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 Post subject: What is the oldest TV you have that is functioning?
PostPosted: Aug Thu 05, 2010 8:57 pm 
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Let's see pictures of your sets in action.

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630TS, 1946.

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The rest are 1948 or later.

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That's a wonderful restoration! Very clean looking.

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Admiral 19A11 goes back to 1948.

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1946 621TS

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Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNHWTwuWJqk


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NICE!


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Here's one of my favs. It's an Admiral 20X12 from 1948.

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I also have a 630TS with stand just like Phill's (it's in the background) and a couple sets from 1947 awaiting restoration.


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My 1950 RCA Victor 6T74 :D
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I also have a restored 630TS, although I never put the CRT yet in after finishing the chassis and installing it into the cabinet several years ago.

Also a bunch of 1948-50 sets that I don't have photos of on this computer.

Here's a set in the living room which we watch from time to time. A 17" Detrola built in 1951 and sold by a local dealer who was using the name to attract business off their reputation. I got this one right after another MARC member purchased it from the estate of the original owner in an old part of the city who had supposedly still been using it as her only TV.

Detrola branded TV's are exceedingly rare since the company went out of business in 1948, and they never built any production models. It's actually a rebranded Majestic, built here in Michigan at the Wilcox-Gay factory near Lansing. They went to all the trouble to hot-stamp the Detrola name into the plastic control escutcheon.

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This photo was taken on 6-12-09, the last day of analog broadcasting, an over the air signal from channel 2 which is about 25 miles from here, and with rabbit ears to boot! It has a really old rebuilt CRT from some obscure rebuilder in the city, looks great after warming up for a few minutes.

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Here's my 621TS:

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The set works quite nicely:

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This shot does a little more justice to the quality of the picture:

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Does this RCA set from 1929 count? I've actually watched some complete programs on it.

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This is with an original neon lamp:

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This is with an RGB LED lamp:

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1948 vintage - Emerson 639:


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Does this RCA set from 1929 count? I've actually watched some complete programs on it.


You betcha! That's really spectacular. Neat to see it running in color with the tricolor LED!

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Here's my DuMont "Clifton" Teleset with an RA-102 chassis from 1947. Bob

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Hello tubesrule wrote,
I agree with Tom that is neat.

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Tom Albrecht wrote:
tubesrule wrote:
Does this RCA set from 1929 count? I've actually watched some complete programs on it.


You betcha! That's really spectacular. Neat to see it running in color with the tricolor LED!


I'd love to see a video of that thing in operation.


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Here's one of my favs. It's an Admiral 20X12 from 1948.


Beautiful set, I love Bakelite TV's and that's one that's been on my list, always too far away though.


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Here's my DuMont "Clifton" Teleset with an RA-102 chassis from 1947. Bob

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This set is awesome, it has to be one of the greatest Post War sets of all time.


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WOW! Am I glad I started this thread. I love the RCA mechanical Televisor! I building a reproduction of an early televisor myself.

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I used to think it was cheating having to use a converter with the mechanical sets, but I guess that's true for all our old sets now, they all need a converter of some kind since the switchover :-)

Here are some videos I tried to shoot of the set. Not the best but should give you an idea. This set runs at 20fps. I tried setting my camcorder to 30, 15 and 8fps, and this turned out the best at 15fps.

http://www.tech-retro.com/images/RCA1.mp4

http://www.tech-retro.com/images/RCA2.mp4

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