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 Post subject: A mystery late '40's 7" TV
PostPosted: May Wed 27, 2020 2:51 pm 
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It's been a long time since I've seen a mystery early TV, but this is one. It resembles National, Meck, and Automatic Radio TV's of 1949, but it has no definitive markings. It's likely a kit set, but I never saw it before. Definitely worth preserving.


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 Post subject: Re: A mystery late '40's 7" TV
PostPosted: May Wed 27, 2020 3:02 pm 
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Almost certainly a Meck, which is definitely a rare thing to see in 7".

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It looks exactly like a Meck XA-701 without the cloth grille cloth on the front. Here is a picture of a portable model: http://www.earlytelevision.org/meck_xa-701.html


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 Post subject: Re: A mystery late '40's 7" TV
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Perhaps an XB-702? Small picture from a Rider's manual:

http://www.earlytelevision.org/pdf/meck ... ider_3.pdf


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 Post subject: Re: A mystery late '40's 7" TV
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Well, the tube layout says "Tube Layout XA-701", with the "XA-701" crossed out, which would definitely make it a Meck set.


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 Post subject: Re: A mystery late '40's 7" TV
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It's a Meck. Same chassis and similar construction as the one I donated to the ETF. It does look like the "John Meck" part of the label was purposely razor bladed off the set. Here is the closeup of the label on my old set:


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 Post subject: Re: A mystery late '40's 7" TV
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It's also entirely possible that Meck might have sold a few sets under one of the other brand names they built, such as Plymouth or Cromwell, or it could be a department store brand which they built. But without any documentation, the best we can do is identify it as a Meck product.

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 Post subject: Re: A mystery late '40's 7" TV
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Someone contacted the seller and told him it it's a Belmont.

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 Post subject: Re: A mystery late '40's 7" TV
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Don't think so, as there isn't a Belmont with control spacing like that.

As pointed out by stuben a few posts up, it seems to match the photo of the Meck XB-702 seen in Rider TV vol 3.

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 Post subject: Re: A mystery late '40's 7" TV
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Mr. Detrola wrote:
It's also entirely possible that Meck might have sold a few sets under one of the other brand names they built, such as Plymouth or Cromwell, or it could be a department store brand which they built. But without any documentation, the best we can do is identify it as a Meck product.

I think you nailed it. It's a Meck product, but likely never badged as a Meck. It's a really cheapie for sure. The offset decals really make it look like a quickly slapped together set.


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 Post subject: Re: A mystery late '40's 7" TV
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Those knobs look original.....same as a Motorola radio except maybe a D shape shaft. Teletones used that chassis. There are a few oddball consoles with that chassis. Craig


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 Post subject: Re: A mystery late '40's 7" TV
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Mr. Detrola wrote:
Don't think so, as there isn't a Belmont with control spacing like that.

As pointed out by stuben a few posts up, it seems to match the photo of the Meck XB-702 seen in Rider TV vol 3.


I apologize if my response was taken incorrectly.

I simply stated that someone told the seller it was a Belmont, but clearly it is a Meck. The Seller was given misinformation.

I should have said it better, my bad.

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 Post subject: Re: A mystery late '40's 7" TV
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Okay - it's actually a '49 Meck XB-702 with the brass tag missing off the front. It's on page 54 of the old "Classic TV's" guide book. I must've thumbed past it a 100 times! :roll: I'm getting old.


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