Custom Build for NBC News New York

A little over a month ago we were contacted by someone from NBC News in New York who was looking to put together a custom “retro TV” installation for their new offices. They had sent along a rough artist’s conception of what they were looking for- essentially, a large retro floor console TV on a 10 foot wide blank wall, along with smaller fascias hung on the wall, and needed something that was authentic, and could stand to run 24/7 with modern everything.

We exchanged some ideas; we happened to have a couple of 60s era console TVs here which were not yet listed on the web site that could possibly fit the bill. Out of the two, they chose this glorious 1964 Magnavox roundie color TV in a terrific Danish Modern cabinet.

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Our own conception to-scale submitted for final approval. Sets on the wall were also proposed based off of pieces we had on hand.

It hadn’t even been two weeks since we picked this set up from an Estate in the Chico area, and the cabinet wasn’t without character… the primary reason we had not yet listed it as being available. Well loved, the top of the cabinet had years of accumulated muck where one might place their hands to fuss with the built-in tuner and record changer. The cabinet simply needed to be restored in order to be up to standard.

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There was simply no way to cure what amounted to wear down to bare wood, with a cover of accumulated dirt, to end up with any sort of seamless match. The entire set needed to be stripped.

Seeing as this set was going to become a Masterwork series color conversion, it needed to be immaculate. NBC opted to delete the AM/FM tuner and record changer, and to convert the changer cavity into a storage area for cable box, DVD player, or Laptop with convenient HDMI port inside. We’ve fabricated a replacement bottom to replace the piece cut out for the changer. The tuner-side door will be sealed shut.

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Cabinet completely stripped, a representation of about 10 hours of meticulous work
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First application of Teak oil.

More updates as we progress!

’50 Admiral Rebuild

Coming around toward the end of a full electronic restoration on this 1950 Admiral Model 22X26, featuring the 12″ 20Z1 chassis.

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Contrasting the technology with a selection from my Star Trek TNG VHS cassette library.

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Full capacitor compliment, resistors replaced where necessary, I.F. and sweep alignment performed. Original CRT is in great condition!

’58 Westinghouse Stratovision Color Conversion

Just finished restoring & converting this ’58 Westinghouse 21″ Stratovision in Blonde. Custom configured with HDMI.

’57 Motorola Color Conversion

The Latest Stellar Masterwork Series Retro Color TV based on the 1957 Motorola 21K126B. Full 1 year warranty, HDMI ready with remote control and functional front power button. 3 month layaway available! Shown on display at Googietime Fabulous Fifties Furnishings inside the Midway Antique Mall.

New Masterwork Series Colorset For Sale

Hot out of the shop: we’ve just finished up another Masterwork Retro Color TV. Based on the 1958 GE Ultra Vision, we’ve fully modernized the electronics and updated to color.

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Stellar’s Masterwork Series of Retro Color TVs are seamless updated adaptations, intended to bring the classic vintage styling into today, with modern technology and reliability. Every unit is a one-off custom built work of art.

CRT screens are notoriously difficult to photograph, as interference patterns appear which do not to the naked eye, as in the photos shown. The cabinet is in near mint condition. Front panel volume and power buttons are fully functional, and the set is remote-control operated.

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This set comes standard with RF and composite inputs. Seamless HDMI functionality available at additional cost.

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We have a number of vintage television sets which can also be updated like this listed in our Vintage TVs For Sale section. We can also convert your own vintage TV or empty cabinet!

All Masterwork Retro Colorsets come with an industry standard 1 year warranty from the date of purchase. Financing and layaway are also available. Come see the set on display inside Googietime Fabulous Fifties Furnishings, located inside the incomparable Midway Antique Mall here in Sacramento.

We do Bluetooth Conversions!

Into retro electronics? Due to popular request, we are now performing seamless Bluetooth 3.0 updates to vintage radios and audio equipment. What this means is that you can use your beautiful retro AM radio, home Hi-Fi, Record Player or Stereo with your Bluetooth-enabled device! This update is done internally and does not affect the original operation or sound of your unit, as we do not replace the original electronics. Simply sync your Android, iPhone, iPad, or other Bluetooth-enabled device with your unit and it will automatically switch over to streaming audio. Nothing else is required. Conversion includes any repairs, service, or restoration necessary to make your vintage unit safe and reliable to operate.

For more information, see our page on Bluetooth Conversions.

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Photoshoot for our New Color Lineup!

It’s been a busy day down here at the shop. We were recently able to line up a local photographer and a model to come in and pose for what is going to become much of the visual media for our upcoming line of Masterwork series of Retro Color TVs- Real vintage TV sets, seamlessly updated and completely modernized.

GoogieTime Fabulous Fifties Furnishings, also located here at the Midway Mall, was gracious enough to allow us to use many of the props and mock rooms for our shoot. Much credit goes to Alex Rubsam for her photography expertise, and to Taylor Louise, our talented model… she was absolutely perfect and we had a lot of fun working with her!

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Look forward soon to our ads in Atomic Ranch magazine and a fresh page detailing our Masterwork line of Retro Color conversions!

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