The 7S529 has two stripes of photo-finish on the top right and bottom left edges, that are often in such a bad condition, that the restorer has to sand them off completely and refinish the underlying regular veneer. The radios performed so well, and became so popular, that they earned the nickname The Royalty of Radios. The Stratosphere is setting on an original Zenith Dealer Lazy Susan. The 12S266 is a rare model for 1938. As seen in the ad above, some of the original advertisements for the Stratosphere featured a chalk ware cat figurine sitting on the shelf.
Another great 15 tube Zenith radio pictured above. This tiny radio measures just 2. That is the wood had no damage, no chips, dings or marks to the wood of any kind. It is actually a Crosley Radio Many of these are Emerson radios from Jean's collection. The tube has been replaced by a 5Y4 rectifier and the transformer restored by inserting a size-wise matching transformer with an additional 5V winding heater for the new 5Y4 , into the original shell see insert Modifications in pict. The radio has very nice reception with no hum.
In 1954, the 600 Series went into production. The Zenith Corporation was founded in 1918 by amateur radio operators Ralph Matthews and Karl Hassel in Chicago as Chicago Radio Labs. One of Zeniths most popular offerings in 1938-the 12 tube, shutterdial, motorized tuning radio with Acoustic Adaptor on the speaker in perhaps their most popular cabinet choice. After the war, Zenith returned the radio to production in the form of the Model 8G605 and then a slightly improved Model G500 which, outwardly, looked the same as the 8G605. It was painted 3 different colors black, red and brown. And on top of it a Zenith Yacht Radio model 6B107.
McMurdo Silvers competitor to the Zenith Stratosphere. We never tried to power it up as that is pointless on an un-restored tube unit and can sometimes be detrimental to the units health and hinder restoration ie; create more problems that just have to be later fixed. As far as I know that is true stereo. . Philco technical articles, schematics, gallery, more. This is to insure the delivery of recommended voltages and increase performance and reception. The radio is so large it does not fit well, next to a chair as it was designed too.
The 50A1 regulator maintains a constant current to the filaments of the other tubes even when line voltage fluctuates as low as 90 volts or as high as 130 volts. Yes it really does work with two tubes. By 1958, with the demise of tubes on the horizon, Zenith was again faced with the possibility of not being able to get the tube for the release of the R600. It bore the sailboat image, and continued to be known as the Clipper. This is one of the absolute best performing 9 tube radios to be found. Sporting a large round black dial with sliding doors, the Z-1000 radio chassis contained 25 vacuum tubes and even though it was unseen, had a mirror chrome finish.
It was toned down on subsequent models. All Plastic components are in excellent condition with no stress cracks or imperfections found. The 12 tube model 12S245 pictured here and a 15 tube model 15U246. And two more of Jean's Emerson radios. For more information and examples of early electronic technology, view my collection at. An original Zenith Windcharger is more of a conversation piece, but will easily bring several hundred dollars at auction. It does have an internal 4 speaker.
In 1938 Zenith released several models of 12-tube table radios with what Zenith referred to as their Robot Dial. If time travel ever becomes a reality--on my list of excursions? Once in a while another is found and the news of it travels quickly through the antique-radio-collecting community. He did however, become an avid yachtsman. To this end, they frequently ran advertisements featuring pictures of the radios being used by soldiers in the field and included stories presumably real of the radios surviving nearby bomb blasts and even being dropped in salt water. The original model, 500 was hand wired with a metal chassis and had 7 transistors. Original plastic dial window intact and perfect shape. On later models a brown leatherette covering was offered as an option.