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2022-07-06 7:12:56 PM  
I read this head line and missed the reference.  But then, being a really old guy, I remembered being trained on Motorola Quasar TVs in the 1960s, the first TV brand to have changeable transistorized component boards for repairing problems.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane!!
Rick O, fixing TVs for 60 years.
 
2022-07-06 7:20:02 PM  
What does the red spectrum tell us about quasars?
Youtube Ksn947M415A
 
2022-07-06 7:33:53 PM  

fixitwiz: I read this head line and missed the reference.  But then, being a really old guy, I remembered being trained on Motorola Quasar TVs in the 1960s, the first TV brand to have changeable transistorized component boards for repairing problems.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane!!
Rick O, fixing TVs for 60 years.


...with the works in a drawer.
 
2022-07-06 7:43:11 PM  
This beast was in the family room of my house from about birth through me turning 14 years old:

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The picture was so faded and distorted that I was watching an episode of ST:TNG when my grandparents visited and they were so concerned that it looked terrible. My grandmother was convinced the terrible picture had something to do with me being nearsighted. She persuaded my grandfather to offer that they would buy us a new TV if my parents would just pick one out at Sears. About $500 later we had a 27" Magnavox as a replacement and we had to buy a new TV stand to put it on/in.
 
2022-07-06 7:45:18 PM  

mrmopar5287: This beast was in the family room of my house from about birth through me turning 14 years old:

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The picture was so faded and distorted that I was watching an episode of ST:TNG when my grandparents visited and they were so concerned that it looked terrible. My grandmother was convinced the terrible picture had something to do with me being nearsighted. She persuaded my grandfather to offer that they would buy us a new TV if my parents would just pick one out at Sears. About $500 later we had a 27" Magnavox as a replacement and we had to buy a new TV stand to put it on/in.


You didn't have to buy a new stand.
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2022-07-06 7:54:11 PM  

mrmopar5287: This beast was in the family room of my house from about birth through me turning 14 years old:

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The picture was so faded and distorted that I was watching an episode of ST:TNG when my grandparents visited and they were so concerned that it looked terrible. My grandmother was convinced the terrible picture had something to do with me being nearsighted. She persuaded my grandfather to offer that they would buy us a new TV if my parents would just pick one out at Sears. About $500 later we had a 27" Magnavox as a replacement and we had to buy a new TV stand to put it on/in.


more importantly, why is it still apparently in some sort of use? I clearly see an xbox controller on top of it!
 
2022-07-06 7:56:59 PM  
Quasar...bum bum ba bummmmmm.  By Motorola.
 
2022-07-06 7:58:42 PM  
I loved their jingle.
Quasar Jingle
Youtube rH9gBp3fojQ
 
2022-07-06 7:59:19 PM  

phedex: why is it still apparently in some sort of use? I clearly see an xbox controller on top of it!


Google image. I don't have a picture of the exact television we used, but I'm sure if I went through the photo albums I could find a picture of some kind with that beast in the background.

Ours was very similar except it had some stains on the front of it. When I was maybe 3-4 there was a fly in the house and I was awake while my parents were asleep. I apparently grabbed the first spray can out of the utility room to use as bug spray, but it was Scotch-Guard. The chemicals in the can stripped the paint or varnish off the wood of the TV and made it dribble down the front so the speaker covers made of wood and cloth had light colored stains spilling down the front of them.

It was possibly the first occurrence in my life of my dad saying "This is why we can't have nice things."
 
2022-07-06 8:01:58 PM  

Ivo Shandor: mrmopar5287: This beast was in the family room of my house from about birth through me turning 14 years old:

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The picture was so faded and distorted that I was watching an episode of ST:TNG when my grandparents visited and they were so concerned that it looked terrible. My grandmother was convinced the terrible picture had something to do with me being nearsighted. She persuaded my grandfather to offer that they would buy us a new TV if my parents would just pick one out at Sears. About $500 later we had a 27" Magnavox as a replacement and we had to buy a new TV stand to put it on/in.

You didn't have to buy a new stand.
[azquotes.com image 850x400]


We had a console TV my mother gave me when I moved into an apartment. Didn't have a TV on top of it, but we didn't get rid of it for about two months after it died, because we were moving anyway, and needed people to help move it.

I did have an inflatable penguin on top of it for awhile. The penguin never exploded.
 
2022-07-06 8:05:28 PM  

Unobtanium: needed people to help move it


To get rid of that one took a friend with a pickup truck, 4 people lifting, and it was done on the village "amnesty day" for cleaning up oversized garbage items. We took it to the public works facility and heaved it into a front-end loader where it was promptly lifted and tumbled into a huge dumpster to go to a landfill. I shudder to think about just the mass of lead in that television. Nowadays you cannot send CRT televisions to landfills and if you take it to Best Buy you have to pay them about $25 to recycle it. Maybe BB doesn't even accept them any longer at this point.
 
2022-07-06 8:11:13 PM  
I only watch Matlock

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2022-07-06 8:18:17 PM  

fixitwiz: I read this head line and missed the reference.  But then, being a really old guy, I remembered being trained on Motorola Quasar TVs in the 1960s, the first TV brand to have changeable transistorized component boards for repairing problems.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane!!
Rick O, fixing TVs for 60 years.


"Quasar!  With 'Works in a Drawer'!"
 
2022-07-06 8:21:29 PM  

fixitwiz: I read this head line and missed the reference.  But then, being a really old guy, I remembered being trained on Motorola Quasar TVs in the 1960s, the first TV brand to have changeable transistorized component boards for repairing problems.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane!!
Rick O, fixing TVs for 60 years.


The set at the bottom of the ad is the one I grew up with.

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2022-07-06 8:35:45 PM  
Weird quasar tie-in with my childhood: not only was our television that brand, the 1993.5 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme my parents bought was medium quasar blue metallic. I can't find a good picture of that car, but it was this color:

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2022-07-06 8:42:46 PM  

Ivo Shandor: [iFrame https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ksn947M415A?autoplay=1&widget_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fark.com&start=0&enablejsapi=1&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fark.com&widgetid=1]


A: They're moving away from us!

Chocolate chip, please.
 
2022-07-06 8:47:06 PM  

Unobtanium: Ivo Shandor: mrmopar5287: This beast was in the family room of my house from about birth through me turning 14 years old:

[images.saymedia-content.com image 850x551]

The picture was so faded and distorted that I was watching an episode of ST:TNG when my grandparents visited and they were so concerned that it looked terrible. My grandmother was convinced the terrible picture had something to do with me being nearsighted. She persuaded my grandfather to offer that they would buy us a new TV if my parents would just pick one out at Sears. About $500 later we had a 27" Magnavox as a replacement and we had to buy a new TV stand to put it on/in.

You didn't have to buy a new stand.
[azquotes.com image 850x400]

We had a console TV my mother gave me when I moved into an apartment. Didn't have a TV on top of it, but we didn't get rid of it for about two months after it died, because we were moving anyway, and needed people to help move it.

I did have an inflatable penguin on top of it for awhile. The penguin never exploded.


My last CRT TV was a 36" Sony Vega. it weighed 250 lbs and had printed on the back 2 man lift.
So glad when I sold it to an Indian engineer that had just moved his family here.
 
2022-07-06 8:52:06 PM  

mrmopar5287: This beast was in the family room of my house from about birth through me turning 14 years old:

[images.saymedia-content.com image 850x551]

The picture was so faded and distorted that I was watching an episode of ST:TNG when my grandparents visited and they were so concerned that it looked terrible. My grandmother was convinced the terrible picture had something to do with me being nearsighted. She persuaded my grandfather to offer that they would buy us a new TV if my parents would just pick one out at Sears. About $500 later we had a 27" Magnavox as a replacement and we had to buy a new TV stand to put it on/in.


My dad bought one of these around 1968 from the local tire dealer. They didn't have electronic stores as such back then so the tire dealer branched out into color TVs. The Quasar had a pull out drawer that held the integrated circuitry. You had to undo a screw or some other fitting in the rear to release it. My dad frequently popped it open to show his friends the new fangled circuit boards and not tubes.
 
2022-07-06 9:03:00 PM  

Kinan: Unobtanium: Ivo Shandor: mrmopar5287: This beast was in the family room of my house from about birth through me turning 14 years old:

[images.saymedia-content.com image 850x551]

The picture was so faded and distorted that I was watching an episode of ST:TNG when my grandparents visited and they were so concerned that it looked terrible. My grandmother was convinced the terrible picture had something to do with me being nearsighted. She persuaded my grandfather to offer that they would buy us a new TV if my parents would just pick one out at Sears. About $500 later we had a 27" Magnavox as a replacement and we had to buy a new TV stand to put it on/in.

You didn't have to buy a new stand.
[azquotes.com image 850x400]

We had a console TV my mother gave me when I moved into an apartment. Didn't have a TV on top of it, but we didn't get rid of it for about two months after it died, because we were moving anyway, and needed people to help move it.

I did have an inflatable penguin on top of it for awhile. The penguin never exploded.

My last CRT TV was a 36" Sony Vega. it weighed 250 lbs and had printed on the back 2 man lift.
So glad when I sold it to an Indian engineer that had just moved his family here.


Same! that was the gold standard television for its era. Game consoles & dvds were "tres magnifique" on that sucker.
 
2022-07-06 9:19:28 PM  

Kinan: Unobtanium: Ivo Shandor: mrmopar5287: This beast was in the family room of my house from about birth through me turning 14 years old:

[images.saymedia-content.com image 850x551]

The picture was so faded and distorted that I was watching an episode of ST:TNG when my grandparents visited and they were so concerned that it looked terrible. My grandmother was convinced the terrible picture had something to do with me being nearsighted. She persuaded my grandfather to offer that they would buy us a new TV if my parents would just pick one out at Sears. About $500 later we had a 27" Magnavox as a replacement and we had to buy a new TV stand to put it on/in.

You didn't have to buy a new stand.
[azquotes.com image 850x400]

We had a console TV my mother gave me when I moved into an apartment. Didn't have a TV on top of it, but we didn't get rid of it for about two months after it died, because we were moving anyway, and needed people to help move it.

I did have an inflatable penguin on top of it for awhile. The penguin never exploded.

My last CRT TV was a 36" Sony Vega. it weighed 250 lbs and had printed on the back 2 man lift.
So glad when I sold it to an Indian engineer that had just moved his family here.


I had a 40" Sony Trinitron television in 2000 or so. It weighed 300 lbs. It was the largest production tube television I've ever seen. Used my playstation 2 on it.

I eventually donated it to my parents, who actually used it until last year when it finally died.
 
2022-07-06 9:44:17 PM  
My last CRT was a 27" Sylvania I bought in 2005 since a 13 inch Emerson was a bit too small for PS2 and Gamecube games.  Only had it for a year before selling it to my dad when I moved back to MO.  Didn't have room for it in the car along with all my other stuff if I wanted a friend to make the road trip with me.
 
2022-07-06 9:55:20 PM  

Kinan: Unobtanium: Ivo Shandor: mrmopar5287: This beast was in the family room of my house from about birth through me turning 14 years old:

[images.saymedia-content.com image 850x551]

The picture was so faded and distorted that I was watching an episode of ST:TNG when my grandparents visited and they were so concerned that it looked terrible. My grandmother was convinced the terrible picture had something to do with me being nearsighted. She persuaded my grandfather to offer that they would buy us a new TV if my parents would just pick one out at Sears. About $500 later we had a 27" Magnavox as a replacement and we had to buy a new TV stand to put it on/in.

You didn't have to buy a new stand.
[azquotes.com image 850x400]

We had a console TV my mother gave me when I moved into an apartment. Didn't have a TV on top of it, but we didn't get rid of it for about two months after it died, because we were moving anyway, and needed people to help move it.

I did have an inflatable penguin on top of it for awhile. The penguin never exploded.

My last CRT TV was a 36" Sony Vega. it weighed 250 lbs and had printed on the back 2 man lift.
So glad when I sold it to an Indian engineer that had just moved his family here.


I had the 32" version. That was the 4:3 ratio CRTs with the perfectly flat front screen? It barely fit through the door to get it in the house. The 36" would not have fit.
 
2022-07-06 9:56:09 PM  
No, the first Quasar was formed because they finally realized that Marvel Boy was a stupid name for an adult man, and Marvel Man wasn't much better.
 
2022-07-06 10:10:04 PM  

mrmopar5287: Kinan: Unobtanium: Ivo Shandor: mrmopar5287: This beast was in the family room of my house from about birth through me turning 14 years old:

[images.saymedia-content.com image 850x551]

The picture was so faded and distorted that I was watching an episode of ST:TNG when my grandparents visited and they were so concerned that it looked terrible. My grandmother was convinced the terrible picture had something to do with me being nearsighted. She persuaded my grandfather to offer that they would buy us a new TV if my parents would just pick one out at Sears. About $500 later we had a 27" Magnavox as a replacement and we had to buy a new TV stand to put it on/in.

You didn't have to buy a new stand.
[azquotes.com image 850x400]

We had a console TV my mother gave me when I moved into an apartment. Didn't have a TV on top of it, but we didn't get rid of it for about two months after it died, because we were moving anyway, and needed people to help move it.

I did have an inflatable penguin on top of it for awhile. The penguin never exploded.

My last CRT TV was a 36" Sony Vega. it weighed 250 lbs and had printed on the back 2 man lift.
So glad when I sold it to an Indian engineer that had just moved his family here.

I had the 32" version. That was the 4:3 ratio CRTs with the perfectly flat front screen? It barely fit through the door to get it in the house. The 36" would not have fit.


I bought a new house then that had a media niche just for this size TV.
A lot of good it does me now.
 
2022-07-06 11:30:43 PM  

Kinan: mrmopar5287: Kinan: Unobtanium: Ivo Shandor: mrmopar5287: This beast was in the family room of my house from about birth through me turning 14 years old:

[images.saymedia-content.com image 850x551]

The picture was so faded and distorted that I was watching an episode of ST:TNG when my grandparents visited and they were so concerned that it looked terrible. My grandmother was convinced the terrible picture had something to do with me being nearsighted. She persuaded my grandfather to offer that they would buy us a new TV if my parents would just pick one out at Sears. About $500 later we had a 27" Magnavox as a replacement and we had to buy a new TV stand to put it on/in.

You didn't have to buy a new stand.
[azquotes.com image 850x400]

We had a console TV my mother gave me when I moved into an apartment. Didn't have a TV on top of it, but we didn't get rid of it for about two months after it died, because we were moving anyway, and needed people to help move it.

I did have an inflatable penguin on top of it for awhile. The penguin never exploded.

My last CRT TV was a 36" Sony Vega. it weighed 250 lbs and had printed on the back 2 man lift.
So glad when I sold it to an Indian engineer that had just moved his family here.

I had the 32" version. That was the 4:3 ratio CRTs with the perfectly flat front screen? It barely fit through the door to get it in the house. The 36" would not have fit.

I bought a new house then that had a media niche just for this size TV.
A lot of good it does me now.


Lol. My house has an alcove by the front door for the "house phone"
 
2022-07-07 11:08:18 AM  

ISO15693: Kinan: Unobtanium: Ivo Shandor: mrmopar5287: This beast was in the family room of my house from about birth through me turning 14 years old:

[images.saymedia-content.com image 850x551]

The picture was so faded and distorted that I was watching an episode of ST:TNG when my grandparents visited and they were so concerned that it looked terrible. My grandmother was convinced the terrible picture had something to do with me being nearsighted. She persuaded my grandfather to offer that they would buy us a new TV if my parents would just pick one out at Sears. About $500 later we had a 27" Magnavox as a replacement and we had to buy a new TV stand to put it on/in.

You didn't have to buy a new stand.
[azquotes.com image 850x400]

We had a console TV my mother gave me when I moved into an apartment. Didn't have a TV on top of it, but we didn't get rid of it for about two months after it died, because we were moving anyway, and needed people to help move it.

I did have an inflatable penguin on top of it for awhile. The penguin never exploded.

My last CRT TV was a 36" Sony Vega. it weighed 250 lbs and had printed on the back 2 man lift.
So glad when I sold it to an Indian engineer that had just moved his family here.

I had a 40" Sony Trinitron television in 2000 or so. It weighed 300 lbs. It was the largest production tube television I've ever seen. Used my playstation 2 on it.

I eventually donated it to my parents, who actually used it until last year when it finally died.


Friend bought the floor model of one of those around the year 2000. He asked me to help him move it, which i said "sure".  I'm strong, we can do it.

Dude lived on the 3rd floor of an apartment complex.

besides the fact that it was heavy as hell, it had no functional way to grab the bottom without hurting your hands and digging into them.  it was absolutely awful and amazing that we got the thing up to his room without dropping it.
 
2022-07-07 3:17:42 PM  

fixitwiz: I read this head line and missed the reference.  But then, being a really old guy, I remembered being trained on Motorola Quasar TVs in the 1960s, the first TV brand to have changeable transistorized component boards for repairing problems.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane!!
Rick O, fixing TVs for 60 years.


That's the beauty of this headline. I didn't get the reference until the second I clicked on the story. These little adventures are kinda fun.
 
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