Ecko T-370 RIP
There's one of those in my 'to do' pile! Handsome sets in my opinion.
That one looks in reasonable fettle to me, They could have done a lot worse than write on the implosion screen!
Perhaps worth enquiring as to it's likely fate once it's served it's purpose as window dressing?
Hang it all,
I once had an EKCO very, very, similar to that one... I'd hate to see it come to grief, it's got to be worth asking them about it? If it were in my local town, I'd be in there like a shot, trying to talk them into letting me have it..
You know? I think I saw one just like that, on eBay, not that long ago - I had it in mind to bid for it, but it was too far to be economically viable for me to fetch..... I wonder if it could be the same one
Unfortunately it's not my local town - it was a one-off expedition to get my good lady wife to a particular desireable sale at a ladies clothing shop. Lots of brownie points earned, even if few items were actually purchased.
If anyone lives near Farnham I suggest you have a go at convincing White Stuff that it needs a good new home in due course...
Similar thing in Glasgow with a very nice late 50's KB console set used as a window display in a retro clothes shop.
I walked in and immediately asked if I could buy it but was met with a blank stare by the young girl minding the shop. Not her fault as only the boss could obviously make that call. I may go back at some point and give it another go.
I guess one of us could get in touch with them every few days and then when they've done with it, post an advert for it (on their behalf) in the "for sale" bit of this site and UKVRR.
That's if it doesn't belong to an outside contractor paid to do the display.
I did once see a Bush TV from roughly the same era as the TV22 (but not a TV22) in the shop window of a retro fashion shop in Leeds, I asked the guy who owned the shop whose it was and he said it's his and in perfect working order, so he must be one of these "island" collectors - like us lot but not interested in joining an online forum etc.
That was over a year ago and when I went to try and find the shop a few weeks ago, i had discovered that the unit was empty - it has either closed down or moved.
Here's an idea? Why not ask if you can take that set and offer them up a scrap set in good cosmetic condition? Because you can gaurantee they're never going to use it. and seeing as it's only for display..
I did a similar thing in that I had a small Perdio Portarama that looked more like a rats nest! Almost everything was missing inside.. So I gave it to a local American Diner and stuck there logo on the tube inside behind the implosion screen! They loved it and it sits on there till.
As a vintage TV philistine, I have no spare set to offer. But maybe a local TV-lover can make the offer - worth trying... It's in the High street of Farnham, Hants. GU9 7NW .
If that was me that spotted it and I loved old TVs I would ask, The worse they can do is say no but you may just hit on and they say well its for the tip in the near future so take it. With what I collect many of my items are from shops such as old battery stands and old order books to. I once spotted an old battery stand in Wallingford in a DIY shop as luck would have it it was heading for the bin as they were getting new displays so a holiday I had down there camping in 2010 was worth while as the car was cluttered up on the way home. There is a shop in Hexham that sells electrical stuff and they have a window display of radios and TVs but they wont give you these or sell them as they have just done the display when the old owner retired but when it was under the other owner I was given torches and batteries that had been sitting in there loft for ages, nothing radio or TV related though.
Many a good thing can be had by asking in shops if you spot something on a shelf that is gathering dust. There was also a shop in Morpeth where I saw such gear and I asked and they said just take it. Its also worth asking at charity shops for the stuff they can not sell to the public, you will be surprised at what you can find. Just before Xmas I picked up a Bardic lamp for 50p as they did not have a clue how to switch it on or what battery was used, better still it was a military one with a arrow marking on it and it now works to. It can be TVs radios or whatever but if you spot something in a shop and you collect such stuff my message is strike while the irons hot there and then as you may not get another chance at it. For TV gear it is also worth checking old repair shops that have been in the business for years. Skips and well known fly tipping spots are also good for checking to as sometimes you get lucky.