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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Mar Sat 31, 2012 2:57 am 
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I know. That's why I said it would "HELP ensure," instead of just "ensure."

Let's just hope it ends up in the right hands.

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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Mar Sat 31, 2012 11:38 pm 
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Wonder what the reason was for painting and especially that color but then i did have a crazy Lithuanian grandfather that had some extra pink paint. He decided to paint the TV and dinning table (solid oak) because he thought it would make it look pretty and cover up the wear. Really surprised Grandma didn't shot him. She was more then a little pissed off.
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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Mar Sat 31, 2012 11:41 pm 
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Stan Ski wrote:
Wonder what the reason was for painting and especially that color


Most likely guess was posted above - I assume it was painted to cover up the fact that it was "creatively re-allocated" from the military. I can't explain the color.

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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Sun 01, 2012 12:01 am 
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Brett_Buck wrote:
Stan Ski wrote:
Wonder what the reason was for painting and especially that color


Most likely guess was posted above - I assume it was painted to cover up the fact that it was "creatively re-allocated" from the military. I can't explain the color.

Brett

We called it "scrounging." :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Sun 01, 2012 1:57 am 
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Us Navy types called it Cumshaw

Did you know? (Merriam-Webster)
It was probably British Navy personnel who first picked up "cumshaw" in Chinese ports, during the First Opium War of 1839–42. "Cumshaw" is from a word that means "grateful thanks" in the dialect of Xiamen, a port in southeast China. (Rendered "kam sia" in the Pinyin system of romanizing Chinese words, it’s still a common expression used by about one billion Chinese to show grateful thankfulness.) Apparently, sailors heard it from the beggars who hung around the ports, and mistook it as the word for a handout. Since then, U.S. sailors have given "cumshaw" its own unique application, for something obtained through unofficial means (whether deviously or simply ingeniously). Outside of naval circles, meanings of "cumshaw" range from a harmless gratuity to bending the rules a little to outright bribery.


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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Sun 01, 2012 7:53 pm 
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So, because I was one of those kids who always picked at scabs, I couldn't resist picking at the paint on this poor radio every time I walked by it.

This morning, I decided to relieve a big section of the front of its paint. The result can be seen here: http://campl.us/gg6cxv1NZ92

The canvas is in great shape! I used only fingernails, a dull putty knife, a microfiber cloth, and plain water. I'm leaving the rest to the future owner, but am excited to see something nice under the awful paint. With the right tools and some chemical help, this thing will look great! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Sun 01, 2012 8:33 pm 
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Good for you :D It has great promise !

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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Sun 01, 2012 8:57 pm 
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If you go ahead and remove all the paint, I think you might well get twice what you would get in its present state.

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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Sun 01, 2012 9:42 pm 
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Ok soooooooooooooooooo are you going to list it on ebay or in the classified section here?

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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Sun 01, 2012 10:24 pm 
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I would spend the time to remove the paint yourself. You will get a better price when you sell it.
What do you want for it anyhow?
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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Fri 06, 2012 3:12 am 
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Hi, guys--

Just listed this thing on the classified forum. :) http://antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=190667

I decided to leave the rest of the paint alone so I didn't inadvertently mess something up!

I really do want it to go to a collector for his collection, so I included a provision for offers.

Thanks for all your insight and advice!

--Adela


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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Sat 07, 2012 12:48 am 
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Sold! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Sat 07, 2012 7:30 pm 
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I might add Adela is one nice person.
Really a pleasure to deal with
The Radio is already on its way here to NC
Hunt already begun for missing parts
NOS Correct plug already found as a clean clear copy of manual
The Tag will be a challenge for sure.
Battery holder can be made. Done that before for a RCA Skipper

He really went out of his way to take it to fedex Office for packing and shipping

I admit I am pleasantly surprised a new member with honesty and caring

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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Sat 07, 2012 8:34 pm 
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Congrats Bob! Now I cant wait to see some pics of it done, or atleast maybe some progress photos. Im really curious to see the paint removal outcome. Good luck with your new project.
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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Sun 08, 2012 12:11 am 
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Joe Klein Jr. wrote:
Congrats Bob! Now I cant wait to see some pics of it done, or atleast maybe some progress photos. Im really curious to see the paint removal outcome. Good luck with your new project.
Joe


I would think clear packing tape would pull that right up. If it doesn't work immediately after application, put on the tape, wait a few days, then try again.

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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Sun 08, 2012 3:45 am 
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joybird wrote:
I might add Adela is one nice person.
Really a pleasure to deal with
The Radio is already on its way here to NC
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He really went out of his way to take it to fedex Office for packing and shipping
I admit I am pleasantly surprised a new member with honesty and caring

Bob T.


Thanks, Bob, for your kind words.

I, too, am anxious to see this radio all spiffed up! Looking forward to pictures. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Wed 11, 2012 10:31 pm 
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Well the Radio Arrived today.

DAMAGED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chassis had one loose screw holding it so you all know what happened.
The other chassis hold down screws were not present.

Both Knobs Broken. ON/OFF Volume Switch Busted. 2 Cracks in the dial face.
Lot of scratching where tone sws kept bouncing around
The 110/220 Selector Supply was actually torn off .
No telling what else was damaged especially the switch bank wiring.
Been played with around the Power supply. Wiring changed Resistor added

I called seller. I was upset chassis was not secure.
Well it turns our seller not radio person , did not know enough to check that.
Seller VERY upset, more than me I think. I mean upset.
Want to refund all my money.

I had Fedex package it and ship it I can't blame Fedex for this and the Seller is really sorry
What to do ?????????????
Don't know at this point. I sure do not want the extra trouble.
Any suggestions ???????????

Bob T.


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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Thu 12, 2012 12:05 am 
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joybird wrote:
Well the Radio Arrived today.

DAMAGED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chassis had one loose screw holding it so you all know what happened.
The other chassis hold down screws were not present.

Both Knobs Broken. ON/OFF Volume Switch Busted. 2 Cracks in the dial face.
Lot of scratching where tone sws kept bouncing around
The 110/220 Selector Supply was actually torn off .
No telling what else was damaged especially the switch bank wiring.
Been played with around the Power supply. Wiring changed Resistor added

I called seller. I was upset chassis was not secure.
Well it turns our seller not radio person , did not know enough to check that.
Seller VERY upset, more than me I think. I mean upset.
Want to refund all my money.

I had Fedex package it and ship it I can't blame Fedex for this and the Seller is really sorry
What to do ?????????????
Don't know at this point. I sure do not want the extra trouble.
Any suggestions ???????????

Bob T.

Ship it back, not worth anything now. Probably tell you to keep it.


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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Thu 12, 2012 3:01 am 
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Thats a shame. I've been down that road many times. I'm sure we all have. I can fill several pages with lists of radios Ive purchased that ended up being damaged in shipping. The sellers made good with me but that doesnt make you feel any better about loosing a radio that you really wanted, especially a significant radio like this T.O.. Look it over and make the decision if it's worth going forward with. I'm guessing no insurance? I think that all packages have a "built-in" amount of insurance. I was told something to that effect by the guy working at my local post office when I was insuring a package. I would check with the shipper or have the seller check. Good luck. Sorry to hear about the bad luck,
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 Post subject: Re: Accidental Zenith Transoceanic 520A
PostPosted: Apr Thu 12, 2012 10:37 am 
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It really was not the shippers Fault. The loose chassis is the cause of damage,

The seller has refunded all my money minus the shipping costs.
I cannot accept that, while the radio is damaged , it is far from the trash heap.
It is a rare Model and worth the extra effort.

I have deciede to try to get it playing, what ever I payout in extra parts caused by the shipping damage I will deduct from the original sale price. This is assuming I do not run into a buch of broken wires or coils in the SW bank
I will then send the seller a Payment minus those costs.

Bob T


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