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Early Television Museum

Restoration of Early Television Sets

It is the goal of the Foundation to restore all the sets in its collection to working condition.  Here is some advice for those considering restoring an old television set.

These are some of the sets we have restored:

Admiral Ambassador American color TV from 1956
Andrea 2-F-5 American TV from1939
Andrea 8-F-12 American Radio/Phono/TV from 1939
Andrea KT-E-5 American TV from 1939
Baird T18C British TV/Radio from 1938
Bell and Howell Projection Set  American Projection TV from 1944
CBS Color Converter/Adapter Field sequential converter from 1950
Colordaptor  American color adaptor from 1956
Cossor 54 British TV from 1937
Cossor 137T British Radio/TV from 1936
DuMont 180  American TV from 1938
Ekco TA-201  British TV (vision only) from 1938
General Electric HM-171 American TV (vision only) from 1939
General Electric HM-171 #2 American TV (vision only) from 1939
General Electric HM-185 American TV from 1939
General Electric HM-225 American TV from 1939
Gray Research Monitor Color field sequential monitor from 1951
HMV 904  British Radio/TV from 1938
HMV 904 #2 British Radio/TV from 1938
HMV 905 British TV/Radio from 1938
HMV 1800 British TV from 1939
Hoffman 19 inch Colorcaster American Color TV from 1954
Marconi 705  British Radio/TV from 1937
Meissner 10-1153 American TV from 1939
Motorola 19CT1 American color TV from 1954
Murphy A58V British TV/Radio from 1938
Pye 817  British TV (vision only) from 1938
RCA CPA prototype American color TV prototype from 1952
RCA CTC-5 (Dave May) American color TV set from 1956
RCA TRK-5   American Radio/TV from 1939
RCA TRK-9 American TV/Radio from 1939
RCA TT- 5 American TV (vision only) from 1939
RGD 382-RG British Radio/Phono/TV from 1938
Snaider "Auditorium" American projection set from 1947
Sparton 16A211 American color TV from 1954
Telekit Model 7 American TV from 1947
Videograph American TV/Jukebox from 1946
Western Empire State Lens disk TV from 1932
Westinghouse WRT-700 American TV (vision only) from 1939
Westinghouse WRT-701 American TV/Radio from 1939
Westinghouse WRT-703 American TV/Radio from 1939

Restoration Stories

Basic Television Restoration (from Radios-TV.co/uk) Hugo Holden's restorations
David Boynes' GEC BT-9121 Restoration Phil Nelson's restorations
David Boynes Pye Experimental Color Set Restoration Restoring an EKCO TS-88
HMV 907 restoration Steve Ostler's Marconi 702 Restoration

Additional Information on Restoration

Antique Radio Classifieds Prewar 12AP4 substitute
Aurora Standards Converter Re-attaching a base a to a CRT
Bypassing the RF/IF Sections in Antique TV Sets (Wayne Abare) Rebuilding CRTs
Canadian TV set schematic diagrams for sale Rebuilding electrolytic capacitors .
Classified Notices Rebuilding high voltage (EHT) capacitors
CRT rebuilding at the museum Rebuilding paper capacitors
CRT spot extiction circuit Restoration services
CRT substitution chart (from nostalgiaair.org's forums) Restoration Advice
Create Your Own TV Station for your vintage TV sets Rider index of TV service data
Finding parts for old TV set restoration Stancor 1961 catalog
Grungy knob cure Technical information on selected sets - color
How we do our restorations Technical information on selected sets - pre-1945
Making a new transformer look old Technical information on selected sets - postwar
Modifying an industrial video monitor to become a 405/525/625 line multi-standard monitor Tubes and parts for sale at the museum
Parts available from the museum Vertical retrace elimination - adding a circuit to old TV sets
Postwar CRT specifcations  

405 Line Modulator Kit Available

We have designed a simple modulator to be used with British 405 line TV sets. It can also be used with pre-1945 (AM sound) American sets. We ordered a number of printed circuit boards, and are making them available to anyone who needs one at our cost of $25 or 15 Pounds Sterling, including postage to the U.S. or Europe. Here is more information and ordering instructions.

Parts Available from the Museum

Over the years we have accumulated a large quantity of replacement flybacks, yokes, transformers, coils and other replacement parts. We are making them available to the collecting community (non-commercial only). Take a look at our list, and if you find something you need, make a donation and it is yours.

We will be adding items to the list frequently, so check back if you don't find what you're looking for.

Inventory List