Aside from insulators, I also collect cathode ray tube (CRT) television sets. I mainly collect 13.5" (34cm) colour CRT sets, vintage sets (particularly 12" B&W sets), and the occasional 19, 20 or 21" set. With the digital switchover having just passed they are in plentiful supply as people swap them for flatscreen technology.
Page last updated: 19 MAY 2014
My growing collection of televisions includes:
ASTOR DEVON D31G
I have been after one of these sets ever since I spotted an identical AWA C-3409 on Gumtree earlier in the year. When I discovered an identical AWA C-3411N for sale in Sydney, I didn't hesitate in contacting the seller. As luck would have it, she was traveling north via Port Macquarie on the 25 November 2013. The seller was asking $50, and since I had wanted one of these, I didn't hesitate on purchasing it. The seller met up with us near the highway early in the morning on the 25th.
The set was dirty, but in excellent and complete condition. The set is a re-badged Mitsubishi, and uses one of Mitsubishi's famous 370LFB22 "blue-tubes". This set uses the same design as my THORN 34T3, though with a different tuner and minus the ultra-sonic remote controller sensor and stand-by indicator.
I got this television due to my extensive advertising in the local area, searching for vintage televisions. I was contacted by a seller who was willing to sell and drop this off for $30. It was an awesome set, so I decided to go ahead and purchase it. It's a great looking set, and very nice to use.
Like my AWA C-3411N and THORN 34T3, it is a re-badged Mitsubishi set, and uses a famous 14" Mitsubishi 370LFB22 "blue tube". A friend of mine, Nathan Brown, had a silver THORN version of this set, also a Mitsubishi re-badge. Regrettably though, he no longer has it or has any photos.
I was given this set by my Grandma in , which she got from a family member who was moving into a nursing home. I walked to her house to pick it up one afternoon, not knowing much about it other then it was a B&W portable. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it, and discovered that it was a valve portable! This was my first valve portable, and my second B&W set - my first being my PYE 12G13. I tested it while I was there, and found a nice full raster. It soon decreased to a thin horizontal line across the screen, so some restoration work is required.
The set is a later model P1, I believe to be an early 1970s P1Q. It uses the 11" AK11X2 CRT, which is flatter then the 11TP4 used in the earlier 1960s models. It uses thirteen valves: 6CM5, IX2B, 12AU7A, 6EJ7, 6EH7, 6KV8, 6CB6A, 6CS8, 6EW6, 6BM8, 6HG8, 6GK5 & one unknown valve.
AWA Radiola P2
My collection of vintage televisions holds some nice and hard-to-find vintage sets, but up until now there was a gaping big hole in my collection - I had no televisions from the 1960s! Despite constant searches online, nothing had ever turned up in the local area. I was on holidays in Canberra with my father, and discovered that the Mugga Lane waste management facility had a shop, Tiny's Green Shed, where they sold goods salvaged from the dump - anything you can think of, they have.
My dad and I drove there on Thursday 2nd January, 2014, to have a look for old televisions. Almost directly inside the door, I spotted a real beauty - a dirty, smelly, mucky old AWA Radiola, model P2. I asked the manager how much it was, and he replied "didn't I give you a quote yesterday?". Hmmm - that, coupled with the fact that it was sitting on it's own near the door, suggested that someone may have sat it there, intending to come back and pick it up. Oh well, it found a new home!
Anyways, after a couple of seconds wondering "what?", I asked again. The manager had a quick look at it, and not really knowing what he was dealing with, quoted "$10" - that is a deal I can't resist! I forked over the money, and loaded it into the car. A further look around the electronics section revealed a vintage Telequipment D52 hybrid-chassis CRO. Once again, the manager had absolutely no clue what I had presented him with. After tweaking some knobs and getting an expression that gave away his thoughts (what the hell is this piece of alien technology!?), he pulled another random price out of the air - $20. Not bad, since I was expecting a price considerably higher, and yet another deal too good to refuse.
Anyways, since I'm about a ten quid taxi ride from the original topic, further investigation revealed my newly found television to be a 1966 AWA Radiola P2 - a 19" hybrid receiver with 14 tubes and 3 transistors. It uses a 13 channel mechanical VHF tuner for standard Australian channels of the time - Ch 1 - 11 + 5A. The cabinet appears to be a solid timber, as opposed to laminated chipboard, with a covering made of a hard fabric, similar to PYE Pedigree sets of the same era.
The valve lineup: 6GK5, 6HG8, 6EH7, 6EJ7, 6KV8, 6CS6, 6HG5, 6CB6, 6GV8, 12AU7A, 6CM5, 6AU4GTA & 1B3GT
The transistor lineup: 1N87A & 1N3194 (x2)
The CRT - 19FNP4 - 19" B&W, 110°?
AWA Radiola 203CW
I found this old set in a recycling centre, and the operator was happy to sell it to me for the grand sum of $10. I initially found it in a box, while I was searching through a pile of old CRT televisions, monitors and CCTV monitors. I ended up taking this for $10, a pair of antennae for free, and two 12" B&W CRTs for $2.50 each (both of which were retrieved from old KOBI CCTV monitors in the pile).
Apparently these are a cheaper-made set from the 1980s, which were sold for around $550 in the Big W stores. Despite being cheaply made sets (possibly made by Samsung), the high price was "justified" by the Commodore brand-name. Interestingly this set has two composite A/V jacks on the rear - an unusual feature on televisions of this era.
I found this set for sale in an antique shop in Canberra, whilst there visiting my father on the holidays. I phoned around to a few antique shops to see if any had vintage televisions, and found only one had one - a "red" television. This called for further investigation! We had a look in the shop, and found this set, somewhat dusty, sitting on a shelf near the back of the shop. It was in great shape, and worked too. The $175 price tag was somewhat discouraging, but my wonderful dad bought it for me as a present!
It works great, though the UHF tuner needs a clean, as do most of the image and volume potentiometers on the front of the set. It's a very well built set, and uses a 14" Toshiba black-stripe CRT.
I found this set in November, 2012, a distance from my house. It was sitting in front of a hill side house, along with a 34cm1990's DAEWOO set, a wicker basket and two VCR/DVD combo units. I was rather surprised to find such an awesome television, in such great condition, set out on the curb for garbage collection.
I only had two hessian bags with me on my bike, so I salvaged the CRT and circuit board from the DAEWOO, noted the house address, and rode home. Upon arriving home, I stowed my bike and called for a taxi cab to meet me at the house in 20 minutes.
Having organized this, I grabbed a hat and water bottle, and left. I ran half the way, walked the rest (took about 15 minutes), and only just as I entered the street, I realized that I had dropped my wallet somewhere along the way!
I'm sure some of you are familiar with that horrible sinking feeling, accompanied by a miniature heart attack! I ran back the way I came panicking, but found it halfway back.
I phoned the cab company back to let them know that I would be a few minute late, and ran back. I found the taxi waiting at the bottom of the street, and caught it up to where the television was.
I jumped out and grabbed the National, and a short while (and $15 for the cab ride) later, I was back home, in air conditioned comfort.
The digital switchover was only a week or so away, so I immediately set up the telly and watched it over a pizza and chocolate milk lunch!
It is very unique, in that it has a little panel on the front, which opens at the press of a button. This reveals a small panel with channel, volume and power controls. If you then press on a tab on it, this 'pops' out as a remote controller. If you then open the panel further, it reveals image (colour, brightness, contrast etc.), volume, channel and tuning controls.
National Deluxe TR-602A
I found this set quite by surprise, in the scrap metal pile at the local dump! On April 26th 2013, we took a load of garden waste to the dump. While having a poke around the scrap metal pile, I found this set sitting on the ground, as if it had been gently placed there in hopes someone would save it! It was covered in dust, and aside from missing tips off the antennae, was in complete condition.
I got the set home and cleaned it up instantly. I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be in mint condition, other than missing the tips of the antennae. I believe that it would've also used a removable plastic hi-contrast cover over the screen, though that's no big deal.The set's in great condition, and works nicely. It needs some recapping in the vertical circuit, but that seems to be it. It uses a VHF-only tuner, so I have no means to fully test it yet.
PHILIPS Natural-10 KA-910
This was my first "vintage" set, which I bought for $40 with a set-top box, from an "antique" shop in Camden Haven. I found it in the shop, while we were on a fishing trip in November 2013. I also found a vintage SHARP abandoned set in the laundromat of a caravan park, put regrettably didn't take it. We still had analogue television, and since the televisions in the cabin we rented were broken, I set it up to watch. It was a great little set, with a nice and sharp image. The set also gets excellent reception from it's two little "rabbit ears" antennae.
I haven't used the set much since, due to it's small screen size. If we still had analogue, I would definitely use it as a portable set when we travel. Sadly though, analogue is mostly gone...
PHILIPS Natural-14 02CP410
I bought this set in December 2012, for $20 from an antique shop in Laurieton. This set is my favourite, was my first B&W television at the time, and my second vintage set (my first being my Philips 02KA910). I had wanted one of these PYE portables since I had seen a red 12G13 on EBay Australia. When I found this with a $20 price tag, I bought it straight away!
It's an awesome set, with a very sharp and bright image. It's a great little set to use, and while I don't use it often, I do enjoy using the set for the occasional classic western or horror movie!
RANK ARENA C-2014
SAMSUNG CB 230Z
I found this set in a dumpster at TAFE, along with a bunch of older Tempest TE-12M portables. The set was initially stored in the store-man's room, until he decided to clear it out. This set and most of the Tempest sets ended up in the dumpster outside. I was walking past after my class finished at 5:30pm, and noticed them. I grabbed this, as it was the only one there, and I grabbed a Tempest.
It's a nice little set, with OSD and a remote controller, which is regrettably missing. It is an ideal little portable, using an electronic tuner and built-in antennae. The image settings and tuning can be fully adjusted via controls on both sides of the set.
I found this set in a dumpster at my local TAFE campus, alongside several other Tempest portables and a 1990s Samsung C-230Z portable.The set was initially stored in the store-man's room, until he decided to clear it out. A heap of other Tempest TE-12Ms and the Samsung ended up being placed into the dumpster, awaiting disposal. I retrieved this set and the Samsung C-230Z. I went back a day later to grab several more Tempest sets, but they were gone already.
It's an unusual set, and very cheaply made. The circuitry resembles the cheap and nasty chassis found in Chinese-made 5" portables from the 1990s. I've replaced several components, though need to replace more. These sets were well known for having a very weak tuner, so you would have to live near a transmitter or repeater tower to get any viewable picture. This set is no exception.
Despite its poor quality and weak tuner, it's an interesting addition to my collection, and I'm glad that I saved it.
THOMSON Telecontrol TS-3652
I also have some 'preservation sets', which I'm keeping for the obvious reason of preserving some CRT analogue televisions, before they become a rare breed. The sets that I'm preserving are relatively new. Anything from the black sets of the early 1990's to the silver sets of the late 2000's. My 'preservation sets' include: