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The Fine Art of Television Repair

December 4, 2019

– [Announcer] The era of television. – [Announcer] The greatest
advance in television. – [Richard] In the ’60s and
’70s, TV had become such an icon that, that artists couldn’t
resist just fooling with it. – It was all pretty much new, and it was really taking
sort of your standard TV sets and just making it really crazy. But the inherent vice of televisions is it is a consumer electronic. – Unlike painting and sculptures, these electronic pieces,
they could just go any time. That was always the big
threat to this in a museum. – [Jennifer] You have these
pieces that if it breaks down, what do you do? – The first person we call is CT Lui. – Lui’s always been the
first person we go to. – It’s because of my father, they’re able to be maintained,
they’re able to be shown, they’re able to be put out in the world. – [Peter] Within the conservation field, this is critically necessary. You can see just the enthusiasm
he has for this technology. (gentle music) (upbeat music) – [Jennifer] When people
started using video, it was sort of this experimental media, so
everybody was sort of wanting to know how it worked,
what you could do with it. – Any major institution
that has video art, probably my father has
touched in some way. – [Jennifer] The Whitney. – [Jennifer] The Met.

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  • Reply Augusto Ramirez April 25, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    I would love the soundtracks that go with these videos they are very wonderful to listen to.

  • Reply Kerry Li April 25, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    True dedication Mr Lui…👍🏻

  • Reply Luca Frösler April 25, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Awesome !

  • Reply Alex April 25, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    It's scary how quickly CRT maintenance is becoming a lost art. Only a decade or two ago everyone was staring at tubes… now it's rare to see one.
    There are a few old-school CRT repair and restoration shops around, but it really is rapidly becoming a lost art form.

    Here is one museum trying to save the last few CRT rebuild machines + skills:

  • Reply Boco Corwin April 25, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    515 Thumbs up


  • Reply ro pro April 25, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    Oh gawd, video 'art' is the hugest steaming pile of shite.

  • Reply NN_ April 25, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Anyone else really like that sound that plays when the credits come up?

  • Reply JapsPlay April 25, 2018 at 11:36 pm


  • Reply Lior Nachmias April 25, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Simply charming

  • Reply Darth WarMac88 April 25, 2018 at 11:43 pm


  • Reply Elite April 26, 2018 at 12:01 am

    He must miss the heydays.

  • Reply Mike Dawson April 26, 2018 at 12:15 am

    You guys put so much work into these videos, interviewing people etc, but yet you cut it way short – why not make this video 15 minutes?

  • Reply jessicaaudate April 26, 2018 at 12:18 am

    Wow! Did not know this was a thing.

  • Reply Alex P April 26, 2018 at 12:27 am


  • Reply James Luck April 26, 2018 at 12:54 am

    I'm 17 and one of my favorite hobbies is to fix radios 1970 and below.

  • Reply Plum_ Pie April 26, 2018 at 12:54 am

    HEY thats the same solerding iron i use!

  • Reply Bob Johnson April 26, 2018 at 12:58 am

    You are in a league of your own. A true master of electronics. 👍🏼👍🏼

  • Reply -ComixLordSilver - April 26, 2018 at 1:15 am

    the man says he is an electrical engineer, but I am confused, I thought the only way was throu schooling

  • Reply Max April 26, 2018 at 1:29 am

    Lightning Fast VCR Repair when?

  • Reply Gopal Joshi April 26, 2018 at 1:49 am

    Take some shoots in india you will find amazing personalities

  • Reply Chevy Chelios April 26, 2018 at 1:58 am

    Living Legend!

  • Reply Cameron Lordi April 26, 2018 at 2:02 am

    On the side…
    Or below it.

    I got to know who's countin', but it-

    Hell, or…
    Below it.

    (What what what what what what-)

    Only for the right-
    (Whatcha doin' there?)

    Cheeseburger Family
    Man, I love a simple boy.

    Arigato, family.
    I'll be good 'til the better time.

  • Reply doyanbalabala April 26, 2018 at 2:18 am

    Francis Ford Coppola!?!? Wow

  • Reply redfolio8 April 26, 2018 at 2:39 am

    made my week. so cool!

  • Reply Jacob Niemuth April 26, 2018 at 2:47 am

    That's something at the age of 20 I've been doing as well. I love repairing vintage electronics TV's, game systems, stereo's. But i fear that won't be anything more then a personal hobby and that the work isn't gonna be there in a 10-20 years.

  • Reply SynthFrost April 26, 2018 at 3:04 am

    Amazing man!

  • Reply Josh Cade April 26, 2018 at 3:31 am

    I've always heard about these guys but I didn't think they was still around.

  • Reply Guido Sarducci April 26, 2018 at 3:32 am


  • Reply jimmy singh April 26, 2018 at 3:36 am

    a dieing breed!!!

  • Reply Mr. N April 26, 2018 at 3:42 am

    When he starts name dropping lol I felt bad for now knowing who he was

  • Reply Simplyhyesu April 26, 2018 at 3:55 am

    The work he's done has been amazing, thru the decades. Watching these kinda films makes me feel happy

  • Reply hotsauce2007 April 26, 2018 at 4:12 am

    R E S P E C T…

  • Reply MeccaCali April 26, 2018 at 4:27 am

    Aww, god bless his soul. He seems to be so passionate about his job. I wish I have a job where I can be happy and smiling doing what I love like how he does.

  • Reply FPS King April 26, 2018 at 4:43 am

    What a man I would love to meet him

  • Reply Yoan Michael April 26, 2018 at 4:46 am

    nice i have a tv for him

  • Reply joosunkmybattleship April 26, 2018 at 5:15 am

    He literally turned his profession into art

  • Reply The Warrior April 26, 2018 at 5:44 am

    It's awesome when you get a job that fun for you.

  • Reply Ainsley Harriott April 26, 2018 at 6:08 am

    I want him to be the best man at my nephews wedding

  • Reply Melissa Grant April 26, 2018 at 6:34 am

    his shop is near to casey neistat's

  • Reply Gaming Madness India TV April 26, 2018 at 8:34 am

    0:03 is that taj mahal

  • Reply uniworkhorse April 26, 2018 at 9:13 am


  • Reply emptyspotlight (official account) April 26, 2018 at 10:42 am

    "here comes the tv repair man"-Mermaid Man

  • Reply Melchizedek Phuah Siow Jin April 26, 2018 at 11:20 am

    He's really a specialist. Thumbs up.

  • Reply Chvstaki April 26, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    BoobTube Gawd.

  • Reply Richard Hartness April 26, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    OMG, the wall of PVMs!!!

  • Reply It's a Goodie April 26, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Its really sd how the creator of televison was never able to profit because a rich company didnt let him manufacture them…

  • Reply André Paris April 26, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    He's the Bruce Lee of TVs

  • Reply vanidar21 April 26, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    he's a hero!

  • Reply Anto Kyuuketsuki April 26, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Just when you're thinking there's more, excited to see just a few more minutes… It ends.

  • Reply J.J. Shank April 26, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    I just got Phil'd in.

  • Reply GotThis4U April 26, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    That's a living legend right there.

  • Reply TULIP HILLS April 26, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Came here from the secret link

  • Reply Sadman Chowdhury April 26, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Those old Sony Wega and Trinitron tvs.

  • Reply dy/dx April 26, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Television is kind of dying now that computer has been dominating the market. Why get a TV when you can just do the same with PC with way more cost efficient and applications, you know?

  • Reply toxigenic April 26, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    This is fascinating, what an amazing life!

  • Reply David Robertson April 26, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Philly D sent me here.

  • Reply Jon Cross April 27, 2018 at 12:09 am

    the secret link of the day

  • Reply Water Bottle April 27, 2018 at 12:49 am

    My mom said when I was a kid or a baby I always open thing up

  • Reply Shogo Kun April 27, 2018 at 1:31 am

    richard bloes bloes richard

  • Reply MRDLT00 April 27, 2018 at 1:55 am

    This is the sweetest man alive. 😀

  • Reply Juber777 April 27, 2018 at 2:16 am

    I have TV parts to sell him, how do I get the exchange?

  • Reply Howard Kurtus April 27, 2018 at 2:21 am

    real life mr.braun from steins;gate

  • Reply DanieleGiorgino April 27, 2018 at 5:53 am

    This was really nice.

  • Reply Mubashir Mahi April 27, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Thanks PhillyD…

  • Reply Pat Mooney April 27, 2018 at 6:27 am

    Lovely story, would like to learn more!

  • Reply Namaste India April 27, 2018 at 7:51 am

    imagine he being ur electronic professor n college ?

  • Reply captop12 April 27, 2018 at 8:08 am

    A nice short film about a true innovator, disciplined technician, and artist.

  • Reply Sy G April 27, 2018 at 8:31 am

    His daughter has a good narrative voice; someone should hire her for voices overs.

  • Reply ericbazinga April 27, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Mr. Braun….

    (Obscure reference)

  • Reply Kirill Neltov April 27, 2018 at 7:43 pm


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  • Reply Zena222 April 28, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    My grandfather has been a TV repairman for the past 50+ years in Puerto Rico.

  • Reply Jaime B. April 30, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Damn Id love to learn this. Too bad it is impossible nowadays…

  • Reply Jemiah DaPap April 30, 2018 at 6:29 am

    3:12 so when he shaves he sees and purposefully avoids those mole hairs?

  • Reply smoguli April 30, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    A lot of hand held cameras shown on this video are film cameras (probably super 8), not video cameras…

  • Reply Jae April 30, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    who is here bc of the secret link??¨

  • Reply Akshay Seth May 1, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Stop making trailer versions, release full fledged documentaries

  • Reply Online Identity May 1, 2018 at 10:21 am

    To wake up, do what rocks your world all day and then go to bed afterwards knowing you get to do it all again the next morning is a beautiful way to live.

  • Reply Teronator May 1, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    This man is truly living the American dream.

  • Reply Anderson May 1, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    he looks like the guy from that bruce lee film

  • Reply Achilleas Labrou May 1, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Nice guy.

  • Reply Joni English May 2, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    i need my sony Radio Fixed

  • Reply Jenny Nguyen May 5, 2018 at 4:58 am

    the editing, photos, and cinematography in this video was fantastically done

  • Reply beboguerra May 6, 2018 at 12:50 am

    I hope I like my job as much as he does one day. Good for him.

  • Reply brightasday shade May 8, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Not just beautiful cinematography, also a beautiful story, and a beautiful, rich life.

  • Reply JJ Ryan May 16, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Eyes. I only do eyes.

  • Reply Koen de Boer May 16, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Keep doing what you're doing, Great Big Story!

  • Reply My You...Tube May 23, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Thank you Chi-Tien Lui….you are extraordinary !!

  • Reply Cantankerous Malcontent June 3, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Often in progress, much of what we came from and the means of the journey is left behind. Some this is all for the better, others, for the worse. Love it or hate it, Television is sadly increasingly one of those goods left behind. Sure the modern units are nice and all, but there are some works of art and entertainment key to our journey's history, that the modern machines do a disservice to. That for these things we need to take a step back, to take many more forward. My hat is off to Mr. Chi-Tien Lui for his work in this corner of keeping the history we should never forget, a living history.

  • Reply Angel Avila July 1, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Well la-di-fucken-da

  • Reply とみやまえいじ August 3, 2018 at 2:56 am

    Thank you for these wonderful videos!

  • Reply Christina Penner August 4, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    How cool that ur dad still is needed very much at his age. I worry about that with my dad.

  • Reply Andy do September 8, 2018 at 5:34 am

    This dude is a master

  • Reply 오세륜 September 17, 2018 at 1:24 am

    wow lui is sooo smart…such an inspiration!!😉😬

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  • Reply IamMe November 8, 2018 at 1:26 am

    his accent is so new yorken

  • Reply Food Blast Chicago December 21, 2018 at 7:45 am

    I definitely feel Ya on that one. LOL

  • Reply bigdog8882 December 21, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Touched my soul

  • Reply Asad Ullah March 27, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Woz are much talented i guess..

  • Reply Jia Yoong Chong September 6, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    The subtitle there is an insult to New Yorker

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