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B&W TV Unusual RGD TV

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slidertogrid
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I sometimes look on youtube at abandoned properties that people explore. I find it somewhat sad but at the same time interesting and it in incredible sometimes to see what is left behind. I have interests in old tech and classic cars so there is usually something interesting. Some time ago there was a place that was full of cars and quite a lot of TV sets but it seems to have gone now. More recently I saw this unusual RGD console set in a video of the exploration of an abandoned house. It is obviously dual standard and probably has a VC1/4 etc series of chassis inside but it is not a model I have seen before.  

Has anyone seen one of these?  

Rich

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Posted : 12/10/2023 3:26 pm
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I occasionally look at Urbexing sites & notice a few TVs in abandoned buildings.

https://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/ is a good place to look.

 
Posted : 12/10/2023 9:39 pm
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Possibly the model RV309. there's mention of the set in the 1966/67 Radio and Television serving book, page 460.

The 405-625 system switch is actuated by a solenoid by the fifth button on the VHF tuner.

VC3 chassis.

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Posted : 13/10/2023 11:16 am
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@till Thanks. I don't think I have ever seen a VC3.  I have seen VC1 VC4 Then 51/2/3 in fact I have examples of each in my collection. I haven't seen any with solenoid system switch they mostly have the usual rocker type the exception being the deep scene which has a rotary switch.

This set looks as if it has the Brimar bonded twin panel tube which dates it. '67 must have been towards the end of the use of this type of tube? I hope the set is saved at some point. it looks to have survived in good condition the damp, woodworm and vandals so far have given it a miss...   

 
Posted : 13/10/2023 2:42 pm
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Although the information for the RV309 appears in the 1966/67 R & T book the set was released in 1965.  The Brimar twin-panel CRT was still listed as a current equipment type. 1966 saw the introduction of the VC4 series.

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Posted : 13/10/2023 4:49 pm
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These urban explorer finds are really agonising from a tv collector's point of view- It's fantastic to see lovely sets like the RGD still in situ, but they are so vulnerable. There's so much senseless destruction in abandoned properties and it only takes one person to think it would be fun to smash the old tv set.

 
Posted : 30/10/2023 8:42 pm
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@colourstar yes very true. Years back there was lot of photos of a 'Hoarder's house' that had a lot of old cars. Amongst the cars which looked like they were in a barn was a Gec 1000 and a Philips early Philips dual standard. In the house there were other TVs including an ITT CVC5.  There was a set of later pictures posted that showed a lot of the cars had been vandalised and the two TVs had both been smashed.

Apparently scrap metal thieves had found the place and were taking the cars for scrap. (This was before the rules on weighing in scrap were changed.) Later still pictures showed the whole site had been cleared, Trees felled and all of the cars gone.

The problem is that if the location is revealed on the web, which it sometimes is. It then gets a lot of 'visitors'.

 
Posted : 30/10/2023 9:19 pm
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I have found a picture of the GEC before it was trashed that shows it in remarkable condition for a barn find! Maybe it had been put there for the photo?

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The other pictures seem to have gone . it was a long time ago that I saw them.

 
Posted : 30/10/2023 10:28 pm
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