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 Post subject: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
PostPosted: Feb Tue 09, 2016 3:02 pm 
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Wanted a Halolight for some time.
Here is one in pretty poor condition.
Love to find one in much better condition.

BTW, what are some typical prices for a Halolight TV that is in very restorable condition?
Any particular issues that could be show stoppers in the restoration?

Here is one on Ebay but does not look like a reasonable candidate for restoration ...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/201516605086?rmvSB=true
... but then again what is their worth fully restored?


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 Post subject: Re: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
PostPosted: Feb Tue 09, 2016 4:48 pm 
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It looks like it is all there. Why don't you think it is restorable?

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 Post subject: Re: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
PostPosted: Feb Tue 09, 2016 7:52 pm 
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That looks nicely restorable to me, except for the unfortunate damage to the trim
around that one knob on the front which may be a showstopper.


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 Post subject: Re: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
PostPosted: Feb Tue 09, 2016 8:27 pm 
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Anything can be restored ... just that if I put the effort and energy in a restoration
I want it to be worthy of the effort. I would like to find a Halolight that is in
better shape cosmetically and the chassis is not rusty.

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 Post subject: Re: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
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That set's pretty rough, and not all that attractive to start with.

If you're going for a Halolight might as well hold out for one of the modern looking ones.

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 Post subject: Re: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
PostPosted: Feb Wed 10, 2016 1:33 am 
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I must say I was only mildly curious about these sets for many years - until I saw one working. That soft glow around the picture tube is very cool! If I had the space I would have one in the collection. I too would hold-out for one of the more attractive model. It seems there was quite a few different "Halo-light" models produced.


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 Post subject: Re: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
PostPosted: Feb Wed 10, 2016 2:15 am 
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I suppose that what looks good depends on who is doing the looking. I think the one on Ebay looks better than the one from radiomuseum.

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 Post subject: Re: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
PostPosted: Feb Wed 10, 2016 2:38 am 
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Tom Schulz wrote:
I suppose that what looks good depends on who is doing the looking. I think the one on Ebay looks better than the one from radiomuseum.

Of course it's a matter of personal taste, but the photo of that set on the RM site does not do it justice. That one might even be a retro-fitted screen. When you see an original one working with it's big "floating" Halolight mask, I think you'll be sold on it:
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 Post subject: Re: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
PostPosted: Feb Wed 10, 2016 3:37 am 
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There are halo lights, then there are Sylouette halo lights, which are more attractive and more money. I have one of each already posted. The older 21 and newer 23 inch. They are my favorite sets. As cool as a Predicta but not as well known. Not super easy to find. If you find one, jump on it. The older regular halo lights, with the possible exception of some 1957 models, were in very plain cabinets and not really much different than any other mid fifties set and much plainer than some sets. The older ones had a smaller mask, or halo light. Halo lights were made for a number of years, 1953-1961 give or take.

From 1958 through 1960 the Sylouette models were made with a thinner cabinet and more modern design along with a larger halo light. As I recall, there were three or four different designs. 1960 and 61 were the 23 inch, more squared off, tube. The RM photo is correct. I have one that is identical, even has a remote chassis but I've not found a remote to date.

The last year, 1961, the Sylouette series was dropped. The new model was called a "wood light" halo light, but in a more conventional cabinet, rather than a Sylouette style. The mask was a creme color instead of white but identical to the white 1960 mask as far as I can tell. They are very rare, I've only seen one over the years. From everything I've seen and read, these were the last halo lights.

When I was recapping them, guys warned me about the circuit boards but I had no issues with mine. This would be 1958 or newer. Also the fluorescent transformer is known to fail. One of mine has been replaced. The fluorescent bulb is almost unobtainium, made specifically for this set, and the mask would be very difficult to find so those two things, for sure, have to be good on any set you are considering. Both of my sets work well as do the halo lights.


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 Post subject: Re: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
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This one is for sale on the Bay right now... http://www.ebay.com/itm/222015407809/

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 Post subject: Re: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
PostPosted: Feb Wed 10, 2016 11:55 pm 
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Harbourmaster wrote:
This one is for sale on the Bay right now... http://www.ebay.com/itm/222015407809/

I saw that one too. It's a real gem and worth the BIN IMO. The problem is the "local pick-up only", although I would dislike to see this classic set shipped.


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 Post subject: Re: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
PostPosted: Feb Thu 11, 2016 1:05 am 
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Unfortunately the mask has a crack. It's hard to find a perfect one but for $400??

I really lucked out on mine. $35 for one (although an 11 hour drive too) and $100 for the other. Neither one is cracked. Had them both a few years.


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 Post subject: Re: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
PostPosted: Feb Thu 11, 2016 1:23 am 
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Unfortunately the mask has a crack. It's hard to find a perfect one but for $400??

I really lucked out on mine. $35 for one (although an 11 hour drive too) and $100 for the other. Neither one is cracked. Had them both a few years.

You have a good eye! I don't even notice it.
Cleaned and detailed, in a place like the Antiques Showcase in NYC, that set would bring a pretty penny with it's iconic mid-century design.


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 Post subject: Re: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
PostPosted: Feb Thu 11, 2016 2:37 am 
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The RM one looks identical to mine because it is mine. It was still in my garage which is why I didn't recognize the photo. This photo is before I cleaned it up.
The second is my older one. Notice the different cabinet design.

Neither one had been touched yet when these photos were taken. I have some pictures of them running here somewhere but couldn't search them.

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 Post subject: Re: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
PostPosted: Feb Thu 11, 2016 12:30 pm 
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I subscribed to a free month of Showtime via my Roku device.
I've watched several great series on Showtime this month.
One series I'm currently watching is "Masters of Sex" - a
well made drama series set in the late 1950's about the famous
sex researchers Masters and Johnson. I'm not an entirely "dirty old man"
as I enjoy the period appointments - there are a lot of different 1950's
TV's, cars, cloths, telephones, office furnishings, etc.

On Season 1, Episode 7 they show apparently a Sylvania Halolight TV
much like the ones shown here in this thread. I rewound, paused,
and took this picture with my smartphone camera:


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PostPosted: Feb Thu 11, 2016 5:11 pm 
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Why am I feeling like a bowel movement at the moment?

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 Post subject: Re: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
PostPosted: Feb Thu 11, 2016 11:20 pm 
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Nortonics wrote:
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Why am I feeling like a bowel movement at the moment?

:D I know a TV collector that calls these masks "toilet seats". The same goes for the 1950 Crosley bakelite:
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 Post subject: Re: Sylvania Halolight TV ....
PostPosted: Nov Mon 12, 2018 2:46 am 
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I have this Sylvania Silhouette I'm looking to find information on and possibly find a new home for. As a child I plugged it in a few times both the screen as well as illumination worked. Itsdmodel is 21C611M


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