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Old 12-08-2009, 03:24 AM
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" Monster " RCA Victor 1960s colour TV set on British 'bay

Hello,

here is a "Monster" roundie on the British 'bay:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Monster-RCA-Vi...item3ca83185d4

Unfortunately for local pickup: "Due to weight collection only please, bring a your forklift or better still a crane as this one is H.E.A.V.Y"

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Old 12-08-2009, 06:49 AM
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Wow...Wonder how that bad boy ended up over there ?!? Too bad these things can't talk...I've often wondered where/who my R-390As went in their "lifetimes", too-what they "listened" to, who for...
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:37 AM
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Looks like a CTC-10 or 11 with UHF even! The back doesn't look original for some reason - not very much ventilation visible. Fixed up these sets make a great picture, and the "tabletop" sets in metal cabinets like this one are fairly rare on their own.
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:45 AM
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guess there are not too many console sets in the UK if that is a monster set.
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:04 PM
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Anyone notice the big power transformer in there? Are they on 50 cycle 220 in England?

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Old 12-08-2009, 12:18 PM
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The UK is 50Hz 220V. Also the set would have to have the UHF tuner as VHF was for 405 line transmissions only, and UHF was for 625 line.
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:31 PM
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I see a British line plug on it, so that must be a replacement transformer for 240v. It's clearly not the original transformer. I wonder what other modifications were made? That set would predate regular PAL broadcasts by at least 6-7 years, so it's an odd choice for an import. Maybe it was used for a field trial of either PAL, or 405 line color? Either way, I'd be hitting buy it now if I still lived in England.
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:01 PM
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Lawsamighty, look at the size of that power transformer!

If not for that and the UHF tuning knob, it could pass for my metal case CTC-11A. That's what my back looks like, too. There are ventilation holes on the left side and along the bottom 1/3, just not very visible in that photo.

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Old 12-08-2009, 10:46 PM
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Sounds like a great deal for that side of the pond!
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:05 PM
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Hmmm... an RCA roundie with a funny accent! Interesting!
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Old 12-11-2009, 03:31 AM
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Our colour service in the UK started in 1967. Starting in the 1950s there were various colour trials on both 405 VHF and 625 UHF. There was some pressure to do colour on 405, especially from ITV who did not get 625 until 1969. The receivers for the early trials were inevitably based on US technology. Bush and Ekco (and others?) made experimental colour sets using round US CRTs. A few complete US sets were also imported. All sets sold to the public in the early days (from 1967 to about 1970) were made in the UK, often based on designs and components supplied by Mullard/Philips. All CRTs were rectangular, made by Mullard and Mazda.

There is some speculation that the set mentioned in this thread was sold at the recent BVWS auction at Wootton Bassett and subsequently placed on ebay.

PS: The official European mains voltage is 230V. This was a harmonisation of 240V in the UK and 220V in the rest of Europe. It is actually a kludge with the tolerances so nobody actually has to change anything. Most of the UK still has 240V but as transformers in the local distribution network are replaced the voltage will often be changed to 230V.
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Here is a link to some pictures of items that were at the auction Jeff mentioned. You can see this television, and another RCA color set among some other very cool items.

http://www.bvws.org.uk/auctions/phot...2009/index.htm

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Old 12-11-2009, 12:55 PM
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PS: The official European mains voltage is 230V. This was a harmonisation of 240V in the UK and 220V in the rest of Europe. It is actually a kludge with the tolerances so nobody actually has to change anything. Most of the UK still has 240V but as transformers in the local distribution network are replaced the voltage will often be changed to 230V.
That's a nice change from what we have to deal with in the US. Line voltages tend to be 123 to 127v, which is quite hard on vintage equipment that was meant for 115-117v.
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:08 PM
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Here is a link to some pictures of items that were at the auction Jeff mentioned. You can see this television, and another RCA color set among some other very cool items.

http://www.bvws.org.uk/auctions/phot...2009/index.htm

Darryl
I also notice that there was an RCA CTC-16 as well.
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Innerstin' lookin' goodies on there...
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