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 Post subject: Zenith r520
PostPosted: Feb Sun 04, 2018 12:12 am 
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Hi everybody am very new to this site and would love to share a discovery I made a few days ago. I just recently bought on Craigslist a zenith h500 as a project. I have 2 other zeniths that I have had up in my attic for over 20 years that I bought at a swampmeet. 2 days ago I finally went into my attic to retrieve my other radios and to my surprise I couldn't believe what my mom had stored for many years up their. One was a r7000 2 but the other one was the r520! I'm defiantly going to keep both but they both need some tic. The r520 is almost complete except it's missing the coil cover and 2 tube shields. Even the original fuse box and plug are there but the signal corps badge is missing to. Would love some input on the rairity of the r520 and what to do.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith r520
PostPosted: Feb Sun 04, 2018 1:17 am 
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If you are wanting to restore these sets yourself, start with the H500. It's one of the more common post-war Trans-Oceanics and would be a good one to cut your teeth on.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith r520
PostPosted: Feb Sun 04, 2018 2:29 am 
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The R-520/URR should not be any harder to restore than the H-500, but sourcing parts may be more difficult and expensive. The tube shields can likely be found without much hassle as they are not specific to the R-520/URR. However, if the coil tower cover is missing this may be more difficult, you would likely have to find a parts chassis.

As to rarity, there were only 5000 R-520/URRs built according to Bryant & Cones' The Zenith Trans-Oceanic: The Royalty of Radios as compared to the 240,000 or so H-500s built. So they are not common. Value wise, the most recent R-520/URR to sell on eBay went for an even $500, however one must take into account that eBay is a global marketplace. I would put an average value on a R-520/URR to be about $400-600 depending on completeness and condition.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith r520
PostPosted: Feb Sun 04, 2018 1:45 pm 
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I just got a Zenith R-520/URR also. It is next up on the workbench.

Do you have any pictures of yours?

Good Luck,
Noah


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith r520
PostPosted: Feb Sun 04, 2018 4:07 pm 
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In my opinion, your R-7000-2 solid state T/O, if properly working, is one of the best multiband transistor radios you'll ever find for full band coverage and DX performance. Of course, others may disagree.

Dave


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith r520
PostPosted: Feb Mon 05, 2018 4:08 pm 
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BAMA has the military manual for download here: http://bama.edebris.com/manuals/military/r520/
Practically tells you how to take each last screw out... over 200 pages... nicely detailed manual!

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