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Clive Maxfield
10/12/2011 09:02 PM EDT

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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   10/24/2011 9:32:08 AM
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I think the shipping would be the deal-breaker -- (a) making it too expensive and (b) the possibility of damage occurring on the return journey... when I was looking for an old TV on eBay I noticed that all of them said "no shipping, local pickup only"

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Max The Magnificent   10/14/2011 5:50:59 PM
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No worries :-)

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Max The Magnificent   10/14/2011 5:50:18 PM
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This is a beautiful little set -- I can imagine getting an old VCR and tweaking the output to drive this TV -- maybe old B/W "I Love Lucie" type shows -- you wouldn't need sound -- just have it sitting in the corner of the room playing away -- that would be a "conversation piece" if ever there was one!

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LiketoBike   10/14/2011 5:48:22 PM
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I meant "...only a decade or so NEWER than the footage...", of course...

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LiketoBike   10/14/2011 5:38:14 PM
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When I was in grad school in Colorado in the late 80s, an older gentleman gave me a television. It was a Tele-tone, made in about 1947 or 1948. He even had the Sams Photofact (OK, bonus points if you are acquainted with what that is :-) with the schematic and pictorial views! Here is a poor quality phone picture: http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff464/foranonpics/TV.jpg OK, no big deal so far...but this television was in WORKING CONDITION when he gave it to me. I would turn in on every now and then to watch it for a while over the years. It had a round CRT made in two sections clamped together. It was not the greatest receiver, but it worked. Then in 2005 when Pope John Paul II passed away, I happened to have it on. The local PBS station was doing a segment on him and showing black and white footage of Ju 88 dive bombers in Poland (his home country) in the early days of World War II. I was entranced. Watching that B&W footage, on a B&W TV only a decade or so older than the footage, sent chills up and down my spine; it was as though I possessed a time machine for a brief moment. I'll never forget that. Of course we have halted non-HD over-the-air broadcasts now. The TV needs a capacitor or two replaced and maybe a vertical hold adjustment. I have passed it on to a local fellow amateur radio operator who plans to restore it even more fully. Too bad we are not close to your TV repairman friend - he could probably take care of it in five minutes.

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Max The Magnificent   10/13/2011 4:03:26 PM
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Thanks for the heads up -- if any of our readers are passing through SF airport, maybe they can take some pictures of this exhibit and send them to me and I'll post them in a follow-up blog...

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CeCCC   10/13/2011 4:01:04 PM
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Max, One of the terminals at San Francisco airport has an impressive tribute to the age of the television in the antenna era. I estimate they had 40-50 display cases filled with televisions from the 30's through the 80's. There were Adam-12 lunchboxes, Milton Bradley Man from U.N.C.L.E. board games, interesting facts about the Beverly Hillbillies and so much more. It won't help you in your quest but it was a museum quality exhibit of Americana. You have to be traveler of course to get into the terminal. ShaRK

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Max The Magnificent   10/13/2011 2:20:05 PM
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Actually I didn't buy mine -- when they saw my first blog on this technology they offered to do one of me for free (one of the perks of blogging :-) I think 6" characters (created using this technology) would cost around $100 each ... I'll be better off making my own :-)

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Max The Magnificent   10/13/2011 2:17:50 PM
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One of the things he did say is that people tend to think that if a modern flat-screen set stops working it would not be worth fixing it. He says that in 8 out of 10 cases it's true that the set would need a new motherboard, which might cost $250 plus his labor ... but in the other 2 out of 10 cases involving minor stuff he can often fix the set for $50 or less (including labor)

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anon6223816   10/13/2011 2:05:26 PM
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One of the differences between fixing an old TV and fixing a computer is that the FRU's are a lot bigger these days. When was the last time you heard about someone repairing a motherboard rather than replacing it? And hardly anyone outside the factory (engineers included) could fix it anyway if it wasn't an exploded capacitor or transistor. He's likely got more highly-refined debugging skills than most of today's "computer repairmen" -- he just needs to update his knowledge to the latest FRU's and tools. Unfortunately, that does take time and some money, so I also feel a lot of sympathy for his situation. Computers do break, and it's not hard to replace HD's, power supplies, and motherboards... however, he'd probably want to team up with someone with software skills to eliminate software problems before tearing into the hardware.

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