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Old 11-10-2013, 08:22 PM
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Today's Mystery Guest (RCA CTC-4)

Time for a pop quiz! What model of television followed me home today?

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Old 11-10-2013, 08:26 PM
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I don't know, but I know I will enjoy the restoration article immensely!
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:41 PM
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CTC-4?

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Old 11-10-2013, 08:41 PM
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Wow.. Twin speakers..
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:00 PM
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RCA model 21CT662 director, CTC-4 chassis.
It could be a different model console cabinet or a CTC-4 re-brand, but I'm certain that it is a CTC-4 chassis from owning a 4 myself.

Nice Score.
What did ya pay for it, is the 21AXP22 there working and not gassy, and when do ya plan on restoring it?
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:02 PM
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Why, of course!! It's "The Director", otherwise known as a CTC-4. Great find. Was watching mine yesterday, live sports. Hope your CRT is as new!
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:55 PM
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Nice find - and please, I hope you didn't drink all the Two-Buck Chuck on the way home......

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Old 11-10-2013, 10:51 PM
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Pretty easy quiz, I guess!

A local pet shelter ran a rummage sale to raise funds and this TV (a donation to their sale) was crammed amongst loads of rubbish. After I tried testing the CRT on my Sencore CR70 with no visible signs of life, I offered $60, which they accepted. After thinking it over, I gave them an extra $20.

It's a one-owner local set. All the parts & pieces seem to be there. The cabinet looks better in dim light than daylight, but the decals are unworn and I think the various boo-boos will be easy to touch up. It has the inevitable ding on the brass bezel surround, but I can try the trick (Nick's?) of pushing out the ding as best I can and then putting that brass piece on top where the ding's less noticeable. The grille cloth isn't perfect, but that style should not be impossible to find. The Deluxe logo is all in one piece.

Chassis looks pretty clean after a light dust and wipe. Nothing frightening underneath. I haven't peeked at the flyback yet. The 21AXP22 CRT shows no emission whatsoever on the R and G guns, which I only tested briefly. The filament does have continuity. Tomorrow there will be time for a closer look.

I need more projects like a hole in the head, but this sale was so poorly advertised & attended that I felt like I was rescuing this set from a cruel fate (Goodwill or the dump). I spent about two hours at the sale, between testing things, gabbing with the sales person, and disassembling the set for transport. During that time there was only one other shopper . . . who bought nothing.

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Old 11-10-2013, 11:59 PM
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80$ DANG, you STOLE that! I paid 400$ for my barberized Seville....If you ever want to trade for a table model I think we could make a deal.
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:10 AM
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I would have happily paid them more if I'd had any hint that the CRT is good. I have never seen anything look so dead on this tester. Maybe tomorrow will tell a different story.

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Old 11-11-2013, 06:48 AM
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Nice looking tv, good luck with it !

So, just for the heck of it.... Exactly why do you take the chassis out...? Not much of a weight savings moving the cabinet.... If all the bolts are there it ain't gunna move... They were surely shipped in one piece from the factory.... When I was a kid I moved floor model sets on a lawn mower bottom with the tv up side down for miles, and never lost anything..... And when I got my zenith roundie it only had one nut in the chassis, I made reasonable sure it wasn't gunna hit the tube, and off I went... So I really don't get all the work takin out the chassis....?

I don't think I would have stood around testing the tube either.... Just load it up and get outa-there before someone else showed up who might have wanted to start a bidding war on it cause he thought he could resell it on ebay for more....

Its very clean inside...... really nice..... Christmas came early fer you....

Did ya get up and pinch yerself today yet....?

I guess its good to have a minivan in the stables..... I got my 9t240 in my '86 prelude, almost didn't fit in the front seat.....
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:27 AM
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Phil, send me the serial number for our database. Nice find.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:50 AM
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Wow, nice find! It's must have been stored in good conditions; even the yoke cover is in fine shape. I sure hope the CRT comes back to life!
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:11 PM
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It is very clean. I was told it never left the owner's living room since new. It has some replaced capacitors underneath and I found a couple of little solder splashes on the floor of the cabinet. I suspect that whatever service it got was given right there in the lady's house.

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Exactly why do you take the chassis out...?
It's too tall to stand up in my SUV. I know because I transported my (much shorter) CTC-7 upright in that vehicle and it barely cleared the ceiling. There was nobody to load it but skinny old me and the lady running the sale. (She was also baby-sitting a toddler and two dogs, but they were more trouble than help.) I didn't want to chance dropping it or gouging up the front while grunting it face-down into the back.

Steve, the serial number is B8085878.

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Old 11-11-2013, 01:30 PM
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Great find Phil. Look forward to reading your comments as you restore the set. Hope you can wake up that CRT.

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