View Full Version : Hi from VA

Chris P.
03-04-2012, 05:36 PM
Hi everyone. I've been playing with tube radios and related junk for about 15 years now(since I was 9), and have recently had a growing interest in TVs. So far I have a Predicta Barberpole, a '52 CBS-Columbia 21 inch plain box console:boring:, and a Pilot TV-37. I've really enjoyed reading the restoration threads on this site. The color roundies really catch my eye. I definitely don't have room for one of them, but that seems like a common problem.:D

Tony V
03-04-2012, 07:41 PM
Welcome to VK! Your just down the road from me :)

03-05-2012, 08:11 AM
Wow, it sounds like youve a couple of nice toys.

Welcome to the forum.

Chris P.
03-05-2012, 09:57 AM
Thanks for the welcome guys. Tony, its good to know there is another TV guy in the area!

03-05-2012, 11:59 AM
. . . . . its good to know there is another TV guy in the area!

Well, Chris, you have a neighbor a little farther over in Culpeper, VA, who also has a TV-37. I bought it used and working poorly in December of 1966 for $15 at one of the shops on NYC's "Radio Row". Those were the wonderful old used electronics shops that were demolished to make room for the World Trade Center.

I made some minor repairs shortly thereafter, and nothing has needed to be done to it since. It was still working the last time I turned it on. With that said, the past August it was caught in a flash flood in my basement. I immediately washed the red Virginia mud off the case and put it in my garage to dry. By some miracle the muddy water did not hurt the fiberboard cabinet. It presently is in line for its first ever restoration.


Chris P.
03-05-2012, 01:25 PM
James, I'm mostly done with the electronics in mine. Some new capacitors brought it back to life. While I was in there I checked the resistors and ended up replacing most of them too! They had drifted quite a bit.

Sandy G
03-05-2012, 02:15 PM
Welcome ! I graduated from U of Richmond many, many moons ago...1979 to be exact.