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crustytv
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Three more brochures obtained that will be scanned to further extend the brochure section of Radios-TV.

All from 1983, the PYE is a bumper edition, full of sets I've never seen before, packed with TVs and VCRs. I was not aware PYE had offered their own version of a stereo TV, many of them look like clones of the Thorn TX range. Thankfully, they do include all the model numbers and chassis, which cover the CTX, K30, K35, KT4 and others. I rather like the 20" 4287 with 23VR24 underneath (not the one on the front cover), I wonder what happened to all these models, as none ever turn up.

As for Rediffusion, this will be the third brochure I've found of theirs this year, which is amazing as up until recently nothing much existed. These two new ones, have TV's and VCR model numbers but no mention of chassis, but at least we have Malc to fill in that gap.

I'll let you know when they are uploaded to the brochure section.

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Posted : 03/08/2023 3:34 pm
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RichardFromMarple
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@crustytv 

I'll look forward to seeing these!

 
Posted : 03/08/2023 9:51 pm
crustytv
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1983 PYE brochure scanned and added to the PYE brochures. Finally, I got to see the 3908, the TV with the thermal teletext printer, I'd like to find one of them to add to my growing teletext collection. By the way, what on earth was the "Beam Booster" technology to increase picture definition, snake oil?

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Posted : 04/08/2023 7:27 am
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@crustytv Remote control black and white TV, now there's something. I remember trying to get one of the Pye sets for my great-aunt but John Lewis had just made the decision to stop selling large-screen black and white sets - and by then, only Thorn were selling them so it was one of those she got. I do remember them on display though at JL.

"Beam booster": in theory, if you increase the EHT voltage your spot size gets smaller, but becomes more difficult to deflect... I'll need to revisit these interesting brochures again. I can remember getting quite a few of those stands from work back in the 80s, don't know if I have them any more. There were some in the loft.

@the_teleman was right - my set was a Pye 93, confirmed by the brochures on this very site 🙂

 
Posted : 04/08/2023 3:32 pm
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Posted by: @cathovisor

. I can remember getting quite a few of those stands from work back in the 80s, don't know if I have them any more. There were some in the loft.

I acquired one of those stands just recently, due to this brochure I now know what brand it is. Coincidently, prior to getting the brochure, I had put the PYE 205 on it, sadly the struts that hold a VCR are missing.

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Posted : 04/08/2023 3:51 pm
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There are some wonderful memories looking at those brochures Chris! I loved the K30 K35 K40 range they worked well and were very reliable. I bought a batch of the 26" K35 text printer sets. Pye had a load in stock as the K40 was due to be released. so they flogged them off cheap. A text printer 26" could be bought for the same price as a 22" Text without printer if you bought 5. I think we had about 20 in total. They sold well to Bookies and other racing enthusiasts.  I remember part exchanging one from the local bookies shop that we had sold him after about 8 or 9 years, the printer had long given up and the tube was absolutely clapped. I have never seen such a dusty set inside it was full! but it had carried on without a single service call. After a good clean and a second-hand tube it went off to a hotel in Skeggy to retire...  

 
Posted : 04/08/2023 4:17 pm
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Very nice! Next year there's a "50 years of teletext" event which I'm going to try to get to, I've been talking to one of the organisers about bringing a few colour sets and having them all display pages from Ceefax as well as new teletext art. 

One thing I've been toying with the idea of is making a replica teletext printer. I have an empty shell of a Philips CTX which has the tube and chassis of a 00s Alba TV in:

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I might make a custom speaker grill cover for this as I don't want to modify the plastic so it can be returned to it's original state if required.

 
Posted : 05/08/2023 7:48 am
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