RtoB there were other Ferguson models fitted with the IMC version, these were the 59 and 68M5, the Micro version Ferg09 for these I think. Ferg05 and Freg07 were for non IMC versions with and without NICAM respectively. Quiz for tonight, does anyone who serviced the Ferguson versions remember the "Childlock" button sequence? Childlock, that's a laugh, it was always the adults that were foxed by this one. Once set, on powering the set on you were greeted with "LOCKED" on the screen for 10 seconds and then the set reverted to standby
If the are any Sado Masochists out there in VRAT land I think I might still have the ultimate Video Nasty in the loft, the Philips Charley Deck training tape. For anyone who is not aware of these have a look at the link below, marvel at the antics of the pinch roller. Again, I got on quite well with these but the most of my work colleagues hated them. They did have pretty decent picture quality, something that the grainy Turbo deck machines lacked.
This one is a bit noisy on FF/REW but the deck I believe inside Philips was known as the coffee grinder.
Luckily we didn't sell or rent many (if any) as we pretty much had stopped buying from Thorn during the production of the first TX100 sets. We fell out with them over the deal they did with Dixons to supply them with Logic branded TX100 sets. Dixons could sell a Logic for about the same price as we could buy Fergusons for trade when you took the VAT into consideration. We went over to Toshiba and Pye/Philips. We tried a few Sharp sets but they were also unreliable badly made junk at the time!
Red to black wrote:Hi Rich,
We bought loads of them (reasonably cheap) because no one else would take them, I must say though they must have not been very reliable from new! what I mean is most of our sets were bought in ex-rental and were faulty but extremely "low milage" they were mostly untouched so I suspect the Thorn engineers just released them for re-sale without trying to fix them.
slidertogrid wrote:The ICC5: I probably had the wrong attitude towards the chassis to a degree, I normally would be quite patient with repairs but some sets you just knew were going to be grief before you started...The Sony 1810 springs to mind oh and any Sharp 21" that came in having "gone bang"..
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