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Old 10th May 2014, 9:11 am   #1
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How often do you use your vintage sets?
Some of mine have not seen use in over a year
I suppose I should rotate them round every couple of weeks or so, so they get used equally, but I always seem to end up watching the last TV I restored!

Also some sets are a bit heavy to move about easily, let alone being carried up or down the stairs. The console sets being the worst. At least I don't collect colour sets
How do you manage your collection?
Are you lucky enough to have them all in the same room?
How many do you have?

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Mine get rotated roughly every six months, doing so allows me to fix any niggling problems that crop up. Storage is a wall of TV's in the bedroom
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I hate to say that most of mine don't see much use once restored! I have my workshop in a converted garage (1970's brick built in a long row), and have shelves all round, down one side I have TV's only, just because I made the shelves stick out enough to acomodate the depth of cabinets of largeish colour TV's.

I have recently added more sockets, and after re-installing the workshop aerial, and re-routing the cables to behind the TV shelves I have wired in a freeview box, an 8 way distribution amp and the Aurora, I can now fire up pretty much any TV and watch something without too much hassle.

The set that I use most is the TMB272 that I restored recently, as it's by far the best set I own picture wise, cabinet leaves a little to be desired though! I need to get some more coax now, as I ran out, and some more splitters.

I haven't used any of my set's in the house, it's my parents house and I'm sure they would rather stick with the Sony 32" in the living room! I am currently searching for my own place, so when I get it I'll probably have one of my old set's in use!

As for how many sets.... there must be getting on for over 50 by now! That includes modern stuff that no one's interested in, of which I seem to have too much of... Anyone want a modern plastic Sony?!?

I'll try and get a photo later if I can tidy up a bit first!

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Old 10th May 2014, 9:24 pm   #4
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O.K. here is my answer:

-until now I had only the time to restore few
-I own vintage TVs from 24 countries
-I own vintage TVs from more them 160 different companies
-I own more than 260 TVs, I just came home from Belgium with another ultra rare set
-11 or 12 countries are presented with roundies
-I have TVs from companies covering closeby all letters of the alphabet, only F,Q and X is missing. I don`t know a company with the first letter "X"

I should need a hall to display them all in one room, but what I really need is a museum!

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but what I really need is a museum!
Sounds like you already have one!
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Old 11th May 2014, 8:06 am   #6
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You must have a huge house!
My TV's are scattered round my house, workshop and garage, the lounge is currently home to nine sets, which have been restored, or are in lovely condition. The ugly and tatty sets take up one side of my workshop, while six small sets are currently stored in my loft/radio museum, and the rest are piled high in one of the bedrooms.

I am slowly converting my large garage in to a dry and insulated space to house my TV collection, which is still growing
I now restrict myself to single channel sets only, although I do have a few later sets, but these are still valve powered.

Like Lloyd, I would like to set up a distribution amp for feeding multiple sets once the garage is completed, and move my workbench and test equipment down one end, freeing up my present 10x8 workshop for storage.

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@ Bill & Mark

I have them in my and in my parents` house, in garages etc.
Please add 5 jukeboxes, 2 talkingmachines, tape recorders,
more than 100 radios, light signs, ashtrays, enamel signs, memorabilia,
valves, manny, many spare parts, spare CRTs, spare sets, spare chassis,
knobs, and all kind of literature from closeby same as much countries.

I am sorry not to be able to read my russian and japanese literature.

Don`t ask me about my complete TV studio including 2 transmitters
and a fantastic microphone dolly (more than 8 meters long/UK-made), O.B. car,
test card generators, film machines and 16mm films (50s US-police drama etc.)

Oh, by the way, I collect TV guides (ols and new) from around the world!
This forgotten theme has to be introduced next.
Yes, I can tell you something about the television programm of Australia,
Brasil, New Zeeland, New Foundland, Finland, Chile, Mexico, Switzerland,
Sweden, Spain, East Germany........

I can give a historical view on all TV-related stories.

This means that I am really responsable to build up a museum for future
generations.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, where is a place in the world showing
TVs from Finland to Australia, from Russia to Japan, from Argentina
to Spain?

Mirror: Nowhere, only you German Dalek has this place!

Yes I know, I am really responsable to save my collection for future
generations by running a museum.

German Dalek

P.S. Do I have to add my record collection and video library to it?
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I have 8 working vintage TV sets, all in my small workshop, and try to run them up for a few hours every month or so.
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-I have TVs from companies covering closeby all letters of the alphabet, only F,Q and X is missing. I don`t know a company with the first letter "X"
Ferguson. That only leaves Q and X to get!
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@ Studio263

Yes, I would like to buy an early roundy, but there is no chance
for me to enter England again.
I loved visiting the vintage comunication fair,I stayed in Banbury,
home town of Gary Glitter, visted the Banbury Sound Exchange Center
for dancing at night with the nice british girls , bought my
DR Who (Tom Baker) DVDs at HMV shops.
Second hand record shops helped me to find rare "Clash" records and others.

It was really a nice feeling to drive on the "wrong" side, but with my
self made Yardbirds tape in the car radio.
My last visit at Bonhams caused some close-ups of my car 2 weeks later.
Congestion charge: 308 Euro, but not from me! The TV set was
expensive, more than enough.

An alternative should be Farnsworth with the letter F, but hard to find in the US.
There was a company with Q in Japan, but I don`t know a company
with the first letter X.

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Old 12th May 2014, 10:12 pm   #11
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If you don't mind owning a Chinese set (often cheap rubbish but even China has some manufacturing history)... Try XOCECO.

The only XOCECO sets I have ever laid my hands on in The Netherlands, were rebranded. Probably as Multitech, Frontech or Prima. I'm not sure if those would count as sets with an X, though

For Q you could try and find a Quasar set, that was the premium-brandname Panasonic used in the USA.

My collection at this moment is also large enough to fill a museum floor in the united TV-Museum, but it is much less interesting than yours and in need of some maintenance and parting out (only a few sets actually play regularly).

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Old 13th May 2014, 5:58 am   #12
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Hi Maarten!

Leave me alone with this modern junk!
They have to be vintage with tubes!

Only my Sonys, Brionvega, the rare Condor from Italy, JVC helmet,
and a handheld from the 90s are transitorised.
However they are more than 40 years old, except 3 little 80s sets.

All other stuff is pretty old, two of my Toshibas are roundies,
and my 2 Sharp consoles are dealing with MW43 - 64/69 CRTs.
My National-Matsushita-Panasonic is a 14" set.
My Sanyo is "only" 1958, 14".

I really would like to have a 50s chinese TV, or better some, but
I have no (and can`t find) serious contacts to this country.

Another problem is Brasil because of the customs.

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I watch a vintage TV in the living room and change them around roughly every six months or so but the current one refuses to be set aside. It's a 15" Ekco TC196 and is one of the very best.
All the working receivers in my collection get warmed up on a regular basis especially when Forum members pay a visit! Regards, John.
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Old 13th May 2014, 2:49 pm   #14
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Wow! A Sanyo from 1958, a 14" Panasonic.. Those are sets you really have to go through some trouble to get. Very nice. Brasil was (maybe is) a large producer because of import limitations, I never knew export would be equally troublesome. That's a shame.

I'm not sure in which year Quasar was established, it might still fall into your era of interest.
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Did some research in the mean time.

Xoceco was established in 1985 so of the pseudocapitalist generation (read: cheap junk). Judging from old radio's, communist production in the years before that was quite good actually.

Quasar was established in 1967 by Motorola, then sold in 1974 to Matsushita and gradually the product line was integrated, so you would probably like to have a model from 1967-1974, if any.
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My set's don't get the use they deserve..As it stands I only run the Pye CT104 and the Awa Murphy 35 series..In fact I was watching it the other night and the horiz sync started jerking the picture sideways then went away..hehehe.... All my other sets are stored away or awaiting restoration.

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