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 Post subject: Zenith 12S370 Console - "Rare Lowboy Version"
PostPosted: Apr Wed 13, 2011 9:57 pm 
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The other day I received a phone call about a Zenith console.

When I saw this I asked "where is the rest of it?". They said it was in its original condition. Been in the family for years.

I like the original vintage fuse holder!

What more can I say.

I had to buy it. A 12 tube chassis is unusual.

Also, I suggested they look around the house for a speaker with a strange plug.

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PostPosted: Apr Wed 13, 2011 10:22 pm 
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Not buying it

This baby was seperated from its base.
Look closely at the bottom
Just my Firm opinion


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PostPosted: Apr Wed 13, 2011 10:28 pm 
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joybird wrote:
Not buying it

This baby was seperated from its base.
Look closely at the bottom
Just my Firm opinion


Bob T.


I know it was cut in half. It used to be a valuable radio before they chopped it up.

It doesn't matter what the seller told me.

Maybe this is a picture of the original owner.

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PostPosted: Apr Wed 13, 2011 10:28 pm 
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Oh... that's a SHORT wave radio! :oops:


Definitely lost its bottom half. The grooves in the bottom on the sides are where the lower side panels fit into the top. A google pic on the model number will explain it all...

Good thing, it's not really modified much. Another cabinet with a nice big plant water stain on top with a good base could be married to it.


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jonboy55 wrote:
joybird wrote:
Not buying it

This baby was seperated from its base.
Look closely at the bottom
Just my Firm opinion


Bob T.


I know it was cut in half.

It doesn't matter what the seller told me.

Maybe this is a picture of the original owner.

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Sad part I really like those dials and models.

Have a Farm Radio like it

Bob T.


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PostPosted: Apr Wed 13, 2011 11:07 pm 
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The 12S370 is a nice radio, and one of Zenith's most visually appealing post-'38 sets. If the price is low enough (I'd say <200) it could still be worth it. As a previous poster mentioned, it's still an ideal candidate for a cabinet transplant; they do turn up from time to time. Also had a nice big speaker with Zenith's "acoustic adapter" beehive.

It's a neat radio, but takes up a LOT of space:

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Also in the pictures you posted, it doesn't appear that the volume knob is correct. It should be either white or tortoiseshell with a lightning Z on the end.

Here's the Radio Museum page:

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/zenith_12s370_ch1206.html


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No, it's the Dwarf version. Or rather "PC" speaking, vertically challenged.


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I dont know what is wrong with you guys,
That is the table top version, About the same size as a telefunken opus 7,, Speaker would be a remote mounted one as well!
Nice find!
If I found that at the right price I would have bought it too!
Peter


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 12S370 Console - "Rare Lowboy Version"
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[quote="jonboy55"]The other day I received a phone call about a Zenith console.

When I saw this I asked "where is the rest of it?". They said it was in its original condition. Been in the family for years.
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Wonder what family had it for years.......in "its original condition." :roll:


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I am working on one of those in my shop right now . In person it is one of the most ugly cabinets Zenith made .


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Ken G wrote:
I am working on one of those in my shop right now . In person it is one of the most ugly cabinets Zenith made .


The "low boy" or "high boy" version?

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I had a 370(The tall version :lol: ) and like a dummy i sold it....I think they are one of the best looking Zeniths made!!!..It didn't pick up that well but man what sound!!!!....I would buy another one in a heartbeat if given the chance and could afford it!!..............Greg


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AuroraOldRadios wrote:
No, it's the Dwarf version. Or rather "PC" speaking, vertically challenged.



Yes only Dwarf and Midget Families were allowed to purchase this special version of the 12s370 console zenith radio. This makes this radio really really really rare. Good for parts for sure.

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I like it better cut off. The columns stick out to far it looks ugly Freak . good radio though.


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Is that real masking tape on the fuse holder?

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Nice portable.


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Ya know, I think if it were mine I'd be really tempted to just leave it chopped off and chalk it up as a radio with a personalized history and to heck with authenticity.

It could have its advantages. These radios always sound better when heard from across the room, but if you want to spend some time perusing the dial and the bands, then you've got to sit right next to it with the speaker at your ear. That could be the reason it was bisected in the first place. Here's a chance to set up a remote speaker cabinet without the guilt of having corrupted an original. Someone else has already assumed that burden for you. :D

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Good point. I'd feel better knowing I wasn't the one who had customized the cabinet.

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Chuck wrote:
Is that real masking tape on the fuse holder?

Chuck


Yes, masking tape holding down the inline fuse holder. This may have been due to the portable nature of the radio. You didn't want anything to move around.

The period fuse holder and tape adds to the "authenticity" of the radio.

This "thing" was so weird I had to buy it.

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