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Old 5th Jan 2020, 8:46 pm   #1
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Hello all. Been delving in the memory banks. I recall a firm in the 70/80s that had Graff in the name. Seem to remember they made a PIL set so late 70s. But it's very vague apart from that. Any ideas anyone. Ta.
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Old 5th Jan 2020, 8:55 pm   #2
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Are you sure it was Graff or Graef?

Could it have been Graetz?? If so they're still around - see https://www.graetzitalia.it/
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It rings a distant bell, could it have been DeGraaff like the generator?
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Old 6th Jan 2020, 12:20 am   #4
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I have a vague memory that it was one of the warehouse shops like Comets or a supermarket own make
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"De Graaf" apparently. Yes, I suspect it was an upmarket, European-sounding name slapped on cheap (Korean?) VCRs etc.
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Old 6th Jan 2020, 11:50 am   #6
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Just seen one on Ebay and the model number format suggests Granada may have been the outlet to me.
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Old 8th Jan 2020, 2:48 pm   #7
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I used to see it on Sharp VHS machines, it was one of those big rental firms I think.
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Old 10th Jan 2020, 2:41 am   #8
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The WHSHY2 video currently on ebay, looks vaguely Sharpish to me, so that sounds plausible. The type label, printed on blue paper, looks rental as far as I can tell.

Oh wow, found a nice typo! A pinch roller for a Philips Charly deck, described as "Pinch roller for philips bathroom olufsen de Graaf and other vhs vcr" so it seems Philips was also an OEM for De Graaf.
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Old 10th Jan 2020, 10:36 am   #9
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Jayceebee, what a guy. Granada. Despite having dementia (me, not you) you are right. Thanks, it just wouldn't gel for me. Now Finlandia, all day long. And I seem to remember them doing the Finlux Peacock, but De Graff was a little more obscure. Thanks again. And were they Sharp machines?
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Old 13th Jan 2020, 11:23 am   #10
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Finlandia tended to be Granada's badge of choice for Salora TV chassis up to and including the rare N-chassis. There were certainly a lot of Finlandias flooding the ex-rental market in the Eighties. Not sure if the Finlux Peacock was so badged. As far as I remember that was a retail set that came in with the flood of (to us) obscure European sets in the Seventies colour boom.
I think DeGraaf was sold by Comet. I've certainly seen Sharp VCRs in this disguise from the late Eighties. They weren't just a badge job as the fronts were a bit different, and I think they also were Granada machines. There were also some TVs, Sharp again but possibly others.
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The Finlux Peacock was sold by Currys around 1973/4 as pointed out by Glyn in post 10 above. Not sure if any other TV retailers sold them though. Great pictures when working but the 24 volt LT rail had a habit of drifting causing intermittent colour.

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