B&W TV Toshiba 12SB
This is my 1975 Toshiba 12SB. Originally, this model was called the 12SS for "12 inch solid state" but for the UK we got a "B" for Britain as the UK spec has the VHF section removed and the gap not very subtly hidden!
My Wife actually spotted this for sale locally so I picked it up for £10 untested. There wasn't any leads with it and it had a proprietary connector for the mains and 12 volts so I traced the power connections inside. After slowly increasing the power slightly out of focus static appeared. After trying it out with my Amiga computer for a couple of hours the focus had improved a little but I noticed that familiar smell of a failing electrolytic capacitor. I didn't want to take any chances so I just replaced the lot.
After shotgunning the electrolytic capacitors and a quick tweak the picture is really good! Massive thanks to Chris crustytv for getting the service manual scanned in for the 12SB as I couldn't figure out how the focus was adjusted.
Back in the late seventies I sold quite a few of these sets. Very reliable, as all Toshiba products were. Once sold never seen again.
By the end of the 1970s the Toshiba company was phasing out their old trade mark.
Does anyone remember the radio ads they had in the 70s? At least in Oz anyway.
I'll try to re-create the phonetics, imagine the Japanese accent:
"Not Tosh - shiba! Tosh - he - bar!"
And then there was the famous TDK ad -
I think the Tosh ad's were likely tailored to the country, we got the 'Cockney-geezer' type, "Hello Tosh, gotta Toshiba".
Tokyo Shibaura Electric Company Ltd. 1857.