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 Post subject: Early 50's? Zenith Console
PostPosted: Aug Thu 16, 2012 10:23 pm 
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I have had this for a while, also got it for free, I believe it is an early 50's Zenith AM/FM Radio and Record Player Console, maybe canadian. The questions I have is, is it rare, and is it worth anything? It does work, except the tuner will not move, the knob will, but the tuner itself will not. Also what is the blue wire connected to the "F" for, and is the two-prong plug-in for an antenna?
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 Post subject: Re: Early 50's? Zenith Console
PostPosted: Aug Fri 17, 2012 12:53 am 
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Typical Zenith console from that time period. Tuner will not move due to a broken dial cord which is an easy fix. The blue wire is the antenna for the FM section which is coupled thru from the power cord. Worth? Whatever you can sell it for. They don't command much interest with collects. My guess would be around $20.

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 Post subject: Re: Early 50's? Zenith Console
PostPosted: Aug Fri 17, 2012 1:40 am 
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Man, I was hoping a hit the jackpot, beacuse I could never find anything about it. :(


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 Post subject: Re: Early 50's? Zenith Console
PostPosted: Aug Fri 17, 2012 1:52 am 
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You can get the SAM's schematic for that amp chassis here: https://www.samswebsite.com/en/photofact/details/index/id/15808 There will also be a tuner (radio) chassis in there. The knob moving without changing stations likely means that the dial cord is broken... which I have never repaired but doesn't look fun.

The "G" connection is ground and the "F" is the FM antenna loop. Those dual female plugs on the back are "radial sound" jacks - used by Zenith stereos around the period to connect extra speakers. There are likely jumpers in there to bypass the output.

I would peg that console in the early 60's. I just restored a 1964 Zenith that had many similar parts - I can scan the "radial sound" sections from the manual if you're interested.

Here is an ARF forum for a 1961 console that uses the same amp:
http://antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=171354

Also, that is a Voice of Music record changer. Parts and service manuals are readily available at http://www.thevoiceofmusic.com/

The only way you hit the "jackpot" is if you enjoy the unit.

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 Post subject: Re: Early 50's? Zenith Console
PostPosted: Aug Fri 17, 2012 2:11 am 
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Not, to be annoying, but dosen't that white schematic in the radio mean it's from 1949, 1950, or 1951? Also, Rave0035 I would like to have that Radial Sound section. Another thing too, why would need more speakers it already 4.


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 Post subject: Re: Early 50's? Zenith Console
PostPosted: Aug Fri 17, 2012 2:33 am 
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definately 1960s and that label only gives when trademarks where applied for.
Its valve but the style of the cabinet and controls and turntable say 1960s.

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 Post subject: Re: Early 50's? Zenith Console
PostPosted: Aug Fri 17, 2012 3:25 am 
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Even though that unit identifies itself as "Stereophonic". I think that pertains only to the phonograph and not the tuner. I don't see a MPX section anywhere on the chassis. As far as value is concerned, I'm convinced that what ever money you put into that unit will be money you'll never get back. That Zenith is a genuine money pit.

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 Post subject: Re: Early 50's? Zenith Console
PostPosted: Aug Fri 17, 2012 4:58 am 
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Actually, when I took of the back I found two $10 dollar tubes, and a small tin of buss fuses, circa early 60's. Someone hadn't put in a fuse so, put one in and presto it worked!:D


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 Post subject: Re: Early 50's? Zenith Console
PostPosted: Aug Thu 23, 2012 7:36 am 
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It may work now, but component failure is right around the corner. At a minimum the electrolytic capacitors will need replaced.

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