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57 Predicta Barberpole Resto – Initial Inspection

We just received this very complete 57 Philco Predicta Barberpole for repair. While the customer lives in Las Vegas; he purchased the TV from a seller nearby us in Walnut Creek so it was easy to arrange delivery. These are the initial pictures- overall cosmetic and working condition. Just some notes: the screen cover is

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The Predicta from Heck

ntroducing tonight’s luminaries, including from right to left: The Leaning Tower of Impedance, Electrolytic standing in as vertical feedback capacitor, “Stairway to the Stars” Couplate, and last but not least, Resistor; playing the part of Fuse. The show will certainly be delayed as it appears the Union of Tube Manufacturers has gone on strike.

Two Predictas hot off the bench!

Just finished servicing these two stunning Philco Predictas for Hepcat Restorations. The larger floor model, known colloquially as the “Barber Pole” or “Pedestal” was 98% bone stock and I was impressed that it was working at all with so many original components though with a ‘squeezed’ picture (poor vertical deflection.) After discussing the options, I

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Beetlejuice in 1958 Color

Have you ever seen a 1950s color TV set? This amazing 1958 RCA CTC-7 series came up for sale on ebay out of San Jose. These early round screen TVs are very unusual, and only the very wealthy could afford to own such a set in the ’50s. Color broadcasts did not become regular until

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The Predicta at Home

After disassembling the screen, I spent two hours cleaning and polishing the front and back of the screen cover to get rid of all that awful smelly oxidization! Did a light buff on the brightwork… it still needs some work but displays fine for an in-progress set. The electronics are next, but until then, I

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On the Bench: The new blonde Philco Predicta!

I just got back from a small group meetup of early TV enthusiasts at a fellow collector’s house in San Jose. Among the featured sets were a pair of pre-WWII 5″ television receivers (VERY rare) and one modern replica of a “color wheel” b&w to color converter. Too cool! I picked up this blonde Predicta

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