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1937 Zenith 5-S-126 Tune-Up

From the Rain City Audio Repair Blog: This very nice Zenith 5-S-126 came through the shop a little while ago. It was originally purchased by a local collector from eBay already restored and playing, and served well for a couple … Continue reading

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1958 Zenith HF1284 (Chassis 12Z20) Hi-Fi Console Repair

This 1958 Zenith Hi-Fi came into my shop for a full overhaul including an electrical repair, dial re-stringing, and some work on the turntable. These vintage hi-fi consoles are some of the best sounding pieces of vintage gear around, and this one’s no exception with a pair of 12″ woofers and a pair of electrostatic tweeters. Read more for details!

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1959 Zenith C845M High Fidelity AM/FM Radio

This radio repair is cross-posted from Rain City Audio

This classic 1959 Zenith C845M radio came into the shop for a full repair after sitting unused for some time. It has the classic late ’50s styling, and a dual speaker high-fidelity design.

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It’s an 8-tube radio with a 35C5 output tube good for maybe 3W of maximum output, but it has great sound quality.

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1936 Zenith 5-S-29 Electrical Restoration and Alignment

This 1936 Zenith 5-S-29 was in the shop for a complete overhaul with all new resistors and capacitors, a new dial lamp socket, tube testing and alignment. After all that service, it looks and sounds fantastic and is going to last for a long time to come in a local collection.

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1938 Zenith 7-S-363 Repair

I just finished a new project over at Rain City Audio – 1938 Zenith 7-S-363 Repair

This Zenith radio was brought in by its second owner after original parts catastrophically failed. It took a while, but after an extensive electrical overhaul and locating some replacement parts, it looks and sounds fantastic and will play beautiful music for many years to come. “Zenith, the quality goes in, before the name goes on.”

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1946 Zenith 6-D-029 Consoltone Antique Radio Repair

A local client just brought in a very interesting Zenith tabletop radio from just after WW2, the 1946 Zenith 6-D-029 Consoltone mantle radio. This is one of the iconic “boomerang” dials Zenith produced for a couple of years after the … Continue reading

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1938 Zenith 5-S-220 eBay Tune-Up Special

I’ve had the opportunity to work on several very nice Zenith radios lately and this one is especially interesting. It’s the Zenith 5-S-220 Cube. This is the first time I’ve seen one of these in person, they’re somewhat uncommon. Electrically, it’s a … Continue reading

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1962 Zenith MK2670 Classic Tube Hi-Fi Console Stereo Repaired

A version of this article appears in the October 2014 issue of Nuts and Volts magazine. I recently got to work on something a little bit different – a tube hi-fi stereo console! This particular one, a 1962 Zenith MK2670, was a very high-end … Continue reading

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1936 Zenith 5-S-29 Repair with Dial Face Replacement

I recently had the privilege of working on this beautiful 1936 Zenith 5-S-29 tabletop radio. It’s a beautiful 5-tube table radio with a 6-inch speaker and the iconic black Zenith dial and lightning bolt Z pointer. This one is special, … Continue reading

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Antique Radios in “Babylon 5”

In Season 2, Episode 7 of television program “Babylon 5” (1994-1998), you can see a few antique radios in the space station’s Earth History Exhibit. With the help of some other radio hobbyists, I’ve identified the interesting ones. On the … Continue reading

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