View Full Version : Need help identifying this B/W GE


charokeeroad
03-16-2013, 02:06 PM
My brother just picked up this B/W GE in Western Mass. He turned it on just long enought to see if it works and it does. Won't turn it on again until its restored but at least he knows that the major components are good. The cabinet is in absolutely perfect condition. What a find!

He asked me what year it is but I'm not sure. Anyone had a set like it? He says it has three speakers. From what I can see it's a UHF VHF set. but more than that I don't know.

Thanks

Eric H
03-16-2013, 03:04 PM
Probably 1958 or 59, I think it's one of the Slimline sets and is probably very similar to Bob's GE (http://videokarma.org/showthread.php?t=257415) internally.

WISCOJIM
03-16-2013, 04:21 PM
My brother just picked up this B/W GE in Western Mass.
He asked me what year it is but I'm not sure.

Get the model number from him, and we can look it up.

charokeeroad
03-16-2013, 05:12 PM
Probably 1958 or 59, I think it's one of the Slimline sets and is probably very similar to Bob's GE (http://videokarma.org/showthread.php?t=257415) internally.

Slimline! Isn't that one of these CRTs that can be used in a Predicta?
He did tell me it was a 21". Not that he would sacrafice it for that i'm sure.

bandersen
03-16-2013, 05:58 PM
Sort of. They use 21DEP4 or 21ESP4 which have a longer neck than the Predicta CRTs.

David Roper
03-16-2013, 11:17 PM
I'm quite sure that 1958 is correct. Not the least bit surprised it still works either.

bandersen
03-17-2013, 12:17 AM
Yep, my GE was working fairly well on all original components (except for the tubes).

Reece
03-17-2013, 09:43 AM
My folks had a similar GE in a table model with the pushbutton Power Tuning bought in '58.

charokeeroad
03-17-2013, 09:31 PM
Seems like were narrowing in on it at 1958. My brother said he has the push buttons too with the hardwired remote. I'll have the model number a little later.

Is it ok to use this set as is or should it be recapped first?

charokeeroad
04-17-2013, 04:24 PM
My brother finally turned the set on. Here's a pic. He says the sound is deafining. I'm not sure if that means there's a bad cap or he just had the volume turned up to high. He's calling it a GE Ultra View 24.

David Roper
04-17-2013, 04:58 PM
Is it ok to use this set as is or should it be recapped first?

You must know the answer to that by now. It's OK to use it if you don't mind the possibility of a catastrophic failure without notice. Replace all electrolytics at minimum. If it were me I'd also replace all paper caps even if there's no obvious faults.

charokeeroad
04-18-2013, 11:59 AM
Thanks for the reminder Dave, I only asked because it is a late 50s set and I know that there were great improvements made in cap design since the 40s. I think the picture speaks for itself. But I'm with you, It should be restored before any serious use.

Celt
04-18-2013, 02:50 PM
I think that's one of the GE's that has a HUGE oval speaker on the bottom baffle board.

charokeeroad
04-18-2013, 09:00 PM
We'll be lucky to get any really detailed shots of the insides since my brother isn't really into any kind of restoration. He likes his collection to be completely as found.

To each his own.