TV Collection & Repair Blogs
Welcome to Crustys TV & VCR Collection.
Keep any eye on status: Paused
After having shifted half the TV collection, I’m now suspending the sale of anymore whilst I evaluate what to do next. The sale thus far has given me significant room to pause and consider what happens next. Should I decide to continue I will update this notice.
Legend – For sale, Sold, Reserved, FOC, ?=undecided
|1967 – 1969|
|1967||Baird||M702W||700 series||Read Blog||?|
|1967||Decca||CTV 25||Battersea||Read Blog||Sold to|
|1967||Ferguson (ser No. 1814)||3700||Thorn 2000||Read Blog||Sold to|
|1967||Ferguson (ser No. 1816)||3700||Thorn 2000||Read Blog||Keeping|
|1968||Decca||CTV 22C||Battersea||Read Blog||Keeping|
|1968||HMV||2700||Thorn 2000||Read Blog||Sold to|
|1968||HMV||2701||Thorn 2000||Read Blog||Keeping|
|1969||Baird||8724||Thorn 3000||Read Blog||Keeping|
|1970 – 1972|
|1970||Ferguson||3703||Thorn 3000||Read Blog||Keeping|
|1970||HMV||2703||Thorn 3000||Read Blog||For Sale|
|1971||Ferguson||3710||Thorn 3500||Read Blog||For Sale|
|1971||Ferguson||3712||Thorn 8000||Read Blog||Keeping|
|1971||Ferguson||3713||Thorn 8500||Read Blog||Keeping|
|1971||Hitachi||CSP 680||Read Blog||FOC|
|1972||Baird||8749||Thorn 3500||Read Blog||For Sale|
|1972||GEC||2112||2110||Read Blog||Sold to|
|1973 – 1975|
|1974||Ultra||6714||Thorn 3500||Read Blog||scrapped|
|1975||HMV||2725||Thorn 8800||Read Blog||Sold to|
|1975||Multibroadcast||773||Thorn 9000||Read Blog||?|
|1976 – 1978|
|1977||Ferguson||3734||Thorn 9600||Read Blog||FOC|
|1977||Aphelion||Aphelion||Telefunken 712||Read Blog||Keeping|
|1978||Ferguson||3749||Thorn 9800||Read Blog||FOC|
|1978||Grundig||4415||GSC 100||Read Blog||?|
|1978||Teleton||CPL 142||Read Blog||?|
|1979 – 1982|
|1979||D|E|R||551||Thorn 9905||Read Blog||FOC|
|1980||Ferguson||3852 (B&W)||Thorn 1600||Read Blog||FOC Mikey66|
|1982||Rediffusion||564075||MK.4||Read Blog||FOC Members only|
|Year||Manufacturer||Model||Old Black & Whites|
|1973||GEC||2114 Junior Fine Line||FOC|
VCR Collection & Repair Blogs
Back in the 70’s there was a revolution going on in the living room not only with the advances in Colour television technology but also with the introduction of Ceefax ( Teletext) and the video recorder.
VCR repair is not something I’ve dabbled with before but having recently found myself acquiring a number of recorders, Its an area I’m venturing into as they will be a great compliment to my early colour TV’s above. I’ve managed to acquire a couple of N1500’s N1700’s, some early VHS and a nice example of a Betamax.
Below you can see what’s in the collection and follow the repair blogs as I attempt to bring them all back to health. I’ve also documented some of the repairs on our YouTube channel.
|1972 – 1982|
|1972||Philips||N1500 (player No.1)||n/a||Read Blog||VCR|
|1974||Philips||N1500 (player No.2)||n/a||Read Blog||VCR|
|1974||Philips||N1500 (player No.3)||n/a||Read Blog||VCR|
|1979||Ferguson Deluxe||3V16||n/a||Read Blog||VHS|
Video Disc Players
|1980 – 1983|
|1982||Hitachi||VIP201P||n/a||Read Blog||CED (PAL)|
|1982||Hitachi||VIP201P (2nd)||n/a||not yet||CED (PAL)|
|1982||Hitachi||VIP202P||n/a||Read Blog||CED (PAL)|
|1982||Philips||VLP600||n/a||Read Blog||LaserVision (PAL)|
|1982||Philips||VLP700||n/a||Read Blog||LaserVision (PAL)|
|1982||Pioneer||LD1100||n/a||Read Blog||LaserDisc (PAL)|
My other related repairs
|1970 – 1980|
|1970||Goodmans||Stereo Max||n/a||Read Blog||Tuner & Amp|
Vintage PCB Repairs
Back in the hey day of TV repair, while most folk were looking for their new TV, in the back room busy engineers were fixing yesterdays failed boards returned by the field engineers. This is another area I enjoy PCB board refurbishment, especially important now as you can no longer ring up a supplier or scan through ‘Television’s ‘ classifieds and order up a replacement. Nowadays its very important to find, fix and reuse anything you can find as spare parts are starting to become in short supply. Most boards even broken ones can be repaired, I recently had a very badly damaged Ferguson 3712 on the bench. Its CRT PCB would by most folk be considered beyond repair, with no replacement it was necessary to effect a repair otherwise the set would be a non starter.
Vintage Ceefax (Teletext Decoder) Repairs
As mentioned above in the 70’s there was a revolution going on in the living room the introduction of Ceefax ( Teletext) being a very significant one. Announced in October 1972 and following test transmissions in 1972–74, the Ceefax system went live on 23 September 1974 with thirty pages of information.
Developed by BBC engineers who were working on ways of providing televisual subtitles for the deaf, it was the first teletext system in the world.These set top decoders are very thin on the ground but I have a couple of example one is working the other requiring repair.
- Radofin decoder information to be added
- Labgear decoder information to be added
- Tifax data in site library
More info on Teletext and Decoders see link below
Black & White TV’s
Before I moved over the colour TV repair I used collect and repair black and white televisions. I amassed quite a collection varying from 1948 up to around 1968. From 9″ screens to 23″ covering 405 single standard all the way to dual standard and 625 single standard. I have disposed of most, just three now remain in the collection, A TV22, TV125U and a Murphy V230.