A friend of mine (also into retro computers) sent me this at 7pm today.
It was laying in front of someone's yard, on the sidewalk - probably for the garbage men to pick up. Thought to myself - "nice - free 15 CRT. It's probably been out in the rain, and it's probably dead". People don't really throw these kinds of things away where I'm from. In any case I was working on my daily driver, fighting the AC belt tensioner pulley witch decided to get stuck - something the engine didn't appreciate so it tore the plastic part of the pulley right off, leaving me with a horrid screeching at idle and AC that works intermittently.
So after dealing with that carnage for a couple of hours, I took my kid and went home. On the way there I called up my mate and asked him for the precise location of that CRT - it was about 9 PM, almost dark outside, but I tough "eh - maybe it's still there". I thought for sure some kids picked it up to throw off the bridge just to hear a loud pop and get some cheap thrills. Luckily, the CRT was still there. So I pulled over, put it in my trunk and took it home.
Got home, my wife put the kid to sleep and I took a screwdriver to the CRT. I'm a bit weary of plugging in something that's been sitting on the side of the road for god knows how long, and might have been rained on. It was surprisingly clean on the inside, no obvious signs of damage (bulging caps, frayed/melted/cracked flyback transformer leads, blackened CRT neck) - maybe the previous owner had just tossed it. Put it back together and decided to fire it up:
Seems to work fine! Lucky me. Unfortunately I don't have any computer with a VGA connector at the apartment - most my stuff is at the garage, and the rest is in another city where I work during the weekdays, 98km away - but I'm fairly confident this little monitor works fine.
I'll test it properly tomorrow, adjust the brightness on the flyback and pair it with my 286 rig.