Postwar American Television
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(1946 - 10 inch)
RCA announced the 630-TS in October, 1946, at a price of $350, along with the seven inch model 621TS. In November both sets were advertised for sale in five cities. Over the next ten years, hundreds of thousands of these sets were sold. The chassis was sold to other manufacturers, who built their own cabinets. The chassis was sold as late as 1955, and with picture tubes as large as 21 inch. Here is a story about the indestructible 630, a 1947 newspaper ads, and Phil Nelson's RCA 630TS restoration. Here is a replacement coil kit sold by RCA for this set.
630 chassis were sold to many other manufacturers, such as FADA, who put them in their own cabinets. Chassis were available in late 40s and early 50 magazines for experimenters to build their own sets. Instructions from General Electric and Tech-Master Products showed how the 630 chassis to be used with picture tubes as large as 24 inches. Our RCA 641-TS has been modified with a 14 inch rectangular tube.