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 Post subject: Need Help to Identify Zenith Console
PostPosted: Sep Mon 27, 2021 4:01 pm 
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Trying to identify this Zenith console. I'm not finding any labels or stickers (yet) for this Zenith console. From the pix (I don't have hands-on access) it looks like there's possibly a 5Y3 coke bottle rectifier. Audio output is octal. Others are 7-pin. The am/fm plays well. Don't know about the phono. I'm guessing sometime in early to mid 50's. The cabinet is in beautiful condition except for possibly missing cabinet door for phono? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks. Bruce


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 Post subject: Re: Need Help to Identify Zenith Console
PostPosted: Sep Mon 27, 2021 4:18 pm 
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Based upon the color of the changer, and the fact that it is all speeds, and the shape of the dial escutcheon I think this is a 1953-54 vintage.

If there is indeed a door missing from the phono side, that makes it pretty much worthless. These don't have much collector interest or value to begin with.

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help to Identify Zenith Console
PostPosted: Sep Mon 27, 2021 4:32 pm 
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I suspect this model Zenith L1086R:
https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/zenith_l1 ... l2010.html

Based on the very lower-most left corner of the photo, I think the left side door is present. Not 100% sure, but looks like it to me. I see the hinge bracket, I think I see the very lower corner of a door, and I see what looks like a bit of a diagonal shadow on the floor.

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help to Identify Zenith Console
PostPosted: Sep Mon 27, 2021 5:07 pm 
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Cool looking dial and would be interesting to overhaul to working 100% IF it is something you want to use yourself. I doubt resale value would be all that great, so not an investment, especially if you consider your time and resources to use in it. IF you like it, and it is pretty cheap, go for it. I doubt you have much or any competition from other buyers in a local marketplace. And not even in a wide ranging online market, because transportation of large heavy sets is a negative for all but the most rare or in demand valuable big radios.

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help to Identify Zenith Console
PostPosted: Sep Mon 27, 2021 5:55 pm 
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If it's the 10 tube chassis in the link that Rodney provided, I agree it could sound good. That's a very crowded chassis though, and I've seen several of them with bad power transformers. By that late date, there should not have been any ST-shaped tubes in it when it was built.

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help to Identify Zenith Console
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It's not a terribly valuable or sought after model, and with a door missing, you probably couldn't even give it away at a local swap meet now. To me, that's just a clean looking radio/phono parts set.

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