Zenith 5s327 Rare, Antique Old Vintage Wood Tube Radio. Restored. Works For Sale
ZENITH MODEL 5S327
RADIO CORPORATION, CHICAGO, IL.
Country of Manufacture: United
States of America
Year of Manufacture: 1939
Super-Heterodyne; 5 tubes
(6A8,6K7,6Q7,6K6, 6X5); Broadcast and Short Wave Bands; Alternating Current @
115 VAC;45 Watts; Electro Magnetic Dynamic LS Speaker with moving coil and
field excitation coil diameter 5”and 3 Watts output; Chassis model 5529; Wooden Cabinet 13” x 12”
The radio model, with the gold race track dial, was originally manufactured in 1939 by the Zenith Radio
Corporation in Chicago, IL. USA and is getting hard to find. This “Tombstone” model has the unique gold
racetrack dial found in only a few Zenith models, all of which were
manufactured in 1939 and, in addition to this model, included 2 other table models, (5S319, 5S320)
and a chair side model (5S339). The radio has 5
tubes and tuned on two frequency bands – AM Broadcast and Shortwave.
The radio also features 5 pushbutton selected “Automatic” frequencies
that are owner set within the two operating bands. The four knobs are the original Zenith “Z”
knobs and are in good condition. These
knobs control: ON/OFF-Volume; Frequency Tuning; Tone and Automatic/Broadcast/Shortwave settings.
This radio has been restored electrically using modern components and a full electrical
alignment has been completed. All wax
paper capacitors have been replaced and all resistors have been checked for
correct values and any found out of specified range have been replaced. The tuning capacitor has been cleaned and the
dial mechanism cleaned and lubricated.
All tubes have been tested and any bad or weak tubes have been
replaced. A new power cord has been
installed. Lastly, the 6X5 rectifier
tube, which has a reputation for shorting in service and taking out the power
transformer in the process, has been replaced with a solid state set of diodes
and a voltage dropping power resistor has been installed to reduce the incoming
AC voltage from today’s 120+ Volts to approximately 115 Volts which is the
voltage the radio and its components were designed for.
In addition to the full electrical restoration, the cabinet
has been carefully restored using several coats of premium lacquer and toners
to bring it back to a finish state that is pleasing yet still reflecting the
age of the radio. The front bezel, dial
glass, knobs and pushbuttons are original.
The knobs and buttons have been cleaned of dirt and grime accumulated
during their lifetimes. The bezel has
also been cleaned leaving the 70+ year old patina it’s earned. The dial glass is clean and clear. The
grille cloth has been replaced with a cloth matching the original.
This is a beautiful radio from the “Golden Age” of
broadcasting and worthy of a special place in anyone’s collection.
We will carefully pack and ship the
radio via UPS or Federal Express ground at buyers’ expense and ship to USA and Canada only. Shipping to Alaska and Hawaii will carry additional costs. The final shipping cost will be calculated at
the close of the sale and will include insurance, packing and shipping
costs. If the buyer desires an alternative shipping method please let us
know that immediately after the sale closes. Please note: shipping will be the actual cost for shipping + insurance at the close of the sale via UPS, FedEx Ground or USPS Parcel Post, whichever the buyer chooses.
Buyer is expected to pay for the item
within 3 days of the sales end. A reasonable reserve has been set.
reserve the right to end the sale at any time and for any reason prior to