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Old 01-12-2017, 03:30 PM
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Mystery set at a sale this weekend

Might go get this, depending on what it is. Any guesses? Almost everything after ~1974 I won't bother with at this point. It was a very dark picture - I tried to enhance it a little.
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Old 01-12-2017, 03:48 PM
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At first glance it may be a Zenith CC2 with 18 pos
selector. Sure its mid 70's to early 80's. May be
something rare like Philco or Admiral SS set so worth
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Old 01-12-2017, 04:44 PM
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I agree with Zeno, go take a look at it, looks like a Zenith CCII to me, as well, I'm thinking mid to late 70's vintage, as best as I can tell by the picture. Good luck!
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Old 01-12-2017, 05:00 PM
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I'll definitely take a look at it. Maybe if it's free, or in mint condition I'll get it. If it's a remote set, consider it already in my collection. Here is the original picture.
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Old 01-13-2017, 02:44 PM
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I'll definitely take a look at it. Maybe if it's free, or in mint condition I'll get it. If it's a remote set, consider it already in my collection. Here is the original picture.
Yah, that does make them more interesting. I have three types of ultrasonic remote sets: one with a 20-position motorized varactor tuner and a side-scrolling channel display, one with a motorized VHF tuner (didn't know that is a remote set until it was brought to me) and of course my fully-electronic Heathkit GR-2000. Of course I didn't get the original remote so I'm using a newer-style Magnavox Star System remote for now.
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1976 Zenith System 3. Got it for The Best Price. When I showed interest in it, they pretty much begged me to take it.
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Old 01-14-2017, 12:02 PM
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Displays a decent picture. CRT is pretty tired. Takes its time warming up.
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Old 01-14-2017, 02:16 PM
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1976 Zenith System 3. Got it for The Best Price. When I showed interest in it, they pretty much begged me to take it.
I'm thinking the manufacture date label is worn, I don't think the System 3s were out until 1978.
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Old 01-14-2017, 02:38 PM
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It's a 1976. Clear as day.

EDIT - set was made June 1978. I misread the label three times in a row. Only got 4 hours of sleep last night.
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Old 01-18-2017, 11:39 AM
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Don't tell me CRT's don't wake up! After using this thing for a while, the CRT has woken up big time. When I first got it, I had to have the brightness cranked up to get a usable picture. Today, I put the NTSC generator on it, and if I didn't know any better I'd say somebody rejuvenized when I wasn't looking.
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CRTs sure do wake up, but they can die of shock too...I had a LONG dormant 50's monochrome rebuild yesterday come on testing almost full scale then slowly sag with small jumps downward till it was near completely dead....Would not take a rejuve either.
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Probably would be a good idea to bring it up real slow on a CRT tester in a situation like that.
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Old 01-18-2017, 03:23 PM
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Probably would be a good idea to bring it up real slow on a CRT tester in a situation like that.
I was just as slow (if not slower) with that tube as I was with the other ~10 CRTs in that batch, and all of those tubes woke up decently.

Upon the alarm clock going off instead of turning over, clutching for snooze, and eventually rolling outa bed, It pretty much just stood bolt upright clutched at it's chest, shook, and slowly crumpled to the ground dead...Pardon the colorful metaphor. I'd chock it up more to being a flaky rebuild.
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I'm thinking the manufacture date label is worn, I don't think the System 3s were out until 1978.
System 3 "style" chassis came out the end of J line on a few
TOTL consoles. As far as I know System 3 was never used on
the sets or in literature.

K line brought the name & ad campaign. Sets were 19" & 25".
System 3 was a feature list not a chassis. J & K sets used the
9-153 HV module not the 9-160. They were the most reliable
sets Zenith ever built. Also the CRT's used a green phosphor
that was stunning. One thing I never tried that I would like
to is swap the 9-152 with a 9-152-02 that has a comb filter.

L line brought the 9-160, comb filter, 13" & 17" and RAT tuner.
Reliability dropped but sales went through the roof......

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... One thing I never tried that I would like
to is swap the 9-152 with a 9-152-02 that has a comb filter..

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I did that once with a 13" set using a board left over from a scrapped 25". It worked fine and made a noticeable improvement in picture quality.
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