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 Post subject: Rare Zenith Zepher 6-s-137 tomstone cabinet overhaul
PostPosted: Nov Mon 27, 2017 3:29 am 
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This poor cabinet had seen better days, looks like it had been in a fire and then water damage as well. I didn't want to replace the upper structure but I have to, the ribs are fine its the inner ribs that were loose and damaged. I will replace with solid mahogany that way it will be solid as a rock, nice and even. The lower section was stripped of the veneer that was someone put on some time ago and looked bad, but you know the ribbon mahogany was still there and is in decent shape and may just leave it. But then again I may replace the ribbon mahogany with new veneer. The top was all jacked up and the paper back veneer that some put on was removed and will also be replaced, top had sunken down abit and also will be leveled out before new veneer is replaced. Chassis was a mess with smoke suet , almost black, Speaker checked out good and will have to be painted zenith copper along with chassis. This set Is worth restoring, no doubt.


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 Post subject: Re: Rare Zenith Zepher 6-s-137 tomstone cabinet overhaul
PostPosted: Dec Sun 03, 2017 3:54 pm 
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Found some time over the course of the week to get some more work done on this cabinet. I will have to make new spacers that go in between the grill work (RIBS). I got the lid stripped of its old veneer and all leveled out , once new veneer is on there it will be nice and flat. I'm in the process of getting some measurement's over to a fellow member so he will be able to make an exact replica of this cabinet. I am very impressed with the cabinets he had already reproduced, the quality he does is amazing. He did a Walton cabinet that looks like the real thing. With that being said I'm sure he will post those cabinets when he seems ready to and I'm always willing to help in any way I can. I will get some ribbon mahogany veneer for this zenith zephyr , I believe that's what veneer was used on it from factory. I'm taking it one piece at a time, wanting to get looking as close to factory .


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 Post subject: Re: Rare Zenith Zepher 6-s-137 tomstone cabinet overhaul
PostPosted: Dec Sun 03, 2017 6:07 pm 
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Nice work Fred. So do you use the aid of steam to get these cabinets to come apart so cleanly, or do you simply knock them apart dry with a chisel and hammer? Inevitably I always seem to end up making matters worse during the disassembly process. There's always that one little area that hangs on for dear life.


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 Post subject: Re: Rare Zenith Zepher 6-s-137 tomstone cabinet overhaul
PostPosted: Dec Mon 04, 2017 2:57 am 
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I didn't use steam, good old fashion wood chisel and a small hammer. Came apart pretty well with minimal damage. The original glue was brittle and the contact cement used on the veneer job someone did was heated up before peeling off, the old veneer on the main body of cabinet is pretty darn nice and may leave it alone , doing a little repair on one small corner.


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 Post subject: Re: Rare Zenith Zepher 6-s-137 tomstone cabinet overhaul
PostPosted: Dec Sat 09, 2017 4:25 pm 
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Going to be a beauty once it’s done Fred. Can’t wait to see it!

Lenny


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