ambitous little set from Ekco. It must have been a real challange, not only
to cram in the 16 valves but to also enable this non-transistor set to be
powered from a 12V battery (must have been one hell of a battery!).
Wherever they placed components, they would not be far from the metal case. This is a particular problem in the line output stage to which an elaborate perspex cover had to be fitted.
The choice of the ancient round CRM93 (which wasn't even aluminised) may initially seem a bit odd. However, in 1956 the smallest rectangular CRT was 14", and the narrower deflection angle of the old CRM93 required less scanning power.
Being a small set and the first to be able to run from a 12V supply led to this set being fitted as an option to some upmarket cars such as Daimler and Rolls Royce. This did not go un-noticed by the powers that be who, within two months, raised a proposal to ammend the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations of 1955 to prohit the use of television receivers in vehicles if the screen were visble, directly or by reflection, by the driver of a vehicle or indeed any other vehicle on the road. The regulations were thuis ammended (order 103A) in early 1957.
|SERVICE DATA||There is a copy of the original Ekco manual on the Vintage Television Service Data CD.|
|CURRENT STATE||But for a shallow dent in the metal case and the missing aerial, the set
is otherwise in very nice condition.
This picture shows the join in the front material between the exposed bit and that normally covered by the lid. This set must have smoked 40 a day !
|WHERE FOUND||December 2001 BVWS auction at Wotton Bassett for £40.|
On display (center) outside Ekco's London office in 1956
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