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The Set: Pete Deksnis's Site about the CT-100

Restoring a Vintage Color Television Set

Revised April 15, 2018

Total surviving sets = 175

Total serial numbers = 117

CTC2

Serial Numbers

 

CT-100

LIving List Notes

 

B1111283
B1111429 126
B1111542 116
B1111566 140
B1111599 166
B1112251
B8000097 144Oldest CTC2. Owned by Hickok to develop color TV test Equipment.
B8000158 123
B8000162
B8000173 1, InfoAge
B8000194 89
B8000316
B8000619
B8000633
B8000658 61
B8000687
B8000728 77
B8000758 149
B8000785 143
B8000791
B8000853
B8000884
B8000903 96
B8000936 122
B8000952 152
B8000979 75
B8000991 59
B8001050 Brazil
B8001053 167
B8001066 donor
B8001109 170
B8001121 139, Italy
B8001132 130
B8001136
B8001140
B8001214 157
B8001250 177
B8001302 162, ISM
B8001337 163, ISM
B8001338
B8001360 172
B8001399
B8001439 Pavek Museum
B8001482
B8001492 donor
B8001503 168, donor
B8001554
B8001617 15
B8001628
B8001629 169
B8001658 146
B8001671 73
B8001677
B8001829 156
B8001876 105
B8001923 173
B8001933 132
B8002003 86
B8002017 135
B8002025 147, donor
B8002041 127
B8002101 139
B8002122 133
B8002126 129
B8002175 138
B8002177 American Museum of Radio and Electricity
B8002227
B8002239
B8002282 131
B8002390
B8002407 12
B8002426 137
B8002510 121
B8002527 154
B8002539 Italy
B8002567 160
B8002570 142
B8002601
B8002614 153
B8002698 134
B8002733
B8002767 107
B8002795 151
B8002813 115
B8002820 72
B8002837 donor
B8002838 Pavek Museum
B8002886 79
B8002899
B8003003 148
B8003103 141
B8003104 176
B8003143 158
B8003157 174
B8003192 159
B8003196 76
B8003199 114
B8003249 155
B8003319
B8003328
B8003331
B8003402 150
B8003404  171
B8003447 donor
B8003485
B8003603
B8003613 165
B8003659
B8003674 136
B8003708
B8003733 118
B8003757 124
B8003801
B8003890 175
B8003911 95
B8003961 donor
B8003984  
B8003993 125
B8004019 Newest CTC2
B9003798 Only 'B900' s/n known - France

 

 

 

 

 

The CT-100 site came on-line in 1999 and began collecting data on surviving sets; serialization started in 2002 with the 55th known Merrill.

I went through the list line-by-line and found the serialization to be basically accurate. Some details:

[1] Twenty-five numbers from 2003 and 2004 were lost in a computer crash . Six of those 25 were recovered: #75, 77, 89, 94, 95, and 96.

[2] Approximately one-third of the known Merrills on the list were added in the first three years of data accumulation. Nineteen were added in 2002. By January 8, 2006, 110 Merrills were known. One-hundred-twenty-eight by January 10, 2008. Only three each in 2009, 2010, and 2011. But in 2013 things picked up. Ten new Merrills popped up.

Here is a file detailing the living CT-100s

December 1, 2015:

Another CT -100 has been added to the Living List of surviving sets. Its serial number begins with the ‘B111’ prefix. Most CT-100 serial numbers begin with B800. There is also one B900.

It is unknown why RCA Bloomington assigned maverick prefixes, but they do appear interspaced with ‘regular’ B800 serial numbers. For example, only 63 sets separate CTC2 chassis B8001503 and CTC2 chassis B1111566. Both were packed for shipment – at the end of the same production line – during the week of April 5, 1954.

If you can share information or a theory about these maverick-prefix serial numbers, please do so. For example, we know there was a connection between CT-100 B1111542 and two CBS engineering employees back in 1954 at its headquarters at 485 Madison Ave. in New York City.

April 10, 2017

Two additions, #170 and 171

May 15, 2017

One addition, #172

April 15, 2018

Three additions, #173, 174 and 175

June 24, 2018

Two additiongs, #176 and 177

Serial number correction: B8003962 changed to B8003961