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 Post subject: Zenith TV console stereo
PostPosted: Sep Tue 15, 2009 12:09 am 
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Just saved this unit, and am wondering if anyone here knows anything about this? It was my gradmothers and was no one else wanted it. It was headed to the dump and I couldn't watch it get thrown away.

The cabinet is really pretty. I don't know if the tv works or not. The stereo works and the phonograph works as well.

Anyone know anything about an old Zenith?
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PostPosted: Sep Tue 15, 2009 12:24 am 
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PostPosted: Sep Tue 15, 2009 1:06 am 
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Yes, I have that Exact combo I restored. The stereo worked on mine as well the tv part needed a lot of work. I have all the info on it and know if fairly well. Try the tv out and let us know how/if it works.
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PostPosted: Sep Tue 15, 2009 1:16 am 
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The radio works well, I'm not sure about the tv. How do you like this set? It has a beautiful cabinet.

What did you have to do to restore it? Did it have a remote?


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PostPosted: Sep Tue 15, 2009 1:41 am 
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beautiful set, glad it was saved, it make me sick to see these things get tossed, worse ripped apart for the "amp" geezzze.


I love my old consoles, true they take up space but take the long view, they are cool, sound nice, and a real piece of working history back when consumer products were actually made in the USA, now all we do is finance...ugh...

I have 3 consoles in one bedroom and looking for more :)


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PostPosted: Sep Tue 15, 2009 1:44 am 
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Mine does not have a remote. I guess it was an option.

Mine needed a lot of work. bad diode in the video circuit, open resistor causing all kinds of high voltage regulation problems and damaged the flyback transformer, cracked plastic gear in the tuner fine tuning, stuck vertical centering pot, a few bad electrolytic capacitors, had to align the sound section to get rid of the buzz, convergence adjustment, a few bad tubes.....I could go on all day.

It still has a problem where the color takes 30 minutes to come in but I think thats the color crystal.

I really like the cabinet. The stereo part is beautiful. Its a really nice piece of American craftsmanship.

Just because mine had all kinds of issues doesnt mean yours will be the same.

If I had the option to adopt another one I would grab it in a heartbeat.


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PostPosted: Sep Tue 15, 2009 4:32 am 
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In general these are among the most reliable tube chassis color tv sets. It's a very solid design. Worth saving.


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PostPosted: Sep Tue 15, 2009 2:29 pm 
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I got around to plugging it in and turning it on. :D The radio works well, it sounds really nice. It has a problem in the volume/left right knob. The left speaker works only if you push or pull on the knob and have the volume quite loud.

The tv set turns on and comes up a blue screen. I am a total noob when it comes to this. I hope I didn't get in over my head.

My 14 year old daughter loves it, and wants it in her room! Mom says no way.

I will have to hook something up and see if the tv will actually tune in.

And WOW is this thing heavy!


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PostPosted: Sep Tue 15, 2009 4:35 pm 
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The volume control and all the pots need to be sprayed with cleaner. Its fairly easy, just take the back off and you have access to the openings.
If you need more detailed explanation on that no problem.

As far as the blue screen, you may just need to go through and adjust the colors, I will scan and post the setup procedure here later.

It could also be something else or you may just need to let it run for several hours if it has been sitting for years.


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PostPosted: Sep Wed 16, 2009 1:10 am 
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Thanks a bunch. Any help is greatly appreciated. What kind of spray cleaner do you recommend?


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MarkK wrote:
Thanks a bunch. Any help is greatly appreciated. What kind of spray cleaner do you recommend?


De-OxIt.


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On the blue screen, just how blue is it? If it is just a little off white than color (gray scale) adjustments should bring it in. If it is a deep blue than you may have a bad driver tube. Sometimes a tube will make a bad contact with it's socket. In that case wiggling the troublesome tube will fix it for awhile. Another case where contact cleaner is needed.


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PostPosted: Sep Wed 16, 2009 2:46 am 
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That set has a "service" switch, to perform the grey-scale tracking. Slide the switch to the service position; this will remove the video and collapse the raster to a horizontal line. Turn all three screen controls counter-clockwise, and advance each one to produce a dim horizontal line. With all three controls advanced properly, the line should be white. Then, returning the switch to the normal position should give a nice black-and-white picture with the color intensity control at minimum. If there is any shift in raster color when the brightness control is turned up and down, try to correct it with the blue and green drive controls.

I see that Shango is going to post the setup info as well!

If you get a bright colored line in the service position with all screen controls at minimum, there is a problem associated with that gun's circuitry; check the control and the little disc capacitor connected across it.

I worked on many of those chassis in the old days; there were a lot of them around.

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 Post subject: I have one.
PostPosted: Sep Fri 25, 2009 3:48 pm 
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I have one of these that has the sliding door and the push button
channel tuner. I am looking to give it a nice home. Everything works although the picture is not the greatest and I would be willing to post some photos. Is anyone interested?


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PostPosted: Sep Fri 25, 2009 4:26 pm 
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Where is it located. I would love to adopt another one....


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if its in Flroida I will take it!


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DaveM wrote:
if its in Flroida I will take it!



:lol: :D

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