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CTV Baird Colour TV models from 1967 to 1980

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And here is the list of Baird colour receivers from 1967 to circa 1980. Again much grateful thanks to Steve Webb for his input. As with the monochrome list, any additions/corrections would be welcome.

 

Baird Colour TVs From 1967 to circa 1980

Baird-designed & built Dual Standard Colour Receivers fitted with the 700 Chassis (A49-191/2X*) or A63-11X) & rotary UHF tuner.

I remember there was a mod issued for the 700 series to eliminate (well almost!) the verticals bending when the brightness was varied but I can’t remember what the mod was.

701T 25" Dual Standard full-height Console in teak silk veneer cabinet with brown CRT mask. Rotary UHF tuner. White user controls with silver trims.

701W 25” Dual Standard full-height Console in French walnut with satin melamine finish. Rotary UHF tuner. White user controls with silver trims.

701WP 25” Dual Standard full-height Console in French walnut veneer with a high-gloss polyester finish. CRT surround panel has leather cloth with gold trim. CRT mask is light grey. Rotary UHF tuner. White user controls with gold trims.

702T 25" Dual Standard full-height Console with Folding Doors with teak veneer & finished in satin melamine. Brown CRT mask. Rotary UHF tuner. White user controls with silver trims.

702WP 25” Dual Standard full-height Console with Folding Doors and covered with French Walnut veneer and a high-gloss polyester finish. Grey CRT mask. Rotary UHF tuner. White control knobs with gold trims.

703 25” Dual Standard full-height Regency-style Console with double folding doors and covered with French walnut veneer with a satin melamine finish. Brown CRT mask. White control knobs with gold trims.

704 25” Dual Standard Colonial-style console cabinet (looks like a TV housed in what looked like a sideboard/overgrown radiogram) with double folding doors and finished with a French walnut veneer and satin melamine finish. Brown CRT mask. Rotary UHF tuner. White control knobs with gold trims.

707 25” Dual Standard TV and Hi-Fi centre housed in a similar Colonial-style console cabinet with double folding doors and finished in French Walnut veneer with a satin melamine finish. Similar in looks to the 704 model but 12 inches wider and slightly deeper. Top of cabinet had two hinged sections: one containing the amplifier and stereo radio tuner, the other the record turntable. Rotary UHF tuner. Brown CRT mask. White control knobs with gold trims.

*There is considerable doubt as to whether there was ever a model 708 which would have been a 19” (A49-191/2X) Dual Standard Plain full-height Console and similar in appearance to the 701T. It would have had a rotary UHF tuner, brown CRT mask and white control knobs with silver trims. If the model ever existed, the 708 was never shown in the Baird Service manual I have. Was the 708 a late entry to the 700 series range or was there only ever a 710 series 19” set as the Baird-badged GEC 5000 fulfilled the 19” screen role until the arrival of the 710 chassis and the 720 Thorn 2000 chassis series.

 

Baird-Badged GEC 5000 chassis

705 19" (A49-191/2X) Dual Standard GEC 5000/2028 Chassis. Metal trolley stand. Cabinet was teak veneered satin finish, with  grey user controls/speaker section on RHS of CRT. Silver-grey CRT surround and 4X push-button UHF tuner. GEC also produced a 25” version in either a similar cabinet to the 19” set or a deluxe cabinet with folding doors, but I’m not sure if RR ever adopted either 25” GEC model - probably because a good 25 inch CRT range was already available in the 700 series.

 

Baird-designed & built Dual Standard Colour Receivers fitted with the Baird 710 Chassis A49-191X, A55-14X or A63-11X/200 & 4x push-button UHF tuner.

As far as I can remember, the 710 series cabinets & screen sizes replicated the 700 series CRT sizes and cabinet styles with the exception of the model 711 which was fitted with a 22” A55-14X CRT. Also, there was only one cabinet wood option for the 711 instead of the three variants for the 701. To complicate matters further, there was also a model 711A which was a 25” CRT version of the 711 and looked like the 701T. All 710 series models had a 4X push-button UHF tuner vertically mounted above the VHF tuner.

711 22" Dual Standard full-height Console in teak veneer cabinet with brown CRT mask. 4X push-button UHF tuner. White user controls with silver trims. Not sure if there were the same 3 cabinet variations available as there were for the 701 model.

711A 25” Dual Standard but as model 711 in all other details.

712 25" Dual Standard full-height Console with folding doors and covered with French walnut veneer and a high-gloss polyester finish. Grey CRT mask. 4X push-button UHF tuner. White control knobs with gold trims. It appears there was only one wood version of cabinet for the 712 in contrast to the two 702 versions.

713 25" Dual Standard full-height Regency-style Console with double folding doors and covered with French walnut veneer with a satin melamine finish. 4X push-button UHF tuner. Brown CRT mask. White control knobs with gold trims.

718 19" Dual Standard full-height Console in similar cabinet to the 711 and 711A models. 4X push-button UHF tuner. Brown CRT mask. White user control knobs with silver trims. Numerous 718s had the model number 708 painted on the back rather than 718 as it should have been.

I’m not sure if the 704 and 707 models were replicated in the 710 series (e.g. as models 714 and 717), but as I never saw either the 704 or 707 and do not possess the original Baird 710 service manual, I have no way of knowing for certain.

 

Baird-badged Colour TVs fitted with Thorn chassis

720 Series: 19” (A49-191X) 22” (A55-14X) or 25” (A63-11X) (2000 chassis).

8721: 19” ‘rounded’ CRT (A49-191X) in rosewood cabinet (3000 chassis)

8722: 22” ‘rounded’ CRT (A55-14X) in rosewood cabinet (3000 chassis)

8723: 22” FST CRT (A56-120X) (8500 Chassis)

8724: 25” ‘rounded’ CRT (A63-11X) in rosewood full length cabinet on castors and sliding doors (3000 chassis)

8726: 25” ‘rounded’ CRT (A63-11X) in light full-length regency cabinet on castors & folding doors (3000 chassis)

8727: 19” ‘rounded’ CRT (A49-191X) in light cabinet (3000 chassis)

8728: 25” ‘rounded’ CRT ((A63-200X) in teak full-length cabinet on castors and sliding doors (3000 chassis)

8729: 22” ‘rounded’ CRT (A55-14X) in teak consolette cabinet with one long horizontal sliding tambour door and 4X push-button mechanical tuner.

8732: 17” CRT (A44-271X?) housed in a horrible black & silver plastic cabinet (8000/8000A chassis?)

8733: Possibly a group view e.g. schools model with 3500 chassis

8734: 22” FST CRT (A56-120X) in similar cabinet to 8729 but with 6-button electronic tuning (3500 chassis)

8735: 22" FST CRT Electronic tuner 6 button. wooden stand. (3500 chassis)

8736: 26 inch direct vision CRT (A67-120X) in rosewood cabinet to 8728 (3500 chassis with 4-button UHF tuner)

8737: 26” direct vision FST CRT (A67-120X) in full-length regency cabinet with folding doors  & 4-push button UHF tuner(3500 chassis)

8739: 22" ‘rounded’  CRT (A55-14X) Consolette. Wooden stand. Single Tambour Door and 4-button electronic tuning (were these converted to varicap tuning from redundant 8729s returned to Pendleton works for re-hire?)

8740: 19" ‘rounded’ CRT (A49-191X) Teak Cabinet mechanical 4 button tuner.  Metal Stand (3000 chassis)

8741: 22" ‘rounded’ CRT (A49-191X) Teak Cabinet mechanical 4 button tuner.  Metal Stand (3000 chassis)

8742: 19” ‘rounded’ CRT (A49-191X) in a light cabinet with a brown, very tough, hard plastic back with sharp edges that  took a large chunk out of any surface you caught it on! (8500 chassis)

8744: 22" FST CRT with 6-button electronic tuning. Basic teak cabinet on wooden stand. (3500 chassis)

8748: 26" FST CRT with 6-button electronic tuning. Full length cabinet with twin tambour doors (3500 chassis: basically a 8736 with electronic tuning)

8749: 26" FST CRT with 6-button electronic tuning. Full length regency console with folding doors (3500 chassis with electronic tuning.)

8750: 22” FST CRT (A56-120X) manufactured by Körting and originally fitted with a Sylvania CRT. (possibly the Transmare 54660 hybrid chassis?)

8752: 26” FST CRT (110 degree) manufactured by Körting (solid state chassis with thyristor Line Output stage)

8757:  20” PIL CRT with 6-button varicap tuner, Nixie tube channel display & no remote control (9000 chassis)

8763: 20” PIL CRT table model with 6-button varicap tuner & Nixie tube channel number display. (9000 chassis)?

8764: 22” version of 8763 with A56-120X CRT (8800 chassis) and no remote control facility?

8766: As 8764 with additional simple two-tone ultrasonic remote control (sound mute & channel increment) fitted with a Ducati varicap tuner which had very weak AFC pull-in range (8800 chassis)?

8767: As 8766 but with an improved varicap tuner which had stronger AFC (8800 chassis). This tuner could be retro-fitted to the 8766.

8769: 26” FST CRT with ‘black matrix’ internal coating surrounding the phosphor dots to improve picture contrast.  Full IR remote control handset with Teletext decoder(?) in a light full-length cabinet (8800 chassis)

8770: 20” FST PIL CRT in dark cabinet with simple ultrasonic remote control (9000 chassis)

8773: Same as 8763 but with lighter cabinet and simple remote control (9000 chassis)? (same as DER 5773)

8774: Same as 8767 but in a different cabinet (8800 chassis)?

8776: 22” FST PIL CRT  with simple remote control) (9600 chassis)

8778: As 8773 but with touch channel selector unit (that kept getting stuck on one channel!) (9000 chassis)?

8779: 22” table version of 8778 (8800 chassis)?

8780: 22” - as 8779 but in consolette cabinet with sliding tambour door.

8785: 26“ table/consolette with full IR remote. (9600 chassis?)

8787: 14” ‘portable’ colour set in a white plastic cabinet with a solid-state Nordmende chassis.

I seem to remember that sometime around the introduction of the TX9 chassis, the Baird model numbering system changed to a 81xx number e.g. 8102 for the 20-inch full IR control TX9 chassis that was housed in the bottom of the TV front. I don’t remember any models after that as I left in October 1980 so I never encountered the TX10 chassis or (thankfully) the swansong of the 8000 chassis derivatives – the 9800 which was a bag of nails apparently.

Most if not all of the 81xx models had what Thorn described as ‘Ramp Tuning’ which comprised a 'standard' varicap tuner with a square red button at the rear of the set that could be pressed to auto-change the channel allocated to a particular channel number on the remote handset. The tuning process would stop automatically when a new channel of sufficient strength had been received and tuned in correctly. A small (ni-cad?) backup battery stored the channel data in memory when the set was powered down.

There was also a full-height console 26-inch Prestel TV which I think used either a 8800 or 9600 chassis fitted with a Viewdata/Prestel (and Teletext?) decoder. I only ever saw one of these.

8101: 20” PIL tube with simple ultrasonic remote control (sound mute & channel increment (TX9 chassis)

8102: 20” PIL tube plain cabinet with full IR remote (TX9 chassis)

8132: 22” PIL tube in full length cabinet with single sliding door & full IR remote (9650 chassis)

8133: 22” PIL CRT in full length cabinet with single sliding door & Teletext facility (9653 chassis)

8142: 26” PIL CRT in full length cabinet with sliding door & full IR remote (9650 chassis)

8143: 26” PIL CRT in full length cabinet with single sliding door & Teletext facility (9653 chassis)

8170: 14” ‘Portable’ (TX9 chassis?)

8180: Unknown screen size, cabinet or RCU functions but apparently was fitted with a Normende chassis & latching channel buttons.

 

 

 

 
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