Memories Of The TV Trade

Submitted By Member: rbmt20a I started in the television trade in 1968, leaving school on a Friday and starting work the following Monday. At that time I had no particular interest in electronics; it was just a job and a way in which I could help my family as another wage earner. However I soon …

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Crazy house

Submitted by member: Nuvistor One customer we had lived in a house that had subsided probably due to mining. It was not noticeable from the outside but interesting when you went inside. On my first visit the boss said just be careful when you walk thorough the door, and he said no more, and he …

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Dirty TV screens

Submitted by Member: Nuvistor   When the direct view Mullard Panorama CRT’s were introduced around 1965 they quickly attracted dirt to the screen. The owners cleaned the screens but like windows didn’t get into the corners. More than one occasion I had to go on a call to confirm to the embarrassed owner it just …

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Dual Standard and Single Standard CTV’s

Submitted by Member: Nuvistor 1967 dual standard CTV installs and the first a single standard sets I saw. Dual Standard Colour TV’s in 1967 were expensive and few available for sale or rent, well they were for our shop, for others they may have been plentiful. The first one we sold was the Bush CTV25, …

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The Winter of 62/63

Submitted by Member: Nuvistor The winter of 1962/63 if you remember was a long and very cold one. Ice on the pavements and side streets that didn’t get any sun stayed for weeks. This was my first winter at work and I was working with with an aerial rigger, basically cheap labour, I was supposed …

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A domestic audio installation

Submitted By Member: Nuvistor Trade Tale Content: We had a customer buy an audio unit with a Goldring Lenco GL75 record deck and told us he had a collection of 78 rpm records he wanted to play as well has stereo LP’s. The cartridge was a Goldring, probably a G800 or similar, the stylus assembly …

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Music centre modifications

Submitted By Member: Nuvistor We sold a lot of music centres in the 1970’s, some inexpensive others quite expensive. One problem with many of them was poor reception of MW, LW was not good but acceptable. There wasn’t one cause of the problem, each had there own issues. For most it wasn’t that much of …

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Unusual record player modification

Submitted By Member: Nuvistor We had a customer who had bought a top of the range CTV then a top of Hackers range of HiFi, he had spent a lot of money with us. So one day he walks into the shop with a relatively cheap portable record player, I thought nice easy repair but …

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Mishaps In The Trade

Submitted by member: Nuvistor A couple of tales that I found out about from other TV repairers, most of the chaps knew each other in the local trade and tales were passed around, not invented, well you couldn’t make them up. These two were from the same shop, this shop would tackle many jobs Tale …

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A Lesson In ‘Fast Recovery’

Submitted by Member: Steve Webb In the mid 70’s the Thorn 9000 had just appeared with it’s revolutionary new cyclops power supply where all the various supply rails were derived from the combined chopper/line timebase. Chassis was bristling with fast recovery diodes and in the faulty receiver to which I had been called, one of …

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