That is too funny.
I thought that all over the air TV went digital a few years ago, but you have a nice picture on your little set. Do you still have some local stations broadcasting in analog or did you sneak a converter box in behind it?
In any case, that's a very cool TV and would pair up quite well with the old Timex Sinclair 1000 that I have. I had thought it was broken, but it turns out the antenna input on my TV is non-functional, as is the wall bug for the Sinclair. The end result of that is that I don't really know if it's working or not.
One of these days I'll figure it out and if it works, I'll send it off and you can see how retro-futuristic the combination looks.
Hi Karen -- I'm afraid to say that it's barely limping along -- it's really sad -- the owner is a real nice guy but very (painfully) shy -- the first time I was in there (years ago now) I had a technical question and his wife (in the front) said that she'd try to get him out but he wouldn't talk much -- but we ended up getting on together really well.
All he knows is repairing TVs -- I think he learned most of it from his dad (now no longer with us) -- I don;t know what the/they will do as time goes by...
Things like bunny ears, knobs and ferrite rods are getting short and hats off to Mock for keeping things like this.
Someone gave me a non-working 40" plasma TV not long ago and I was pretty sure it was just some bulging electrolytics were to blame. They were 680uF 400V I think, and short squat little rascals (as Max would say) to fit in under some framework. Do you think I could find anything comparable anywhere? Eventually I gave up and chucked it. As everyone does these days.... So I can understand why the repair shops are going under.
My father had one of those, it was yellow. In the mid 70s he was going to throw it out so I took it. I took the case off and used it to make the 'glass teletype' from Don Lancaster's article in Radio Electronics.
When I was about 12 my folks gave me a Panasonic ball radio - very cool....
Unfortunately a "friend" once "borrowed" it and I never saw it again. Memo to self - neither a borrower nor a lender be.....
Reminds me of this famous painting: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Glorification_of_the_Eucharist_-_Salimbeni.JPG where a couple famous blokes rule the world, sun and moon but if you don't look carefully, looks like Sputnik. What other retro-futuristic consumer electronic product ideas are hiding in 300 year old paintings?
Seriously, the whole 1950s-1960s era fascinates me. Atomic age, space age/race, Jetsons, Googie architecture and all that. If we ignore the bad things, there was a lot of optimism, energy and playfulness as designers brought forward-thinking scientific ideas symbolically into products for the masses - atom symbols, spheres with rings like Saturn. There was a high "cool factor" in many mundane businesses, just because of being a third tier supplier to NASA. Educational science toys hyped up as relevant to the space program.
While not mainstream, there is seemingly growing interest in that era, perhaps because today's world doesn't have any grand adventure. Perhaps businesses like Mock Electronics will allow people to explore actual working products (maybe with a little contemporary cheating) from back then, will stir up a push for a new grand adventure, something that will make many currently mundane unrelated things cool.
Or maybe not. At least enjoy the coolness of creativity of other decades.
@Max - One of your pictures of Mock's shelves had some old turntables and that brought back some memories. Probably late 60's I had a nice big old valve radio, it had a Crystal Pickup input at the back, and I bought an old "record changer" turntable that worked with it. Cost me peanuts.
You could pick up old classical '78s for 10c each, so a whole symphony cost $1 or less. The sound was surprisingly good, if noisy by today's standards. I once got an old record of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata by a then famous pianist called "Solomon" and when I played it my mom came into my room with tears in ehr eyes - she had had exactly the same record when she was a kid and had also loved it.
Of course I junked it as soon as I started earning money and could afford proper LPs and a decent turntable. Wish I still had it now. The ignorance of youth....
## Wish I still had it now. The ignorance of youth....
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I remember when I was a young lad and my parents upgraded their "entertainment system" (radio, record deck, amplifier, etc.) and they gave me the old one for my bedroom. It was a massive piece of furniture -- must have been 6 feet long -- I was as happy as a clam (and that's pretty happy)
Clive...I have a 27" Sony CRT that I bought new in 1993. I was going to use it until it dropped dead before getting a new digital TV but finally got tired of waiting. I bought a new 55" plasma last fall. Installing the plasma required some new audio and video furniture and I took the old audio rack on wheels to the Goodwill store for recycling. When I dropped it off I noticed that there were 3 (yes 3) PALLETS sitting there loaded with not so old CRT televisions waiting for a truck to take them away. Goodwill couldn't even give away CRT TVs so they were hauling them to the dump. My Sony CRT is now sitting in the guest bedroom gathering dust. Probably never use it again but like most pack rats, I hate to throw away perfectly functioning electronics.
I know what you mean about not wanting to throw away perfectly good electronics -- but you can store only so much -- and the thing is that you know you are never going to use it -- so all it's doing is taking up space in your home ... maybe it's time to "bite the bullet"?
Obvious question: Why do you need rabbit ears? Broadcast analog TV signals do not exist anymore.
I too am a pack rat, and I probably have 6 or 8 sets of rabbit ears in the basement. When scrapping old TVs I always saved them because they were so easily broken. I also have a bin of various old knobs.
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