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Masterwork™ Retro TVs

The renown Masterwork line of Vintage Colorsets, seen on location at NBC News Studios New York and Ghosthunter Z. Bagans’s (Of Travel Channel fame) upcoming Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, are all individually numbered and hand built by J.E. Rubsam.

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.

Touch 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 refinement in retro televisions, and the best option to compliment high-end mid-century modern, atomic, 50s and 60s era decor. See our Custom Color category for past sets and build examples.

What goes into a Masterwork Series Colorset? All chassis and components with an industry standard 1 year warranty*.  Our aim is to make sets seamless, and not “something close.”

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

All models with a screen larger than 12″ are available as a Stellar Masterwork Series Color Conversion (Patent Pending.)  Our Masterwork Colorsets can be seen at locations around the country, including: NBC Studios New York, Hepcat Restorations, Z. Bagans’s Haunted Museum Las Vegas, and Googietime Fabulous Fifties Furnishings, to list a few. Have a showroom? We’re interested in finding distributors oriented toward the better mid-century market.

Warranty: an industry standard one year.

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

Sets shown with a price sheet below are already converted, while sets without price sheets are awaiting conversion or will be converted on request. We can also convert your existing television cabinet. 3 month interest free layaway & financing available.
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1958 GE Ultra Vision

 

Currently complete and in the showroom. Short leadtime required for additional options.

Base: Standard features include RF & Composite input, remote control, and fully functional volume and power front panel buttons. SHOWROOM PRICE: $2895, Online: $2495

Options on top of base price:

Operating channel buttons $750
HDMI (1080p HD) input $450

Features and options are tailored to suit.

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


Base: Includes Remote Control-only operation with dummy TV knobs, and restoration of factory AM/FM tuner and record changer, RF & Composite inputs: $3400

Options on top of base price:

Operating TV volume & power knob: $450
Operating TV Volume, power, & channel knob $750
Component (720 HD) input $200
HDMI (1080p HD) input $450
Bluetooth 4.0 integrated into stereo tube amplifier $750

Features and options are tailored to suit.

“The Skyline Modern”
1957 Zenith Console TV in Blonde

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Base: Includes Remote Control-only operation with dummy TV knobs, standard definition RF input only: $2400

Options on top of base price:

Operating TV volume & power knob: $450
Operating TV Volume, power, & channel knob $750
Composite (SD) input $200
Component (720 HD) input $200
HDMI (1080p HD) input $450

Features and options are tailored to suit.

“The Lancer”
1957 Airline 21″ in Walnut


Base: Includes Remote Control-only operation with dummy TV knobs, standard definition RF input only: $2200

Options on top of base price:

Operating TV volume & power knob: $450
Operating TV Volume, power, & channel knob $750
Composite (SD) input $200
HDMI (1080p HD) input $450

Features and options are tailored to suit.

1955 Sparton Console in Cherry Mahogany

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Base: Includes Remote Control-only operation with dummy TV knobs, standard definition RF input only: $1700

Options on top of base price:

Operating TV volume & power knob: $450
Operating TV Volume, power, & channel knob $750
Composite (SD) input $200
Component (720 HD) input $200
HDMI (1080p HD) input $450

Features and options are tailored to suit.

1952 Motorola 17″ Mahogany “Asian” Console


Base: Includes Remote Control-only operation with dummy TV knobs, standard definition RF input only: $2200

Options on top of base price:

Operating TV volume & power knob: $450
Operating TV Volume, power, & channel knob $750
Composite (SD) input $200
HDMI (1080p HD) input $450

Features and options are tailored to suit.

1957 Sylvania Halolight 21″


Base: Includes Remote Control-only operation with dummy TV knobs, standard definition RF input only: $2700

Options on top of base price:

Operating TV volume & power knob: $450
Operating TV Volume, power, & channel knob $750
Composite (SD) input $200
HDMI (1080p HD) input $450
Update fluorescent halolight to LED $425

Features and options are tailored to suit.

1954 RCA

vintage rca tv

Available as-is (recapped and operational with a minor horizontal phase issue visible on high contrast scenes) $450

Available as a Color Conversion:
Base: Includes Remote Control-only operation with dummy TV knobs, standard definition RF input only: $1300

Options on top of base price:

Operating TV volume & power knob: $450
Operating TV Volume, power, & channel knob $750
Composite (SD) input $200
HDMI (1080p HD) input $450

Features and options are tailored to suit.

1960 RCA CTC-10

True vintage color television set, custom made cabinet by Henredon fine furniture. Set has a good CRT, cabinet in excellent condition with doors on front (not shown) sound on set does not work- B+ is pulled down as volume control is advanced.

Available AS-IS with existing color electronics $500

Available as a Color Conversion with updated electronics:
Basic (with basic remote control, RF & Composite inputs) $2200
Intermediate  (with basic remote control, RF, Composite & HDMI 1080i capability) $2700
Complete (with remote control, RF, Composite, HDMI 1080 capability & functioning  power and volume controls $3600

We can also convert the original remote control (pictured) to work with the modern electronics for an additional $800. We can also mix & match features and options.

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 Masterwork Series Retro TV.

Modern CRT & Electronics with 1 year warranty. Standard features include RF & HDMI input, remote control, and functional power front panel buttons.  functional volume knob and composite input available at additional cost.

— 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.

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

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1958 Westinghouse

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

— SOLD

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1958 Zenith 24″

Colorset configured with remote control, RF, composite, and HDMI.

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

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Stromberg Carlson TV-12 in Blonde 12″ (1947)

Good original 12JP4 CRT, chassis restored, cabinet in original finish (8.5/10.) Tubing knob is loose, but operates. $650

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RCA 8TS30 10″ (1948)

Unrestored & complete, good CRT, non-original tuning knob

Crosley 9-403M television
Crosley 9-403M 10″ (1948)

Unrestored, good 10BP4, missing Crosley emblem

GE 806 television GE 806 television
GE 806 10″

Unrestored & Complete, good CRTs. Available individually.

RCA 721TS television
RCA 721TS 10″

Unrestored, veneer peeling on top, good CRT.

GE 805 Locomotive television

GE Locomotive, bakelite cabinet

Dumont RA-103D television
Dumont RA-103D 12″ “The Rumson”

Unrestored & complete with good CRT and original legs.

Magnavox tv/am/fm/phono console television
Magnavox 12″ TV/AM/FM/SW/Phono combination unit

Unrestored & Complete, beautiful condition with good 12KP4 CRT

Bendix 2020 television
Bendix Aviation 2020 12″ (1949)

Unrestored and complete, good CRT, veneer chipping along bottom side.

Zenith Porthole television
Zenith Porthole 12″

Unrestored & Original, good CRT. One veneer chip on top left hand corner.

Zenith porthole television
Zenith Porthole tabletop 12″

Unrestored original, complete with good CRT. No damage to tolex cabinet.

Vintage TVs for sale

*In conversions larger then 21″ screen size, refurbished components may be used in construction.

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