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Old 22nd Dec 2014, 8:33 pm   #1
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Default Smart Thorn 9000 chassis tv project

I have thanks to the kindness of a forum member a few old Thorn tv's.
I have an original 1975 Ferguson branded Thorn nixie tube display 9000 tv.
It has its IF/decoder board missing ,so I am embarking on an ambitious project to include a digital front end .
I would also like to incorporate Wifi ,HDMI and SD card reader.
The first four channels of the six buttons will access BBC1,2 ITV and Channel 4 etc.
Then button 5 will access the digital menu direct ,all with nixie tube indication.
Button 6 will access HDMI ,SD and Wifi and will be toggled through modes.
I will keep you updated if you are interested,I will be making a custom pcb to fit in the original chassis frame,with direct tube drive and sync etc.
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Old 31st Dec 2014, 6:52 pm   #2
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Default Re: Smart Thorn 9000 chassis tv project

I look forward to seeing this, it's the perfect conversion for a set like this especially as it's already missing its original decoder.

I always prefer to use the set's own controls, never liked the idea of having a separate box for each TV & VCR along with the clutter of remote controls this entails. It just seems right to have the set directly access the various services, as it was intended to.

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Old 31st Dec 2014, 9:01 pm   #3
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Default Re: Smart Thorn 9000 chassis tv project

That'll probably end up as the world's best equipped CRT telly! With my own level of experience it sounds like a mammoth task but well worthwhile. Please do let us know how you get on with this, I'm interested to see what is possible although I imagine I'd probably spend as much time gazing at the beautiful Nixie tubes as at the screen!

...No, it's not supposed to pick up the World Service, it's not a radio!
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Old 31st Dec 2014, 10:05 pm   #4
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Gill you really are going to a lot of trouble but this would be some thing to see if you manage to pull it off , best of luck .
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