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This is a set I got from Chris a couple of weeks ago,

It has massively broken my 20" rule but I need to make amends for the 19" Ferguson one I skipped in the mid 80's

Once home I got a mate to help me get it out of the car & up the stairs.

This has got to be the heaviest set I've lifted, beating Mum & Dads 26" G8 console (115lb) set by  a mile.

Once upstairs I couldn't resist a peek inside. As expected it's all nice & dusty inside

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There is no way I could get the set into my workshop so it will have to be worked on in-situ.

My original idea was to cut some 24mm plywood the size of the stands footprint, fix a lip around it and screw some castors to the underside.

I decided against this because I think the constant wheeling the set around might weaken the stand. So, instead, I looked around for an old school TV cabinet/stand combo.

Today one came up locally on eBay, an old school TV stand from Ikea. It is quite sturdy and took my weight!

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So now I can move the set around with ease and set about restoration.

Topic starter Posted : 01/08/2020 5:45 pm
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I have a feeling though, that a G6 is one of the heaviest you'll ever encounter - Second only (perhaps?) to a Baird 700!

I look forward to reading the saga as it unfolds, and it's funny, I was thinking about dragging one those Philips N1702s inside, but I'm on strict instructions from the hospital to avoid all potential sources of infection (not just CoViD-19) for 10 to 14 days following my steroid injections (Steroids have the habit of disrupting/weakening the immune system) - I think I can afford to wait.

Just don't let this become a Thorn in the side!

Posted : 01/08/2020 5:59 pm
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have a feeling though, that a G6 is one of the heaviest you'll ever encounter

Nope! I can verify it certainly is not. Chris aka The_Teleman and I can testify to that.

Just before lockdown Chris bought my G6 G25K502 along with my very 1st 3700 and the Decca CTV25. I can assure you the G6 though flamin heavy was the lightest of them all, funnily enough we both commented on that fact at the time saying, "I guess that answers that age old question". The Decca is the heaviest and I admit I got into a silent panic when we paused for breath getting that one upstairs to Chris' TV room as I was at the bottom. Had it slipped I would not have survived.

The Baird 700 is nothing compared to all three and again I speak from experience.

The 2000 has a monster transformer among all the other metal-work.

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Posted : 01/08/2020 6:03 pm
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Ha ha.... Then I live and learn! ?

Maybe then, it's one of the bulkiest? ? At least, I seem to remember them being big sods on the stairs!

Posted : 01/08/2020 6:08 pm
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Oh, it's bulky. You would need arms like Inspector Gadget to pick it up solo

Topic starter Posted : 01/08/2020 6:30 pm
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If I had somewhere for it to go I'd be interested in a Thorn 2000 set (not at silly price, though), just for it being innovative. However I have big enough problems moving early 17" sets around, so a Thorn 2000 would need an assistant for sure!

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Posted : 02/08/2020 7:25 pm
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I've got what has turned out to be a long term 2K project on the go. It's only a 19" Marconiphone so no doors, legs etc, but even that is heavier than I'm prepared to lift! A friend gave me a hand to get it from the car and onto the bench and it's been there ever since. That was a couple of years ago!

I had to build a second bench just to be able to do other things while waiting for elusive bits to materialise for the 2K- I certainly wasn't going to lift it down onto the floor!

I was really lucky with this set as it came back to me after a 35 year absence- I'd last repaired it when I was 16 back in the early '80's! By pure luck it had ended up in the back of my mate's storage unit and been forgotten for all those years!



Posted : 02/08/2020 9:38 pm