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 Post subject: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Fri 26, 2018 2:13 am 
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I was given this radio a few years ago and it has sat in various closets until today, when I decided to show it some love. I removed the chassis and cleaned the band switch, tone and volume controls. A previous owner had replaced most of the electrolytics, so I didn't mess with those. The case was dirty, so I cleaned it with Windex. It looks pretty decent now, as does the chrome trim. There is the typical bubbling of the silver parts of the case but it is not too bad. The antenna is clean and straight. I reassembled it, and it plays well on broadcast band, although the alignment is off (a project for later). There isn't a great deal of activity on the shortwave bands, but it seems to work as well as other SW receivers I have. I didn't change the dial lamps for LEDs because: a)I didn't have any LEDs and b)the radio won't get used enough to warrant them. Here are a few photos.
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Not a full restoration, but enough to make the radio look and work better than it did.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Fri 26, 2018 3:32 am 
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Hey Colin,

That's a good looking 1000---about time you gave it some TLC !

Amazing what a bit of cleaning can do...

Glad to see you doing some radio work !

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Fri 26, 2018 4:35 am 
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Thanks John. It’s a decent radio, especially for free. A friend in Michigan bought it just for the detachable Wavemagnet, which he needed for another radio, then gave this radio to me.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Fri 26, 2018 5:19 am 
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Nice job, Colin, but not all electros have been changed - that 500uFd12v below the speaker opening is a candidate for disaster, very marginal with new batteries. Also the hard one to get behind the tone/volume controls, a 50uFd also right across the batteries.

Sounds like you want to sell it, but you get attached to them once you put some hours into them!

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Fri 26, 2018 5:27 am 
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Martin, thanks for the heads up on the marginal capacitors. I will take the radio apart again and replace them, as I would hate for one of them to fail. As for selling it, that might be on the cards later, but it isn’t the reason why I worked on it. I just felt sorry for it :D

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Fri 26, 2018 3:41 pm 
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That's a nice clean one you've got there. Great sounding and performing radios. Be careful with the handle. They are known for developing cracks.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Fri 26, 2018 11:53 pm 
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Nice T/O! I have a 3000-1 in about the same condition and when loaded with batteries its no wonder the handle develops cracks!


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Sat 27, 2018 1:06 am 
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Tek wrote:
Nice T/O! I have a 3000-1 in about the same condition and when loaded with batteries its no wonder the handle develops cracks!

They're not exactly lightweight, that's for sure!


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Sat 27, 2018 1:32 am 
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So today I decided to swap the electrolytics mentioned by Martin. I found that the previous owner's repair wasn't up to snuff, as he had put one of his replacement caps in backwards. Also he had used incorrect values for two others.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Sun 28, 2018 1:44 am 
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Very nice set! Not too much pitting on the chrome either, by the looks of it. I have a very nice example of the original 1000 (with the detachable Wavemagnet present, as well as the hard plastic battery case), as well as one which has seen far better days. I also have a Royal 2000, a Royal 3000-1 (which I found a leather case for), a Royal D7000Y, and a R7000-2. All of them are rather nice, though the R7000 isn't quite up-to-snuff with its predecessor. Several times, I've seen people carrying these T-Os around at swapmeets by the handle, and ask them not to do so. My 1000s and 3000 still have intact handles, and I hope they stay that way. :)
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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Sun 28, 2018 2:31 am 
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Thanks Adam. The chrome is in nice condition. I also have a D7000 (not the Y) in good condition, with the optional turntable that I didn’t know existed until the radio arrived from the eBay seller. Nice surprise.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Sun 28, 2018 5:33 am 
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Hey Colin,

How did the alignment turn out ??? Noticed that you've edited out your troubles...

Did you ever post a pic of the D7000 turntable ? Am sure curious on what it looks like...

Just finished building and installing a simple "home-brew" BFO in my 3000-1---works excellent ! Something to consider for your radio to add enjoyment from listening to SSB...

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Sun 28, 2018 6:18 am 
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Hey John, the alignment is not done. I haven’t been able to figure out the issue, although I didn’t have much time today to look into it. I edited the previous post because I thought I should investigate further. It might be better to start a new thread to address the problem.

I don’t remember if I ever posted a photo of the D7000 turntable, but I certainly can.

I just saw that you have a thread on the BFO, so I will read it.

Colin


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Mon 29, 2018 1:51 am 
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That is a good looking radio Colin! I especially like the look of the coarse woven metal wire grille.

I have a 1000 with the 9AT40 chassis and "genuine" leather covering. I haven't even looked at it in nearly 20 years. From what I can remember it's in about the same condition as yours, but unfortunately when I got it it was missing the output transistors and the speaker was open, so I put it on the back burner.

Maybe I should dig it out and take another look at it, if i can find it!

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
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Posted by mistake.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
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Matt Kroll wrote:
Maybe I should dig it out and take another look at it, if i can find it!

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Yes, you should!


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Mon 29, 2018 3:17 am 
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Hey Matt---be careful with the shovel !

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
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Hey Matt---be careful with the shovel !

John

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Tue 30, 2018 5:32 am 
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Very nice, Colin. Coincidentally, I was doing a little DXing with mine this evening. If you haven't tried earphones yet, the audio through a good pair of mono earphones is excellent.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith TO 1000
PostPosted: Jan Tue 30, 2018 6:04 am 
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Ed, I have not tried earphones. Thanks for the tip.


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