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 Post subject: Chairside Radio acquired - Zenith - need advice ...
PostPosted: Aug Sun 06, 2017 9:14 pm 
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Seeking advice and information on a Zenith Chairside Radio I just acquired.
Paid $75. Looks to be in excellent condition.
Wondering if it has been refinished - not sure. Not a real fan of blond cabinets.
Came from an estate sale out of Beckley, West Virginia.
Owned by a fellow who worked the coal mines.
Always kept in an upstairs bedroom.
Have not removed Chassis yet. Does have some spare tubes taped onto the chassis.
Appears to be multi-band.
No rust.

Some questions:
- is it worth $75?
- what is the Chassis or model #. Sticker is torn - something like 6Sxxxx?
- is there a service manual I can download?
- what year produced?
- I assume it means 6 tubes?
- where can I obtain the 2 missing knobs?


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 Post subject: Re: Chairside Radio acquired - Zenith - need advice ...
PostPosted: Aug Sun 06, 2017 9:26 pm 
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It appears to be a 1938 6s249, and has been given a blonde color treatment over the veneer. What's up with the 2 upside down tubes?

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/zenith_6s249_ch5644.html

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 Post subject: Re: Chairside Radio acquired - Zenith - need advice ...
PostPosted: Aug Sun 06, 2017 9:37 pm 
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cwysong wrote:
It appears to be a 1938 6s249, and has been given a blonde color treatment over the veneer. What's up with the 2 upside down tubes?

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/zenith_6s249_ch5644.html


Those upside down tubes are spares taped to the chassis.
I suppose the previous owner saved the old tubes or perhaps they are spares.


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 Post subject: Re: Chairside Radio acquired - Zenith - need advice ...
PostPosted: Aug Sun 06, 2017 10:27 pm 
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Reproduction Zenith knobs found here.

http://www.renovatedradios.com/


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 Post subject: Re: Chairside Radio acquired - Zenith - need advice ...
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While most all Zeniths of this vintage came in walnut, some models were offered in black /ebony and maple. The non-walnut units had a "Y" (black) or "M" (maple) added to their model number.


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 Post subject: Re: Chairside Radio acquired - Zenith - need advice ...
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This one has been "Antiqued".

It is some sort of paint application that was supposed to give it an older look. It was popular once upon a time.
It is not original, so you can rest easy that stripping and refinishing is in order. You won't have to keep the "blonde" look :D

Nice find btw!

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 Post subject: Re: Chairside Radio acquired - Zenith - need advice ...
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I think he still got a good deal at $75! Not every one has to have a radio in perfect original condition. I say Congrats on a nice radio and a nice price!!

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I love it, if I had room I'd love to have it.


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 Post subject: Re: Chairside Radio acquired - Zenith - need advice ...
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Ron in Radio Heaven wrote:
I love it, if I had room I'd love to have it.
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I now have 3 chair side radios - this Zenith, another Zenith, and a Philco.
One or two of them might make their way to Charlotte AWA in March :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Chairside Radio acquired - Zenith - need advice ...
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Interesting, I have a 6S249 that seems to have undergone a similar treatment. Except this looks to have been given more of a walnut finish.

The other reddish one is an all original 6S249 in mahogany. Strange to see multiples of this model with this similar type of finish .

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 Post subject: Re: Chairside Radio acquired - Zenith - need advice ...
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The style, with the cut outs and bars, is attractive to me, and most ladies of the house would prefer the blond colour.
It is better looking than this one that came up at our Society auction recently (didn't bid). As yet I don't know what it went for ... may get broke for parts as that size is not so popular here and its only 6 tubes (6S something).

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 Post subject: Re: Chairside Radio acquired - Zenith - need advice ...
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The blonde treatment was big in the '50s and '60s. The "country" walnut was an abomination of the '70s and '80s.

Even though it needs to be refinished, I still think $75 was a good price.

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 Post subject: Re: Chairside Radio acquired - Zenith - need advice ...
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$75 was a GREAT price. I have one of these in the original finish. It works great other than it goes Microphonic at high volumes and I can't find out why so I just deal with it.

Refinish that cabinet, restore the electronics and ENJOY!

oh.. and umm if you want your $75 back plus some for shipping I'm your man LOL... joking man.. enjoy your radio

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Missing two knobs on my Zenith Chairside. Where is a good source???


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 Post subject: Re: Chairside Radio acquired - Zenith - need advice ...
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thunderbird281 wrote:
Reproduction Zenith knobs found here.

http://www.renovatedradios.com/


Aren't you reading the post to your topic? :roll:

I'm surprised a veteran ARFer would even ask these questions :shock: or are you trying to advertise the chairsides?

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This one is an odd size-style but I still really like it and kinda hard to find. Price seems right to me.


My say I do kinda like the blonde on the 249 and they did a decent job. Did you look underneath and look for signs of the old finish. From pics it almost looks good enough to be factory. My fake walnut on the other hand is a 10 footer....looks great from 10 foot away though I have to say the cabinet-wood and chassis are in excellent condition. Will prob refinish this summer.

BTW $75 is a STEAL for a 6S249...they don't pop up often and when they do bring good money $300-$450. I paid serious money for my all original one because it was so clean and original. Not a water spot, scratch or ding on the thing. Amazing for something that doubled as an end table really.

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 Post subject: Re: Chairside Radio acquired - Zenith - need advice ...
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zenith82 wrote:
The blonde treatment was big in the '50s and '60s. The "country" walnut was an abomination of the '70s and '80s.

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Oh yes! I spent THREE YEARS of intermittent work gradually removing that **** from a 1925 Brunswick Console gramophone that was in my in-laws estate. More precisely, I spend a few months removing it from the cabinet, and the rest of the time removing it from the turned legs, which involved several hundred feet of emery cloth and some sore fingers! It's lacquer based and doesn't dissolve easily in solvent; a pain in the neck to remove.

Take hope however - it CAN be removed!


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A brutal 'antiquing' job from back in the 70's. People used to put this garbage on everything wood. Apply the light basecoat, and then apply the contrasting color halfheartedly with a brush. Yuk!!!


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