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SKIÞ's Gravatar
 Location: Adelaide, SA
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Hi, new here! Hoping someone can help me identify this mystery valve cabinet I acquired. Previous owner says it was bought 'When TVs first came out in Melbourne' but there's no emblem of the front, the back model number is smudged and no other identifying information besides the CRT being branded with McMurdo on the back of it. Here's a link to some pictures, happy to take more if needed but I didn't see any other useful information: https://imgur.com/gallery/cXhxNW0

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 Location: Belrose, NSW
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That is an HMV E1 - A1. The first TV model HMV made in Australia, serial number 795 so it's early. I haven't seen that cabinet style before but someone else on this forum probably has.

HMV lost money on every one of those they made!

It has the AWV rebuilt CRT that would have been fitted when the original UK-sourced CRT failed under warranty. They are usually OK.
The McMurdo is the brand of the CRT socket.

Definitely worth restoring, they are capable of extremely good performance. But it does need some work. I hope you can put the valves back into their original positions!

I have restored a few of this model. I know them quite well.

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 Location: Hill Top, NSW
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Nice looking old TV. Let's hope you can get it working.

From the back photo it looks like a pair of 6N3 rectifiers above the power transformer.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 11:28:56 AM on 13 May 2020.
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 Location: Belrose, NSW
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Do you have the plastic flap assembly and the two sets of knobs? I hope so! Even if they are broken, which they nearly always are.

The UK-made worm-drive pots in the cardboard-covered centre preference control assembly are usually stuffed. They are made of unobtainium. I came up with a nice replacement that's readily available and looks virtually identical from the outside.

That model used a number of UK-sourced major parts, all of them except the tuner failed early in life and resulted in expensive recalls.

I now recall where I'd seen the cabinet style. The ABC bought a number of them. Company I used to work for back in the day used to service "ABC Assets" TVs, almost all HMVs.

Here's a link to an earlier restoration I did to one of these sets:


If you can use a multimeter, there is a simple way to test if you have a good CRT without powering up the TV. See


A group of collectors (including me) on this forum is about to import a part-container-load of CRTs from the US. Check your CRT and see if you might need to add your name to the list!

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 Location: Lakes Entrance, VIC
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Hi this is your set..mine not run for years photo sent to Brad

HMV E1-A1 Valve Television

 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 9:16:16 PM on 3 June 2020.
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 Location: Greenwich, NSW
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Photo uploaded to Post 5.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

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