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 Post subject: Zenith 812, definition of sylish
PostPosted: Mar Fri 02, 2018 8:11 pm 
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Exceptionally- ... SwpoNamQms

Have to wonder if the designer was looking at a co-worker's comb-over.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 812, definition of sylish
PostPosted: Mar Fri 02, 2018 11:23 pm 
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That ain't gonna go cheap... :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 812, definition of sylish
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A very beautiful example, but one thing concerns me.

Why is the model/serial number tag missing?
Not many good reasons to remove it…

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 812, definition of sylish
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The finish looks to be original but if it had been refinished then whoever refinished it did a really good job. The tones and colorations or spot on. For some reason the dial escutcheon has been painted gold and the grill cloth has been replaced but that may have been justifiable.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 812, definition of sylish
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The gold paint wouldn't concern me much. I recently cleaned the gold paint off of an escutcheon with acetone and the results were excellent.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 812, definition of sylish
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Although I would love to have one because of its value and rarity, I Always thought it was kind of a strange
and ugly looking radio.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 812, definition of sylish
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Should this radio have a back?

My 829 and 835 which are same model year never had a back.

No doubt if homemade it was well done.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 812, definition of sylish
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I reserve the right to pull and auction and relist the radio (corrected listing) if new information is forwarded by Ebay viewers.


Yeah because this happens all the time....

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 812, definition of sylish
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" I Always thought it was kind of a strange and ugly looking radio."

To me its a show stopper for any collection: even non radio folks might stop and admire it.

Correct me if I'm wrong but it can be also operated, the dial still being readable, in the horizontal plane. If so what a neat feature.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 812, definition of sylish
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For whatever reason the 811 and 812’s had backs. I have a 811 with the same back. Mine is all original and is a little darker than this one. Mine also has the little brass Zenith tag on lower front, which some have and others don’t. Jeff


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With the selling prices stated in the auction this must be the most valuable wooden table set out there.
I wonder how many are in existence?


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 812, definition of sylish
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Yepper, as far as *white dials* definitely one of the few that would be on the bucket list instead of a "Chrome Front".

I'll use azenithnut quote: ......."Just Screams :) Deco to Me."

The 812 screams it to me. This is one I wanted Walt to Look Up, when he was asking one of us to post up examples in the deco topic.

Don't want to go off topic here, but I have a Quick question while I got you Top End collectors attention to this topic.

I have a lead on a LaFrance :shock: B+ condition, complete, good cones, needs the *general* restoration. What's a $$$ guestimate on something like this going for these days?

Now back to the 812,
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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 812, definition of sylish
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Yep, its "Screaming" Deco! :D
Interestingly enough, 1935 was the only year Zenith went with asymmetrical designs, save for the horizontal style that came in the late 30s.

bullseyeguyz wrote:
With the selling prices stated in the auction this must be the most valuable wooden table set out there.
I wonder how many are in existence?


I think the 835 will command the most for the 1935 Deco Zeniths.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 812, definition of sylish
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CrumblingWires wrote:
I have a lead on a LaFrance :shock: B+ condition, complete, good cones, needs the *general* restoration. What's a $$$ guestimate on something like this going for these days?
Grrrrr.... 16 tubes, twin speakers, dual chrome chassis, Wells Gardner, B+ condition... uh... I have to say in the $250-500 range. B+ condition? Does that mean the grill cloth is in-tact and the correct knobs are all present, but the finish is a little flaky here and there? It's not a Scott or McMurdo Silver. Photos would help. And a new thread.


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Why is the model/serial number tag missing?
Not many good reasons to remove it…
Was it really attached with screws? If so, it's missing because some dumba** could take it off, and he never put it back on.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 812, definition of sylish
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palegreenthumb wrote:
azenithnut wrote:
Why is the model/serial number tag missing?
Not many good reasons to remove it…
Was it really attached with screws? If so, it's missing because some dumba** could take it off, and he never put it back on.

True, they are screwed on, but not much reason to remove them.

Though, I often do to scan them for documentation.
To me they are a VERY important part of the radio, so I made darn sure they are back on the radio they came off of.
It disappoints me to no end the 441 I have is missing its tag…
But that was because Zenith did a dumb thing and put it on a non-essential removable cover… :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 812, definition of sylish
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https://www.turbosquid.com/3d-models/3d ... el/1073405

this "model" is interesting, at least you can see what the original back looks like.


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bullseyeguyz wrote:
https://www.turbosquid.com/3d-models/3d-vintage-zenith-812-radio-model/1073405

this "model" is interesting, at least you can see what the original back looks like.


I might be mistaken, but it looks like that particular "model" has the *cassette deck delete option* checked off. :shock:

No bottom slot to connect the antenna leads to. AC Plug looks a little Large or the set has Shrunk. :roll:

Having a hard time seeing the large neutral blade on that plug. :?

It certainly does look like the Original back to That set though, :)
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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 812, definition of sylish
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That is a completely computer modeled and rendered 3D image of a radio. It isn't real
Therefore it can be whatever the modeler wished it to be.

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One of the top art-deco radios ever made. Very daring and unusual design which always equates to very high desirability!


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