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Old 3rd Mar 2007, 9:05 pm   #1
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Hi all

Here's my latest set; it's a 22" Telefunken set with a Decca Bradford chassis fitted. It has a Mullard tube fitted, made in the USA.
The usual 3.9 ohm resistor in the power supply was open circuit. I actually had a brand new one in my tool box. The set works very well and the tube is very good.


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Old 3rd Mar 2007, 9:30 pm   #2
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Very nice looking set Gary, looks in time warp condition. The USA Mullard crt were made by RCA if my memory serves me well. Cheers, Malc
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Hi Gary,
In the 1970s Decca and Telefunken entered into a collaborative enterprise called the Teldec. I believe that it was some kind of video disc system.
After the Bradford 30 series many later 1970s Telefuinken branded sets employed the all transistor 80 and 100 series Decca chassis.
The Telefunken model 638 was especially popular. It employed the 80 series chassis and used a Toshiba 22" 90 degree PIL CRT.

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Old 4th Mar 2007, 1:18 pm   #4
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here's my latest set its a 22" telefunken set with a decca bradford chassis fitted.
Hi Gary,

can you add some photos from the chassis here?

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Old 4th Mar 2007, 10:10 pm   #5
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Very interesting that about the Decca Telefunken tie up. We came across one 22" version and it had the same style as the one shown on "Life on Mars" but was badged Telefunken. Yours looks very nice and tidy, amazing if it has the original tube fitted.
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Very interesting that about the Decca Telefunken tie up.
Their recording divisions got together too, leading to the "Teldec" record label appearing in the early 1980s, which specialised in stunningly life-like digitally-recorded classical LPs.

Were Telefunken-branded TVs commonplace in England? I've certainly not seen one - though they would have been somewhat before my time I suppose.
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Were Telefunken-branded TVs commonplace in England? I've certainly not seen one - though they would have been somewhat before my time I suppose.
Not common as such. At least not the badged Bradfords.

The later sets were quite popular with a certain class of customer in the late '80s. Those who didn't want one of the black cased articles which were all the rage then. Telefunken still did nice polished wooden cabinets.

I sold a few when I was in the trade, not over fond of them though - too many intermittents and dry joints to be regarded as reliable. Having said that they did give a fair picture. I used a 16 inch with text as my workshop monitor for several years.

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Old 5th Mar 2007, 5:27 pm   #8
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A great find Gary, well done! Telefunken had three of their own chassis, a 90 deg hybrid. a 110 deg hybrid and a solid state model. Most apparently only tuned upto UHF ch60!

As Fernseh and Nick say they collaborated with Decca, hence why they later brought out Bradfords under the Telefunken name. I don't know how long this collaboration laster.

Of course by the 1980s they became part of the J2T trio (JVC, Thorn and Telefunken). Two interesting variations of the HR7200/3V29 came out which had VHF/UHF tuners, the VR 520 and 1190 (I think it was). The two were styled identically, but different in style to the JVC & Ferguson versions. Clock display on the right for one thing.



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Hi
The Telefunken Bradfords I've seen most of were the 22" one with the 7-selector flaps with green indicators and slider controls - slightly newer than the one in this thread. The big problem with those was the Sylvania CRTs (yellow label) they were inevitably fitted with which went soft very quickly.
We always sighed a huge sigh of relief, however, on seeing one of those instead of a Telefunken 711 (aargh!).
They were popular with the rental market as well as sales - I remember starting to repair one in a customer's house when they asked what had happened to their usual rental engineer. Turned out I was in the wrong street - "my" set was in the next street down, same number, same model, same fault! Luckily I got paid for the real set...though customer number one couldn't see why I couldn't finish his job!


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We always sighed a huge sigh of relief, however, on seeing one of those instead of a Telefunken 711 (aargh!).

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The same happened to us in Bath, our last job was a dead Telefunkun so thinking it was the dreaded 711 we went through the day with this dreaded cloud hanging over us. Imagine our relief when we arrived at the customers house at about 6pm to find we were dealing with a Telefunken badged CS2230 instead.
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