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Stellar Electronics featured in CAModern Magazine

Last month we were contacted by CAModern Magazine for a contribution to their upcoming featurette on Mid Century television sets. CAModern Magazine is part of the Eichler Network and feature numerous articles and resources for Mid Century Modern enthusiasts.

The article is currently in CAModern’s 2018 1st Quarter edition, which is captured below, but don’t miss their website and their wonderful magazine as well!

https://www.eichlernetwork.com/catalog/ca-modern-magazine/ca-modern-magazine

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New Colorsets for December

Are you digging the December chill? We’ve just turned up some great new sets which are sure to help make your hep haven cooler than ever before!

Three Spellbinders! The ’56 Zenith “Eye”, ’63 RCA Consolette, and the super cool ’58 UltraVision are that magic touch your living room’s been missing.

If these styles aren’t enough, then how about these two Danish Modern treasures? The ’66 Admiral Hi-Fi combination and the ’68 Montgomery Wards. Prefer something in Blonde? you might appreciate this one-owner ’57 Zenith.

 

All of these sets except for the ’58 GE Ultravision are currently available built-to-order. Custom options are always available!

Prop Help for Paramount’s Upcoming “Bumblebee: The Movie” Transformers Film Scheduled for 2018

In this business it seems that you never know who’s going to get in touch with you. We were just recently contacted by one of the prop wranglers from Paramount Pictures who were looking for a pair of matching 80s era console TV sets for the upcoming Transformers film. At the time, the film was in a very early production stage, as it was still codenamed “Brighton Falls” but it’s since been publicly released as “Bumblebee: The Movie.”

It was explained that the movie was set in 1987 and that they were looking for a pair or more of (preferably) early 80s console TVs to come to life as a Transformer for a brief fight scene in the main family’s home. We were able to turn up two 1982 RCA Colortraks. These, in conjunction with another matching set available from one of their local prop houses, made for three sets. One “Hero” set and two which were to be destroyed.

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Requested 1982 RCA Colortrak to be used in the Transformers film: Bumblebee: The Movie

You can bet we offered to rent the sets, as it would have been cool to get back a screen-used TV, but nothing doing!

During the delivery, we were welcomed inside a studio warehouse where a mockup family home was being built, and where all of the furniture and other props were being cataloged and photographed. Alongside all of this, we were treated to some artist conceptions of the “Console TV Transformer”… though, no pics allowed! 🙂 Unless the studio changes their mind for some reason, it will be cool to see the sets which we were able to provide on the big screen, though I’ll say this: they’ll be hard pressed to find three identical TVs of that vintage anywhere else. We were just happy it worked out for everyone so relatively easily, and  are thrilled to have been involved in the project!

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.