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    Best Place to buy CRTs for classic systems?

    I'm finally (after 3 years) getting ready to do my gaming den downstairs and am wondering where the best place to get a CRT TV with S-Video and component video (for PS2) would be. Craigslist?

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    Craigslist
    Goodwill
    thrift Stores

    Those are the places that would still carry some CRTs, but Goodwill is getting scarce and will not take some CRTs anymore, (my local one wouldnt take a decent sony that I was donating before).
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    try to find a pvm man. they aren't always the largest option available, but the pic quality is incredible. Like GG said, search craigslist, and run a search in Ebay with distance nearest first for Sony PVM.

    I played through Odin Sphere on my 20in pvm with component. I nearly pissed myself everytime I turned it on, It's already a gorgeous game and it looked friggin amazing.
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    Haunt the thrift stores. Usually you can test them out before buying. It's best if you find out when they put out the "new" stuff.
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    Electronic Recycle/surplus shops like http://www.weirdstuff.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox1 View Post
    Electronic Recycle/surplus shops like http://www.weirdstuff.com/
    If I knew then what I know now, I could've got a bunch of these from a place like that here in Portland. They've since closed down from what I know.
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    Go work at a hospital like me. I managed to get mine out of our electronic recycling center

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeePM View Post
    Go work at a hospital like me. I managed to get mine out of our electronic recycling center
    I would be raiding that place everyday until I quit. What hospital do you work at? Do they still use a lot of CRT displays? I thought we had some high tech facilities here in Toledo.

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    Well..there's only really one major hospital here if you know what I mean. Honestly I have no idea they got rid of it, or where it was being used but damn I was lucky. I've started going down there once every day practically

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    yeah Craigslist.

    People are catching on to the whole PVM thing and are often selling them for $100+, often with a small screen (<20'').

    You can get a decent 27''+ inch Sony Wega or Panasonic Tau for $40 . Both are pretty damned good-looking via component.
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    Definitely craigslist. Some people even give them away. I'm currently hunting for an HD CRT TV. How big are you looking for?

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    Panda Island. Only sell once a year though. Want a Panasonic TAU 36 inch TV?

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    The Tau is a great looking CRT. I had one briefly in the PS2 days; worked great! Mine was a 27 inch 36" is serious business.

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    If you have a university in your town oftentimes they do a surplus sale once a week, I picked up a second pvm from the OSU sale last Wednesday. Mine always has PLENTY of cables of all sort, sometimes some really obscure shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bustedstr8 View Post
    Check the city streets on garbage day.
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    Craiglist

    Call production companies/tv stations near you and ask if they will sell you old equipment ..you will be surprised how willingly they will give you even free stuff as their warehouses are full of ld unused equipment.

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    In Belgium top quality RGB (!) CRT's can still be found very easily. I've bought a B&O MX4000 two years ago for approximately 20$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrd View Post
    In Belgium top quality RGB (!) CRT's can still be found very easily. I've bought a B&O MX4000 two years ago for approximately 20$.
    you do realize that your post is totally irrelevant ?

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    Since as Europeans we've been condemned to import most of our gaming goods in the past (in order to not be forced to play watered down PAL 50hz ports) surely we can boast a little about the great CRT's here that nearly always came with native RGB inputs?

    If contrasting markets (and sheer availability of nice to have retro gaming goods) is to be considered irrelevant in the context of this thread, my post was irrelevant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrd View Post
    Since as Europeans we've been condemned to import most of our gaming goods in the past (in order to not be forced to play watered down PAL 50hz ports) surely we can boast a little about the great CRT's here that nearly always came with native RGB inputs?

    If contrasting markets (and sheer availability of nice to have retro gaming goods) is to be considered irrelevant in the context of this thread, my post was irrelevant.
    I think Skullz means that your post doesn't help OP; you must tell where those CRTs can easily be found to be of any help.

    In Spain I checked www.segundamano.es and www.milanuncios.com, kinda Craigslist sites. I bought mine there.

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    +1 for Craigslist

    Got my Sony Trinitron off of Craigslist for $25. Took about a week and a half to find one.

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    thrift stores, yard sales and swapmeets are always good or maybe ask people you know from work? I was talking to a buddy of mine from work about classic gaming and how good they look on crt tvs and he told me he had a 30 sony crt that he wanted to get rid of, he originally wanted to give it to me for free. We agreed to grabbing some breakfast and paying for his meal.

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    As of lately thrift stores like goodwill, salvation army and so on.. do not accept CRT TVs coz of weight... free section of craiglist will be flooded with CRTs very soon.

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    I've mentioned this in a different thread on the same topic but...call your local television stations (the public access ones)

    Old PVM's and other great CRT's were industry standard at television studios / film sets right up until flat LCD's came around. Plenty of places still have tons of these things sitting in storage...usually in excellent shape since they were owned by professionals who cared about their equipment.

    Universities / colleges still have them too if they have film / media departments (some still in use for Media Art / Glitch work)

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    If you're feeling adventurous, it might be worth getting a standard 27" or 32" NTSC TV set from the late 90s and hacking RGB in there. If you're going to do something like that be careful and be sure you know what you're touching in there though!

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