It was once said, “a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”. I  took that single step 10 years ago, now after years of collecting vintage TV’s,  for me the collecting journey is over. In effect all that’s left is to take the journeys final step.
This means the bulk of my vintage colour TV collection will be sold off this year. I will be keeping a small handful of sentimental sets to keep me busy.

Sensible offers are invited…. Preference will be given to those who can collect and take away the quickest.

TV Collection & Repair Blogs

Keep any eye on status:
Legend – For sale, Sold, Reserved, FOC, ?=undecided

Year Manufacturer Model Chassis Repair Blog Status
1967 – 1969
1967 Baird M702W 700 series Read Blog ?
1967 Decca CTV 25 Battersea Read Blog ?
1967 Philips G25K502 G6 Read Blog TAKEN FOC
the-teleman
1967 Ferguson (ser No. 1814) 3700 Thorn 2000 Read Blog SOLD
the_teleman

1967 Ferguson (ser No. 1816) 3700 Thorn 2000 Read Blog
1968 Baird M718 710 Read Blog ?
1968 Decca CTV 22C Battersea Read Blog
1968 HMV 2700 Thorn 2000 Read Blog For Sale
1968 HMV 2701 Thorn 2000 Read Blog
1969 Baird 8724 Thorn 3000 Read Blog
1969 Bush CTV187CS A823 Read Blog ?
Year Manufacturer Model Chassis Repair Blog Status
1970 – 1972
1970 Ferguson 3703 Thorn 3000 Read Blog ?
1970 HMV 2703 Thorn 3000 Read Blog For Sale
1971 Beovision 3618 3200 Read Blog ?
1971 Bush CTV1120 A823A Read Blog
1971 Ferguson 3710 Thorn 3500 Read Blog For Sale
1971 Ferguson 3712 Thorn 8000 Read Blog ?
1971 Ferguson 3713 Thorn 8500 Read Blog ?
1971 Hitachi CSP 680 Read Blog FOC
1972 Baird 8749 Thorn 3500 Read Blog For Sale
1972 GEC 2112 2110 Read Blog Sold
the_teleman
Year Manufacturer Model Chassis Repair Blog Status
1973 – 1975
1973 Decca CS1830/B Bradford Read Blog
1973 Rediffusion CU2213 MK.I Read Blog Sold
KBpaul

1974 Philips G26K526/05 G8 Read Blog ?
1974 Ultra 6714 Thorn 3500 Read Blog For sale
1975 HMV 2725 Thorn 8800 Read Blog For Sale
1975 Multibroadcast 773 Thorn 9000 Read Blog For Sale
1975 SABA T4610 Z718 Read Blog ?
Year Manufacturer Model Chassis Repair Blog Status
1976 – 1978
1976 Rediffusion CH2213 MK.I Read Blog Sold
KBpaul

1977 Ferguson 3734 Thorn 9600 Read Blog Reserved FOC
jayceebee
1977 Aphelion Aphelion Telefunken 712 Read Blog
1977 Beovision 3529 3300 Read Blog FOC
1978 Beovision 3538 3300 Read Blog
1978 Ferguson 3749 Thorn 9800 Read Blog Reserved FOC
jayceebee
1978 Grundig 4415 GSC 100 Read Blog FOC
1978 Roberts 262/T G11 Read Blog For Sale
1978 Teleton CPL 142 Read Blog ?
Year Manufacturer Model Chassis Repair Blog Status
1979 – 1982
1979 D|E|R 551 Thorn 9905 Read Blog FOC
1980 Ferguson 3852 (B&W) Thorn 1600 Read Blog FOC
1980 PYE 56KS1060/05T K30 Read Blog
TAKEN FOC
the_teleman

1982 Ferguson 37100 TX9 Read Blog
1982 Ferguson 3788 TX10 Read Blog ?
1982 Rediffusion 564075 MK.4 Read Blog 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.

 

Year Manufacturer Model Chassis Repair Blog System
1972 – 1982
1972 Philips N1500 n/a Read Blog VCR
1974 Philips N1500 (player No.2) n/a Read Blog VCR
1977 Philips N1700 n/a Read Blog VCR
1978 Philips N1702 n/a blog coming VCR
1978 Ferguson 3292 n/a blog coming VHS
1979 Ferguson Deluxe 3V16 n/a Read Blog VHS
1980 Philips VR2022 n/a Read Blog V2000
1981 Ferguson 3V29 n/a Read Blog VHS
1981 Hitachi VT8500 n/a blog coming VHS
1982 Ferguson 3V44 n/a Read Blog VHS
1982 Sanyo VTC-5000 n/a Read Blog Betamax

Video Disc Players

Year Manufacturer Model Chassis Repair Blog System
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)
1981/82 Philips VP831 n/a Read Blog LaserDisc(PAL)

My other related repairs


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

Ceefax (Teletext)


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.