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 Post subject: Hoffman tv??
PostPosted: Dec Tue 23, 2008 6:01 am 
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theres one for free locally, no idea which one, no model or photo. is a hoffman worth the space?


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Hoffman did build some sets which were very good quality.

Not widely distributed across the country, more a regional brand.

Personally I wouldn't bother unless it were an early model with 17" or smaller CRT. Would definitely take it if a 10" or 12" round tube set.

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Hoffman's were made in California, the early round CRT sets are very nice looking sets.

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I rescued a 20" one for $10 last summer and brought it back to life. Had a very good quality sound system with bass and treble controls, multiple speakers, and push-pull 6V6 output. Much better sound quality than the typical 1950s TV.

The one I worked on was an "Easy Vision" with a funny green filter in front of the slightly downward-sloping picture tube. Supposedly easier on your eyes than regular TVs, or at least that's how they were marketed.

Those two features made it a unique set which seemed worth saving.

And I did manage to get the thing out of my shop after a few months, by giving it to another antique radio enthusiast. Not exactly profitable, but I admit I enjoyed briefly having and working on the set.

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she says its 19", she is going to send me a photo, which helps a bunch.


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here's a photo, worth it??


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No, the photo is not "worth it." :)

But the TV might be, if we could see it!

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You need a flash on that camera. I'm in the dark on the photo.


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I enhanced the picture in Photoshop. It is a rectangular screen console, mid 50s. Not worth much.[/img]


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lol its these people with those darn camera phones, worthless in my mind. As they always say "when will they make a phone, that just makes phone calls".


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If it's free, in good condition and you have room for it and want it I'd save it, it'd be a good set to watch when restored.


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Eric H wrote:
If it's free, in good condition and you have room for it and want it I'd save it, it'd be a good set to watch when restored.


Its in great condition but its just finding the room, as they say the walls are getting closer :lol: If anyone wants to save it her email is christinav8@hotmail.com and it is located in san rafael, ca


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That yelloy-green glass can be removed from Hoffman TV's. Without it picture is quite good but you should have some type of safety glass.

I fixed some Hoffman TV's while in high school. Removing the front glass and cleaning was usually required. If the owner ever saw the TV operating without that front filter they would ask for it to be left off.

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Interesting story:

Following WWII, H. Leslie Hoffman who was manufacturing radios wanted to get into the lucrative tv end of the business. Being a smaller regional manufacturer, Hoffman needed to keep expenses down. So, when it came time to buy hard to find, expensive, post war glass for the TV safety glass, Hoffman got a great deal on sheets of surplus military grade yellow plexiglass used in aircraft applications. Because it was tinted yellow, the crafty Hoffman marketed it as "Easy Vision." Not bad.

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Supposidly, my great granpa's brother in law had one of the easy vision. The person who told me about it said they put it there to make it look like a color TV. Also, my great great grandpa had different color screens.


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I think I have said this before, but I'll do it again.

In 1948-1949 there was considerable concern about the effects of prolonged tv viewing on the eyes. Articles were written in popular magazines which warned of eyestrain or worse.

Hoffman marketed the "Easy Vision" line as the answer to this concern. He may have started with yellow plexiglass, but he continued to use yellow glass for years afterward. It was not an attempt to have "color tv".

Hoffman televisions were made in Los Angeles and were a major brand on the West Coast. Overall, a good quality set, and the yellow screen makes it unique.

I have one of their first tv's, a 10" table model in blonde without the doors. I haven't started any restoration yet.
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