Just finished restoring & converting this ’58 Westinghouse 21″ Stratovision in Blonde. Custom configured with HDMI.
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.
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!
Look forward soon to our ads in Atomic Ranch magazine and a fresh page detailing our Masterwork line of Retro Color conversions!
The time has come: the ’58 Olympic B&W to color conversion is complete. This is a custom unit that we’ve restored and retrofitted for Mel and Shane O’Brien over at Hepcat Restorations. Do check out their blog- they’re doing some really incredible restoration work and have one of the finest collections of 50s modern furniture I’ve ever seen!
Retrofitting old black and white televisions by gutting the old TV and setting a new one inside is not a new idea- but the main problem with this is degraded aesthetic and authenticity, and a loss of function of the original front panel controls.
We’ve seamlessly retrofitted the 24″ black and white TV with modern electronics, and have taken great care to make the original front panel controls function appropriately, along with the added benefit of a remote control. The original radio and audio amplifier chassis has been completely rebuilt, as well as the phonograph. We can do similar conversions to most other pre-1965 television sets as well. Here is a video tour of the unit’s operation:
Following up from the earlier post, covering initial inspection and dismantling of this set.
Before and after:
The cabinet has just returned from Lance at Nook and Cranny Refinishing… and what a beautiful job! The cabinet has been restored using real veneer on the top and sides, as well as burlwood veneer on the front, which has also been hand pinstriped. All brass has been buffed out as well. Legs are slightly bent and need some help… but I will work on this later.
The electronics are currently in progress; I will be posting an update on this soon!