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Old 26th Oct 2021, 6:08 pm   #1
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I haven't been to my local house clearance place for some time due to covid but today my mate was going to pick some wood up so I decided to have a look. They occasionally have a nice vintage radio and very occasionally a vintage TV.
I have also had a couple of nice skip finds over the years a K30 a 1590 portable but nothing too exciting.
Today I bought a nice Bush transistor radio and we were about to leave I decided to have a quick look by the skip and found a nice little KB featherlight 12" portable by the bin. I went back in to ask if it was OK to take it. The chap said yes that was fine and then asked if I wanted any parts from the other sets before the scrap man took them? I replied (thinking of a pile of grotty 90's junk) that I had enough old junk really. He said are the valves worth anything?
Valves?? I went to have a look... It was like being behind my shop in the 1980's Needless to say I outbid the scrapman by a mile lucky we were in a van!
My mate Mick has taken the CT200 as he has wanted one for some time he has also taken the PYE hybrid with the broken CRT. That should keep him busy!
There are a few missing parts to find but I think I have a few winter projects!
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Old 26th Oct 2021, 6:27 pm   #2
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Nice finds there.
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Old 26th Oct 2021, 6:35 pm   #3
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What's the one at the back, at the bottom, in pic 1? 'Wood' case, horizontal slats in speaker grille. It looks like one we had...Telefunken?
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Old 26th Oct 2021, 6:41 pm   #4
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Good find! Some nice telly's there
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Old 26th Oct 2021, 7:03 pm   #5
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The CT200 ( I call it a "Chelsea" ) is complete and seems dry considering it's been outside for an unknown time.

Just a cursory look so far, I haven't attempted powering up at the moment. Just been checking round and measuring things for shorts etc. The fuse in the 18v line (f 500ma) is parted but not blasted.

I'll warm the chassis tomorrow (as it's been outside) and summon up the courage for a power up.

Great find and many thanks Rich !
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Old 26th Oct 2021, 7:04 pm   #6
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Thanks Lloyd yes just lucky if I hadn't gone today they would have been carted off for scrap wire and I would have never known !
Hi Mark
Yes a Telefunken 22" with the piano key tuner. Decca 30 Chassis. looks complete but I haven't had the back off yet. I now have three Decca 30 chassis' A Decca CS2230 a Keracolor and this Telefunken. (but no space)
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Old 26th Oct 2021, 8:43 pm   #7
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That Pye 693 must be saved! Only problem is finding a good A56-120X CRT.
One of the seventies colour TVs I really liked.

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Old 26th Oct 2021, 10:07 pm   #8
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That's the sort of thing I sometimes have dreams about!
What a great piece of luck that you happened by there before the unthinkable happened to those sets. Keep us posted on progress!

A few years ago I was asked to visit a flat being cleared by a friend who was an art dealer. He said there were 'a few TVs'. I wasn't expecting much but amongst other things, I ended up with an immaculate Philips K11. The next day it was all due to go in a skip.
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Old 27th Oct 2021, 7:47 am   #9
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I don't do telly's these days ,but fancy throwing away those storage boxes, good find though, Mick.
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Old 27th Oct 2021, 8:32 am   #10
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We hopefully have a solution to the broken tube. One of the Thorn 3500 sets is little more than a cabinet, chassis and tube the only panel remaining is the line board. Mick has taken it and will use the tube from that. We will keep the cabinet though as it may help save another set in the future, the missing back cover may be the hardest part to find.
Some of the storage boxes were saved as there was a huge cabinet full of DVDs going in the skip, we filled the storage boxes with them and once we have picked out all the old black and white films for use on old black and white tellies the remainder will be taken to the charity shop. The clearance place used to sell DVDs 5 for a but have decided demand is so low they are not worth the space they take up. It's a terrible waste!
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Old 27th Oct 2021, 12:10 pm   #11
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Great hoard - is that a Bush A640/793 mono - that's worth saving! The separate back looks right.
That Pye is the model before it all went south for the hybrid chassis so should be a good performer.
Clocks go back this weekend - just the thing for the long dark evenings..
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Old 27th Oct 2021, 12:28 pm   #12
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Pye Chelsea, not one of my favourites, sorry, and the Bush Mono, as I recall common faults include, LOPT Overwind for the DY 8? Video O/P Transistor and DJ`s on the chassis earth causing poor line sync. Those were the day`s.
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Old 27th Oct 2021, 3:56 pm   #13
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I think the Bush mono is the much better A640 / A793 - at least the back is! The TV191D and 191SS used this chassis, the 191S used the A774 which we all agree wasn't their finest hour.
I'm not mentioning the Pye CT200...
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Here in Harrow, we could purchase for next to nothing TV's Radio HiFi etc. etc. at the local recycling centre. My Beomaster 8000, 8002 turntable complete with MCC2 cartridge, Colour TV's and whatever took my fancy were all bought for a fiver or less.

During a summer holiday, the stuff was piled so high, I was banned from going down there.

Then a fight took place over the brown envelope passed down the chain of command. It all stopped.

Although to be honest I could no longer lift a 22" CRT colour TV, all I can do now is look into a skip to see what could have been mine!

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Old 28th Oct 2021, 9:39 am   #15
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There are two Bush Mono sets. The A640 escaped the pictures as while I was taking them my mate was putting it on the van. The tuner is missing but I am sure I have a tuner with a chassis in the loft. I just hope the mounting bracket is the same!
The set in the pictures is the (in)famous A774 which is complete apart from its back cover.
The Telefunken looks complete. The Baird 3500 is complete with back but frustratingly missing the channel selector switch assembly and buttons the varicap panel with tuning pots is inside.
I will have to put a wanted ad on the parts required section for suitable a 3500 button assembly, what a shame Sendz have gone I could have bought a dozen !
Better picture of the Telefunken and A774. I may make a start on the A774 later today if I get time, Now, where's that hammer...?
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These look in remarkably good condition - even the A774's chassis looks pristine! So glad the rains didn't come before you got them. Looking forward to your progress - meanwhile I'll have a look for a tuning bank - you never know...
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I decided the A774 had dried out enough to risk plugging it in. The LOPT is a notorious weak spot as we all know I wasn't concerned too much about damp in the windings as it is plastic so after warming it for a while with a hairdryer I put a meter across the HT line and applied low mains. Nothing !
The power switch was open circuit on the live side. I suspected it was probably the contacts stuck rather than burnt or broken as the click when it was operated sounded weak so I gave it a squirt of WD40 operated it a few times and then washed the WD40 out with switch cleaner.
I then had a much more positive click and plugging it in again I had HT and after a while dim heaters. Unplugging showed the HT die away slowly so I felt confident enough to give it full mains.
The line bottles started to clink and sound came up I could draw a healthy spark from the PL top cap and peering around the front I have a raster!
I will continue to run it in short bursts as I don't want to push my luck with the LOPT but it looks as if I have the basis of a repairable set! A good LOPT in an A774? A good Mazda Gold Star tube? Blimey !
Next I will apply some signals and see if the tuner cams are still OK.
I don't suppose anyone has a scrapper 20" with a back cover? It's going to be hard to make one!
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Old 28th Oct 2021, 3:19 pm   #18
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Hi Rich, I've just acquired a back cover from another member that you can have if its of use to you. its badged Rediffusion unfortunately but it'll do the job nonetheless..

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Rich, That's brave, just giving the set mains..... Not sure if any other members on here would do that !!
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Hey, that's the one! Those little keys light up green when depressed, as I remember. Ours died (for the last time) during the swimming at the 1984 Olympics when it must have been a good bit less than 10 years old since I just about remember its predecessor. The cabinet was laid on its back, a melamine top where the screen used to be, and became a hi-fi cabinet - nothing wasted - and its Hitachi successor never went wrong.
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