This set, and it's fringe version (the "Countryman") use a
most elegant cabinet to disguise what is in fact little more than a cheap
table model. But it does look nice doesn't it - however the sales brochure
for the set shows the cabint minus the horizontal bars across the speaker.
In that state it looks like nothing special. I've not seen any other pictures
or sets like the one in the brochure so perhaps it wasn't released in
that form ? Incidently, the brochure mentioned a Birmingham version thus
dating it late 1949 or 1950.
The Mazda range of television valves were an odd mix of 100mA and 200mA
heaters making them somewhat more complicated to string across the mains
than the standard 300mA Mullard alternatives. But at least Baird had the
foresight to run the CRT heater via a seperate transformer, thus isolating
it before the service engineer had to after the Mazda CRT developed a
heater-cathode short. Well, OK, it may also be because of the different
(yet again!) heater current of the CRT - but I prefer my explanation ;-).
It seems Baird was non too impressed. He looks dead miserable on the badge thats mounted at the bottom of the set.
|SERVICE DATA||The chassis appears to be almost identical to the much smaller Baird T164, the service data for which can be downloaded via the Baird manufacturers page.|
|CURRENT STATE|| The odd
scratch and a small piece of veneer missing. Mind you, the mains dropper
appears to have seen better days and is gradually unwinding itself. But
inside the chassis looks dusty and original with no signs of bodging.
You can often gauge the date of a set from the electrolytics which often have their date of manufacture printed on them. Unfortuately, the ones in this set don't.
|WHERE FOUND||July 2006 Wotton Bassett bash for a mighty £340. More than it is
worth, certainly, but when you like something, you like it. I saw one of
these in someones house a while back now and was immediatly struck by the
I've since sold the set, the new owner investing in a thorough restoration of the set. The following link will show you what was involved in restoration of this Baird Townsman.
|The receiver section. The empty socket on the
left is a connector for the loom that connects to
the controls on the left hand side of the set.
|Scanning assemebly and line output stage.|
For the collector, there are various advantages and disadvantages to consider with a set like this.
|Disadvantage :||It uses the dreadfully unreliable M*zd* CRM121 C.R.T. [sigh!]|
|Advantage :||The sloped top surface means people couldn't place anything on top. Thus there are no water stains from potted plants, etc that console sets tend to be afflicted with.|
|Disadvantage :||The sloped top surface means you can't store more tellies on top of it :-(|
|Advantage :||There's plenty of storage space in the back :-|
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