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1936 Zenith 25-Tube Stratosphere Model 1000Z Complete!

~~~~Very good original chrome and cabinet finish~~~~
Item number: 270078727604
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Description (revised)
Offered to the discriminating collector who desires only the very best in radios, this BIG 25-tube Zenith Stratosphere is complete, unmolested and in very good original condition. The finish on the cabinet is very good, untouched and original. The black lacquer accents on the cabinet appear to be original and untouched. There are some of the usual requisite scratches on the cabinet surfaces; however, they do not detract significantly from the overall appearance of this 70+ year old precious gem. The scratches could easily be touched-up in order to preserve the original finish. The finish on the concave wooden speaker grill could use some attention, as it is crazed, scratched and has begun to flake off. I have been told that the speaker grill finish on these Stratosphere cabinets is prone to crazing and flaking. Some of the veneer at the base of the cabinet has stress cracks in it. The speaker grill cloth is in very good original condition, with no noticeable rips or tears. The radio knobs are all present and original. The textured gold-fleck paint is also original and intact on most of the knobs.

This radio was displayed by me in the big Zenith exhibit at the Elgin Radiofest XVIII swap meet during August 1999. A photo of this actual radio is shown on the front cover of the November 1999 issue of Antique Radio Classified. I also displayed this radio at the Lansing Extravaganza swap meet during July 2004. This IS the actual radio that is being sold in this listing!

The chrome on the tuner chassis is in excellent original condition. The multi-layered glass dial assembly is in very good original condition, with no noticeable chips or cracks. The tuner chassis was recapped about two decades ago; however, the radio’s second owner has saved the original Zenith caps in a shoebox for you! The paint on the amplifier chassis is also original and in very good condition. The main filter caps appear to be original. The speakers are the correct original Zenith Stratosphere speakers and the paper cones are in excellent original condition.

This radio was purchased by me several years ago from the second owner. According to the second owner, this radio was found in the attic of a Coca-Cola distributor from Indianapolis (apparently the original owner). I have a newspaper article that shows a color photo of the home that I have been told this radio came from. I have also been told that this is a 1936 model, based on the layout of the control knobs. On several occasions, fellow collectors have told me that this is one of the nicer Stratospheres among the original ones that have not been refinished.

This radio has not been powered-up for at least the last decade or two. I have NEVER attempted to power it up and the second owner warned against trying to power it up until AFTER the tuner and amplifier chassis are re-capped. Although the radio chassis and speakers are being sold in “as-is” electrical condition, I have no reason to believe that any of the major electrical components would be damaged and/or in need of replacement. I would expect that the power transformers and speaker field coils are electrically good; however, I cannot guarantee this. I would not recommend powering this radio up under any circumstances until it has been properly recapped and electrically restored.

Additional photos are available via e-mail for serious perspective buyers only. If you have any questions, then you may contact me through eBay’s e-mail system. Payment in full must be made via bank wire transfer or cashier’s check. If paying by cashier’s check, then the check must be allowed sufficient time to clear the bank before this radio can be removed from the premises.

This radio is guaranteed to be in the same condition in which it is described. The seller cannot be held responsible for any listing errors or omissions. This radio is located approximately five miles away from I-75 and I-40. It can be picked up in person or I can transport it directly to Craters & Freighters, located near the Nashville International Airport at no additional charge. The buyer is responsible for all crating and shipping expenses and for making the necessary shipping arrangements with Craters & Freighters. Buyer is also responsible for all Customs documents and fees. Sorry, I cannot be held responsible for the crating and shipment of this radio after it leaves my custody. Thank you!




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