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Here's a look at the past, in the form of a set of Granada Television Rental agreements and payment booklets. They start at 1973 and end at 1981. Interesting observations, the chap seemed to keep with Salora throughout, though a foray into GEC before maybe leaving Granada.

Starting in 1973 with a 22" 1972 Salora with remote control, Model No C22KZ3. An initial down payment of £22.80, with 12 monthly instalments for the first year of £7.60, dropping to £7.30 the year after and finally settling on an ultimate rate of £7.10.

It would seem on the 14th of April 1981 a workshop ticket issued along with a loan set, 'SL' ticked. Did the original go on the blink? The loan set was another Salora, this time a 22" 1974 basic model, Model No C22MZ1.

The following day, on the 15th April 1981, 'SCO' is now ticked on the engineer sheet. Another Salora TV supplied, this time a 22" 1976 basic model. C22PZ1 was retuned and a 20" 1974 GEC, basic model, C20MA1 was installed.

During this time the monthly rental appears to have been in 1979, £8.91 and in 1980/81, £9.76

Any ideas what SCO meant on the final ticket?

Last payment of £9.76 was made on the 8th July 1981, payment slips thereafter are not stamped. Did they get fed up and go elsewhere? We can only assume, we shall never truly know.

The agreements/booklets can now accompany my 1979/80 22" Salora 1F4. Hopefully a fascinating little insight into the past world of Television rental, thanks for reading.

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Redacted to preserve privacy even though it's 48-years old

Granada model numbers decoded using this from Granada.

Topic starter Posted : 12/10/2021 2:38 pm
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SCO used to mean "service change over" whilst I was at the COOP, basically a replacement set.

Posted : 12/10/2021 5:31 pm
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Absolutely brilliant Andrew, I've been racking my brain all afternoon, thanks for clearing that up for me. I felt sure one of you ex trade guys would know. 👍 

Topic starter Posted : 12/10/2021 5:45 pm
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Very interesting, there's not much online about Granada Rentals compared to the other companies.

My parents rented from Granada until 1984 & would have had similar paperwork.

Posted : 12/10/2021 10:45 pm
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I knew I had some old Granada payment books and when I looked I found some Rediffusion payment books, the TV rental business was taken over by Granada in the mid eighties. The book is sturdy and bright yellow, I can remember calling at the showroom with my mother to make payments when I was a child, I remember thinking it was very noisy as I could hear 15khz then. One price was for a black & white TV and the dearer one was when we had colour.

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Posted : 16/10/2021 8:47 pm
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@crustytv Hi Crusty the term SCO on Granada meant Service Change Over, if a set could not be repaired a replacement was called an SCO. Hope that helps.

Kind regards

Kevin. GTVR 1972 to 1987.

ps sorry new to this forum just seen Andrew's post and I have stated the same, I guess most companies used the same term.

Posted : 29/03/2022 4:26 pm
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Hi Kevin, welcome aboard.

Thanks for joining, and thanks for confirming the SCO. Nice to have you aboard, I think you're our first Granada tech.


You might recall seeing my latest addition, in your time at Granada. Your time at Granada 72 to 87, I would think that the best period to have worked.

Topic starter Posted : 29/03/2022 4:40 pm
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Found this in a Facebook group about vintage electrical curiosities.

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Posted : 31/03/2022 9:17 pm