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Old 04-26-2014, 10:59 PM
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My New CTC-15

Sam decided he really didn't have room for the CTC-15 he picked up on CL a couple of weeks ago, so I arranged to go pick it up this morning.

The RCA Hi-Lite picture tube was installed in October 1970, and checks like new on my tester. I was able to clean up most of the cabinet finish issues that Sam talked about by using some GoJo and some 0000 steel wool, and doing a "wet-sand" clean up to get the cloth fibers out of the finish. I still need to do some more work to fix the corner where the original finish came off, but I'm pretty sure the cabinet won't need to be refinished. For a first-pass, I think the cabinet cleaned up pretty good.

Brought the set up on a variac and got audio and raster, so I hooked up a VCR to see what kind of a picture I would get. The horizontal and vertical hold are very touchy, and I'm not getting chroma, but it's a good start for an unrestored set. This one is definitely a keeper (just like all my other ones)

So now I'm the one looking for a control panel cover..........
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Old 04-27-2014, 02:49 AM
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wow, that cabinet really pops!
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:15 AM
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wow, that cabinet really pops!
I love RCA cabinets. Now if one could combine the handwired chassis of a Zenith with the elegant cabinet of an RCA that would be the ultimate round tube TV.
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:32 PM
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No color is probably related to the horizontal instability, makes phase sync really hit-and-miss because the burst can disappear.
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:39 AM
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That is in fantastic condition...
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:07 AM
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Beautiful RCA!
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:51 AM
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Those higher end cabinet styles can be quite stunning! I hope you can find a cover plate for that too.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:37 PM
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The thing I remember about new color consoles was the smell of wood, similar to new car smell.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:55 AM
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Yeah, the cover plate might be hard to find, but I can come up with something temporarily. I've still got some more cabinet work to do, but that will have to wait until the weekend.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:56 PM
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You got a beautiful tv ! ! !
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:14 PM
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Same model I have, one of my favorite sets. I used to have a spare cover that was broken but might just be workable; not sure if it's still around here anymore.
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:39 PM
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The same model is on craigslist in Dallas.

http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/atq/4426692051.html

Its missing the same cover. strange.
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:47 AM
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Actually, if you look closely, the one on CL does have the cover. The cover has holes to reveal the center of the controls.
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