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Jerry Steele

Engineering Disasters of the The Glass Era: Hum bucking, Reflex receivers, Mad Man Muntz

Jerry Steele
D Feucht
D Feucht
1/15/2018 12:26:44 AM
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Re: Muntz TVs
This is heavy nostalgia, Jerry!

As I recall, Bob Pease once wrote about Muntz in one of his columns and introduced the expression, "to Muntz out" a component. That still seems to be a useful verb, though I would like to see Muntz try to Muntz out components from today's highly integrated TVs!

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DSPer
DSPer
1/11/2018 5:43:01 AM
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Muntz TVs
When I was a teenager in the 1960s I had a part time job delivering televisions to new buyers' homes. Back then TV technicians referred to Muntz TVs as "gutless wonders."

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EMCgenius
EMCgenius
1/11/2018 12:16:19 AM
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Muntz sqeezed nickels hard enough to make the buffalo grunt
My recollection is that in imitation of automobile sales, Muntz would take a trade-in of your old set. The factory would harvest tubes and other components, test them, and reuse the good ones in new sets. Friends who had repaired Muntz sets told me that there were also some unorthodox design choices to save parts, such as using an IF stage as a dropping "resistor" to create lower voltage needed elsewhere (e.g. the screen grid of the horizontal output stage). The result was that a failure in one place could create inexplicable symptoms in other stages.

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