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Old 09-13-2011, 10:18 AM
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The CTC-9 is here!

Got this one Sunday I think it is a Latham. It's very unmolested and the picture tube has a date code of 60-22. It looks like the original 21CYP22 as it has the serial numbeer still on it. And it's good and strong! The flyback has what looks like a white outer covering on it and very little wax dripping. The tag has a repair date of 1968. It was originally purchased and lived about three blocks from my house. A friend of mine found it at a hugh garage sale a few miles from here. The circuit boards are nice and brown, not black. Even under the vertical output tube. This critter has a number of bumblebees under it so I'm going to replace anything suspicious before the variac gets started.
One question... how does the front glass come off?
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:22 AM
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nice find!! IIRC there should be some little clip like retainiers around the brass trim on the front.
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:07 PM
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That's a real beauty.

Here's a link to my recent CTC-10 safety glass removal adventures. Your set looks to use the same trim mounting scheme. Take your time and don't use too much brute force.

http://www.videokarma.org/showthread.php?t=251989
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:51 PM
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That's funny, I always thought 'Colorama' meant it was a rebuild but that base says 'all new materials'.

This is what my '59 21CYP22 looks like:




Perhaps all tubes beyond a certain date ('60 or so?) were Colorama, while earlier production ones had a base like mine?

I also have a trio of 21AXP22's. The one that was rebuilt in '65 and went to air has a blank black base (probably not rebuilt by RCA), while the good RCA Colorama rebuild lives in my CTC-4. The 21-CT-55 still has it's original tube in it with a similar base to the CYP in the picture, though the tube type is stamped on the neck not engraved on the base.
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:53 PM
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The colorama threw me too but it has the serial number tag still on it. Does anyone know how long the CTC-9 was in production? I would think for at least a year (but then again, when did the model year start?)
Another question is are the older flybacks white instead if red? I hope to finish up my Admiral B/W tonight and pull the RCA chassis late tonight or tomorrow night.
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:10 PM
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Silverama and Colorama were both advertised as new tubes back in 1960. I think RCA rebuilt tubes were called red label.
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:21 PM
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are the older flybacks white instead if red?


My 9 had a blue rubber tire on it.
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:57 PM
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I thought that is was "Hi-Lite" for rebuilds.
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It's hard to tell sometimes, they don't always make the glass welds high on the neck. I just sold a tube that looked like it had a weld right down by where the bell ends, you could tell because of the shade of internal dag coating.
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I thought that is was "Hi-Lite" for rebuilds.
The "Hi-Lite" series were new so maybe when this trade name was used the "Colorama" was delegated to rebuilt status.
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:00 PM
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I think the Hi-Lite came along later. I suppose any of them could show up today as "rebuilt"

http://books.google.com/books?id=DFA...20tube&f=false
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:07 PM
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Here's a very early ad for both Colorama and Silverama.

http://books.google.com/books?id=iAo...20tube&f=false
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Have you considered the possibility of the original bakelite base being replaced early in life due to mis-handling, or a short supply of correctly labled bases at the plant causing the wrong base to be put on the tube so it could be installed in a new set?
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Wow Nice set! glad the CRT is good. CTC9's are great sets. You will enjoy it.
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Congrats! Nice looking TV, all original too, a perfect starting point for restoration I do wish these colour roundies were around in my neck of the woods...I feel like I'm really missing out!
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