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Ed Reitan's Color Television History

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CTC-5 Color Receivers (1956 - 1957)


(a magical era from the cover of the December, 1956 Radio-Television News)
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CTC-5 Chassis Models

Click on a cabinet to view an enlarged image of each model.

CTC5 Product Brochure


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Introduced in the Fall of 1956, the CTC-5 Chassis was used in eleven different cabinet styles. There were two versions of the CTC-5 Chassis - The "Super" and the "Deluxe" Series. The Super Series used color-difference demodulation - few claim seeing a decent color picture on those sets. The Deluxe Series used X and Z wide-band demodulation producing a superior color picture. RCA also introduced its first under $500 Color Television in a "Special" Model, named the "Aldrich" (it used the Super series chassis). The sets are known for their problems of brittle printed circuit boards (with reliability problems) and potentiometer adjusted d.c. static convergence (which drifts with line voltage).

The CTC-5 models where sold through mid-1957. The next RCA color set series used the CTC-7 Chassis. When the decision was made to not produce the planned full-door CTC-7 models, the four CTC-5 full-door models (Chandler, Strathmore, Arliss, and Wingate) were still sold during the CTC-7 1958-1959 product year.

Many thanks to Bob Grasso of Davie, Florida who provided the original CTC-5 consumer brochure for these scans. Don Kent did the PhotoShop editing of these images.

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Indication of Cabinet Finish in Model Number

Starting with the CTC-5 models, an additional number was added to the end of the model numbers shown above to indicate finish type. These were:

  • "0" Genuine Dark Cherry or Autumn Cherry Veneers and Solids
  • "2" Ebony Finish
  • "4" Genuine Maple Veneers and Solids
  • "5" Mahogany Grained Finish, or Genuine Mahogany Veneers and Solids
  • "6" Walnut (Grained or Natural) Finish, or Genuine (Natural or French) Walnut Veneers and Solids
  • "7" Limed Oak Grained Finish, or Genuine Blonde Hardwood Veneers and Solids
  • "8" Genuine Bleached Birch Veneers and Solids
  • "9" Genuine Maple or Light Cherry Veneers and Solids

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    V1.00 03-14-1999

    Copyright 1999, Ed Reitan

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