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Front View [30K]

  • Released June 1953
  • Band 1 Superhet (tuneable)
  • 14-inch MW36-24 C.R.T. with 10KV E.H.T.
  • 18 Valves
  • A.C./D.C. Mains
  • Original Cost £63 incl. tax
NOTES Released barely 6 months before ITV capable sets began to appear, the TV32 is now one of the rarest of the Bush bakelite televisions. The cabinet is identical to the later Band I/III TV62 but uses the older chassis layout.

The cabinet design follows on from that most yuppie of all bakelite sets, the TV22, but fitted with a more modern CRT, a relatively new-fangled rectangular tube.
SERVICE DATA You can download provisional service data from the Bush section of the TV manufacturers page.
Typical bakelite crack [6K]
A not untypical crack found
in these style of cabinets.
TV32 in action (showing Tony Hancock [8K]
Tony Hancock - converted from 405
to 625 by the Beeb. Restored back
to 405 by Domino.

Bought as a scrap set by Danger Man ;-) who took pity on it and had a right battle getting it to work again. The knobs are wrong (right style, wrong text) and the cabinet has a large crack.

I bought a scrap TV62 off fleabuy a while back in anticipation of getting this set. There are two panels screwed to the upper rear of the cabinet and the bolts screw straight into the bakelite. If the screws rust they stick fast and if you apply to much pressure trying to unscrew them then this will risk cracking the cabinet - I suspect that's how this one got cracked.

Top tip : Apply *lots* of WD40 over several days. Then apply a 50W soldering iron directly to the bolt head until it smokes and then try unscrewing. I found pliers better as you can apply a twisting action that with luck reduces the stress on the cabinet, but take care to arrange things such that if (when!) your pliers slip you won't end up punching the neck of the tube.

WHERE FOUND Bought privately for 40 notes.
Yes, this is the rarest of the Bush bakelites, but rarity is relative - huge numbers of Bush sets from the period survive today.

Chassis View [37K]
The standard Bush "one above, one below" chassis layout. The (lower) RF chassis is easilly removed which results in excellent access to the components on the underside of the (upper) timebase and power supply chassis. It's a shame that more manufacturers didn't have such consideration for the poor muppets that had to mend their sets.

Underside of RF chassis [36K]
I'm not entirely sure but I suspect it is possible that one of
the resistors and a couple of the caps might not be original :-)

No big suprise the speaker is a replacement. TV22, TV32, TV43, they all
seem to turn up with their original speaker rotted away. I don't know why.

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J.Evans 2006
Last updated
26th March 2006