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Gary, there's no removable front cover that I can see. Big question: would you repair this 12 year old set or would you trash it and buy a new one? It's already been repaired once (4 years ago). Don't know if it was the same problem because it was given to me as a Christmas gift after my friend payed $190 to have it repaired (he got a new one). I like the set but don't want to start dumping $ down a rat hole....the local tech thinks the convergence amps are the only thing that needs repaired ($170). I really would prefer fixing it but I hear Projection TV's have short lives (8 years...if you're lucky). Is that true? I'm no TV tech but was an aircraft electrician in days gone by and have soldered and re-soldered many, many wires/joints....and would be willing to tackle some solder work if I knew where the hazard (shock) areas were. I remember the days of high voltages near flyback Xfmr's in older sets....even fixed my own set once....located a cracked IC board. Thanks for hanging in there with me on this....I'm at the cross roads and don't like spending big $ if I don't have to...I'm retired.
gary ridenour Posted Sep 17, 2005
tom: you said: "would you repair this 12 year old set or would you trash it and buy a new one?". sounds like you talked yourself out of it........ trash it. i never likeed tube projo's anyway. and i never owned one. those little 8" tubes cost a fortune and hours of convergence time if they every go bad. if you have no skill level here best to leave it be. you are working around very dangerous voltage/current. there is no "life time" here. ive seen em bad, brand new right outta the factory box. ive had customers bring in 15-20 year olds and never been touched. consider this. picture tubes are just about history. now they make LCD and Plasma. much better technology. and more reliable. less wear and tear. add to it this: high definition television (HDTV) is here. and the broadcast industry will be making this change over in a few years. your current TV will have to have a converter box on it to display this new format. luck...Gary ps: im retired to. from sony electronics............lol