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 Post subject: GE 21T28
PostPosted: Feb Fri 17, 2017 3:27 am 
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I might have the chance to get a GE 21T28 TV for free. The cabinet is in great condition and the insides look untouched. Is this a nice TV, worth the space it will take up? Any information regarding pitfalls, positives, etc. are appreciated for I have never attempted to restore a tube TV, only radios.

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/general_el ... t28_u.html

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Noah


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 Post subject: Re: GE 21T28
PostPosted: Feb Fri 17, 2017 3:32 am 
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It's a typical mid-50's 21" TV, of which plenty have survived of various brands and models. Therefore, not something of interest to most collectors who prefer earlier sets with smaller, round CRT's, or sets which are somewhat unique like the Predictas.

Having said that, it would still be a good set to learn TV restoration on since it's free and you would only need to purchase parts to do the restoration. First though, you need to find someone with a CRT tester to check the set's CRT to make 100% certain it is good enough to use. You wouldn't want to have to purchase even a used CRT to get it going, as that would cost you more than the set would ever be worth.

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 Post subject: Re: GE 21T28
PostPosted: Feb Fri 17, 2017 2:19 pm 
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Thanks for the info Mr. Detrola. Is there an easy test to see if the CRT is bad, or is a tester the only way?

Thanks again,
Noah


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 Post subject: Re: GE 21T28
PostPosted: Feb Fri 17, 2017 3:42 pm 
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You should get a set like that, untested, for $25-$50, so it would be worth taking a risk with the CRT. Odds are, unless the neck looks damaged, it'll be fine. Although the collector desirability is very low on that type of set, it will likely be a good player and not a particularly difficult chassis to work on. Good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: GE 21T28
PostPosted: Feb Fri 17, 2017 7:24 pm 
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A CRT tester is the only way.


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