My 1986 Sanyo analog TV died last week. It just wouldn't power up anymore. I opened it to look for anything obvious like a bad power switch or a broken wire, but all the connectiosn were good. Yes, we wtill used it, but just to program a DVD recorder used to record network TV shows.
The sad part is that I had just donated a working 13-in. TV to Goodwill two weeks before. I could have used it ot replace the dead Sanyo. Inteast, I had to buy another 13-in. TV for $10.
Yes, we will replace put a flat screen TV in the den, but that involves a new cabinet and thus involves redesigning the entire den.
As for me, I coud do without TV anyway, except for the baseball playoffs.
It's good to see that the midnight electronics supply is alive and well. I recently added to that with a 1977 Nikko 5055 received that I bought while in college. One of the channels had failed and to tell you the truth, I don't use the Onkyo receiver that I bought to replace the Nikko about 10 years ago. I kept the Nikko in the basement until we moved, deciding is wasn't worth moving.
Often, the problem with fixing things is the knowledge or the parts, but the time. I oten just replace things that fail or get someone to fix things because I can't take time away from ther things.
The link works, I love looking at photos of antique electronics. All those boards help the casual viewer to appreciate the amazing complexity that is inside all the tiny innocuous ICs of today's equipment.
> "...something electronic looking caught the corner of my eye."
I have an eye like that as well. I love stories like this - it reassures me that I am not alone :-) I also go through the skips at work regularly and have come up with some amazing finds. The best trash story I have found is here