Brian Cuff

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Retired from the Broadcast TV industry. Interested in TVs from 1936 up to 1950, especially pre-war models.I live near Reading and have been retired for 8 years after selling my company. Now I have time for what I really like doing - messing about with old TVs. I started in TV broadcast in 1959 with the BBC and after 11 years joined industry as an engineer and later as a product manager. I started my company in 1986 with an ex- colleague and worked within the company until retiring in 2007. My TV collection comprises about 20 sets, with about 4 from after 1950. My prize item is a Marconiphone 703 Mastergram which I bought at the famous Bennet-Leavey auction a few years ago. I have 7 prewar sets with one, a Marconiphone 702, undergoing restoration. My biggest project to date is the filling of an empty, prewar cabinet for a GEC BT8161 mirror lid set with electronics as similar to the originals as possible. I would say that I am about 85% through - just the hard bits to do. In fact Mike Izyki has undertaken to finish the BT8161 and has taken all the bits and bobs to work on. It is my hope that when finished, the set will end up at the museum in Dulwich.Administrators Note: Brian passed away in 2017, sadly no longer with us but always with us. Brian left a legacy of work within the pages of the forum, no better examples of this than his pre-war restorations. The link below takes you to a section dedicated to all his fine work, so you see in a way he still speaks to us, shows us how a true engineer tackles challenges. For as long as there are those wanting to read his words, they will continue to educate..
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RE: Getting Stuck Knobs Off Shafts.

Thanks for the correction, Chris. I should not have been so lazy and - just o and look at the tube!

In forum Black & White Television

3 years ago
Getting Stuck Knobs Off Shafts.

I have just laid my hands on another 707 which is in a much better condition than my other one - not half as much rust. However, every silver lining has a cloud and this one is a stuck knob - the TUNE...

In forum Black & White Television

3 years ago
RE: The restoration of a Pre-war HMV 900 Mirror Lid.

The capacitor positions are interesting, Till. In my 900, the three horizontal capacitor positions seem to be C11, C9 and C10 in descending order from top of board to bottom. The centre position was d...

In forum Brian Cuff: The "Pre-War" TV Master; Memorial Archive

3 years ago
RE: The restoration of a Pre-war HMV 900 Mirror Lid.

It is of special interest to me as about 20 years ago, my company installed a slightly more modern news studio in that very same room in BH. The frame on which the "projector" sat was still in positio...

In forum Brian Cuff: The "Pre-War" TV Master; Memorial Archive

3 years ago
RE: The restoration of a Pre-war HMV 900 Mirror Lid.

It's great that this thread has created much interest in the old Baird standard and thanks, Till, for the effort that you have put into researching the way in which the dual standard switching was imp...

In forum Brian Cuff: The "Pre-War" TV Master; Memorial Archive

3 years ago
RE: The restoration of a Pre-war HMV 900 Mirror Lid.

Thanks Till I see that the V8 blanking plate is riveted in position suggesting your theory of a factory mod/build. Was there no plate over the V8 holder? The wiring to V8 holder on my 900 has been cut...

In forum Brian Cuff: The "Pre-War" TV Master; Memorial Archive

3 years ago
RE: The restoration of a Pre-war HMV 900 Mirror Lid.

occiput said EMI are known to have issued a number of field service bulletins for the first-generation television sets in the period 1936 - 39. One of these was to remove the 240/25 timebase compon...

In forum Brian Cuff: The "Pre-War" TV Master; Memorial Archive

3 years ago
RE: The restoration of a Pre-war HMV 900 Mirror Lid.

Occiput mentioned the EMI instructions to remove the 240 line switch and components in their omnibus service data release. This has given me an idea! I would like to re-instate the 240 line circuitry...

In forum Brian Cuff: The "Pre-War" TV Master; Memorial Archive

3 years ago
RE: The restoration of a Pre-war HMV 900 Mirror Lid.

I got a surprise when I decided to remove all the components from the Sync chassis in order to get he metalwork blast cleaned and plated. I drilled out all the copper rivets holding the valve holders ...

In forum Brian Cuff: The "Pre-War" TV Master; Memorial Archive

4 years ago
RE: The restoration of a Pre-war HMV 900 Mirror Lid.

A bit more progress on the HMV 900 PSU front: The chassis has now been cleaned and primed & painted and looks half decent. I have returned the main power transformer to its rightful place together...

In forum Brian Cuff: The "Pre-War" TV Master; Memorial Archive

4 years ago
RE: Rear Panels for EMI MKI TVs

I've bought some olive green hessian-type material for the backs. I think that it will look the part when glued onto the frames. I'll use hot glue with perhaps a lath about 1.5mm thick to hold it down...

In forum Brian Cuff: The "Pre-War" TV Master; Memorial Archive

4 years ago
RE: The restoration of a Pre-war HMV 900 Mirror Lid.

I won't forget the BT9121, Till. Especially as you very kindly kept out of the ebay auction in order that Mike Izicky had a better chance of getting it for the BT8161 which he has taken over from me. ...

In forum Brian Cuff: The "Pre-War" TV Master; Memorial Archive

4 years ago
The restoration of a Pre-war HMV 900 Mirror Lid.

Well, Till. My project is not so exiting as yours and I shall be following it closely in order to glean some ideas on the art of challenging restorations. It will be, I'm sure, a very interesting thre...

In forum Brian Cuff: The "Pre-War" TV Master; Memorial Archive

4 years ago
RE: Rear Panels for EMI MKI TVs

Hi Till the Axminster supplied BT330 is table-top machine which is a relatively easy one-man lift. Maximum planing width is 12" with a thicknessing maximum of about 5". The machine itself is very tidi...

In forum Brian Cuff: The "Pre-War" TV Master; Memorial Archive

4 years ago
Rear Panels for EMI MKI TVs

Hi - I'm back again after 9 days in a Duchess of Kent hospice in Reading. They gave me superb treatment and fortunately, I recovered fairly quickly! I lost 2 and a half days though through delirium et...

In forum Brian Cuff: The "Pre-War" TV Master; Memorial Archive

4 years ago
RE: Mirror lid TV project?

Do you still want the spare 1804 main mains transformer, Till? I do have a spare and could send that to you this week if I can find a strong enough box. The 1804 chassis is in a double box in which a ...

In forum Black & White Television

4 years ago
RE: Anyone Bid on the ex-BBC Cardiff Studio Auction?

I certainly wasn't suggesting that VHS machines were used for any form of play-out except in extraordinary circumstances. I my experience, they were very much production department based equipment wit...

In forum Broadcast Equipment and Trade Talk

4 years ago
RE: Mirror lid TV project?

There's an HMV 1804 chassis on its way to you as we write so that could be the vision basis of the mirror lid! Thats AC only with two transformers: HT and EHT.

In forum Black & White Television

4 years ago
RE: Anyone Bid on the ex-BBC Cardiff Studio Auction?

FordAnglia said When I freelanced for WREX-TV the station was all analogue NTSC, and we were not allowed to play VHS or Beta to air unless it was bumped to type-C one inch VT. Thus adding another ...

In forum Broadcast Equipment and Trade Talk

4 years ago
RE: Anyone Bid on the ex-BBC Cardiff Studio Auction?

I though about bidding for something but after looking at the list I thought to myself what would I do with anything I bought? The answer was "nothing"! So I didn't bid on anything and consequently am...

In forum Broadcast Equipment and Trade Talk

4 years ago
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