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Old 04-16-2013, 03:23 PM
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Old RCA on Craigs,

This is an old RCA on Craigslist in Omaha NE. I am thinking of getting it, but wondering if anyone knew of it's age, value, and what it might be worth. I guess I am hoping to restore it, if possible. Pictures attached. Found on craigslist under antiques. Just search for TV. Sounds like he will sell it to me for $100. Is it worth it?
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:52 PM
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Looks like a model 721TS.



Well worth $100 in my book if it is complete and the picture tube is not a dud. That tabletop model is electronically identical to the 721TCS console described in this article:

http://antiqueradio.org/RCA721TCSTelevision.htm

That article should give you an idea what's involved in restoration. Capacitor replacement is usually the most time-consuming part, as with every 1940s TV.

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Old 04-16-2013, 04:07 PM
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If I had a $100.00, I would get it, if he wouldn't take less, I would still get it.
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:31 PM
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That model is well engineered. One of what I consider the "first generation" of postwar American TVs. The 721TS is basically a 621TS with a bigger screen.

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Old 04-16-2013, 11:42 PM
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It's worth close to that much just for the crt, if it's good. An attractive set.
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I posted this one a few days ago. http://videokarma.org/showthread.php?t=257893
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:48 PM
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I'm in the process of trying to contact him, he said he would bring it to where he works to check it out. (Probablly in his car). Problem is that my CRT Beltron checker requires 120v, and I don't own a inverter to run it off his car battery. I had e-mailed him but so far no response. I will try again to see if it's still available.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:10 PM
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I've e-mailed him again, and have had no reply, probablly he sold it, or decided to keep it. (hope it wasn't junked) I'm still hoping that he still has it, I'd love to restore it to working condition.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:17 PM
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Guess what, I finally got the set, and the CRT tests perfect, yoke, power transformer, etc all seem to be in good shape. I powered it up slowly with a variac, got a small raster, put a DVD player on it, and it actually showed a picture for a bit, until one of the electrolytic cans started to heat up and stink so turned it off immediately. Just have to find the time now to recap it, and check everything out. Right now have 2 other projects going on, restoring a RCA 721TS, and a console B&W Philco 21 inch.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:01 PM
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That sounds very promising. Since it is (or was) mostly operational, remember the old doctor's motto: "Above all, do no harm." With new caps plus the usual cleaning of controls & tube pins & sockets, the TV may just sit up and speak.

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Old 07-20-2013, 10:52 PM
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Finally found the time to start working on the set. Pulled the chassis, and found that the CRT hangs loose without being in the cabinet. I will be replacing all the electrolytics and wax caps. CRT checks very good .9 on my Beltron. The only problem I have is how do I keep the CRT in place when testing it out, without it being in the cabinet? I'm really afraid of damaging the CRT letting it hang loose, propped up on something, as I test it out. Anyone one have some suggestions?
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Old 07-20-2013, 11:03 PM
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Are'nt the CRT's in those 40's sets usually strapped to the chassis?
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:49 AM
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Found out that the CRT is installed from the front of the cabinet. Someone had re-varnished the cabinet so the front was sort of glued to the main part of the cabinet. Had to take a utility knife and carefully run it along the seam where the front separates from the main cabinet. I was successful, and removed the front. I was able to prop the tube up so I could run it with the chassis removed. Also I've recapped the set and it now has picture and sound, but sound seems to buzz. Have tried adjusting the sound detector coil and its a lot better but still seems impossible to completely get rid of buzz in sound, but I guess for as old as it is it's probably as good as it's gonna get. CRT is bright, contrast and brightness controls causes set to lose sync if turned up to high. Don't know if that's normal with all of those sets, but with 23 MHz IF stages, it could be picking up radio interference. The ratchet mechanism in the tuner, (spring and ball) is broken so tuner doesn't click as you turn the dial, but tuner seems to work find without it, just no clicks between channels. Of course I will only be using channel 3 or 4 anyway so that's not gonna be a problem. Still working to make it better, needs lots more TLC.
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