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 Post subject: Does this radio have any value?
PostPosted: Jul Sun 28, 2019 1:08 am 
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I have a Zenith Stereophonic and was wondering what it was worth. Photo attached.

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 Post subject: Re: Does this radio have any value?
PostPosted: Jul Sun 28, 2019 2:15 am 
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Its a record player.

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 Post subject: Re: Does this radio have any value?
PostPosted: Jul Sun 28, 2019 2:55 am 
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Thanks. Does this record player have any value?


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 Post subject: Re: Does this radio have any value?
PostPosted: Jul Sun 28, 2019 3:10 am 
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$20 on a good day...

There are new record players being made for a rising retro market. So to compete with a new solid state player with an obtainable needle... Any vintage record player has a way to go. Rubber parts have to be in good condition, needle and cartridge viable. Electronics re-furbished. That alone can cost up to $100 in parts alone, labor by a professional at least another 75 to $100. So as it stands, it is a "core" like the alternator you turn in for a rebuilt one...

Put it on Craig's List for $100 or best offer, I think it will rise to the $20 and not much more.

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 Post subject: Re: Does this radio have any value?
PostPosted: Jul Sun 28, 2019 3:22 am 
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Thank you. My father passed away and my sister and I are cleaning out his house. We came upon this item and were trying to determine if it was worth keeping or just letting it go. Thanks for your help!


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PostPosted: Jul Sun 28, 2019 5:29 am 
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Try it out, and you might find room for it as a keepsake.

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 Post subject: Re: Does this radio have any value?
PostPosted: Jul Sun 28, 2019 6:58 am 
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Thank you. My father passed away and my sister and I are cleaning out his house. We came upon this item and were trying to determine if it was worth keeping or just letting it go. Thanks for your help!



Sorry for your loss---

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 Post subject: Re: Does this radio have any value?
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Looks like it's one of these :arrow: https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/zenith_kpsw_80kps8.html

RM doesn't list the Sams (676-15 from early 1964).


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 Post subject: Re: Does this radio have any value?
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Two satellite stereo speakers, a center, 8" woofer...and its got tubes! Somebody will want it if only for the cute, single-ended 6AQ5 stereo amplifier. This appears to be a fairly high quality unit compared to other portable record players in its day.

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 Post subject: Re: Does this radio have any value?
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Sorry Mark,
I wrote more than "its a record player" I dont know why it did not post, lol....

It is not a $20.00 unit.
The record player probably works but would need servicing. These Stereophonic units are somewhat desirable. Especially if it has the 2 additional speakers in the cabinet. If I found a nice one I would probably go $50.00-$75.00. Labor to repair and then sell for $200.00 or so restored.
You cant keep everything and this is a larger unit. If you dont have use or space it should go.
It also matters what state you are in.

Great looking unit!

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 Post subject: Re: Does this radio have any value?
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This one just sold on Ebay for $74.99.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/323850287629

Since you've got nothing invested in that phonograph, what ever you get for it would be considered pure profit. You'll get the most money on Ebay but Ebay tends to be the biggest hassle. You can try selling it on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace and just sell it to anybody that 's willing to make an offer. Worse comes to worse, you can always donate it to Goodwill or some other charity reseller instead of tossing it out into the trash.

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 Post subject: Re: Does this radio have any value?
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That's definitely a better quality and more attractive unit than the typical portable phono's of the period. They bring fairly low value unrestored because overhauling phono's can be a very tedious project. You have to replace all rubber wheels and belts and then have all the speeds and movements work correctly. Only after doing that can they bring the higher dollars.


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"May" have to replace....it is probable that something or other may be needed to make it work well, only way to know is to test it out. Maybe need all rubber parts replaced, new stylus(needle) etc. OR some. Or might work OK for the time being and sell. Would be nice to know if the extension speakers for stereo exist and you can find them. That would add value. May not bring a great deal of money, who knows. Maybe it has been kept up as far as service in the past, thus negating some of the potential bother of finding parts. Probably alot if not all of the parts are available. Tubes for it are generally cheap. Rubber parts are around in the phono restoration websites. Condition affects the price. Mention the fact it is Zenith, has tubes, and is stereo, in any advert. Or if it plays without glaring issues, mention that.

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Restored they can actually bring $250-300. These are not low end cheap units. This was Zenith's flagship for their portable record players in that time frame. The turntable has extremely low record wear and the cartridge/needle sounds almost as good as if not better than magnetic. All the rubber components are available from Gary at voiceofmusic.com, as is the needle and cart.


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 Post subject: Re: Does this radio have any value?
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He, he, he, Time is money, such a "high end unit" must have played better quality albums.
Best to review the record collection. A "high end album" could easily eclipse any phantom value the record player has. An album simply packs and ships. The phono, invest $$$ then find a buyer for the fantasy price :roll: Some, have rooms full of dreams looking for fools... P. T. Barnum the Greatest Show on Earth... As always, YMMV :lol:

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PostPosted: Jul Sun 28, 2019 4:42 pm 
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That is a very nice quality vintage tube record player.

If you like records, having this restored will yield many
years of enjoyment.

We can guide you to parts, et cetera that are needed.

I have restored 20-30 of these type players, and the owners
are very happy when they hear how good they sound.

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These also have a three channel amp. They combine the output both channels for the bass


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 Post subject: Re: Does this radio have any value?
PostPosted: Jul Mon 29, 2019 12:56 pm 
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I want to thank everyone for their insights and advice. I discovered a tall stack of old record albums while cleaning out my Dad's house, so I decided to bring this player home and test it. It has a frayed electrical cord but everything else looks great. I can update with a video link if I get it working.

Thanks again,
Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Does this radio have any value?
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Hotwax wrote:
That is a very nice quality vintage tube record player....
Agree, an interesting unit... for the history.
Hotwax wrote:
If you like records, having this restored will yield many years of enjoyment...
Not in my book! If you want to enjoy vinyl for years get a decent belt drive T/T, such as a Technics, with MM cartridge and diamond stylus tracking at under 2 grams.
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Hotwax wrote:
If you like records, having this restored will yield many years of enjoyment...
Not in my book! If you want to enjoy vinyl for years get a decent belt drive T/T, such as a Technics, with MM cartridge and diamond stylus tracking at under 2 grams.
Cheers,
Roger

Not everyone is an audiophile or wants to spend the money to be one. Some just like to hear the music. For those people it would make a nice unit.

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