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Old 04-02-2017, 05:25 PM
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Looking for an old "color" tv set

Hello all! Nice to be here! So I'm new to this forum. I've been a lover of vintage older things ever since I was young and am getting into collecting everything from the 50s and 60s. Now I am looking for a Vintage television set, preferably an RCA Victor or a Zenith. Possibly even a Magnavox. Have been a collector of Magnavox Stereo Consoles for many years, and from what I can see their tv's look nice as well. I'm not looking for any table models yet, just a console model, maybe 2, maybe 3. I have a few, living room, and another little sitting room and would like a set in each room. Of course I will pay more for something in excellent working order. I can always get the set restored if I have to. Cosmetically it must be in excellent shape and finish must be good too. I prefer something with a darker wood, and I also want something that has great sound as well. I've been looking on Craigslist as of the late, it's been a no go. Most console tv's they have on there are "too new" for my liking, and the ones that are older are usually gutted and made into for beds and bars. I don't know why people do that, and I don't know why people are into nothing but these flat screens. I don't know what's so good about them and I think they all look the same anyway. I'm looking anywhere from a 21 to 27 inch could be a little bit bigger but not much. I've enclosed some pictures so you guys could get an idea of what I'm looking for.

My bucket list

RCA Victor comes first
Zenith comes second
Magnavox comes third

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Michael
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Old 04-02-2017, 05:33 PM
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It would help to know where you are located.

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Old 04-02-2017, 05:45 PM
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I have a 1973 Zenith Chromacolor 25" with the 25DC56 horizontal SS chassis. Many here say it's the best SS chassis Zenith ever built. I'd sell it if the price is right and if you come pick it up. Also have a 1978 Zenith System 3 25" console I'd sell.
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Old 04-02-2017, 07:28 PM
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I forgot to let everyone know I'm in Northeast PA
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Old 04-02-2017, 07:31 PM
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So I take it you're not coming to AL anytime soon.
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Old 04-02-2017, 07:33 PM
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Any place I can get to with a days drive, I'd be willing to travel a little bit to get the right set.
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Old 04-02-2017, 08:23 PM
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I have a square screen color 25" Maggie I don't need, decent cabinet with tambour doors.
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Old 04-02-2017, 08:40 PM
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Miniman82, you got pictures?
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Old 04-03-2017, 01:45 PM
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Miniman82, you got pictures?

Has a cateract but the tube is strong, chassis untouched restoration wise aside from a contrast pot I had to replace to get an image on the screen. Pump some caps into it and fix the cateract, you'd have yourself a real nice daily watcher. Chassis is all tube, no silicon.

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I have this CTC-25, shown in an old thread:
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Now works pretty decent, color might need a little tweaking. I also have a Zenith roundie in a metal console, works fine.
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:03 AM
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FYI 27" color did not exist in the time period your interested in. 25V" came out around 1970 before that 23V" was the largest size. 23V" consoles made prior to 1968 often claim to be 25" since in 68 a law was passed that CRT size must be measured by the view-able area only (prior to that makers were measuring the ~2" of border around the screen on the bulb).

27" monochrome sets did exist then, but are rare (cost about as much as a cheap color so most folks opted for color) and since the same gun had to power a bigger screen the guns wore out faster and good CRTs are hard to find for/in those sets.
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Old 04-03-2017, 09:37 AM
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Tom, thanks for the info. I'm only 31 so I wasn't around then. I was just guessing at the size of the screen of the sets I saw in ads I liked on the internet or what I saw on YouTube a 21 inch would probably be perfect. I think that's what mine is now but it might be a 23 inch, not sure.

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Tom, thanks for the info. I'm only 31 so I wasn't around then. I was just guessing at the size of the screen of the sets I saw in ads I liked on the internet or what I saw on YouTube a 21 inch would probably be perfect. I think that's what mine is now but it might be a 23 inch, not sure.

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I'm 25...I tend to soak up TV history well/have been at this most of my life. Generally speaking your most likely to end up with a 23V" screen size color set if it is rectangular. When color went from round to rectangular 23V" was the standard size...And for a while basically the only size...Small portables were the next sizes to come out then intermediate sizes, then screens started going bigger. There were some "mini consoles" with ~20V" screens but they are VERY rare (I've had ~10 rectangular color consoles and only one was a mini)...Probably rarer than portable and table top models (which are rare because they were easier to carry to the curb).
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I have 20+ round screen RCA's, Zeniths, and others. But located in Dallas Texas area.

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Larry,

Are you coming to the meet in Ohio by chance? If so, could you shoot me a message.
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