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Some hours ago I would never have dreamed this up. I am now proud to have in my workshop a probably quite rare colour set.

Mike (Cathovisor) kindly messaged me to say that just down the road from me was an auction about to commence. In this auction, which was online too, there was the above titled set. I quickly set up an account and placed a bid. The set was towards the end of the auction and I placed a bid of £50. I won the set for £22. Yes, £22. I am still gobsmacked. I went and collected the set and here she is......

IMG 3506 50
IMG 3508 50
IMG 3507 50
IMG 3509 50
IMG 3510 50
IMG 3511 50
IMG 3513 50
IMG 3516 50
IMG 3514 50
IMG 3515 50
IMG 3512 50

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Posted : 09/12/2017 5:12 pm
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You lucky so and so!! It looks absolutely immaculate from the photo's! I wonder where it's been hiding all these years?

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Posted : 09/12/2017 5:23 pm
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As we near 2018, I hope that 1968 will be re-kindled as I embark upon the set's restoration. I have until the 11th October to mark the 50th year of this set.

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Posted : 09/12/2017 5:24 pm
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Posted by: Lloyd

You lucky so and so!! It looks absolutely immaculate from the photo's! I wonder where it's been hiding all these years?

regards,

Lloyd

It looks better in the photo's, the cabinet is quite scratched in places, but hey...that's nothing really after all these years, is it. What relieved me the most was to get it home and find the set was complete, as you never quite know what to expect.

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Posted : 09/12/2017 5:28 pm
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You should have asked for a BOGOF on the Murphy V430D, Andrew 😉

 
Posted : 09/12/2017 5:31 pm
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You should have asked for a BOGOF on the Murphy V430D, Andrew 😉

They offered me that set for £20, but I really cannot accommodate any more. It is unfortunate that it will probably be dumped, but the same fate won't now happen to the Baird. If it wasn't for the fact that these Baird set's are fairly few and far between, I wouldn't have contemplated it either. Another boon is that it is at least the 19 inch screen version and not the whopping 25 !!

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Posted : 09/12/2017 5:35 pm
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Sad to think the Murphy could be dumped, but that's the way of things 🙁 I can't really give it a home either, especially as I might soon be taking ownership of not one, but two pre-war radiograms.

 
Posted : 09/12/2017 6:12 pm
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Sad to think the Murphy could be dumped, but that's the way of things 🙁 I can't really give it a home either, especially as I might soon be taking ownership of not one, but two pre-war radiograms.

I looked over the Murphy and it was in a large cabinet, bigger than the Baird. The condition was not great with large bit's missing from the back cover too. I had to say no sadly.

In the hope that someone does want it, then Hyperion Auctions may be contacted on 01480 464140 to enquire, lot no. 389. Here is the actual set...

original 1 50

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Posted : 09/12/2017 6:16 pm
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That chassis is capable of excellent pictures, the 25 inch version was the first colour TV I saw, it was at Wigan Tech. BBC2 were only transmitting still photos, didn’t see a test card on it. Late in 1966 or early 67.

The chassis has a lot of RCA influences if I remember correctly.

 

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Posted : 09/12/2017 6:16 pm
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Sad to think the Murphy could be dumped, but that's the way of things 🙁 I can't really give it a home either, especially as I might soon be taking ownership of not one, but two pre-war radiograms.

I looked over the Murphy and it was in a large cabinet, bigger than the Baird. The condition was not great with large bit's missing from the back cover too. I had to say no sadly.

Out of curiosity, was it the 17" or 21" version?

 
Posted : 09/12/2017 6:24 pm
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I would say it was the 17 inch.

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Posted : 09/12/2017 6:31 pm
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That chassis is capable of excellent pictures, the 25 inch version was the first colour TV I saw, it was at Wigan Tech. BBC2 were only transmitting still photos, didn’t see a test card on it. Late in 1966 or early 67.

The chassis has a lot of RCA influences if I remember correctly.

 

From what I can tell, this set is the same as Chris's M718.....

https://www.radios-tv.co.uk/1968-baird-m718/

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Posted : 09/12/2017 6:36 pm
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Very well done Andrew, that's got to be bargain of the year !!! 😀

Can't beat a good tip off can you....pat on the back for Catho 😉

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Posted : 09/12/2017 6:44 pm
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I keep a watch on the-saleroom.com for such things as TVs and radiograms - one day, my HMV Model 10 will turn up 🙂 It's what turned up my HMV 524 which you may well recall the trip to collect, Marc. 

 
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 It's what turned up my HMV 524 which you may well recall the trip to collect, Marc. 

I most certainly do, that was a lovely jolly trip out. 🙂 

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Posted : 09/12/2017 8:21 pm
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Pity about that "Murph" - I'd have given it a home! It would have made a good counterpoint to my recently acquired V216C, and a good counterpart to my V310.

The French say "C'est la vie" others might say "Sod's law" but I know of a few who'd simply say "Oh bollocks!"... Why do these things always have to be a million miles away?

Well done on the Baird, that has to be the buy of decade, if not the century, neigh, even millennium!

 
Posted : 09/12/2017 9:00 pm
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Marion, if you're interested give them  a call - if it's still available I can collect it in a choice of trailers now!!

 
Posted : 09/12/2017 9:22 pm
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Posted by: Cathovisor

Marion, if you're interested give them  a call - if it's still available I can collect it in a choice of trailers now!!

Hi Mike,

Perhaps I'll do just that on Monday morning, Thanks!

Hmm, choice of trailers? Well I'm with up to Clarabelle, and my 'covered wagon' but just how many trailers have you got grazing on your lawn?

 
Posted : 09/12/2017 10:00 pm
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The Baird will be a lovely Christmas holiday project, or at least a start will be made. At this moment, I have no idea whatsoever if it will be viable until I can give it some bench space. It is apparent that the power and aerial input panel has been "modified" and the correct mains socket is long gone. Further, the VHF input cable has been cut at the socket. There is also evidence of several previous repairs having been carried out on the timebase and decoder pcb's. I think N600, a disc component on the degaussing circuit is missing.

The state of the tube? Who knows....Oh it's times like these that I wish I had a B&K. Anyway, that is just a luxury.

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Posted : 10/12/2017 9:32 am
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The state of the tube? Who knows....Oh it's times like these that I wish I had a B&K. Anyway, that is just a luxury.

I could do it the hard way with a multimeter to check emission and use say the CRT in the Decca Bradford as a figure of reference, but it's all a bit fiddly and I don't fancy it to be honest. No, I'm just going to have to get the chassis operational and find out the hard way...now won't that be fun 🙂

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Posted : 10/12/2017 11:04 am
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