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 Post subject: Zenith ID please
PostPosted: Mar Thu 08, 2018 11:47 pm 
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I know it's a 38 model but can anyone tell me the model number. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith ID please
PostPosted: Mar Thu 08, 2018 11:53 pm 
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6S254 with the wrong knobs?
https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/zenith_6s254_ch5644.html

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith ID please
PostPosted: Mar Thu 08, 2018 11:54 pm 
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Zenith 6-S-254

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith ID please
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 12:29 am 
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Thank you gentlemen. It's local so I may go take a look at it tomorrow. With two wrong knobs, missing grille cloth and who knows what the chassis looks like, the $150 asking price seems a bit optimistic.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith ID please
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 12:38 am 
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That was one of Zeniths economy models. $150 is already reaching maximum sale value. With all that it will require to bring it back up to respectable condition, forget it. Hold onto your money for something more promising to come along or seriously counter offer the seller with something like $75 or less. Remember, this 38 console is not one of those iconic shutter dial sets, it has a flat face.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith ID please
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 12:55 am 
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Thanks Michael. I agree completely. I think this is at an estate sale and tomorrow is the last day. Apparently it had been priced higher but was being lowered to $150 for the final day. My best offer would be $50 and I'm still not sure that would be a good deal. Maybe if it is still available at closing time I can make a lower offer just so they can get rid of it.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith ID please
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 3:17 pm 
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That's what I would do. Call the Estate Co. and leave them an offer. If the radio doesn't sell, and I'm pretty sure it wont, they may call you back and tell you to come pick it up when the sale ends. Many times those companies will take anything for unsold items at the end of a sale because unsold items generally shows a level of failure on their part in doing their job plus it's less cash in their pockets. Make the offer $50 or less, preferably less because it will cost you around $25 to replace the grill cloth and around $10 for each of the wooden knobs. More for the tuning knob. There's also the cost of replacing caps, resistors, and tubes if needed. You may still easily invest a total of around $100 in that set.

Unfortunately, some estate sale companies will only go down so far in discounts because they have a setup with a bulk reseller who has agreed to buy everything that's left over. Usually it's the estate sale companies that have the highest and most stubborn prices that have such arrangements.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith ID please
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 4:27 pm 
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Hard to tell from the photo, but it looks like the cabinet might be the "Maple" option.

If so, these are somewhat unusual.

Zenith offered Walnut, Ebony Ivory and Maple.

Might be worth going a little more because of that, but to each his own.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith ID please
PostPosted: Mar Sat 10, 2018 10:31 pm 
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I believe what you are looking at is a normal walnut 6S254 with yellowed finish &/or photo lighting. The knob color says walnut. A real maple set will have an "H" suffix on the model #.
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The maple grain is definitely different from walnut.
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If this turns out to be a real maple set, correct knobs will be extremely difficult to find.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith ID please
PostPosted: Mar Mon 12, 2018 1:28 pm 
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As noted, not really a true shutter dial model.
Sort of a hybrid using a dial resembling that from a 1937 model.

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