TVs have never really been something that I've been massively into, but my lovely wife was perusing Yahoo Auctions and we came across two items we had to have. The first was this little portable guy.
As the front clearly states, it's a National Ranger-505 IC Transistor portable TV. To be honest, I know very little about this little gem, but it's pretty cool. On the back you have the standard inputs for an antenna as well as horizontal/vertical adjustments, and a battery compartment that takes nine(!) D cells.
The real party piece of this guy though is that we won the auction for one yen. Yup, one yen. That's the equivalent of 0.0096 USD, 0.011 AUD or 0.0058 GBP. Cheap in other words, haha.
The second guy we won is by far the coolest thing I've bought on Yahoo Auctions, maybe ever. I apologize for the lack of quality pictures, the next time I'm home with the sun out, I'll grab some new pictures in natural light.
Ya, that thing is awesome! It's an old General 16SE (TS-1609A). I can find precisely zero English information about the TV, so it might have been a domestic only set.
Just look at those knobs! The channel knob in particular is just awesome!
One of my favorite things about this TV though is that on the bottom and back side, there are access panels that you can remove by just rotating a little clip. Here's the bottom one.
And with the bottom panel removed. I love the mayhem and madness of all the components hiding about in there.
Here's the back panel.
And with it removed. It's surprisingly empty on this side.
A close up look at some of the vacuum tubes.
Now, I misunderstood how the seller described the auction (a fault of my Japanese ability, not his writing). I thought he said the picture tube works and the audio is wonky, but it's actually backwards. The picture doesn't come on, but the audio is supposed to work. However, when I plugged it in and flipped the power switch, nothing happened. The whole thing was motionless. I'm not scared though, because on the inside of the back access panel was this little pouch.
And inside that pouch was a full wiring diagram for the TV! Time to start chasing down wires and finding faults!
Here she is stuffed into the corner where she'll live for the time being. Compared to my 42 inch flat screen in the corner, it looks so small. It does have infinitely more style though!
I'm pretty excited about it to say the least. On the next warm day, we'll take it outside, clean it out and get some proper pictures in the sun!