For those who yearn for the good old days of wooden TV cabinets that never heard the words "sleek and modern" like most of today's HD monitors—but cringe at the thought of going back to those thrilling days of yesteryear with analog black-and-white (not that that's an option much longer), a furniture company has a deal for you. For a price, of course.
The crafts people at Wilkerson Furniture in Lake View Terrace, Calif., will sell you a 42-inch plasma HD (no brand name given) encased in a retro cabinet that reeks of the 1950s, and it will only set you back a mere $3,600. Or the company will build a custom cabinet for an HD model and screen size of your choice.
It won't bring back Ricky Nelson as a teenager in HD, or even offer "Ozzie & Harriet" in living color, but at least it might make you appreciate the fact that furniture has indeed advanced in design over the past half-century.
One giveaway, however, that the 2008 HD monitor housed within the retro design (model M21) is not your grandfather's analog set is the fact that the cabinet will only be 10 inches deep — quite a bit slimmer than most of the old CRT models. (For the 42-inch screen, the retro set stands 58 inches high and 44 inches wide.)
The cabinet finish comes in either cherry wood or black walnut, and no, they are not wall-mountable.
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