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Crist Rigott
02-15-2017, 09:39 PM
Here are a few pics of the GE 810 that I won on eBay and Tim was gracious enough to pick it up for me. Next to get it to the ETF Convention and maybe I can get it from there or a trip to Buffalo where I can get it. We'll see what my schedule brings.

The pictures are from today taken by the seller just before Tim left with the TV.

http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t458/crigotti/GE%20810/IMG953808a_zpsf1yml28v.jpg (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/crigotti/media/GE%20810/IMG953808a_zpsf1yml28v.jpg.html)

http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t458/crigotti/GE%20810/IMG953807a_zpsp4gy38ao.jpg (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/crigotti/media/GE%20810/IMG953807a_zpsp4gy38ao.jpg.html)

http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t458/crigotti/GE%20810/IMG953809a_zpsbut15jhj.jpg (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/crigotti/media/GE%20810/IMG953809a_zpsbut15jhj.jpg.html)

Then Tim sent me these pictures after he got home. One is the CRT test and the other is what the inside looks like. Looks like I need a HV door?

http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t458/crigotti/GE%20810/20170215_145717a_zpsdn7k1yfy.jpg (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/crigotti/media/GE%20810/20170215_145717a_zpsdn7k1yfy.jpg.html)

http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t458/crigotti/GE%20810/20170215_145853a_zpsfwnait7p.jpg (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/crigotti/media/GE%20810/20170215_145853a_zpsfwnait7p.jpg.html)

tvdude1
02-15-2017, 09:56 PM
Nice good 10FP4 in it.

Tim
02-15-2017, 10:08 PM
Crist:

Actually, there never was a back cover for the HV shield.

Crist Rigott
02-15-2017, 10:15 PM
Crist:

Actually, there never was a back cover for the HV shield.

OK, I didn't know that. Looks complete now.

Your help is appreciated.

Tom Albrecht
02-15-2017, 11:33 PM
Here's one I sold on Radio Attic a few years ago. I really like the big brass panel on these and the bold placement of the word "Television" right in the middle below the screen. They work very well when restored. The 10FP4 picture tube gives a nice bright picture.
http://www.videokarma.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=193854&stc=1&d=1487219512
Is that the original finish on yours? If so, that's in fabulous shape.

One of the more difficult problems as I recall is how to clean the grill cloth. Mine came out so-so as far as the grill cloth goes. Looking forward to seeing how yours comes out!

Crist Rigott
02-15-2017, 11:37 PM
Here's one I sold on Radio Attic a few years ago. I really like the big brass panel on these and the bold placement of the word "Television" right in the middle below the screen. They work very well when restored. The 10FP4 picture tube gives a nice bright picture.
http://www.videokarma.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=193854&stc=1&d=1487219512
Is that the original finish on yours? If so, that's in fabulous shape.

From what I understand and what the seller has told me, yes, it is the original finish. It was kept in his grandmothers room as a piece of furniture and taken care of.
When I saw the picture he sent, I was amazed how nice the cabinet was. Whew!

BTW, your 810 looks beautiful. Did you do a restore thread on it?

WISCOJIM
02-16-2017, 09:43 AM
Crist:

Actually, there never was a back cover for the HV shield.Why wouldn't there ever been a door there? The top of the cage even has the screw hole to mount it.

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bandersen
02-16-2017, 09:47 AM
The back screws into the hole at the top of the HV cage. You can see it in the upper left of mine.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4104/5191490590_141abd5bac_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/8UKKhs)

WISCOJIM
02-16-2017, 09:49 AM
The back screws into the hole at the top of the HV cage. You can see it in the upper left of mine.

Thanks, Bob. That would explain it.

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Crist Rigott
02-16-2017, 09:50 AM
Yeah, the screw hole in the HV cage had me thinking that there was a door. But now I see where the back cover is held on by a screw through the HV cage.

Electronic M
02-16-2017, 10:18 AM
Interesting design. It looks like you can pull the chassis without unscrewing or removing the back, and the back and interlock cord will stay connected to the chassis. I can't recall seeing anything like that before on a TV...Sort of reminds me of an AA5 chassis with the back/loop ant attached to the chassis.

Kamakiri
02-16-2017, 10:18 AM
One of the more difficult problems as I recall is how to clean the grill cloth. Mine came out so-so as far as the grill cloth goes. Looking forward to seeing how yours comes out!

Hobby Lobby actually had a darn close match.....a bit brighter than the original, but new grille cloth sure makes the set pop! And it's semi-stiff to boot, which makes it easy to apply wrinkle free.

Radiotronman
02-16-2017, 10:27 AM
I restored mine a couple years ago and it's a great performer. It's one of my favorites in my collection. Yours is in fantastic condition.

Kamakiri
02-16-2017, 10:33 AM
I had the set done for about 4 hours, and another collector stopped by for some reason or other, saw it, and had to have it. Started laying out $20 bills in front of me while I shook my head. When it got to be quite a large pile, I finally capitulated......

Kevin Kuehn
02-16-2017, 12:02 PM
That TV could very well be the best original finish in existence of that model. For what it's worth I have a parts chassis up in my attic.

Crist Rigott
02-16-2017, 06:40 PM
I scanned the Riders section for the GE 810. They are hi-res documents.

The Riders is here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ccma471hcedbcmz/Riders%20TV2%20GE%20810.pdf?dl=0

The 24x36 schematic is here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/o6iodpr0dync6i8/GE%20810%20Schematic%2024%20x%2036.pdf?dl=0

Kamakiri
02-17-2017, 09:22 PM
That TV could very well be the best original finish in existence of that model. For what it's worth I have a parts chassis up in my attic.

You just never see them in nice shape, as opposed to say a 630TS where there's a really nice one around every corner. I wonder why that is??

MadMan
02-18-2017, 03:24 AM
You just never see them in nice shape, as opposed to say a 630TS where there's a really nice one around every corner. I wonder why that is??

Typically, as with cars, they were cheap and reliable, and got run into the ground until they stopped.