I have what I think is the most wonderful old (early 50’s) blond-wood Motorola TV/AM radio/Record player… It’s a huge cabinet with doors that open to reveal a TV on one side, and a record player on the other.
It hasn’t really worked since I got it 10 years ago, and I always swore I’d get it fixed, but that seems impossible.
I don’t really remember the 50’s, but when I was a kid in the early 70’s, I still remember people talking about how TV’s needed to “warm up”… I didn’t understand it then, but since I’ve tried to turn this one on, I think I know what people were talking about back then… The TV slowly comes on, and shows a picture - for a while it flips and flips, and if you play with the knobs on the back it eventually stops and you can see a really distorted picture.
I know it has something to do with tubes, since it’s totally filled with them, but unfortunately tubes don’t seem to burn out like light bulbs - they all look the same to me…
Are there still people out there who can fix old televisions? More importantly, how do you find them?
I don’t know if this TV is worth anything, but I’d just love to get it up and running. Has anyone ever gotten an old TV working again?