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miniman82 05-01-2011 10:43 PM

21-CT-55 has a new home
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CTC-2B serial B8801632 followed me home from the convention in Hilliard. :thmbsp:

Aussie Bloke 05-01-2011 11:18 PM

Congratulations mate!!!! :D

magnasonic66 05-02-2011 08:15 AM

Wow!!'ll see all our color shows now!

Sandy G 05-02-2011 08:48 AM

Ah HATE Yew !! -Yosemite Sam, Esq. (grin)

ggregg 05-02-2011 08:38 PM


miniman82 05-02-2011 11:20 PM

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And now, the obligatory chassis 'nudes'. :D

The top looks dirty, but it wipes down to perfectly clean metal underneath. No corrosion whatsoever. Under the hood, some recapping has already been done by the PO. I will still replace the cheap 'lytics with higher quality Nichicons or Panasonics just to be safe, then replace what is left of the originals if they are bad. Some parts of the underside are still clean enough to eat off of.

John Folsom 05-02-2011 11:26 PM

That is a really clan chassis. Should make for a great restoration. A thanks to yoda, too! Beware those white peaking coils, some or all may be open.

miniman82 05-03-2011 01:18 AM

Yes, 3 cheers to Bob for giving it (and me!) a lift back to Chicago!

I already know about the coils, but I have a plan. It looks like the metal leads is what corrodes, leading up to the thin wires of the coil causing it to open up. I think if I clean the leads and resolder the wires, it might work. Then I would recoat them in wax or something. Failing that, I can always replace them.

Tomcomm 05-03-2011 02:27 PM

Yet Another 21CT55
Welcome to the 21CT55 / CTC2B club. Appears this chassis is almost completely recap'd. Amazing most original RCA "plaster-coated" chokes are still in there, I replaced almost all of mine. Who did you buy it from? I wont ask for how much, but feel free to volunteer a cost. Lotsa luck re-activating it...Tom

miniman82 05-03-2011 03:59 PM

I don't remember the name of the man I bought it from, this was my first convention. I'm sure someone else does, though. I'd rather not say how much I paid, but suffice it to say the Museum made quite a bit during the auction. I recall Steve said they take 10%.

sampson159 05-03-2011 04:25 PM

doesnt matter what you paid.that set is worth a bundle!beautiful piece to own at any must feel good to be you right now

Sandy G 05-03-2011 04:53 PM


Originally Posted by sampson159 (Post 3002312)
doesnt matter what you paid.that set is worth a bundle!beautiful piece to own at any must feel good to be you right now

Yep. 25 years from now, you could STILL have it, & it will still likely be working, assuming nothing untoward happens to it, & about ALL the folks who have laid out megabux at the local electronics big-boxmart for a super hi-tech high-chromo-promo-domo-gizmo HDTV w/all the bells 'n' whistles are likely gonna have just vague memories of it...

miniman82 05-03-2011 05:00 PM


I will say that it wasn't as much as a working CT-100 might go for, but I get the impression that at any other convention I would have been bidding against more than one person. That probably had more to do with it than anything else, if there had been more interested parties I think the set would have gone for a lot more than I paid- especially when taking it's condition into account. The chassis and cabinet are very clean, flyback looks good, the CRT is a 1954 one and pegs the tester on all 3 guns even with 5 volts on the heaters. All in all I'm very pleased with the purchase, and look forward to getting it operational.

Last night I pulled the front glass off and cleaned the CRT. It looks a lot different than other 21AXP22 tubes, the phosphor has a different color to it.

tubesrule 05-03-2011 06:22 PM

This set is from the estate of Danny Gustafson. Ed Alfonsi brought this set along with the Dumont 183, CBS 205 and Zenith SKF to the convention. This set along with a Model 5 are about the only two sets I can think of that Danny had kept in working order as he like to actually use these. While it was in working order up until Danny's passing in 2002, I doubt it has been operated since then.


stromberg6 05-03-2011 07:09 PM

If the Zenith CBS system set was auctioned, can anyone tell us what the final accepted bid was? I for one am darn curious!

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