Guest Book


I hope this site has stirred memories about the early days of UK colour television. Childhood memories, your parents getting their first colour TV, perhaps memories of renting or buying your first set, perhaps your days working in the trade.

Maybe you found one of the technical articles or stock faults of use in one of your own repairs. Perhaps there is something missing you would like to see. Whatever stimulated your grey cells, If you enjoyed this site found its content left you all misty eyed, then please leave a comment as it would be very welcome.

Finally thank you for taking time to visit us and happy reminiscing.


34 thoughts on “Guest Book

  1. Hi

    had to say thanks for a great website it brought back so many memories. I had no idea these old TV’s were still out there or people such as yourself were still maintaining them. Reading through the stock faults had me remembering many of them that I thought I had forgot.

    It was also good to browse through the brochures and your collection many of which I used to work on, looking at the insides brings it all back as if it were yesterday. I was in the trade when colour launched, it was an exciting time and days were never boring. A few of the older hands not many, hated colour but this was in part due to the transition. I left the trade around 77 you could see the way the job was heading.

    Happy days

  2. I worked for an independent rental company in the mid 70’s, reading the trade tales was a good reminder of those days. I loved it out on the van,15-20 calls a day most if not all fixed in the customers home. Copious amounts of tea and biscuits and they were always pleased to see you because you were going to fix their telly.


  3. I used to work for the 70s colour vision it changed it name to the colour centre that is where all those oval sets came from
    G11 Grundig CUC TFK Nordmende Barco
    some used to come every two week to collect sets for transformation used to take about 3 weeks they were expensive at the time

  4. Great site, brings back memories. Good to see the Radio Rentals brochure, as our first colour set was the Baird 8742, delivered during ‘Scooby Doo’, up and running before the program’s end. You could use a small screwdriver to fine-tune the presets through a small hole in the front of each button. It was very reliable, needing few engineer visits, unlike our previous 405/625 black and white sets, and lasted 10 years.

    • Hi Paul

      Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment its nice to receive them and to know others find the content interesting.

      I wish I could find one of the smaller colour sets like the 8472 your family had. Sadly Radio Rentals has a policy of destroying older sets after a certain time. This fact has been confirmed to me by a couple of RR dealers/employees. Therefore very little survives to this day.

      Thankfully a few escaped but they are very rare now. I have three in the collection but are the much larger consoles, including one of the very first offered for sale/rent a the launch of colour in 1967.

  5. Well Well Well…who would have thought it, finding this site by accident. I was a TV engineer in the 60s 70s and early 80s…Its good to know there is a site where we can exchange our stories. I never thought that my extensive knowledge on repairing Mono and CTVs would ever be of use again. I worked for Rediffusion, Granada, and several other large retailers. I also
    had a secondhand TV business and lots of Meter sets out…..So I have worked on most of the TVs mentioned in these articles… i will keep an eye on the site Thanks

    • Hi John,

      Very pleased you have found your way to the home of vintage television. Slowly but surely the ex TV trade engineers are finding their way here. You will find many kindred spirits from all sections of the trade, sharing all sorts of stories and offering hints and tips to those who collect and maintain these great old TV’s. Folk like yourself who worked for Rediffusion, Radio Rentals, D|E|R, Visionhire, Thorn, Philips to name but a few.

      Many of us collect and repair these old sets back to working order. You will find many of the TV’s you probably had out on rental in my collection pages, in various states of repair.

      Look forward to you sharing your experiences.

  6. Hello,

    First of all, many congratulations on your fantastic site which – like a previous poster – I also stumbled upon by accident. As someone who was heavilly involved with Rediffusion during the 1970’s & 80’s, it certainly revived a lot of memories for me.

    I read with great interest your article on the Rediffusion Mk.1 CH2213. Clearly, we share a determination to keep alive the Rediffusion name and the great TV’s that were maufactured by them.

    You may be interested to know that I purchsed a quantity of Frequency Translators and MK.3 Conversion kits from Rediffusion Service Spares in Rochdale, prior to it’s closure in 1987. At that time my family owned a leasing company that supplied HF Cable versions of RCE sets to hotels & the TV industry. These included the MK.1, MK.3, Mk.3A and the MK4 Cable-only & MK.4 Hybrid.

    Like you, I still own a few Rediffusion (& Doric) HF TV’s, and I retained a number of these boxes to service those sets that were not, or could not, be converted to UHF working.

    Generally, I do NOT sell my equipment. However, as you are clearly a dedicated fan of these sets, if you still require a Frequency Translator or any documentation pertaining to it, please contact me.

    Kind Regards

  7. Trolling through the Internet and came across your site, like many, it brought back many memories.
    Had an apprentice with CES and serviced/repaired all products from Cassette Players, Radios to CTV. Fantastic place to work and very professional.
    Went on to Philips Business Systems (first Word Processors), Motorola 8080 Processors and Qume Printers!
    Great and interesting site. Big smile.

  8. Like others, I found the site by accident. I started my career in 1969 as a Rumbelows trainee engineer shortly before colour on BBC and ITV started. They were exciting times, but as a trainee I was mainly mending steam irons and toasters. Progressed onto radios, tape recorders, B/W TV’s and finally Colour TV. Went in to management of workshops and finally left that side of the trade in 1991 when I went to work for an insurance company that covered domestic appliances. I retired at the end of July this year. 48 years in the trade and enjoyed every minute (and got paid too!)

    • Thanks for dropping by Mike and leaving your comment. Rumbelows, now there’s a name from the past, once bigger than Dixons, Currys and Comet.

      I was surprised to find that Radio Rentals bought a chain called “Fred Dawes” it was an established chain of television and radio rental shops in the 1950s. In 1969, the business was bought by Radio Rentals. All 90 of the Fred Dawes high street stores became electrical retailers instead, and were renamed Rumbelows.

      You had some of the best years in the trade with many exciting advances in TV/video technology, hope you have a great retirement Mike.


    I find it incredulous that both you and Marion have suggested the connection of normally earthed scopes and frequency counters to a TV chassis without first ensuring that it is fully mains isolated. Even if the set in question does have isolation the vast majority don’t and to suggest such such a practice without discussing the safety issues is potentially dangerous. Since neither of you as admins/mods noticed this I have to seriously question your competence to run this forum. Keep in mind that this thread is in a public area for all to read.

    • In reference to the above rude comment, I’ve published it in the interests of “Glasnost” (openness). I won’t just publish all the positive comments this guestbook receives, though this is the first negative one received. I’ll leave you to make your own mind up about the tone and subject matter.

      If you’re interested in mine other members responses to his point in question, then they can be read here

      The further comment below from Alistair, is in response to my first post in that forum thread response.

  10. Yes Chris my post was rude and high handed, for which I apologise, but if you had ever seen the effects of connecting an earthed scope probe to mains live you might think differently.

    Re posting a warning, it really needs to be iterated every time mention is made of connecting earthed instruments to live chassis equipment.

    I have no wish for a feud to exist between us so am offering an olive branch.


    • Apology accepted.

      However it is a shame you chose to be so down right rude then go on to state you don’t wish a feud to exist and are offering an olive branch. That’s like walking up to me, insulting me and my colleagues, slapping me in the face with the olive branch and then proclaiming lets all be civil .

      Hardly conducive behaviour to ensure the outcome you profess to desire.

      Perhaps this guestbook can now return to its intended purpose, a place for those to share their memories and occasionally offer their appreciation of what I try to offer at Radios-TV.

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