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Old 12-11-2018, 04:51 PM
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How many TVs see regular use, at your house?

As per title, how many vintage TVs do you regularly use? Say greater than an hour per week, or 50 hours a year.

I got to thinking about it, and the answer at my house, is one, and it's a Zenith.

In my collection of tube era TVs as below:

RCA (Canada 2, USA 1, Japan 1) - 4
Zenith (USA) - 1
Motorola (USA) - 1
Marconi (Canada) - 2
Admiral (Canada) - 1
Philco (Canada) - 1

That's ten TV sets, and only one gets any use. It's also the only one not in the basement, and the reason why I found this forum in the first place. The Marconi is just finishing being restored, I suspect I will be using it quite a bit too. Do others do a better job of using their TVs than I do?
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Old 12-13-2018, 03:11 AM
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I broadcast my own tv signal on channel 3 and have a 1983 or 4 GE 15” color as a monitor for the broadcast. The GE stays on 24/7 and I Watch it probably 8 hours a week.
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Old 12-13-2018, 12:33 PM
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My regular use set is a 1965 Zenith color roundie, 25MC33. The amount of use varies from 30 Minutes a day to maybe an hour a week average.
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Old 12-13-2018, 04:26 PM
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My CTC-21 console gets a lot of use, probably 10+ hours a week. The Moto 19K14WA might see more use now that it makes a picture!

Other TVs used regularly are a '07 Magnavox/Funai 13" CRT TV/DVD combo (with built in ATSC tuner) in the bathroom (4 hours a week) and a 50" Runco plasma monitor (10 hours a week)
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Old 12-13-2018, 06:09 PM
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Well there's my parents two flatscreens...

My Sony HD CRT that gets between .5 and 6 hours a day, my 21ct55 which has gone close to a month at roughly 6 hours a week, my 71 Zenith gets about the same and has been a daily driver for a decade, my Zenith 29jc20 used to see the same duty but it needs a CRT swap and that rooms breaker ain't big enough to supply the RCA Zenith and my OTL tube amp at once.

Basement I run a pair of Zenith CCIIs (one bench the other basement TX monitor) that both meet annual, a Setchell Carlson, CTC5, and Packard Bell that are near annual... other sets get used less often...

If my back display room was not at near hoarder level messy there would be around 2 more annual regular use sets, and if I had more/better organized space there would be 2-5 more sets I fire up much more often.

I also rotate regular use sets periodically in and out of go to status.
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Old 12-13-2018, 10:43 PM
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The two televisions I have that get regular use at this point are both Spartons, a 4940 mirror in lid and a 5088 17". They both see 5 hours per week a piece. I'm currently resorting an RCA 648pv that I expect to become my most watched set when it's working. I have several other sets that get occasional use. Such as a Pilot tv37. I only watch it occasionally because the screen is so small it is fatiguing to watch with modern programming intended for huge screens. I watch my vintage sets at least as much as my one modern set. Color is probably just a fad anyway. I doubt it will ever catch on
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Old 12-14-2018, 11:49 AM
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The set I use at home the most is a 14" Toshiba stereo set. It was a higher end set, with three sets of inputs. Gets used about seven hours daily for like ten years now.
Workshop set is either a 9" Zenith cube or a Funai-built Philips 9" or a 20' Sony Trinitron-Wega.
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Old 12-14-2018, 04:05 PM
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2. An 2000 "Sony" 21FT2K and an around 2003 "Hyunday" (in fact an Turkish "Vestel"). There was an Sept. 1988 "Hitachi", but it dosen't work any more (don't know why).
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Old 12-14-2018, 04:55 PM
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The living room setup is a Sony Bravia XBR-55X900E 4k screen with all the bells and whistles.

The "retro" setup is a 1989 Sony Trinitron KV-20TS11. Practically modern by standards here but my games look magnificent on it.
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Old 12-14-2018, 09:32 PM
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I broadcast my own tv signal on channel 3 and have a 1983 or 4 GE 15” color as a monitor for the broadcast. The GE stays on 24/7 and I Watch it probably 8 hours a week.
So you do convert the digital signal into analogic one?
What brand and model is the tv set from your avatar?
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