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Old 04-19-2017, 09:49 AM
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Unknown motorola

Has anyone seen this motorola before? I found it in an abandoned tv shop a few months ago. I looked around on the internet for days and no results.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:08 AM
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Any chassis/model numbering on it?

Looks like there is a nice Zenith belo...Err, on top of it.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:15 AM
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I cant read the chassis number because its a little to crusty but it starts with "ts". And yea thats a 1967 zenith b/w.
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Old 04-19-2017, 11:14 AM
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What TV shop was this at?
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Old 04-19-2017, 11:33 AM
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It was owned by a guy who mostly sold zenith and Westinghouse but did some repair on the side, and it was in a 1890's general store.
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Old 04-19-2017, 12:20 PM
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Looks cloes to a 1956 or 1957 21 inch.

http://www.tvhistory.tv/1956-Motorola-Brochure1.JPG

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Old 04-19-2017, 12:42 PM
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I believe i found it, its a 1960.
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Old 04-19-2017, 12:43 PM
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It's a 1959 model!
Great working and reliable set. Power transformer and 5U4.
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Old 04-19-2017, 01:31 PM
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It's a 1959 model!
Great working and reliable set. Power transformer and 5U4.
I have the 21K139M console with swivel base, similar model with the TS561 chassis, 21CBP4 90 degree CRT. Very solid set indeed and that whole line had "HiFi" sound.
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Old 04-19-2017, 01:54 PM
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I believe i found it, its a 1960.
Must have been about last year for this 21 inch tube model... most manufacturers transitioned to the square cornered 23 inch jug the next year.

Was Motorola a bit ahead of the game, with "lowboy" styling as early as 1956? I don't remember seeing many before the 23" models were introduced.

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Old 04-19-2017, 03:16 PM
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It was owned by a guy who mostly sold zenith and Westinghouse but did some repair on the side, and it was in a 1890's general store.
Wow that TV store is a real trip. The times I've been down south it always impresses me how many really old wood buildings that have not been well maintained still stand....Up here if you don't keep the structure maintained snow and ice will cave in the roof and pop things apart real quick.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:21 PM
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I believe i found it, its a 1960.
The brochure specifies a "frame grid tuner", not one of Motorola's better efforts. Motorola furnished a replacement tuner, that was an earlier design, but a lot better, to replace it.
It seems, that was the last year, Motorola made their own tuner. The next years models used either Oak or Standard Coil tuners.
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I have the 21K139M console with swivel base, similar model with the TS561 chassis, 21CBP4 90 degree CRT. Very solid set indeed and that whole line had "HiFi" sound.
I picked up a blond consolette Motorola with a similar chassis. It's code-dated late 1957. It has a RCA silverama replacement CRT, that's nice and bright.
IIRC, I have a set just like the one you have, as well with the original CRT.
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Old 10-06-2017, 08:21 AM
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I just found the chassis number, TS-544
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Old 10-06-2017, 04:17 PM
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Does that have the octal "service" receptacle on the back. There was 4-5 pins you could check vitals from, AGC, B+, ground oscillator AFC and something else.
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