View Full Version : Lantz TV7G Portable 60's 70's?

Eric H
05-08-2015, 04:33 PM
I found this little set at the Thrift Store today, snagged it off the cart as they were wheeling it out to stock the shelves. $15 - 50% so I got it for $7 and some change. :yes:
It's in great cosmetic shape, but it needs a little cleaning. The screen cover is removable and it has a connector for a 12V power cord that didn't come with it, it's just two pins that look very similar to a regular interlock cord, a bit smaller perhaps so you can't hook it to 110V by mistake.

I think it's a 7" model, probably what the 7 in the model number means, never heard of the brand, looks like a Sony wannabee right down to the orange tip on the antenna. Anyone know what year it was made? Probably early 70's I would guess.

It has instant on and it works great, at least at first, after a few minutes on the vertical started to shrink a bit and the horizontal only syncs at one end of the control, so it needs some new caps.

05-08-2015, 09:50 PM
How does instant on work on a solid state set?

Eric H
05-08-2015, 09:57 PM
How does instant on work on a solid state set?

The CRT heater is kept warm when the set is off so it's ready to go as soon as it's turned on.

05-09-2015, 08:53 AM
Never heard of that brand. Its Jap for sure & most
companies made that style of set with side tuners early on.
A back pix or chassis pix will tell what it is.
When these sets were even a few yrs old you had to feed
them electrolytics constantly. The OEM's were crap & it
always showed as unstable vert or hoz.

73 Zeno:smoke:

05-09-2015, 12:32 PM
From the small badge on the control panel, I'd say the set may have been made by Panasonic. I don't recall Sony ever using that type of badge on its TVs, although the control layout on your set, with the side-mounted tuners, does look like Sony; it's hard to tell.

BTW, I had no idea imported TVs like your little portable had cheap capacitors in them, or that the electrolytics in the power supply had to be replaced so frequently. I always thought that any electronic devices from the '60s-'70s, even imported ones, were much better than the cheap bottom-of-line stuff coming from China these days. However, I had two TVs in the '70s, bought new, that failed on me within three years. One was a Sharp 12" b&w portable that developed tuner problems; the other was a Kenco (house brand of the now long-defunct Kennedy and Cohen retail chain) 12" portable in which something shorted and smoked.

Needless to say, I junked both sets and replaced them with a 1968 Zenith 19" portable, followed one year later by a Zenith 12" solid-state b&w portable that lasted me 22 years and was still working, strong CRT and all, when I finally replaced it with an RCA CTC185 color set, which itself still works and will be used when my flat screen eventually quits (although that set is almost four years old, and is working every bit as well as it was the day I unpacked it).

Electronic M
05-09-2015, 01:07 PM
The side tuner knobs look similar to ones on a similar GE portable I own.

05-09-2015, 04:43 PM
That set and its control layout look much like a Toshiba. I really like the early small screen sets but some of them can be difficult to service. The very early Sonys seem to be hard to keep running.