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CTV Thorn 4000;Ultrasonic Remote

 
crustytv
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As you are all likely aware, the Thorn 4000 is the holy grail for my collection, so when this remote popped up, I couldn't let this pass so bagged it. Hopefully the set will follow at some point in the future, but I'm not holding my breath and if not, well it's still a bit of Thorn history and a discussion point for the Thorn side of the collection.

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It's a "Chunky Monkey" remote as it goes, the buttons are huge as well, power button size on some TV's. I like the leatherette on the sides. I can just imagine Mr Jones sitting back in his "Lazy-Boy" when the TV was delivered, acting as lord of the manor, commencing on his channel hopping (all three of them) fun, bet Mrs Jones was sick of it by the end of the day.

In case you're wondering, this was Thorns first ultrasonic remote and would have controlled the HMV 2726, the huge 26" 4000 series from the Thorn stable.

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Topic starter Posted : 23/06/2021 1:35 pm
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Till Eulenspiegel
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Fifteen years earlier HMV offered another high specification TV set. The model 1920 was announced to the trade in 1960. The remote control was a simple one button device which changed the channels and on a selected position on the 13 channel tuner switched the set off.  Very expensive model priced at £150, or was it guineas?   FM radio was another feature of this set.  CRT is the type 23SP4, imported from the USA.

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Posted : 23/06/2021 7:45 pm
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Nice to see one 'fully clothed'! I've still got the internals of one here, as far as I know it works too, it certainly makes a noise when buttons are pressed, and also strangely gives a little nip if your fingers are in the wrong place too. Same as you though, no telly to go with it! Not that I've got room for another big telly..

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Posted : 23/06/2021 8:19 pm
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Would it be worthwhile introducing a topic about early TV remote control systems?

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Posted : 24/06/2021 10:50 am
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I remember them, we saw them in Oz with the 4KA.

It might pay you to post on the Oz site Vintage Radio and Television. Someone might just still have a 4KA tucked away somewhere. Or maybe some bits for it.....

You'd only want one because they are rare, even though AWA made probably about 90,000 or 100,000 of them here. Would all be in landfill now.

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Posted : 24/06/2021 11:17 am
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Posted by: @irob2345

I remember them, we saw them in Oz with the 4KA.

It might pay you to post on the Oz site Vintage Radio and Television. Someone might just still have a 4KA tucked away somewhere. Or maybe some bits for it.....

You'd only want one because they are rare, even though AWA made probably about 90,000 or 100,000 of them here. Would all be in landfill now.

I doubt 90,00 4000 series sets were realised in the UK. The HMV 2726 console was the most common example and a Ferguson 3C05 to system I specification turned up in the early eighties. The PCBs to replace the thick film assemblies must have been an AWA initiative. Never saw the like over here.

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Posted : 24/06/2021 11:32 am
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In addition to the 4K remote, I've managed to find one for my Multibroadcast 9000. It's in the same case as the 4000 remote but with only two buttons, and a bronze fascia.

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Topic starter Posted : 01/07/2021 1:45 pm