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Old 05-03-2011, 08:02 PM
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Agreed.

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.
Actually Nick,
Your 21-CT-55 is more rare than the CT-100. Fewer were built and, as far as we know, even fewer survive. Nice catch. I was a bit stunned when you raised your hand with the winning bid.

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Old 05-03-2011, 08:48 PM
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Yes, the numbers say they are more rare. I do believe that because the CT-100 is a more well known set, it is more sought after. Maybe that's why people aren't really searching for the 21-CT-55 as much as the CT-100?

I was surprized to have the winning bid as well, though to be honest I had no idea what would happen when the auction began. If anything, I figured the same thing would happen as with that Motorola set that went for $10k last year on Ebay: I bid but had no expectation of actually winning.

What ended up happening was the night before I told myself I won't get another opportunity to own a set like this, and since I was definitely interested, I sat down and hammered out a maximum bid that I could reasonably pay off. That number ended up being $4500. When the bidding stopped I hadn't yet reached $4500, and I won the set. I was really expecting more action on it, and initially I figured I'd get outbid very fast. But I think people were more interested in the CBS and Zenith sets, so since the 21-CT-55 came before those, they saved their money. I suppose the auction would have been very different if the set had come after the Zenith and CBS ones. As always, there's the luck factor...

In any event, I'm very happy to have it and I will make every effort to make this a first rate set. Right now I'm just doing some cursory cleaning, the electronic stuff will come farther down the road.
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:10 PM
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Nick:

What was the date on your chassis? I looked at it but did not write it down. The date written on my chassis is 1-7-55. If I remember yours was also January of '55.

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Old 05-03-2011, 11:07 PM
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Mine says 1-17-55, born only 10 days apart! lol
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Congratulations... I am sure the set will be just fantastic when you are finished ... drooool!!!!!!
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I can't wait to see that set working!! I also can't wait for my back to stop hurting from carrying it up three flights of stairs with you the other day
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Yeah, that was a b!tch wasn't it?
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When a set is back pain/cannot move it on my own heavy I generally remove the chassis and CRT and move it in a several trips (especially when stairs are involved).

Good luck getting it working!

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Yeah, that was a b!tch wasn't it?
Yeah, but it was worth it If there's anything that you decide to never sell, let it be this set. (unless, it's to me of course )
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Hours of fun ahead -- I am envious. I sometimes get impatient when working on a project, but if one of these fell into my hands, I'd force myself to slow down and enjoy it. Could be a long time before you find another.

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Agreed.
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.
Now, that's odd. Different how? How different? Might be worthwhile to demount it sometime and look for labels.
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There are at least 2 variants of he 21AXP22... one has a paper-white appearance to he phosphor screen, the other a somewhat greener hue. But I don't know how or if this affects the colorimetry of the CRT
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Old 05-05-2011, 12:29 PM
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It's hard to explain. You know how a 21AXP22 normally has a whitish grey look to it, like the CYP tubes do? This one has a slight, I don't know, almost greenish hue to it. You have to have another AXP right next to it to see the difference.
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:14 PM
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there are 2 21axp22s here in columbus.i saw them last week.former repair man that passed and family has some very nice items to sell.one has a green tint to it.it checks like new and it will be sold on ebay.the other has a bluish tint and also checks well.there will be some nice b/w sets and a few roundies.ctc7 and 9,zenith roundie,admiral roundie and a partial dumont roundie.looks like rca clone.the axps would be a nice scores.the 7 and 9 are complete,working with decent cabinets.the 7 has doors on the front.they need a good cleaning and minimal touch up.since this is family-i cant buy any of these items.george was a good man and ran a shop for years in the southend.check ebay as his children are all in agreement to sell them this way.
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