Masterwork Retro TVs

The renown Stellar Masterwork line of Vintage Colorsets, seen on location at NBC News Studios New York, Ghosthunter Z. Bagans’s Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, Bass Pro Shops at the Talladega Speedway, and other locations are all tailor rebuilt and modernized from the ground up.

What is a Stellar Masterwork Series Retro Color TV?

1950s & 60s Vintage Retro Television Sets- authentic period cabinets with updated internals. These are not mass-produced sets, they are individual, one-off, and each entirely unique.

While turned off, the set looks just as it did in on the showroom floor. We scour the country to find good original sets in mint or as near mint condition as possible; as mid-century modern aficionados, we favor authenticity and not to restore when not necessary.

Masterwork_reptoid_tvset_standee_smallTouch the front panel power button, or flick on the remote control; it’s then easy to tell that this is not an ordinary vintage black-and-white TV. It’s a Stellar Masterwork. The aesthetics are completely seamless. Original lines, original grille cloth and knobs. Factory finish. The picture fits in just as it should with no gaps. Best of all, these TVs are entirely modern. Masterwork is the marque of excellence in custom retro televisions, and the best option to compliment high-end mid-century modern, atomic, 50s and 60s era decor.

 

What goes into a Masterwork Series Colorset?

Original electronics are completely replaced, and all chassis and components come with an industry standard 1 year warranty.  Our aim is to make sets seamless, and not “something close.” As every set is different, so does every conversion require a new and unique approach toward engineering in order to make it just right.

Original Masterwork Series sets employ color CRTs in all cabinets capable of accommodating them.

The new Masterwork II series sets employ LCD screens for smaller cabinets such as slimlines, portables, and Predictas where use of a CRT is not possible. Every attempt is made to approximate the original aesthetic of the set including the use of custom masks and faceplates in place of the original B&W CRTs.

 

Here is an orientation video covering the operation of a ’58 Olympic which has received a full control panel conversion:

 

Warranty

An industry standard one year.

Please direct inquiries through the form at the bottom of the page.

We can also convert your existing television cabinet. 3 month interest free layaway & financing available.

All sets are 21″ unless otherwise specified.



availablesets



 

“The Director”
1955 “High Fidelity” AM/FM/Phono Combination in Blonde

 


Base: Includes Remote Control-only operation with dummy TV knobs, built-in sound, AM/FM tuner and record changer, RF & Composite inputs. Currently build-to-order. $3499

Options available:

  • Operational TV volume & power knob $449
  • Operational TV Volume, power, & channel knob $749
  • HDMI (1080p HD) input $199
  • Bluetooth 4.0 integrated $399

Features and options are tailored to suit.

1959 Consolette

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Base: Great example of 50s Modern styling in a real hardwood cabinet. Includes remote control-only operation, built-in sound, with RF input only.  Built to order. $3899

Options available:

  • Operational front power knob $249
  • Operational TV Volume and power knobs $449
  • Composite (SD) input $199
  • HDMI (1080p HD) input $449
  • USB input $349

 

1957 Console in Blonde

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Base: Includes remote control-only operation, built-in sound, with RF input only. (Grille cloth will be replaced with NOS material) Built to order. $2899

Options available:

  • Operational front power knob $249
  • Operational TV Volume and power knobs $449
  • Composite (SD) input $199
  • HDMI (1080p HD) input $449
  • USB input $349

1960 “Hillsborough” Hideaway TV


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Just in as of 3/5/18. Currently undergoing cabinet restoration, available soon!

Base: Remote control only operation with RF Input. Excellent Hi-Fi sound. Built to order. $4499

Options available:

  • Operational side power knob $249
  • Operational TV Volume and power knobs $449
  • Composite (SD) input $199
  • HDMI (1080p HD) input $449
  • USB input $349

 

1963 Danish Modern Console

 

 

Base: Remote control only operation with RF Input. Amazing 3 dimensional space age speaker grille on this set! Built to order. $3899 (ON HOLD)

Options available:

  • Operational front power knob $249
  • Operational TV Volume and power knobs $449
  • Composite (SD) input $199
  • HDMI (1080p HD) input $449
  • USB input $349

 

1955 Royal “X” Console

 

Currently complete and in the showroom.

Base: Includes remote control-only operation, Hi-Fi sound, and preconfigured with RF & HDMI.  $3749

Options available:

  • Operational front power knob $249
  • Operational TV Volume and power knobs $449
  • Composite (SD) input $199
  • USB input $349

 

“Halolight” Console in Walnut

 

Sylvania Halolight console in a beautiful real walnut cabinet with tambour doors. Check out that unusual triad-configured control panel!

Base: Includes Remote Control-only operation with dummy TV knobs, built-in sound, and SD RF input. Currently build-to-order $3499

Options available:

  • Operational front power knob $249
  • Operational TV volume & power knob $449
  • Composite input $249
  • HDMI (1080p HD) input $449
  • USB input $349

 

1963 Airline in Blonde

 

Amazing real hardwood cabinet in blonde “limed oak” finish with tambour doors and faux drawers.

Base: Includes Remote Control-only operation with dummy TV knobs, built-in sound, SD RF input. Currently build-to-order $2899

Options available:

  • Operational front power knob $249
  • Operational TV volume & power knob $449
  • HDMI (1080p HD) input $449
  • USB Media Center $349

 

1956 “Halolight” Console

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Stunning set from a Phoenix area estate. Love that lightning bolt! Front escutcheon will be completely refinished.

Base: Includes Remote Control-only operation with dummy TV knobs, Hi Fi sound, standard definition RF input only. Currently build-to-order $3299

Options available:

  • Operational front power knob $249
  • Operating TV volume & power knob $449
  • Composite (SD) input $199
  • HDMI (1080p HD) input $449
  • USB input $349

1968 Montgomery Wards Danish Modern Console

 

Base: Includes Remote Control-only operation with dummy TV knobs, built-in sound, standard definition RF input only. Currently build-to-order $2399

Options available:

  • Operational front power knob $249
  • Operating TV volume & power knob $449
  • Composite (SD) input $199
  • HDMI (1080p HD) input $449
  • USB input $349

1958 Tabletop in Blonde

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Gorgeous blonde tabletop TV set. Completely refinished in original blonde woodgrain. Convertible to floor model with the hairpin leg option. Currently build-to-order $2499

  • Operational front power knob $249
  • Operational TV volume & power knob $449
  • Operational TV Volume, power, & channel knob $749
  • Composite (SD) input $199
  • HDMI (1080p HD) input $449
  • Wrought iron hairpin or straight tapered wood legs for free standing installation $249
  • USB input $349

1957 Tabletop in Mahogany

 

Base: Includes Remote Control-only operation with dummy TV knobs, built-in sound, standard definition RF input only. This set has an all-metal cabinet with a faux cherry mahogany finish which has some light character on the top surface. Convertible to floor model with the hairpin leg option. Currently build-to-order $2299

Options available:

  • Operational front power knob $249
  • Operational TV volume & power knob $449
  • Operational TV Volume, power, & channel knob $749
  • Composite (SD) input $199
  • HDMI (1080p HD) input $449
  • Wrought iron hairpin or straight tapered wood legs for free standing installation $249
  • USB input $349

 

 



pastsets



 

1957 Sylvania Halolight Blonde Tabletop, refinished in Heywood Wakefield “Champagne”

Cabinet was custom refinished by the buyer, Shane O’ Brien at Hepcat Restorations of Sacramento to compliment their vintage Heywood Wakefield bedroom set. Check out their blog!

–SOLD

 

1957 Motorola 21K126B

RF & HDMI input, remote control, and functional power front panel buttons.

— SOLD
(Thank you to Rocket Fizz, Bossier City Boardwalk, Louisiana)

 

1958 Sylvania Halolight

Colorset configured with remote control and HDMI, NOS Grille cloth and adapted as a tabletop unit.

–SOLD
(Thank you Zak Bagans Haunted Museum Las Vegas)

 

“The Peacock”
1964 Magnavox Console

Colorset custom configured as tuner & record changer delete, with custom media box.

–SOLD

 

 

1958 Admiral Super 200 Console in Mahogany

Configured for Remote Control-only operation with dummy TV knobs, RF and 1080p HDMI input. Original finish and NOS grille cloth.
–SOLD

 

1959 GE “Slimline” in Danish Modern cabinet

This set was shipped in by a customer, having been previously converted from B&W with an LCD Monitor. We revamped it using a color CRT with heavy internal cabinet modification and a period correct plastic CRT rear cover extension. HDMI option included. Our customer, Terry Hare, maintains a blog on MCM livin’…. check it out! http://www.atomicmonstercafe.com Thanks Terry!

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1958 Admiral “Imperial 400” in Blonde
RF, Composite and HDMI ready with remote control.

 

1963 Zenith Tabletop
RF, HDMI & Remote Control operation. –SOLD
(Thank you Bass Pro Shops, Talladega, AL)

 

1957 Airline “The Lancer”
Remote Control, HDMI. Functional Power Button with built-in wireless headphone transmitter and four headsets. Purchased by Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA for their new Pat Boone exhibit.

 

 

 

Various Sets

Custom built sets for David Copperfield’s private museum of Magic in Las Vegas. Each set was chosen to stand in independent exhibits playing back video highlighting both the careers and of David’s own personal collection of effects and stage used magical paraphernalia of many well known Magicians of the 20th century– including The Great Cardini, Richiardi Jr, Channing Pollock, and others. Many of these were full restoration and conversions, including original Masterwork series CRT based conversions and Masterwork II series LCD conversions. Each of the sets (12 total, others not pictured) we designed with special rigging to make each appear to levitate when combined with special lighting inside the museum. Custom configured with HDMI and a USB media center. Thanks David!

 

 

1958 GE UltraVision Tabletop

This set was on loan as part of the deYoung’s “Summer of Love” exhibition in 2017. The set was purchased by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and custom configured with operational volume & power knobs, USB Media Center, and a headphone jack.

 

1957 Zenith “The Skyline Modern”
Remote Control, and custom configured with HDMI, Component and USB Input with built-in media control center

 

 

RCA Danish Modern
Functional front panel power, volume, remote control, RF and HDMI inputs.

 

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1958 Westinghouse
Colorset configured with operational power & volume, remote control, RF & HDMI

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1958 Zenith 24″

Colorset configured with remote control, RF, composite, and HDMI.
(Thank you Zak Bagans Haunted Museum Las Vegas)



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