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« Reply #30 on: January 29, 2018, 01:25:37 PM »
I'm 2000 miles away or Dave and I might be fighting over your TV.  I hope you find it a good home.  Beautiful TV for sure.
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« Reply #31 on: January 29, 2018, 08:18:32 PM »
Thank you for those pictures Chris. I know there some MI members on videokarma who would take that CTC38 right off your hands. As a 1968 model, last of the branded RCA Victor, its highly collectible due mainly to its controls style, a hybrid of 1966-67 designs.

A few more RCA tube chassis variations made it into the early 1970's CTC39, CTC44-48 , but unlike Zenith making their superb Chromacolor line of hybrids(tube-transistor) , RCA went SS early in their product lines, Accu-color, Argosy then XL-100.



Thanks for the encouragement.  I'll try VK--thought I had done so once before but maybe I balked at signing up for one more site.  My theory is that anything interesting has to find a home.  I donated my parents' first automatic washer, a 1951 Frigidaire, to the Henry Ford Museum (gee, it had machined gears and a pressure lube system) and a 1956 dishwasher to a local historical museum.  When I moved across Michigan 24 years ago, I found homes for all the electronic stuff I couldn't move, except for one cool Zenith B&W TV console.  It was heart-breaking to toss it on the trash hauler's truck the last day before closing.  I vowed never to do that again.

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« Reply #32 on: January 31, 2018, 11:03:16 AM »
MM-Dave: wife Sue has posted some stuff on VK, it was kind of her idea to get it, she also grew up without a color TV. She wants an Early American cabinet for it to match furniture.

I'm an audio guy so tube TV seems scary. I picked up SAMS for it - 28 pages - Jeezum!!

Ed: no, their name was Roedel, but the name T. Bayard Williams rings a bell for some reason.  The Roedels had a brand new pea-green '60 Electra, and I recall being impressed by the mirror-reflecting speedometer in it,but then saw my very first colorTV and was even more impressed!!

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« Reply #33 on: February 10, 2018, 02:45:54 AM »
Firedome---sorry just now saw this new post.
      T. Bayard Williams and his brother, Jack Williams were both Towson lawyers who were responsible for Boys Latin School moving to an old mansion on Lake Avenue in 1961 instead of closing down. Their father was a judge but I don't know what district, Jack Williams was the "headmaster" and T Bayard one of the regeants of B.L.  or is it provosts ?. He lived on Charles St Avenue, probably his entire adult life. I met him by accident as we both hung out Sunday mornings at Kenilworth Mall, he was then 90 years old and somehow we discovered our common connections--his family grew up across the street from my mothers family in Dundalk, next to Camp Holabird, and I went to Boys Latin 1st through 3rd grades. He said he went by T Bayard even in the army so as not to get confused with the thousands of Thomas B Williams. I'm sure he had boys your age.
           Another coincidence--my dad's first Buick was a blue 4-door Invicta and I was riding in it when he smacked into the side of a lady who was running a stop sign down the hill from Brooks Buick (next to Immaculate Conception Church) where he had just taken delivery. The Invicta's bumper was so mildly scratched that my dad swore me to secrecy i.e. dont say a word to your mother about this. I remember the adjustable mirror speedometer, the clock "pod" the speed warning buzzer, the oval geren "cold" warning lamp and the "rear"  heat lever as unique to the '60 Buicks.  My mother had 2 Pontiacs after my dad died, a '65 and '69, then bought a '74 2 door Electra during the gas crisis instead of a third Pontiac. Our driveway on Seminary Ave was so sloped that she couldn't push the heavy door open when pulling in nor pull it shut when pulling out.  She also had an '89 LeSabre and I now have her '97 LeSabre and its going strong.
       There was a '57 DeSoto parked on Kenilworth Drive until 2 years ago. white with red top, and it had the "pinched" oval bumper exhaust pipes and the 4 beam look for the headlights. I loved all the finmobiles as a child but by the time I started noticing cars they were all on their third owners, neglected, dull paint, noisy exhausts, lurching on bad shocks, rusted all over, and running on 7 cylinders or less. I love seeing them restored at car shows in all their shiny glory. with engines purring. The Chrysler comparison ads on you tube are fascinating, as is the '60 Buicks in the 100+ MPH 10,000 mile endurance run- I'm sure you've seen them.
                                                              Ed 

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« Reply #34 on: March 21, 2018, 12:18:54 PM »
Hi Ed and all:
Been away in FL for the last month and unintentionally neglecting this site!
Thanks for your responses! 

We lived 1 block W of Charles St Ave. and knew that name sounded familiar, but it's been a long time now!  I haven't been back for 15 years at least, but need to do so before I get too much older!

I remember hitting Brooks Buick in their old location at the top of the hill on York Rd like clockwork every year on my bike on annual fall visits to all the dealers during the new model years intros to pick up brochures (should have saved them!) , along with Towson Ford, Marsden Chevrolet, and Dulaney Chrys/Plym!  The only one left is Brooks, and I think that's just BMWs and no Buick now? :-(

That DeSoto must have been a '58 if it had the pinched, not oval, bumper exhaust port, I had a '58 DeS until a few years ago, now I have a '59 Firedome - hence my name here!

On the console front, I'm hoping to pick up a TOL RCA console from a member here this coming weekend, luckily the latest Nor'easter is going to miss us, at least this go-round, thank heavens!!  Will post that info when we get 'er done!
 

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« Reply #35 on: March 23, 2018, 10:10:45 AM »
First let me say I think you should have stayed in Florida longer so you could avoid any more winter storms.  I'm still in Arizona but will need to leave soon and go back to Michigan. 

Talking about fall when dealers would premier the new cars.  The dealership in my small hometown sold Buick, Pontiac, and GMC.  As the new cars came off the trucks the owner of the dealership would take the cars to his house just outside of town.  My parents were friends with the owner and his wife so I felt special when I got to see the cars before they actually were displayed for the premier fall showing at the dealership. Memories of days long ago. No more pomp and circumstance when a new car line comes out. Sad!

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« Reply #36 on: March 23, 2018, 11:37:17 AM »
Not much of interest in any new cars anyhow, it's hard to tell a Toyota from a Buick these days!

It would have been nice to stay longer in FL, we left St Pete 70 and sunny, 2 hrs later in Elmira with 28 and snow showers - we felt like staying on the plane for the trip back to FL!

We're thinking AZ next year, any recommendations for 1 to 3 month rent in a safe but inexpensive location? Not in a big city? We have friends that go to and love Green Valley S of Tuscon but never been there and wonder about affordability, it's not an issue for them but it is for us! 

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« Reply #37 on: March 26, 2018, 04:06:19 PM »
This weekend my son & I picked up a really big '55 RCA mono console containing a record player plus a 2- track r2r, from a kind member here who needed space (don't we all!). It also came with a spare "parts" amp, so our plan is to replace missing parts on that one, get it working, and install it in the cabinet  (itself needing restoration to an acceptable WAF level). Then, using outboard rosewood Klipsch speakers we have, re-purpose it as a stereo by putting a free-standing Dual TT on the fixed top, and retaining the original RP and r2r. Looks to be a fun, if fairly complex, process, but should be pretty sweet when she's done! 

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« Reply #38 on: March 26, 2018, 07:20:39 PM »
At least the front doors tuck inside the cabinet so that you can still place it close to a wall or other furniture.
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« Reply #39 on: March 27, 2018, 09:40:42 AM »
Holy smokes...that looks like an RCA Mark 1 minus the speaker.  That was RCA's top of the line for 1956.  It was like $1600.00.  Google it and take a look at it complete. It's sad it's not complete. 

If you would like we can talk about AZ and places to rent.  Personal message me with your questions and when I get back to Michigan, leaving tomorrow, I'll respond.

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« Reply #40 on: March 27, 2018, 10:11:43 AM »
The speaker is still in my basement.  He's gotta come back for them.

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« Reply #41 on: March 27, 2018, 01:08:47 PM »
Firedome, the rear heat feature was a standard in Buick from the early 40's on to the days that air conditioning became standard equipment.  My grandpa bought a new '60 Electra 225 flat top that was Lido Lavender and Raven Black with three tone black, gray and white whipcord interior.  His buddy, Russ, the Hudson man, bought a new 1960 Mercury Park Lane with the 430 Lincoln engine in it.  What a dog that thing was.  He figured to outrun grandpa's Electra with that thing.  Not likely.  The Invicta took the place of Century.  The big 401 engine in the LeSabre body.  Invicta was never as popular as Century.  Invicta did not have the flashy interior like the Century did.  Not enough to separate it from the LeSabre.
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« Reply #42 on: March 27, 2018, 11:52:45 PM »
I remember the radio musical jingle from when they switched over to the new model names--a lady singing "LeSabre... Invicta... Electra!"  Amazing what sticks in our minds.  A fishing buddy could sing the whole Robert Hall back-to-school jingle.   "Mother knows, for better clothes, it's back to Robert Hall again" and so on.

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« Reply #43 on: March 28, 2018, 07:54:36 PM »
How about "Wouldn't you really rather have a Buick ?   
                 a Buick ?   
                 a Buick ?   
                 Wouldn't you really rather have a Buick ?   this year !  "   

         At least I think the jingle was for Buick.   I used to squat down in front of my parents' cars and contrast the flowing lines of the sleek shiny 1960 Buick Invicta with the clumsy looking Studebaker Lark wagon. It was dull beige and it always seemed to be coated in a film of dust and grime probably from being parked in Dundalk all day not too far from the steel mill.

         I had a 55 Roadmaster and later a 56 Roadmaster. The 55s main heater was under the drivers seat and did the rear seat area too. The 56 had dual exhausts, which caused them to eliminate the under the seat heater, core and fan both. Also the power brakes were relocated to the firewall. The 60 Invicta had single exhaust,maybe they all did ? and I remember a rear seat heater lever on the dash but there seemed to be no fan involved Maybe the fan was optional ? 

          Did the Robert Hall jingle begin  "When you buy, better try, Robert Hall."  ?

        Maybe Buick's "Lido Lavender" was like Cadillac's  "Persian Sand" My uncle had that. medium violet

         I read the article about the RCA model named after the music festival, and again I want to say Berkshire, but that's the wrong name. What a beast !!!  I  had to laugh when they mentioned they wouldn't use the Armstrong FM discriminator. As if RCA didn't want to use anyone else's patents !!

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« Reply #44 on: March 29, 2018, 02:10:00 PM »
Yep, no way our SUV would hold that monster AND the giant speaker at the same time!
For now will use existing spkrs, as the original drivers in the console need re-coning, and the wife will need some convincing yet.

Ed, there was an RCA Berkshire (see link to article above), possibly you're thinking of Tanglewood?

Sparrows Point - Dad worked for "The Steel" in sales, but his office was in the Commercial Credit Bldg in downtown Bawlamer. All Beth Steel employees could belong to Sparrows Point CC off Wise Ave in Dundalk, being in sales Dad golfed there a lot, and there was an awesome swimming pool, but living in Towson we didn't get down there as a family as much as I would have wished, however I well remember the light red dust coating that would always be on the car at the end of day when we went for the entire day. Not the cleanest place, hate to think  what went in our lungs back then, but it's a shame that the biggest steel plant in the world is now nothing but a crumbling ruin. Dad was moved to the home office in Bethlehem PA in the early '70s, the company is long gone (once in the top 6 or 7 of all US companies) and the plant there is now a casino!!

That Persian Sand color on Cads was gorgeous, pale purple just belongs on cars of that era!!