 weeks.  We're currently in the summer slack season, although it's not exactly slack -- we're trying to prepare for the October onslaught of radios awaiting conversion.  We try hard to provide personalized service to each and every customer, but please bear in mind that we handle a LOT of radios.  If we receive a radio with missing information, it seems easy enough to call, right?  When we receive 50-100 such radios, our only option is to set them aside and do the others.  The best way to avoid delays is to follow the instructions on the shipping page.   If you have questions, please check with us BEFORE sending the radio.

The Aurora Conversions have acquired such a reputation that people are sending in "other" conversions, asking for an upgrade.  Yes, we can do it, for a price that's lower than a new conversion.  There are expensive "repro radios" with motor-driven tuners, and a few conversions with modified digital displays and such; sorry but we cannot handle these.  Those of you dissatisfied with these should contact the originating dealer/manufacturer.

Online ordering:  Changes are being made.  Currently you may experience a "No Item Found" message if you click on a product -- hit the back button and try again.  The fix?  We're writing a new e-commerce site on an new server.  It's under construction, lacking a lot of details, but you can get a sneak peek if you Click here.  Not much there yet but you can order if you wish.  Meanwhile we'll be happy to place an order for you if you simply contact us.

 

 

NEW PRODUCT -- SLIDEBAR RADIOS BY CUSTOM AUTOSOUND

Custom Autosound has recently been making MAJOR improvements to their stereos -- better appearance, better performance, higher reliability.  Their newest release is the best yet -- new Slidebar radios with a classic look and a new twist -- move the bar to the left and you have an analog dial that looks right at home in your car.  Slide it to the right and a digital display appears.  BEHIND that dial is CAM's newest and best stereo to date.

Slidebar radio  Slidebar digital

Click on the photos above for more information

 

FEATURED STEREOS:

Aurora Automotive

Upgrade your radio with the FMR-1 Stereo Receiver by Aurora Design

We are the premier dealer for Aurora Design products!

Send us YOUR radio and we'll make it into a stereo!  It looks like your original radio because it IS your original radio, upgraded with modern components to receive AM/FM Stereo!  Listen to your favorite station, or listen to your OWN music using the audio input jack (included) or the optional USB port or fully-integrated Bluetooth Module.

 

In less than a year, this new product, direct from Detroit, has revolutionized the industry!  CLICK HERE for a short history of how these products came about.

 

Stereo

Custom Autosound USA StereoUSA Concours Series In-Dash Stereos

Custom Autosound

These stereos are fully-featured and look great in the dash!  From basic to elaborate, Custom Autosound has a complete line of stereos to fit you your needs.

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SecretaudioSecretaudio -- Remote-Controlled Hidden Stereo

Secretaudio

For that street rod or custom, or basically any vehicle with no radio at all, these are COMPLETELY HIDDEN stereos with wireless remotes.

 

 

 

SPEAKER SOLUTIONS:

Dual Voice Coil SpeakerKick Panel SpeakersUndercover Stealth SpeakersStereo 6x9 Speakers

Several fantastic options to choose from!

MOSFET Vibrators by IECORP:  Need a vibrator for your original radio?  IECORP offers a new MOSFET design.  Expected to outlast the original mechanical type many times over, these vibrators also have a clean output -- no need to replace the buffer, it can be removed entirely.  Note that ANY type of vibrator can be replaced.  Click here for a look.

Radio Parts and Accessories!

 

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Tayman Electrical 1924  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.

Links  Cool Links  Links to favorite car- and radio-related web sites.

Atwater Kent Radio  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.

Radios  Sarasota Radio Meet  A local swap meet where old radios and parts are bought and sold.

Contact Us -- 941-371-8924 (8:30-5 M-F) or e-mail caradio@verizon.net

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