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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
PostPosted: Aug Wed 21, 2013 1:35 am 
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Antique shops typically take credit cards. I would have paid for it so they would have to hold onto it. :wink:

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Exactly. Anyone who comes in the shop, sees that radio and knows what it is would jump at it for the price. Even if I had no means to transport it, I would have paid for it and come back later on to pick it up.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
PostPosted: Aug Wed 21, 2013 1:51 am 
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I have this same model, I paid $150 and never even thought twice about the asking price!! :lol: Very impressive radio when restored. Looks like it's missing a 6F6 output tube though. Also be careful, this one has the infamous twin 6X5 rectifiers that can be a problem. Good luck, I hope you get it!!
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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
PostPosted: Aug Wed 21, 2013 1:54 am 
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I have this same model, I paid $150 and never even thought twice about the asking price!! :lol: Very impressive radio when restored. Looks like it's missing a 6F6 output tube though. Also be careful, this one has the infamous twin 6X5 rectifiers that can be a problem. Good luck, I hope you get it!!
Kevin

Oops! My bad I meant 6V6 tube :oops: !


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
PostPosted: Aug Wed 21, 2013 8:08 pm 
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Got it . And at $85.00. :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
PostPosted: Aug Wed 21, 2013 8:13 pm 
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Wow! I am impressed! :D Good luck with it.

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Even looks better than the original photos you posted. Excellent, and a steal at $85!

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
PostPosted: Aug Wed 21, 2013 10:43 pm 
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Very, very nice! These look even better when the cabinet is stripped and restored. The black walnut on the top, the burl in the front, and the maple around the side really stand out!

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
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Congratulations! The finish still looks great! Before you think about refinishing the cabinet though you might want to try a product like Howards Restore A Finish on it. My 12S471 was about in the same condition and I used this on mine and it turned out beautiful. Just my two cents.
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Steal of the month, so far, I think. Nice work. You will enjoy that one.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
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I need to get out more. :shock: I guess there's still bargains to be had around this area. :o Congrats! Looks nice to me.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
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Wow.... just WOW!
Congratulations! That was the deal of the year!

I LEAPED on mine when i found it for $250 back in 1993!

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
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I don't think I want to strip it. I just re-finished a Zenith 7-S-363 & I had enough of that for awhile.

JohnS: Fayetteville Antique Mall on Rt.30 west. There's a GE console ( didn't get the model # ) Extremely fine cabinet. Dial glass was about 7" long & 2 " wide, but it was yellowed. But only had room for 1 console in the Subaru. Should have taken my truck :mrgreen:

Tubes test good. But I'll get 2 better 6V6, 1 missing & 1 test questionable. It has 6x5/GT. I can even read the AM, SW labeling on the cabinet. Push buttons still have readable call letters. Happy , Happy, Happy :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
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Since it hasn't been brought up yet, I will. Be wary of 6X5's I've never had any problems with 6X5GT's but I've never had a radio as nice as that one that used them. I would fuse the PT just to be safe.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
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$95 or less is an absolute steal for one of these gorgeous 1940 Zeniths, although it is the concentration model for the 1207 chassis. In my opinion, this model is as desirable as any of the 1938 12-tube models.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
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I called the antique store today. She can't really hold it for me, but she did remove the " for sale " tag from it. 8)



Wow. Look at that chassis. If you have the room, that is a no brainer for $95.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
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Wow, consoles must really be dropping in value, if people were passing that up at $95. Apparently no-one knows what they are anymore. I think you got the NICEST Zenith that was made after 1938, bar none.

Lucky find! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
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Color me green! I've been waiting for one to pop up around here for less than a grand for quite some time. I only hope that I'm so lucky one day. You got the score of the year for sure!

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
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Perish the thought of refinishing that too! Unless your photos fail to show the horrible condition, I wouldn't do anything except clean and polish it, maybe an application of Howards. Keep that finish if you can!

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
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Very, very nice! These look even better when the cabinet is stripped and restored. The black walnut on the top, the burl in the front, and the maple around the side really stand out!

Chris

are you serious?

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12-S-471- ??
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I'm going to let the finish as is. I'll polish it up. It has a light scratch on the top, 1 small chip in the veneer on right side at the rear edge.Less than a third the size of a postage stamp. I can live with that.The more I look at it, the more details stand out. What a nice cabinet. :D

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