View Full Version : Upright Magnavox on eBay

Eric H
01-08-2005, 04:42 AM

01-08-2005, 01:32 PM
What a beast! In the sellers pictures you can tell from the remote that this is a "Star" system which I think came out in 1975. The set would be solid-state. The seller says used until 1990 when the color went bad and it has sat unplugged ever since. I bet the sellers parents had a repairman out and I am guessing the picture tube went bad. The reason I am guessing this is because I remember those early solid-state Magnavox's with in-line tubes (which the Star System would have) didn't last very long and were quite pricey. I remember my repairman Uncle hated those Magnavoxes because they were one of the first to use bonded yokes and at that time I think you had to use a Magnavox tube which were expensive. If he got one in on a trade with a bad picture tube it got pitched. I don't know if any rebuilders started offering those tubes. I think the Star System were also one of the first to use OSD. The seller has it priced cheap tho, but man..... can you imagine loading that set up?!?

01-08-2005, 08:23 PM
iirc the star system sets were t995 chassis with a delta gun crt.

Chad Hauris
01-09-2005, 01:55 PM
From my experience only the 15", 17" and 19" 70's solid state magnavox used the inline tube...the 25" was the delta gun crt.

Big Dave
01-09-2005, 02:57 PM
I have successfully replaced the CRT's in those sets with regular 25" tubes. I did make some rigging to hold the tubes in place. Otherwise, the tubes went in nicely.

Bill R
01-09-2005, 03:30 PM
Magnavox star system was t995 chassis and used delta gun crt. They didn't have bonded yoke, and was one of the best sets made at the time. I still have one and the crt , while weak now, still would make a usable picture. The star system ended in 1978. 1979 was when the inline tubes with bonded yokes came out. MSRP on a new star system in 1978 was $1295.00. I bought mine mew directly from the distrubitor for $850.00 ( could have had the 1979 model for the same price, but I didn't like the inline tube as well ). I had a color problem with it while it was under warrenty, and when I told them at the repair center they handed me a box of modules and said you can fix it as well as we can, just keep what you need and bring the rest back next time you are in ( chroma processor module was bad caused no blue in pic ). They would have come out and fixed it, but it would have been a day or two. Bet I couldn't get that kind of service today. I bought another new Maggie in 1984. A C5 chassis. Still works although the crt is soft. Set was on an average of 16 to 18 hours per day everyday. Only problem was a bad flyback several years ago.
Would like to have that vertical combo in my bedroom. Shipping would be out of the question though. Now If only I could find one here in TN.
Bill R

03-16-2005, 08:18 PM
Hey guys
My name is michael and I am the one that bought this "beast". I have a dear love of Magnavox stereo's with TV's as they were made in Greeneville Tn which is where I am from and have several family members help construct these things.This is my second armoire,and I also have two of the horizontal units.The first one I got for 100 dollars and it still works perfectly,just like in 1969 when it was made......Have a good one...........Michael