View Full Version : Brought a 21CT55 back from the ETF!


Electronic M
05-31-2017, 02:22 PM
I've been wanting a major league early color set since my teen years reading about the CT-100 and the early days of color, and I finally scored one. The one from this thread.
http://videokarma.org/showthread.php?t=268880

There is quite a lot behind the scenes that goes into the purchase of a set that cost the better part of one my cars...I'd like to thank Larry W.(El Predicta) for selling it to me, Crist Rigott for transporting it well on the long trip from Texas to Ohio, and our founder Tim P. (Kamakiri) for passing on it, which allowed me the chance to buy it, as well as for the sound guidance given.

It survived both trips well. I requested that it be transported face down with the chassis and pencil box removed (and it rode that way on both legs of it's journey). The cabinet, chassis, CRT, and small parts box all survived the journey unscathed.

It now rests in my basement waiting it's eventual turn on the work bench. I'm planning to go slowly and methodically on this set once I start. I want to take the time to read up on these, and have all the right parts and prep. Aside from an orange drop the under chassis looks virginal, and I'm very tempted to do a restuff of the capacitors on this set.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4246/34656893501_13ce275bcc_n.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UNvD1z) https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4160/34656930191_bca77b827d_n.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UNvPVa) https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4168/34627142552_e8ebab6dd7_n.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UKTa6b) https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4271/34627137172_69dc20aba5_n.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UKT8uq) https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4223/33947061684_9c6ef66da5_n.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/THMyJY) https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4158/34627128622_e6ef5c572d_n.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UKT5X1) https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4220/34656913371_71d24a5b8f_n.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UNvJVa) https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4273/34656909431_dfa7cf475c_n.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UNvHKe) https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4248/34749325806_ff3c2b686c_n.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UWFnV1)

As you can see the chassis and cabinet serial numbers match, but the lid and cabinet 4 digit numbers do not, which I assume means at some point someone 'borrowed' a new top panel for it off of a different set.

I hope to get better pictures of it taken/posted soon.

And in closing: Whoopie, I finally have one of the 'holy grail' color sets! :banana::banana::banana::D

SpaceAge
06-01-2017, 01:54 AM
Awesome! I'm looking forward to reading about your progress.

IsthmusTV
06-01-2017, 01:13 PM
Very cool, Tom. Congratulations!

I'm looking forward to following the restoration.

-Clark

Phil Nelson
06-01-2017, 01:47 PM
I'm planning to go slowly and methodically on this set once I start. I want to take the time to read up on these, and have all the right parts and prep.That's a good approach. Take your time and enjoy the process. There are not a lot of these out there, so make the most of this opportunity.

Phil Nelson
Phil's Old Radios
http://antiqueradio.org/index.html

Steve D.
06-02-2017, 02:05 PM
Quote: "As you can see the chassis and cabinet serial numbers match, but the lid and cabinet 4 digit numbers do not, which I assume means at some point someone 'borrowed' a new top panel for it off of a different set."

Tom,

Different cabinet tops and cabinet #'s were common. As on the assembly line the tops & cabinets weren't always in sync. Also, sets that didn't pass the final inspection were pulled from the line and repaired. This also separated tops from cabinets and what ever top was handy was used prior to final packing and shipping. This also occurred on the CT-100 line durning its assembly.

-Steve D.

etype2
06-02-2017, 04:39 PM
Congratulations on acquiring this rare television. Pull out the wood piece that covers the front user controls. There should be a serial number stamped on the back.

kvflyer
06-02-2017, 05:33 PM
A little late to the party (been out of town) but congratulations!

KentTeffeteller
06-11-2017, 09:38 PM
Congratulations!!!! A major achievement in early Color TV, and a great set to own. And in great hands as a VK Moderator. Enjoy and be proud!