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 Post subject: Zenith 9s232
PostPosted: Sep Thu 16, 2021 12:03 am 
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I recently picked this up at my local goodwill and appears to be all original. I hear people talk about a frankenwalton and was wonder what that would be. I have recapped and refinished this one and purchased some original wood knobs but other than that i believe it is all original.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 9s232
PostPosted: Sep Thu 16, 2021 12:06 am 
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Restored radio


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 9s232
PostPosted: Sep Thu 16, 2021 1:00 am 
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Now that is some fast work.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 9s232
PostPosted: Sep Thu 16, 2021 3:27 am 
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Beautiful job Mark!!! Looks great! Hopefully plays as well as it looks.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 9s232
PostPosted: Sep Thu 16, 2021 4:58 am 
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Very nice!

A Frankenwalton is a Walton created from parts of other radios, normally using the cabinet from a less desirable model like a 7J232. You can pretty easily tell a 7S232 or 12S232 Frankenwalton because the originals had speakers that were only used on that model. The 9S232 is unique among Waltons in that its speaker was used on other models, so that you could take a 7J232 cabinet, a chassis from a 9S262 console, and a speaker from a Zenith tombstone that used the same speaker. The problem is that an original chassis would be stamped "9S232" (though sometimes Zenith neglected to stamp the chassis), an original cabinet would have 9S232 stamped on the back at the top, and there would be a paper label with 9S232 on the bottom. If your radio has any of those, it's likely genuine 9S232. If they're all missing, it's likely a Frankenwalton.

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