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Old 25th Jun 2014, 5:27 pm   #1
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Hello,

I'm new here, already reading through the past forum posts has been a great help but I wanted to check whether anyone could help me...

I'm trying to identify a large collection of equipment, mostly televisions with some video/laserdisc etc. The early equipment is quite simple to date but anything past 1950 I'm struggling get dates for. It's mostly Ferguson but there are some others.

If anyone knows the dates for any of the equipment below that'd help me out massively.

Television

Ferguson
969T
454T
4636
3444
3845
3847 (1978?)
Courier/3805
37146
38030
3709
6830
37063
V593B
51J8
59HB
59H5
66B2
C210PF
22D2
3821
3696

Ultra
CM1705
6700
6175
6803
6814
6713

HMV
2711
2841
2809

Baird
8749

Sony
KV1330UB

RGD
B6351

Video

Ferguson
3432
3V23 (1982?)
3V01A
3V55
FV12L
3292

Baird
TB6083

Thorn
8945

Reel to Reel Tape Recorder

Ferguson
3204

Laserdisc

Ferguson
3D01

Satellite

Ferguson
6RD6
TDM1

Videocamera

Ferguson
3629

Thanks for your help!
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Old 25th Jun 2014, 9:34 pm   #2
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It's worth checking with Radiomuseum:

Sample: http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/ferguson_454t.html

There's usually a date, though it can be unreliable.

Not all of your list is there, though.
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Old 25th Jun 2014, 10:50 pm   #3
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That's quite a list! Most are from the 1970s - I'll fill in a few dates and details for the models I know about, but some had a long production run and were available for several years, so the year may not be exact for your set.

Television

Ferguson
969T
454T
4636
3444
3845
3847 (1978?) - you're right I reckon (14"`mains/battery portable)
Courier/3805 - 1971 valve portable, mains only
37146
38030 - 1985 B/W portable, appears in that year's Argos catalogue
3709 - 1972 Thorn 3000 chassis "Colourstar" TV
6830
37063
V593B
51J8
59HB
59H5
66B2
C210PF
22D2
3821 - 1973 Thorn 1500 chassis B/W valve TV, plastic cabinet with printed wood effect
3696

Ultra
CM1705
6700 - 1971 Thorn 3000 chassis "Bermuda Colour" TV
6175
6803 - 1972 Thorn 1500 chassis B/W valve TV, semi-portable
6814
6713

HMV
2711
2841
2809 - 1973 Thorn 1500 chassis B/W valve TV

Baird
8749

Sony
KV1330UB - 1974 colour TV with rotary UHF tuner

RGD
B6351

Video

Ferguson
3432
3V23 (1982?)
3V01A - 1980 ?
3V55
FV12L
3292 - 1978 "Videostar" , their first ever VHS model

Baird
TB6083

Thorn
8945

Reel to Reel Tape Recorder

Ferguson
3204

Laserdisc

Ferguson
3D01 - c. 1982

Satellite

Ferguson
6RD6
TDM1

Videocamera

Ferguson
3629 - ?? This is the model number of the "Personal" dual-standard TV from 1965


Here's a general guide to model numbers from Ferguson, Ultra, HMV and other Thorn brands in the 1970s. The model number was 4 digits long and started with
3 for Ferguson,
2 for HMV,
4 for Marconiphone,
6 for Ultra and 8 for Baird (Radio Rentals)

The next digit determined the type of set. (xx = any two numbers)
so model number 36xx = Ferguson dual standard B/W TV
37xx = Ferguson single standard colour TV
38xx = Ferguson single standard B/W TV ,e.g. models 3805, 3821 above
3Vxx = Ferguson VHS video recorder

67xx = Ultra single standard colour TV
68xx = Ultra single standard B/W TV , e.g. model 6803 above

Not a hard and fast rule, but if the last digit is an odd number, the set often contains valves; an even number and the set is usually all-transistor. Note however that all the Thorn / Ferguson colour TVs were all-transistor - they never made a colour TV with valves.
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Old 27th Jun 2014, 1:26 pm   #4
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In case of doubt, it is always possible to take the back off and look at date codes on components.
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Old 29th Jun 2014, 6:51 pm   #5
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That ferguson 3204 reel to reel is from 1966 ISTR
The 3V55 came out in 1987 (88 at a pinch)
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Old 30th Jun 2014, 8:55 am   #6
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Are these part of your collection? J.
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Old 18th Jul 2014, 3:22 pm   #7
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Thanks for the help everyone. Very pleased to find out the 3292 Videostar is the first model and figuring out the numbering system is useful.

Heathercathodeshort - this isn't my collection unfortunately, I am doing some work on another collection and trying to figure out the chronological order of the items, also doing it remotely for the most part but pleased to see a lot of info available online.
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Old 19th Jul 2014, 8:24 pm   #8
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I have the 3V55 and I would say that it was 1986 as that's the date on internal components.
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Old 21st Jul 2014, 4:43 pm   #9
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Fv12l - 1988/89?
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