My collection is primarily made up of wooden radios from 1934-1946, Table Top, Tombstone, Cathedral, Chairside and a few Consoles – this is where you'll find my latest photos to look at and download. I look forward to reading your comments in the guestbook!
My First Restoration
This is a 1938 Zenith 6S229 "Big Black Dial" Tombstone radio with 6 tubes and a faux finish on the cabinet. This is printed paper that is placed over the wood and lacquered. This is something that is virtually impossible to recreate so I didn't mess with the cabinet. It was a lot of fun but also intimedating. I updated the electronics by replacing the wax/paper capacitors with current mylar capacitors and the old electrolytics with current versions. All of the tubes were tested and bad or even weak ones were replaced with NOS (New Old Stock) tubes. With the help of Mr. John Goller of johnandjeansantiqueradios.com I was able to correct a wiring problem. Someone had been in this radio previously and had it wired incorrectly. When I turned in on for the first time I was able to tune in a station playing the "Boogie Woggie Buggle Boy of Company B" and it sounded so good!
This is one I had been wanting for a long time. It is a 1937 Silvertone (Sears-Roebuck and Co.) model 4565 Table radio with the very impressive "Large Gold Dial" with tuning eye. This radio was in pretty rough shape and all but one of the 7 tubes were bad, so I went ahead and replaced all 7 with NOS tubes and someone had previously replaced the 2 electrolytic capacitors and connected the negative leads to chassis ground and they are suppose to be floating ground. After replacing these 2 electrolytics and wiring them correctly, I replaced all the wax/paper capacitors and checked all the remaing components to confirm they were in tolarence. I plugged it in and turned it on and it picks up very well with just a short wire antenna. It has a full range tone control and a local distance switch and has rich deep tone as well as a beautiful dial with the lights turned off. I am now fixing to begin on the cabinet and this one will be ready to move to the Previous Restorations page.
This is a 1939 Zenith 5S319 Table radio also known as the "Race Track" due to is oval dial. This is a very popular and collector favorite radio. When properly restored these radios bring $400.00 to $500.00. I was very fortunate to purchase this one for $50.00. Hopefully it will not take to much time and money to bring it back to it's glory days. Check back real soon, this one is next.