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Steve McVoy
04-01-2016, 04:47 PM
One month to go. Please register now if you plan to attend.

04-05-2016, 11:34 AM
Its getting to be time to start listing available items, in the live auction, in the
silent auction, and even in the flea market, as they get known.

I'm definitely a buyer ... but what am I supposed to drool over until
April 30?

Wanted: more of what sold for big bucks last year. (I am happy with what I
took away, a TRK12/120, but I already owned it, so I would have had to leave
what I bought at the museum for another trip.)

Steve McVoy
04-11-2016, 07:38 AM
Preliminary list of convention auction items now online. More items added daily.

04-11-2016, 08:03 AM
Item 18 looks like a GE, not a Philco.......

04-11-2016, 10:46 AM
The Automatic TV-709 looks very much like the same schematic as a
Tele-Tone TV 149

The Sylvania color appears to be the 31T304 "The Granada". Is it too
a CTC-4 clone? IF not, what is it or a schematic?

Is the Indextron CRT good?

04-11-2016, 11:04 AM
The Sylvania roundie looks to be very similar to the 21 inch Hoffman, the 21 inch Sentinel, and a few other sets that used what Ed Reitan referred to as the 'Licensee Labs Circuit'. It's basically a cheapened CTC-4 with the HV section of a 21-CT-55. They're interesting, but not very good performers.

04-11-2016, 01:02 PM
That Sylvania set is indeed a model 31T304, "The Granada". Its listed in the 1957 Color Television Book and is NOT an RCA clone.... It uses Sylvania's own chassis design and convergence design..... It in fact has both a vertical AND a horizontal chassis. That has to be one of the rarer color TV's from the 50's..... I saw one many many years ago at a Sylvania Dealer....but it was very rough and mostly in parts. I believe that Sylvania never sold these sets to the public but dealers had them mostly for promotional purposes..... That's a rare one for sure ! I always wondered if these sets had Halo Light around the color picture tube?

04-11-2016, 01:53 PM
That's a rare one for sure ! I always wondered if these sets had Halo Light around the color picture tube?

It looks like it could, but the answer a few years ago was NO.


Steve McVoy
04-11-2016, 09:23 PM
There are 4 surviving sets, so I think it is probable that Sylvania did actually sell them to the public, but we will probably never know for sure.

04-16-2016, 06:43 AM
Item 51 & 52, the Tektronix 650 color monitor
This model would be worthy of a thread, they were so extremely over engineered
The 4 knobs had detent position called Cal (calibration preset)
Used early Sony Trinitron picture tube that only had around 300 lines H resolution
But had massive complexity & number of ICs and used digital countdown to derive H & V sync
(a long time before consumer sets did this with LSI chips)

Steve McVoy
04-16-2016, 02:22 PM
Two weeks until the convention starts. If you plan to attend, and haven't registered yet, please do it now, so we can get an accurate count for lunch and dinner.

Hope to see you soon.

Electronic M
04-16-2016, 06:51 PM
I better register...

04-16-2016, 09:15 PM
I better register...

I just did now.


04-17-2016, 01:31 AM
One month to go. Please register now if you plan to attend. luck @ your convention steve :)

Bill R
04-17-2016, 11:56 AM
I have to wait till the end of the week to register due to budget constraints. I will be there though.

04-21-2016, 09:31 AM
This is the wrong forum, but this thread is active here ...

There have been a few post-war electrostatic sets pictured so far
(Automatic TV-809, e.g.) but no pre war ones ...

but a TT-5 has appeared!

04-21-2016, 09:43 AM
...a TT-5 has appeared!

2015/2016 has been the year of the TT-5. There have been no less that 4 that have turned up.

04-21-2016, 09:33 PM
This one may not have "turned up". It may be a known one for sale.

Steve McVoy
04-22-2016, 08:02 AM
Final Reminder - Register for the 2016 Early Television Convention

Monday morning we need to notify the Makoy Center of how many people we will have for lunch and dinner.

If you plan to attend, please register now so we can give them an accurate count. This will assure that there will be food for you.

Thanks, and hope to see you soon.

05-02-2016, 11:26 PM
Pictures at:

Steve McVoy
05-03-2016, 06:55 AM
Here is a report on this year's convention: