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 Post subject: Zenith Royal 80
PostPosted: Feb Wed 26, 2020 11:48 pm 
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It has been a long time since I bought a radio, but yesterday I spent a whole $10 on one, so I thought I would share it with you. Nothing special, and not a rebuild post.
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As you can see, it needs a clean, but it is in good shape and plays well. Plenty of volume and decent sensitivity for the size of radio. I probably won't do anything with it right now, apart from cleaning it, as it plays so well.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Royal 80
PostPosted: Feb Wed 26, 2020 11:59 pm 
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Colin - Nice radio! Zenith transistor radios are one of my favorites to collect and I use my Zenith 900 to listen to station KSUR AM 1260 every day! - Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Royal 80
PostPosted: Feb Thu 27, 2020 12:02 am 
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Welcome back, Colin !

Looks like it'll clean up and look great ! And a very good deal !

Have heard that those are good performers, but should expect it from Zenith !

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Royal 80
PostPosted: Feb Thu 27, 2020 12:37 am 
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Nice Colin. They came in four colors. Beige,black,red,and turquoise.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Royal 80
PostPosted: Feb Thu 27, 2020 12:41 am 
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I have the royal 85. Same circuit, different front. It's an OK performer except the audio is a little distorted. I traced it to the speaker. However it uses a tapped high impedance coil with no output transformer (similar to the GE pin speakers) and I can't find a replacement. Ken


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Royal 80
PostPosted: Feb Thu 27, 2020 2:44 am 
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Nice Colin. They came in four colors. Beige,black,red,and turquoise.

I bet the red one looks nice (and is also the rarest, no doubt).


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Royal 80
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I have the royal 85. Same circuit, different front. It's an OK performer except the audio is a little distorted. I traced it to the speaker. However it uses a tapped high impedance coil with no output transformer (similar to the GE pin speakers) and I can't find a replacement. Ken

It's a shame about the speaker being bad. I hope that one will turn up some day.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Royal 80
PostPosted: Feb Thu 27, 2020 5:11 am 
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compengsls wrote:
I have the royal 85. Same circuit, different front. It's an OK performer except the audio is a little distorted. I traced it to the speaker. However it uses a tapped high impedance coil with no output transformer (similar to the GE pin speakers) and I can't find a replacement. Ken



Ken,you might also try the Royal 12,as that appears to be the same radio as the 85.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Royal 80
PostPosted: Feb Thu 27, 2020 6:19 am 
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Nice pickup, Colin!

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Royal 80
PostPosted: Feb Thu 27, 2020 3:56 pm 
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Thank you Zenith Royal. It looks identical to the Royal 85. That's a nice looking one you got. Ken


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Royal 80
PostPosted: Feb Thu 27, 2020 5:05 pm 
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Oh man for a split second while your picture was loading I thought you picked up one of these for $10!


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Royal 80
PostPosted: Feb Thu 27, 2020 5:09 pm 
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That's a nice radio ànd you got a great deal. I've got a red one that apparently spent time in or around salt water and the grille literally crumbled off. I made one out of a sieve from the dollar store. The knobs we're corroded too so I flipped them over and applied decals. Amazingly the electronics were in good condition and it works great. Use it for a breakfast radio.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Royal 80
PostPosted: Feb Thu 27, 2020 8:59 pm 
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I've got a red one that apparently spent time in or around salt water and the grille literally crumbled off. I made one out of a sieve from the dollar store. The knobs we're corroded too so I flipped them over and applied decals.

Very resourceful! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Royal 80
PostPosted: Feb Thu 27, 2020 9:22 pm 
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Metzman, that was extremely resourceful. It looks good.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith Royal 80
PostPosted: Feb Fri 28, 2020 3:37 pm 
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Metzman, that was extremely resourceful. It looks good.


Thank you. Ideally I'd opt for an original but this was a beater anyway. That Royal 12 is a nice little radio too.


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