View Full Version : G.E. Locomotive sets, Questions


Tony F
07-06-2017, 08:13 AM
Could someone comment on which one of these 2 would be the preferred set to get ? Providing the bakelite isn't broken and the chassis's aren't rust buckets. Is the one with the smaller picture tube the earlier of the 2 ? I've never seen one in person, but it could be an interesting project. Is there anything else I need to be aware of besides the price. What would be a fair price ?
Thanks to all...
Tony
http://www.kijiji.ca/v-electronics/st-catharines/antique-radios-and-tvs/1261183961?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

Adam
07-06-2017, 08:25 AM
I think they're both 10" sets, but the one with the more rectangular crt mask is older.

Kamakiri
07-06-2017, 08:26 AM
That National Sky Chief with the original box has to be worth some bucks.

decojoe67
07-06-2017, 09:41 AM
It's a toss-up which is the better GE. Some love the double-D, many, like myself like the early rectangle mask. To me that one goes nice with the lines of the set. Both are 10". I would go with the cleanest, complete example. They are great sets when polished-up. They are also great performers when the chassis is restored. Mine is one of my best performers. Good luck!

dieseljeep
07-06-2017, 11:39 AM
That National Sky Chief with the original box has to be worth some bucks.

The receiver is a Hallicrafters Sky Chief, the box is from a National NC 33.

jr_tech
07-06-2017, 11:56 AM
Both models are desirable... the 3:4 retangular is the earliest, but the double D just shouts "round CRT!", and provides a larger apparent picture size. I like having models with each style, as the comparison makes for an interesting story of early consumer tv development.
If faced with that choice, I would simply buy both, if condition/price is similar.
Earlier thread showing my 2 sets here:

http://www.videokarma.org/showthread.php?t=269086

jr

reichsrundfu
07-08-2017, 12:59 PM
My preference is the later double D but both are very desirable and nice. I just bought a double D and if should be arriving soon. They can be a tad tricky restoring but not a horror show like the Predicta. Just cautious and use a line isolation transformer when working ad these are transformerless chassies! But like em' and they are nice performers when fully restored.

George

cwmoser
07-09-2017, 09:09 AM
Looks to me like the double D one has the correct set of knobs. I would consider it a plus. BUT, if the bakelite case is cracked and the other one isn't, I would definitely choose the one without cracks.

I second that they restore visually nice and they do perform great. Like the other poster stated, it is one of his best performing TVs -- I find that to be true.

BTW, polish the bakelite with Novus to a nice shine, remove the rubber CRT mask and wash with Dawn to make it look mint green again, strip and polish the solid brass escutcheons to a nice shine, then a little white paint on the knob marks ... and you will have an amazing looking set.

Here is mine - it was a fun restoration:

walterbeers
07-09-2017, 02:35 PM
I have a GE Locomotive set exactly like the first one pictured in the link. However it just sits here as it needs a new CRT 10BP4? (if I remember the number right) and complete recap and service. I haven't tried to fix or restore it as it doesn't seem to be cost effective. Case is in great shape. Maybe someday when I have some extra money I'll find a CRT for it and go from there. In meantime it's just sitting there under my bench.

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-electronics/st-catharines/antique-radios-and-tvs/1261183961?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

reichsrundfu
07-09-2017, 10:52 PM
I have a GE Locomotive set exactly like the first one pictured in the link. However it just sits here as it needs a new CRT 10BP4? (if I remember the number right) and complete recap and service. I haven't tried to fix or restore it as it doesn't seem to be cost effective. Case is in great shape. Maybe someday when I have some extra money I'll find a CRT for it and go from there. In meantime it's just sitting there under my bench.

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-electronics/st-catharines/antique-radios-and-tvs/1261183961?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

"Cost effectiveness" is missing the entire point. You restore a vintage TV or radio to work because you like the set! If it's cost effectiveness youre after, just go down to Best Buy and grab a set that meets your standards.

Electronic M
07-10-2017, 10:30 AM
I've seen various 10" sets with rotted out unrestorable wood cabinets or missing cabinets, but good CRTs go for under $40 many times (I even sold one).....Walter if your set needs a 10" round CRT (any TV type will sub) just keep an eye out for a 10" parts set of any make/model. Once you have a usable CRT the rest will follow. The 10BP4 and compatible types are often the easiest to find due to the number of years they were made and the sheer volume of sets they went into.

decojoe67
07-10-2017, 05:46 PM
"Cost effectiveness" is missing the entire point. You restore a vintage TV or radio to work because you like the set! If it's cost effectiveness youre after, just go down to Best Buy and grab a set that meets your standards.
Very true. Some of the low-valued sets can be really enjoyable to watch. I put small fortunes into getting my rather common vintage TV's going by repairman and have no regrets when I watch a classic movie or TV show on them!

Bill Cahill
07-14-2017, 02:00 PM
I have the square view with the neat bakelite case. I don't have that wood double D, and, wish I did.