One thing I noticed is that one of the service menus (the one for screen rotation) asks if you want for the same menu to appear again the next time you turn the TV on. I said yes the first time, but when I switched it back on, it didn't come up, not for several sessions, then all of a sudden, one day, it came out upon switching on the TV. (notice that when this menu is called, the TV does a strange "clicking", audible to the point I knew the menu was coming up before the screen would turn on).
Once again it asked if I wanted the menu to re-appear next, I said yes again, but like last time nothing came out on subsequent switch-ons.
One of the things I though was that the screen rotation menu option (of "re-appearing" again on the next switch-on) might be causing some sort of mess, as even if you say yes it doesn't come up, then will (all of a sudden), and after some more viewing sessions, the TV won't switch on.
But might be totally unrelated of course.
No problem, and besides your opinion gave me some hope it could turn for the better eventually ^^;
Like many here I'm sure, I'm so fond of CRTs, I might seem crazy to people with no interest in them. At home I often hang around it trying to switch it on and see it comes back to life, like the last time (my wife started picking on me about it ^^;).
When we move to a bigger place I want to get a few more, but now space is so limited that if I buy another one I'll have to get rid of this (and it would pain me too much). Professional repair at the Sony center in Ueno, I believe would cost more than buying another used one (brand new they went for 60.000 yen) o_O .
Just for information: like the last time the TV went back on after the same amount of time, and I got the rotation menu so I think this guy is the culprit.
This time I said I don't want the menu to appear again, I hope things go well. Besides, the CRT was really installed in the wrong way as even with maximum rotation I don't get a perfectly aligned screen, I ended up moving the yoke manually in order to get a perfectly aligned picture ^^;
Anyway for now everything's fine and dandy and I hope it stays that way, this TV is really an amazing CRT:)