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Old 11-20-2013, 09:19 AM
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RCA CT-100 for sale

I have a CT-100 that I would like to go to a good home. As workers were clearing out the house next to me they left this in the alley which I promptly brought inside. Here's what I know about it, the cabinet is in pretty good shape, the top needs some attention, the only thing it's missing is the original power cord. What I don't know is... if it works. For the last 4 years I have been afraid to plug this in and have had very limited success finding someone qualified to work on or help me with this. At this point, my wife and I have realized we just don't have the space for it and we would like to see it go somewhere where it will get the attention it deserves. Please contact me for additional information. Since I don't know about the working order, I'm not sure how to price this, but I will entertain any serious (and reasonable) offers. I live in Washington, DC and it would be best if this could be picked up rather than shipped.

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Old 11-20-2013, 02:44 PM
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I suspect someone will contact you soon.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:39 PM
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:36 PM
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Why can't these be near me (i.e. Chicago)????
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:58 PM
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by dtvmcdonald View Post
Why can't these be near me (i.e. Chicago)????
There have been a few early color sets in our area in recent years, but there are a bunch of early color TV collectors around here and they go fast.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:19 PM
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Whine, whine...Whimper, whimper...(grin)
I feel your pain. I can't afford the shipping let alone a reasonable offer, but darn do I wish I could.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:38 PM
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Gosh, nice looking set, but I"m in Omaha, so chances are very slim about getting it. Let alone affording the set, shipping, etc. I wish I could find one this good locally, but doubt if there are any in my area. Also most likely the crt is full of air, so thats a major expense if one could even find one. Early television might be able to rebuild it for mint if they ever get their crt rebuilding operation set up. I have always wondered if one could fit a 21" tube in the cabinet, and modify the sweep to make the picture fit the screen. It wouldn't be original, but still would be nice to have a working CT100.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:49 PM
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Man, this makes me glad I go for the cheap stuff.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:20 PM
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While I'm close enough to easily get it, and could certainly give it a good home, I couldn't justify paying what it's worth. dsuski, thank you for posting it, and if there are any questions please make sure and ask us.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:34 PM
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:04 AM
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:07 PM
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Denis, it's wonderful that you rescued this rare and historically interesting TV. There is a ready market for these, but shipping is a problem, as you know. You could place a free ad in the "Color Sets for Sale" section of the Classified section of the Early Television Foundation website:

Perhaps it will be noticed there by someone who doesn't regularly read this forum.

You would likely get the best price by listing it on eBay. Here is a good category:

If you list it there, include a bunch of photos if possible, showing the chassis inside as well as the exterior. I would list it "for pickup only," which means that the buyer would have full responsibility for arranging pickup and shipping if that's what he wants. I would list it with a low starting bid, to get bidders interested, but set a reserve price which is the minimum that you will accept.

The condition of the picture tube is critical to the value, since they are extremely scarce; many of them failed over time and there is no substitute. A picture tube (CRT) tester is needed to tell whether the tube is still good. Perhaps there is someone in a nearby radio/TV collector club (Maryland?) who could lend you a tester and explain how to use it. Here is a list of clubs in the USA:

Absent that, you can perform a basic dud/not-dud test on the CRT using an ohmmeter, as explained in this article:

If the picture tube is good with strong emission on all color guns, that alone would be worth several hundred dollars, at least. Of course, if there is a serious collector in your area who comes to look at the TV, he might bring his own tester to check it out before making an offer.

Again, congratulations on finding this TV. If you don't get a reasonable offer right now, I'd encourage you to keep the set for a rainy day, until you can either have the set restored for your own use or find the right buyer. Its value is not likely to decrease. You can read about the restoration of my CT-100 in this article:


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Old 11-23-2013, 12:12 PM
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I you don't get a reasonable offer locally, and we can find
a person to test the CRT and its good, I may try ... somehow ...
to get it out here to Illinois. I can't pick up in my car the chassis and
cabinet, but could drive out to DC for the picture tube.
packed very carefully. I really want a CT-100 or 21CT55.
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:25 PM
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Good deal finding it and saving it. I'm sure the hobby would like to thank you for not turning it into an aquarium, bar...etc.
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