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 Post subject: Zenith 9S30 Restoration
PostPosted: Dec Fri 28, 2018 8:57 pm 
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It pays to advertise on ARF. I have been looking to find a 1936 Zenith Model 9S30 tombstone radio to complete my collection of large Zenith tombstone radios. Found one here and I have been working on the cabinet.

It had just a couple veneer issues and repairs were made and the radio was stripped, sanded, stained, grain filled and a couple of coat of lacquer applied. Then toning of two parts of the top, the two front panels, and the base. Getting ready to apply the black stripes, detail the speaker grille openings and then a final lacquer application.


Should turn out nice. Really pleased to find this radio!


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 9S30 Restoration
PostPosted: Dec Sat 29, 2018 3:20 am 
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Very nice!


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 9S30 Restoration
PostPosted: Dec Sat 29, 2018 12:19 pm 
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Good job. Looking forward to more pictures.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 9S30 Restoration
PostPosted: Dec Mon 31, 2018 1:35 am 
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Lookin good Joe , don't use that Leopard fur pelt for the grill cloth. Need to save that pelt for something else, Happy new year from DALLAS TEXAS MR ZENITHMAN. :shock: :shock: :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 9S30 Restoration
PostPosted: Jan Sat 19, 2019 7:32 pm 
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The cabinet is finished and so is the chassis. I am waiting to get the chassis and mate everything back together. I have to put lacquer on the knobs and that's it. A nice addition to the collection, and not commonly seen I might add.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 9S30 Restoration
PostPosted: Jan Sat 19, 2019 9:29 pm 
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Looks good Joe!! The radio found a good home.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 9S30 Restoration
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Very nice, congrats on the find.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 9S30 Restoration
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I like it and the fluting up the front. Also a good unpolished bezel.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 9S30 Restoration
PostPosted: Jan Sun 20, 2019 5:11 pm 
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A very nice restoration of the cabinet. It is not overly done, which makes it look original.
I know the work that goes into doing one of these , and your came out good..
I also like your ''easy open tops''
Dan in Calgary


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 9S30 Restoration
PostPosted: Jan Sun 20, 2019 5:42 pm 
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Dan,
I have always admired the Budweiser girls. I saw this poster in a boat repair place where I knew the owner. When I admired it and said it would look good in my shop he gave it to me. We had a Church picnic at our house and one of the Deacons saw the poster through the window from our deck. I did a little fast stepping there. So it is my workshop, ham radio station, radio museum and man cave, and the poster fits just fine.


Pete,

Glad you approve of the radio, and yes it did find a good home. I sure do like the big Zenith Tombstones, and thank you for making it available to me. BTW I found a receipt in the package from vibroflex (sp) I think for a key. Do you want it back?


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 9S30 Restoration
PostPosted: Feb Thu 21, 2019 2:16 am 
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The 9S30 Restoration project is completed. The cabinet was done earlier and I just got the chassis in the radio. It looks great and sounds pretty good also. I got two speakers with it, the original which had a bad field coil and another one that was not wired with the proper audio transformer and was not push pull.

The chassis is complete with all new caps, and with bright LED lights which take a few minutes to come on, but look great through the new dial.


With the speaker field replaced I need to send it off to have it re-coned, after we center the pole. It sounds pretty good now, but you can tell the speaker is off center and the cone was loose from the frame and it does need a new cone to sound good.


Very nice addition to the collection!


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 9S30 Restoration
PostPosted: Feb Thu 21, 2019 3:37 am 
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That really looks good joe job well done. I see that reproduction Atwater Kent grill in the back ground, you going to restore the cabinet for that one? Like to see that one also when your finished.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 9S30 Restoration/AK 165
PostPosted: Feb Thu 21, 2019 5:52 am 
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Thanks Fred, coming from the Master that means a lot.

I am restoring two Atwater Kent 165 cathedrals at the same time, one for Cliff and one for me. . Have two new grilles, and I would like your opinion on the stains to use on this. The grille and the cabinet are very close in color, but not the same from what I can see.


I am thinking medium dark or dark walnut for the cabinet. I also have some hickory. I want them as close to original as I can get them. I suppose it would be easy enough to use the same stain on both, but I perceive a slight difference. Both of these are very dark. I have seen some that are much lighter and I don't know if that is a result of sunlight/normal aging of if someone took some liberty when they refinished them. My two are quite dark and they are original finish, but perhaps they may have darkened significantly over time?

Thoughts?


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