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 Post subject: RCA Victor Small TV & 45 Player
PostPosted: Feb Wed 19, 2020 7:33 pm 
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Can anyone give me any information about the TV pictured? I was given the model number 14 Y 8115, but I cannot find any information.

This is my first time to see one!

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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Small TV & 45 Player
PostPosted: Feb Wed 19, 2020 7:56 pm 
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If by information you mean service literature Sam's isn't giving me any hits on the model.
Try to find the chassis number on the TV it should begin with KCS and end in 2-3 digits such as KCS97. You may also need to do the same on the amp chassis. The changer mech Should be an RP-190 which is a favorite of mine... there's some great videos about restoring those changers on YouTube.

Odds are that set is product planning telling production to take a 17" portable TV chassis and a small phonograph and stick them together in the same box...

That's a really cool set. If you are looking to sell it I might be interested...


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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Small TV & 45 Player
PostPosted: Feb Wed 19, 2020 8:44 pm 
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If by information you mean service literature Sam's isn't giving me any hits on the model.
Try to find the chassis number on the TV it should begin with KCS and end in 2-3 digits such as KCS97. You may also need to do the same on the amp chassis. The changer mech Should be an RP-190 which is a favorite of mine... there's some great videos about restoring those changers on YouTube.

Odds are that set is product planning telling production to take a 17" portable TV chassis and a small phonograph and stick them together in the same box...

That's a really cool set. If you are looking to sell it I might be interested...


This is not mine. It actually came across in a Vintage Television Collectors group on Facebook. I did manage to find one more worth point website, but no real information. I actually want one. That is why I am looking for information.

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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Small TV & 45 Player
PostPosted: Feb Wed 19, 2020 10:09 pm 
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If the model number starts with 14, then it's only a 14" set. It's one you won't find very many of.

I believe it's actually supposed to be 14VT8155 and covered here in Sams Photofacts 396-3, although the set on the cover is just a TV in a metal cabinet. You'll note that at the bottom of the list of models they show an amplifer chassis which would be for the phono, as well as inside the box there's reference to the RP 190 changer service data.

https://www.earlytelevision.org/pdf/rca ... _396-3.pdf

There weren't many small screen table model TV's built with only a 45 changer, the 7" Airline is another that comes to mind.

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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Small TV & 45 Player
PostPosted: Feb Wed 19, 2020 10:15 pm 
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They are fairly rare sets. I think I have only seen one or two hit the market before in my 15 years of TV collecting...they may be rarer than this: http://earlytelevision.org/airline_94gse.html

The RCA was probably sold with legs to make it a consolette.

If you see one for sale jump on it because you probably will have to wait a LONG time for the next one.

If you just want a TV/record player in a modern cabinet look for a vertical cabinet console with a large speaker grill below the screen... some sets had a pull out phono drawer there with a 3speed changer.... some of those also slipped a radio in with the changer.

The RCA RP-168 and RP-190 45RPM only mini changers were made for roughly 2 decades and found their way into a wide variety of phono, radio phono incarnations of several brands. In addition to the sets shown around 1950-53 RCA offered a ~20" TV radio phono console with 2 changers...one changer was the 45RPM only and the other was a 78/33RPM changer... eventually RCA saw how crazy that was and designed a 3 speed changer like everyone else already had.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Small TV & 45 Player
PostPosted: Feb Thu 20, 2020 2:15 am 
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I'm mostly into 1946-50 sets, but I must say that's an appealing mid-century TV. Cleaned and detailed, with short canted spindle legs, will really make a nice looking set out of it.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Small TV & 45 Player
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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Small TV & 45 Player
PostPosted: Feb Thu 20, 2020 3:11 pm 
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I would definitely say they seem to be fairly rare. I haven't been able to find many images of them or any sales on eBay.

I guess I will have to set my saved searches on eBay and see if one comes up for sale!

Thank you everyone for the comments and general information!

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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Small TV & 45 Player
PostPosted: Apr Fri 03, 2020 9:23 pm 
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Hi,
I am in the process of documenting this particular model from RCA. This model came out in 1957, called Bellevue, with model numbers 14VT8155 (dark mahogany) and 14VT8157 (blonde mahogany). The television chassis is KCS111F.
The Sams Photofact is Set 396 Folder 3. The record player motorboard is RP-190-C3. The cartridge is a Sonotone 1P-1S or 1P-1D (diamond stylus). The motor used was rated 93 volts because it was part of the filament string from 2 amplifier tubes 12AU7 and 12AQ5. The case does have a pair of steel rod legs, which are generally missing when found.
This model is briefly described in Phil Vourtsis book "Fabulous Victrola 45".

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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Small TV & 45 Player
PostPosted: Apr Sun 05, 2020 6:07 pm 
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That’s a cool looking tv. I haven’t seen that one before either. The blonde would be the coolest one in my opinion. I wonder how many were sold


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