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CTV Where did all the old TV stands go?

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Michael Dranfield
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Well I can tell you where all mine went, they weren't thrown away, I use to turn mine into other things with my new found welding skills, back in the Earley 90s I was converting old TV stands into platforms on wheels so I could display brand new TV s and wheel them around the shop, take a look at these photos. 

 
Posted : 20/10/2023 11:46 am
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Posted : 20/10/2023 11:49 am
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I used to get a lot from work when new TV sets arrived for the offices. Sadly I think most may have got binned when I had a grovel around in the loft but somewhere I have a silver one attached to a bit of blockboard that I used to use to put tellies on whilst I was working on them. It had a circular cross-member, that much I do recall.

 
Posted : 20/10/2023 1:11 pm
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I had one for years as a bedside table! It came with a 1988 Osaki from Rumbelows that my parents bought. I ended up using the lower tier to store an ex-rental Baird 8930. 

If there's any particularly desirable TV stands it would be great to make replicas as I'm a welder fabricater by trade. 

 
Posted : 20/10/2023 8:13 pm
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I've been looking for years to find a bow-tie stand for my 20" Bush CTV1120. Sadly none have ever surfaced, nor likely to.  I don't think its something even a welder can easily produce either. I've been toying with the idea of seeing if a motorbike exhaust fabricatror might be able to bend one for me.

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Posted : 20/10/2023 8:34 pm
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@crustytv it's doable, you just need a pipe bender for the correct radius so the tube doesn't flatten when bent. I'm certainly up for giving it a go!

It may even be possible to buy pre-formed angles as used in exhausts etc.

 
Posted : 20/10/2023 8:52 pm
RichardFromMarple
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Philips had a weird cantilevered stand for one of the G8s:

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Posted : 20/10/2023 9:33 pm
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I remember that stand in the bottom picture....made the TV a bit bouncy!

 
Posted : 21/10/2023 9:59 am
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WayneD
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You know, I think we might be onto something here: 

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Exhaust bends seem to be available in any diameter and bend angle you can think of.

Also, there was a very specific period in the 70s when stuff like this was all the rage! My Mother had a table and chairs with legs like this. 

 
Posted : 21/10/2023 12:30 pm
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Jump in the Tardis and pick up one of these....

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 Ah, I see the flaw in my plan... or go back !

 
Posted : 21/10/2023 2:06 pm
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Posted by: @sideband

I remember that stand in the bottom picture....made the TV a bit bouncy!

It looks like a necked tube in waiting!!

 

 
Posted : 21/10/2023 2:55 pm
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These were the same dining chairs my Mother had:

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 You can totally see the era of style here.

 
Posted : 21/10/2023 3:18 pm
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@wayned 

I remember a few people had chairs like that well into the 1980s, including the family of a friend who had a G8 as their main TV until late in the 1980s.

 
Posted : 22/10/2023 3:16 pm
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@richardfrommarple heh, this is for sale locally near me!

 

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Posted : 23/10/2023 1:29 pm
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I've seen plenty of coffee tables made with TV stands! Often being sold for under £20. I'd have snapped them up and taken the stands if they were closer. Alas, they never were.. I'm always on the lookout for stands too, as TVs just look their best perched on top of them. Much better than sitting on a table or other platform in my opinion

 
Posted : 24/10/2023 10:31 pm
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Stands are fine, I liked the one on the Ferguson 705, very sixties.

But these days most people have other TV stuff to accommodate. I've a Virgin Tivo box, two Humax tuner/recorders and a CD/DVD player

I like my table as the room it's in is small. But it too was too small  for my TV,  the legs are too wide to fit on the table, so I had to buy a stand.

I wanted a sound bar, but that would have  looked naff sitting on the table as the ends would hang over the table each side. I bought a Sony like my TV, the "deal breaker" was it was exactly the same width as the TV. I had to buy a bracket for it but then had to adapt that as the supports for the bar were too short.

Where it is, it's not too noticeable.

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Stuff goes in and out of fashion. Sixteen years ago I was looking on eBay, for a second-hand wire record rack for the spare records for my two vinyl jukeboxes.  Would you believe there were none? But I managed to find a new "retro" one on a specialist site, for £10.

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Since the "vinyl revival," there's been dozens, many at silly prices.

 

 
Posted : 28/10/2023 3:14 pm
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My Dad had one of those record racks for years, which was passed on to me for a time. 

 
Posted : 28/10/2023 9:00 pm
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Posted by: @cathovisor

I used to get a lot from work when new TV sets arrived for the offices. Sadly I think most may have got binned when I had a grovel around in the loft but somewhere I have a silver one attached to a bit of blockboard that I used to use to put tellies on whilst I was working on them. It had a circular cross-member, that much I do recall.

I remember when I was at Radio Rentals during the colour boom years, TV stands were like coathangers in a wardrobe - i.e. they multiplied in the dark when you weren't looking!

We had a great stack of spare 19 inch and 22 inch stands in the corner of our service unit ready for when a (usually wooden) stand broke and we needed a replacement.

The model 8729/8734 stand was particularly prone to breaking at the corners.

CP

 

 
Posted : 12/01/2024 1:07 pm
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In many instants the TV stand wooden cross bar would splinter and need replacement. At the time I had loads of metal cross bars and these were used being much stronger than the wood bars.   Also, in the 1980s the video recorder boom had started and many stands were modified to have a VCR shelf fitted between the T sections. The cross bar was retained and moved up closer to the base of the TV cabinet.  I wonder if anyone nowadays would go to the trouble of modifying stands for customers whether they be rental of retail? I doubt it. So what happened to all those metal stands?  Used to throw the stands out the back door and the scrap men would come and collect them.  

Till Eulenspiegel.

 
Posted : 13/01/2024 10:06 pm
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I remember my family got a Panasonic set in 1994 with a substantial metal stand, which was used for a few years before my parents bought a TV unit for the set to go on. The stand was consigned to the garage for a few more years before being taken to the tip.

 
Posted : 13/01/2024 10:14 pm
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