Hi all. Catho's thread about his Bush TV1 got me thinking about my set I had as a kid. It was some time after my mate got his Bush set for his bedroom and I gently badgered my parents for a set. When that didn't work I tried harder...
The first set came from some friends of my parents. I think it was an Invicta or a Pam I remember it was very deep and only just fitted in the gap between the wall and the side of the bed! It had a turret tuner on the right. volume on the left with the hold controls in the middle, the horiz hold knob pushed in to adjust.
I had the set for a while BBC1 was a belting picture but ITV was always flat and grey and was prone to break up.
One day the set failed to work, I looked inside, it had a vertical chassis with the line stage on the right middle. I found one of the valves had a white top. so I fetched my granddad who lived next door...
He took the valve out and off we went to "Modern television" to get a new one. a new one however was expensive to an 11 year old..
The chap in the shop saw our plight and suggested that there might be one in an old set around the back of the shop.
Around the back was a pile of old sets, a valve was purloined and home we went.
The set still wouldn't work though and during my messing around inside I managed to catch the tube neck with my sleeve.. a long gentle hiss and that was the end of that.
I took the set apart and got trouble from Mum for making a mess in my room.
I hadn't forgotten about the pile of sets behind the telly shop though.. so the next day out came the go-cart and off I went to pester...
A succession of sets followed, but none were allowed in the house as they were "just old junk that someone had thrown out" according to mum. she would let me have a set in the garden shed but wouldn't allow me to connect them to the mains, not that that there was any in the shed anyway... it was strictly one set allowed so whenever I got another set the previous one had to go. (or rather taken apart and the parts stashed out of sight) Next thing on the badger list? Own shed!
The second set I had in my room came from the kindly man at Modern television some time later, It worked so I looked after that one, now being older and wiser!
It is an Invicta 7070u and I still have it over 40 years later!
I would be interested to hear others stories about their first telly, what it was and what fate befell it..