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 Post subject: Meck XQ-776
PostPosted: Sep Tue 17, 2019 3:21 pm 
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Can anyone tell me if these are the right knobs for this set? If not anyone have a set to sell?
Also anyone near Michigan interested in the the set?


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 Post subject: Re: Meck XQ-776
PostPosted: Sep Tue 17, 2019 4:39 pm 
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At first it looked like someone put Motorola knobs on it, but after checking they do look correct! Good for you because they likely wouldn't be easy to find.
Very nice hard to find early post-war TV
This is not the same set, but it's good just to verify that Meck used those knobs around that time:


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 Post subject: Re: Meck XQ-776
PostPosted: Sep Tue 17, 2019 10:41 pm 
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I somehow acquired a chassis for that model Meck. About the only thing I still have is the tuner. The escutcheon on yours looks like a continuous tuner is used, but the tuner I have is click-stop (I think). Unusual design, with tuning by variable capacitor - not what the SAMs schematic shows. I have a scan of the SAMS if you need it.
Nice to see how it looked in its original state! (Speaking of states, it was made in Indiana, where my wife grew up.)

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 Post subject: Re: Meck XQ-776
PostPosted: Sep Wed 18, 2019 3:00 am 
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Anyone have a back for this set?


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 Post subject: Re: Meck XQ-776
PostPosted: Sep Wed 18, 2019 2:16 pm 
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oldtvsandtoys wrote:
Anyone have a back for this set?

Good luck with that, but original backs are very hard to come by, although a few are (or were) being reproduced. On eBay you can find the same type of metal sheets and you can cut your own and grind the edges smooth. I did this on two Admirals and they came out great. On one I went a step further. I cut a hole where the neck of the CRT is and adhered a cup from a cheap cupcake tray, metal strips bordering the edge and washers where the screws goes in. You can then sandblast or paint it afterwards. It's not that difficult and they come out very convincing!
You can use thin quality fiberboard too and carefully drill a series of holes. You can put the CRT cup on them too to look more realistic.


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 Post subject: Re: Meck XQ-776
PostPosted: Apr Sun 26, 2020 7:42 pm 
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Just finished restoring a Meck XA-701 that was missing the back , fortunately Sams has a picture of it and I made a New back. Masonite , I cut out the right shape for the vent slots , drilled the holes to access the adjustments, mounted a new Antenna terminal and my wife was able to replicate the white paper labels that I just glued on. I finished by attaching it with 1/4” head screws.


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 Post subject: Re: Meck XQ-776
PostPosted: Apr Sun 26, 2020 9:26 pm 
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Dj3928 wrote:
Just finished restoring a Meck XA-701 that was missing the back , fortunately Sams has a picture of it and I made a New back. Masonite , I cut out the right shape for the vent slots , drilled the holes to access the adjustments, mounted a new Antenna terminal and my wife was able to replicate the white paper labels that I just glued on. I finished by attaching it wit 1/4” head screws.

Nice work! That's a 7" model that you rarely see. I like the simple styling.


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 Post subject: Re: Meck XQ-776
PostPosted: Apr Sun 26, 2020 9:52 pm 
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Thanks. The chassis is somewhat different than the other 7” sets I’ve restored but I enjoyed restoring it


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