Originally Posted by Mr Bob
Once you have had your sets cleaned properly and calibrated, I doubt you'll want to part with them even if something does go bad on them and need to be repaired.
You are obviously an aficionado of the best. CRT has a 20+ year service life. Barco Federal still makes CRT triple gun projectors for the government, for their government-owned flight simulators. I am working on 4 Barco 909's (9" guns) and 3 Barco 812's (12" guns) as we speak, for a retired aerospace guy up in Alameda. Plus a couple more in the wings at his warehouse and his own private 812 in his basement.
CRT is not dead, not by a long shot. Nor does it deserve to be.
When I first bought my 65" Hitachi(new),I ran it for a couple of hundred hours then had it professionally calibrated,the difference was amazing.Now I clean it once a year or so but generally it has been rock solid.
The decision to repair (for me)comes down to time and money.Do I have the time to fix it myself or is the cost to repair high enough to warrant buying a new tv? The fact is new TV's are inexpensive enough that putting a substantial amount of money in CRT may not be the way to go.
As I get older,for some reason there is less time to do things(where does all the time go?) I just want my tv to work, also as I get older "good enough" comes into play where even though CRT is the best quality picture, I could live with LCD or plasma as a daily viewer,in fact as a OTR driver I live with a 26" LCD tv in my truck which I use as a tv/monitor.
"CRT is dead" is a statement that is a bit premature,but for the general population it is dead. Now CRT's are in the realm of the videophile,hobbyist, or the cheapskate who finds a big TV on craigslist for a small price.
Having said all that I continue to enjoy my CRT's,they are rock solid(so far) and provide a quality picture and are paid for. Who could ask for more than that?