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1940 Zenith Robot/shutter Dial 15-s-479: Recapped, Rewired, Plays From Ipod/mp3 For Sale
Please read this listing in full before you offer, especially the shipping details below.For your consideration, a 1940-vintage Zenith console radio, model 15-S-479. I cleaned it up and gave it an extensive mechanical restoration. She now performs excellently, and is pretty good-looking, too.The mechanical/electrical restoration of this unit included:
Testing of the tubes and replacement as needed
Lots of new wire to replace the ones with crumbling rubber sheathing
Two new rubber belts for the tuning mechanism
Lube of the tuning motor and related areas
New polarized power cord.
She performs very well, and really pulls in the AM stations. The sound is excellent (it's got the biggest field-coil speaker I've ever seen). This was at the top of Zenith's line up for 1940. Only one other model
was more expensive that year; the phonograph-equipped version of this
one. You won't miss the phonograph, especially since you can use that
aux input for something else. I made a cable with a 3.5mm plug so you can plug in an iPod, CD player; whatever. I was using my Nexus tablet in the video. I didn't touch the push-button tuning. I didn't want to mess up the reception by fiddling with it and I figured the programmed stations wouldn't matter once the radio was moved to its new home anyway. Cosmetically, I didn't do very much, just cleaned and shined up the cabinet. I prefer an original finish as opposed to completely redoing it. If you're like me, one of the reasons you like old things is because they look old. I usually find that when people re-do a finish it never looks as good as the original. Since opinions differ on this, I left it as-is; the winning buyer can do as they prefer. Remember, you can refinish something over and over, but it's only original once. There are lots of spots where the finish is worn off, mostly on the upper and lower decorative edges, and the grill fins. What is there looks good. The speaker cloth has some rips, but because the way the grill fins jut out it's hard to see them unless you kneel down in front of it. The tambor doors were stuck and didn't slide well, so I freed and waxed them up and they work good now, but the right door sometimes gets stuck or off track. Structurally the cabinet is built like a tank and isn't coming apart or anything like that. The veneer is still glued on tight. The original knobs are a little warped and discolored but stil work fine.Disclaimer: Using antique electronics, restored or not, has risks associated with it. It is the buyer's responsibility to be familiar with those risks, all of which are assumed by the buyer. This radio is sold as-is so please feel free to ask any and all questions.Shipping: Local pickup is very-much preferred. However, I can offer three shipping options. One: you find a shipping company that will pick this up from my house and move it. I can wrap it up in some protective material but won't be able to palatalize it. Obviously, I won't let it leave the house until payment has been received.Option 2: I can deliver it in the Boston area for a nominal fee. Contact me to see if I can bring it to your area.Shipping option number three: I can take this to the Greyhound terminal and ship it that way. You will have to pick it up from the Greyhound station at your end. They don't do freight to every station so you'll have to check on the availability first. The radio is over the 100-pound limit so I will need to remove the speaker and ship that separately. Because of the difficulty of computing the cost with this method, I will charge 200 dollars for shipping at sale-end. After getting the speaker and radio on the road I can refund any overage. Rough estimate at getting the radio on Greyhound from here (Boston) to CA is 110 dollars, not counting the cost to ship the speaker.More Disclaimer: I will wrap the radio up real good, but I can not, repeat not, be at fault for damage after it leaves my hands. I've shipped two radios on Greyhound and they both arrived unharmed, but it rides on its back in the cargo compartment and anything can happen down there. If you simply can't take the chance, hire a qualified and insured freight company. Because it's so large and difficult to ship, there will be no returns. Payment and communication is due within 24-hours of sale end. If you need more time to pay, or if you're going to pay in person, that is fine but you must contact me and let me know. Please don't leave me wondering if you're going to pay or ditch. On May-03-13 at 03:56:24 PDT, seller added the following information:
There is no international shipping on this item! For some reason when you choose the freight option when making a listing doesn't let you edit the international section (or it didn't in this case). Once again, there is no international shipping on this item.
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1940 Zenith Robot/shutter Dial 15-s-479: Recapped, Rewired, Plays From Ipod/mp3: $1,825