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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 10:44:15 PM on 9 November 2014.
Justboughtanawa's Gravatar
 Location: Mornington, VIC
 Member since 9 November 2014
 Member #: 1652
 Postcount: 4

Hi all, thanks for adding me to the site.

I confess I'm not a techy type, but I do have an appreciation for these beautiful old gizmos.

I'm setting up a retro themed business and I thought it would be cool to run our promo dvd through an old TV (yes, I know you need an extra duverlacky to do this). Full of naive hope and trust I bought an old AWA Radiola off Ebay and was told it was working...but of course it wasn't (yes I know I should have checked but I'm just too damn trusting, which is a good trait I reckon!).

So I got it home and eagerly switched it on expecting a noisy fuzz, but got the horizontal white line. It obviously has some kind of blown schnifter valve bobbin duverlacky, I tried Google research but couldn't really find much (except your site).

I would appreciate a bit of guidance if possible, i.e. is it bad bad or reasonably fixable? Are parts easily available?

I'm aware these things can be delicate, and I'm also aware they can kill you dead if you poke around when switched on! But if i'ts a simple case of unplugging and re plugging the above schnifter valve, I might be able manage it, otherwise I'm happy to take it to a professional. If it's likely to cost a bazzillion then I'll chuck it on ebay and get another.

Thank you for allowing me to tap into your knowledge :o)



 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 3:32:46 AM on 10 November 2014.
DJ Oz's avatar
 Location: Central Coast, NSW
 Member since 18 April 2014
 Member #: 1554
 Postcount: 215

Welcome Pete

you might want to post in the TV forum really

But first off TV's are no a place to be poking around if you have no Idea what your doing
Deadly is an understatement

Depending on the Set there are parts that will have 15,000 to 25,0000 Volts on them

Sounds like a vertical problem to me and as to parts well the more unique TV parts like Flyback transformers etc would be the harder ones to find.

Id even hazard a guess and say you'd probably got more chance of getting a B&W Valve set going these days then a colour due to myriad of specific IC's used in colour sets...

A lot of the time its not an exotic parts thats failed and also usually all sets come with a bunch of a typical faults that would happen...if your lucky your fix will fall into that category
(except EHT transformers where some what common failures depending)

You best bet is to seek the service of an old time TV tech by the sounds of it you want it going fairly quickly

No one can really answer your question till they look at it
all they can do is give you a best guess based on their experience from here on the Net

Make and Model will help them do that..I am not a TV tech so my knowledge is very limited.

Maybe if you need it pronto go find another on Ebay but make sure it works and let it run for a while to be sure

You will depending on Age probably need an (analogue) RF converter to put signal into it...thought


Cheers Smile

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 9:15:46 PM on 12 November 2014.
TV Collector's Gravatar
 Location: Ballarat, VIC
 Member since 4 January 2011
 Member #: 803
 Postcount: 456

A horizontal line is a good sign, the problem is more likely to be simple and most of the TV is already working. It may be a loose valve or something that requires a technician to fix.

As DJ OZ has said we need a bit more info about your TV before we can help. AWA made a lot of different TV's so it is hard to say what to check unless we know what model it is. Make a post in the TV section if you want more advice on the problem.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 9:19:41 PM on 12 November 2014.
Brad's avatar
 Location: Greenwich, NSW
 Member since 15 November 2005
 Member #: 1
 Postcount: 6625

G'day Pete,

Welcome to the forums.

If you'd like a photo of the telly published with any post you make in the TV forum you can e-mail it to me and I will upload it for you.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

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