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CTV Abandoned Ferguson TX90

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WayneD
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Well I certainly wasn't expecting to find this amongst a rubbish pile that someone had very kindly flytipped near our street, an early 80s Ferguson TX85!

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Despite being very yellowed, absolutely filthy and the cord being cut, it looks very complete. The flap and the original ring aerial are intact.

 

 
Posted : 15/03/2023 12:27 pm
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malcscott
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Looks like a TX90 to me.

 
Posted : 15/03/2023 12:41 pm
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Posted by: @malcscott

Looks like a TX90 to me.

it is

https://www.radios-tv.co.uk/vintage-electronics-blog-forum/brc-thorn-chassis-guide/?seq_no=2

Posted by: @wayned

Well I certainly wasn't expecting to find this amongst a rubbish pile that someone had very kindly flytipped near our street

Absolute result, well done on a great find 👍 

I worked on the 20" version of the TX90 just before Xmas. Watch out for R200 and R203

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Posted : 15/03/2023 12:53 pm
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WayneD
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@crustytv any chance you could change the title of this post to TX90 rather than TX85?

I'm a complete beginner with Thorn chassis.

 

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Title of thread changed as requested

 
Posted : 15/03/2023 1:28 pm
Lloyd
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I was just thinking the other day that you never see CRT telly’s dumped anymore! 

 
Posted : 15/03/2023 1:29 pm
WayneD
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@lloyd there's been a few around here, they're usually early-mid 00s 14" TV/VCR combi units. This is the oldest one I think I've ever found! Even when I was a kid I was lucky if the sets I found were over 15 years old. 

Every other day I spot a flat screen TV though...

 
Posted : 15/03/2023 1:49 pm
RichardFromMarple
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My Gran had grey one of these for her caravan.

I've not seen a CRT set dumped for a few years, & the last ones were mostly anonymous 14" supermarket specials!

 

 

 
Posted : 15/03/2023 10:31 pm
WayneD
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@richardfrommarple

From my Amiga 2000 thread: 

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The "Pacific" Asda brand on the right was an abandoned freebie! I didn't realise this until a friend pointed out the really obvious gap for a VHS slot that surrounds the DVD drawer. Picture is really good quality though, it's going to replace the guts in this worn-out Commodore monitor. Very boring as a TV though...

 
Posted : 16/03/2023 7:52 am
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Posted by: @wayned

@richardfrommarple

From my Amiga 2000 thread: 

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The "Pacific" Asda brand on the right was an abandoned freebie! I didn't realise this until a friend pointed out the really obvious gap for a VHS slot that surrounds the DVD drawer. Picture is really good quality though, it's going to replace the guts in this worn-out Commodore monitor. Very boring as a TV though...

 

Yes I had seen that before.  I imagine the chassis could be fitted with either a VHS or DVD drive.

 

 
Posted : 16/03/2023 11:16 am
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Hard to believe that the 37140 is approaching 40 years old! We sold them new when I first opened my shop in 1983/4. The basic 37140 sold for £169 a low price then for a branded set. The remote version 37141 was £199 retail both available in white or silver a battery converter was available as an extra that fitted inside the case. There was also a dark grey monitor version didn't sell many of those.

The sets were incredibly long lived as your find demonstrates, they were still around going strong at over 10 years old probably helped by the fact that they were used mainly as second sets. I remember one customer complaining that the set buzzed he had it in a corner of a tiled kitchen and it sort of amplified the sound of the mains transformer.

Does your set work? they suffered from few common faults, mainly dry joints the odd mains switch. The PCB could get a bit baked around the frame transistors on old high hours sets.

I did see a small Sony (bigger than a portable) in a street waste bin by a bus stop on Bretton way near me a few years back, it looked quite comical dumped at an angle in the bin. I took a picture of it but I think it is on my old laptop...  There are still usually a few CRT sets by the skip at the local house clearance place, over the years a few vintage 'gems' have turned up but mainly they are '90s portables and combis.

The place is pleased to let anyone take them as they told me they have to be disposed of separate to other electrical scrap and being commercial they are charged a fee per set. Next time I visit I will have a look. 

 

 
Posted : 16/03/2023 12:59 pm
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