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Old 09-23-2018, 12:08 PM
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1970 round tube ad

Thought the commercial at 2:02 in this video would entertain:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIII0_4ibAw

"Four-way home entertainment center" for just $398! TMA is the brand apparently...whatever that was. It's kind of a sad setup with the 8-track just a box on top...

Call now--PO7-6900!
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Old 09-23-2018, 02:11 PM
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Thought the commercial at 2:02 in this video would entertain:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIII0_4ibAw

"Four-way home entertainment center" for just $398! TMA is the brand apparently...whatever that was. It's kind of a sad setup with the 8-track just a box on top...

Call now--PO7-6900!
I had that component 8-track deck (and seen one or two more) IIRC it was badged Columbia, but there were other names on those...I rather have the thing under it though.
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Old 09-23-2018, 03:42 PM
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When looking up TMA sets in the Sams index is says "see Muntz". Hmm...

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Old 09-23-2018, 04:24 PM
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Here's another commercial with a better look at the cabinet (plus a bunch of other sets that look like...I dunno what, Curtis Mathes maybe?)

https://youtu.be/kSGQoS1Mxww?t=26

The spots aired in Chicago. I'd love to know more about those sets; I have a real weak spot for ugly consoles from that era.
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Old 09-23-2018, 04:42 PM
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Interesting phone number. If you check a phone dial, the first three digits in alpha terms would be "POS." Maybe they were trying to tell people something! :-)
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Old 09-24-2018, 07:44 PM
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Long ago there was a little discussion on here about TMA. From what I recall, the initials stand for Television Manufactuer's of America. Essentially, after Madman Muntz left the TV company he started (I think there might have been a bankruptcy in there) it stuck around making sets like this and also cranking out some stuff for Montgomery Ward. At some point it I think it became TMA. It seems like I had a module for one at one point, or at least saw a very good photo of one, and they were made in Mexico. I don't think they lasted beyond the early 70's.
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Old 09-24-2018, 08:56 PM
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According to this site TMA was around from 1948 to 1973: http://www.tvhistory.tv/1960-2000-TVManufacturers.htm
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They still made roundies in 1970?!!
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Old 09-27-2018, 01:48 PM
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They still made roundies in 1970?!!
ISTR: some of the folks here that lived through the era, and or have newer sam's folders on hand saying that there were roundys offered as late as 1973 as loss leader sets to get folks in the bargain stores.
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They still made roundies in 1970?!!
If I had to guess, the industry were not likely making round tubes at the time (or, perhaps, were making them as replacements for existing sets).

The whole "entertainment center" seems to be a kludge to me. The lack of any address for wherever "PO7-6900" rang makes me suspicious of the venture.

*for people outside the US and Canada, PO 7-6900, if it were in service, would be dialed +1 312 767 6900.
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Old 09-27-2018, 09:06 PM
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There are reports that Magnavox, Montgomery Ward & perhaps Philco were still offering roundies around '69-'70. Once supply of 23v tubes caught up with demand (and it took quite a while) the market dried up for the old tube.
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Philco-Ford offered Roundies as late as 1972-1973. The leftover Roundie CRT inventory got used on loss leader and economy models. And several other makes also did so for the budget customer. Philco-Ford is unusual as their late Roundie models had some transistors used in their circuitry.
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Philco-Ford offered Roundies as late as 1972-1973. The leftover Roundie CRT inventory got used on loss leader and economy models. And several other makes also did so for the budget customer. Philco-Ford is unusual as their late Roundie models had some transistors used in their circuitry.
Yes indeed, look up chassis 17MT80 it was hybrid and had the SS badge all Philco's color sets did starting 1967.

Since I have all the Sams from 1970s now, does anyone know of a later roundie than the 17MT80 chassis. Example:could a 1972 be a 22MT80?
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Philco-Ford offered Roundies as late as 1972-1973. The leftover Roundie CRT inventory got used on loss leader and economy models. And several other makes also did so for the budget customer. Philco-Ford is unusual as their late Roundie models had some transistors used in their circuitry.
Here's a 1969 Muntz ad for a 21" roundie color combo set. And a 1970 ad for a Philco 21" solid state roundie table model. As well as a 1968 ad for a 21" Ward's Airline color set.
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Old 10-02-2018, 09:59 PM
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That Airline sure wasn't a stripped-down model: it includes a "phosphor-coated screen" for brightness!
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