Here's the deal. For the last few years I have been using a mostly-working
white JVC Videosphere as my shop TV. If it worked better I would have
promoted it, but some channels didn't come in well even after bathing the
tuner in oceans of DeOxit. I figured a competent solid-state TV repair guy
(NOT me) could put it right. Meanwhile, I viewed the good channels during
primetime and listened to a lot of NPR and shortwave at other times, which
is better for the soul in any case.
Then I get mail from a guy who used to repair Videospheres for JVC, asking
if I knew where he might find one for old time's sake. "What luck!" I
replied, "I actually have three (white, black, and red). One of them (white)
mostly works, the black one has a bright raster but nothing else, and the
red one is dead. If you agree to fix the mostly-working white one and return
it, I will give you the not-quite-working black one as your fee."
So I shipped off the white and black Videospheres, and it turns out that
both have bad tuners. In the grand tradition of throwaway solid-state
technology, these tuners are not repairable through ordinary shop
techniques. Imagine a thin film of metal (i.e., tuner contacts) over flimsy
phenolic. Then think cost-saving. In the days when this guy repaired
Videospheres, I guess the standard remedy for an iffy tuner was to yank the
old one, pitch it in the garbage, and install a shiny new one.
Not surprisingly, the shiny NOS factory tuners are long gone, so if anyone
happens to have a good (you know what I mean) Videosphere tuner, or ideally
two -- no make that three -- kicking around the shop, I'd love to make a
deal with you.
And now that everyone in the NG has finished snorting cocoa through his nose
and catapulting out of his chair with laughter, I'd appreciate any other
sources or ideas, as well. My plan of last resort is to ask this guy to make
sure this set receives channel 3 (hot-wiring if necessary), align channel 3,
and make sure the fine tuner works. Then I could play it by tuning it in
with a thrift-store VCR for ever after.
(Yeah, I could ship him the red DOA set on the off chance that its tuner
might be better than the one in my white set, but the odds for that don't
look good. And I'd rather preserve that one set intact for now, whether not