The "U" designation in the'38 lineup of 15-tube sets stands for "Ultra, " as they have a fourth shortwave band. Ultra is a good description of this radio, among the most sought after and powerful shutterdials.
This beauty retains its original finish and has been thoroughly restored. Here's some more detail. First off: check out the video.
And type in Zenith 15U269. " A video by "Ted H is mine; it should be the first or second listed. This 15-tube beast has been thoroughly updated. All new electrolyics and paper/wax capacitors. A few micas were replaced as needed, and all resistors more than 10 percent off spec were replaced.The speaker umbilical, eye tube umbilical and other wiring, where brittle, was replaced with vintage cloth hookup wire. No PVC wire anywhere; all correct. This set was made to run on lower AC than we use today. A bucking transformer, which reduces incoming voltage to a level more appropriate for this set, was installed under the chassis (see upper right side of underchassis in pics). I installed this transformer after the on/off switch so it only sees juice when the set is operating. And the motor is not tied into the transformer; it runs happier on full house AC. The bucking transformer will help keep the old power transformer running cool and happy. All tubes checked and are good; also, all tubes apart from eye are correct G type; no metal or other replacements.
The 6E5 eye tube is NOS, extremely bright. All tube shields are correct and accounted for. The motor drive was adjusted and lubricated. Lubed also were all pots (volume, tuning, tone, on/off etc).
When I got the set the shutter dial mechanism was in tough shape. Someone had forced it and its thin metal sheets were bound up, bent and crimped.I disassembled the mechanism and slowly bent it back into shape. It's now operational, as it should be. The radio received a full alignment and plays well on three out of the four bands. The fourth "ultra" band works, but it's long wave and the only things that broadcast on its frequencies are airport beacons. A 2.5 tear in the speaker cone, there when I got the set, was repaired. Cabinet I went over the set with a damp cloth, but that's about it. It has its beautiful original finish, which has a few nicks and scratches here and there, but all honest wear and nothing out of the ordinary in a well-cared for set.
There are no veneer issues or structural problems. The grill cloth is original.It's threadbare and torn in a few spots, but it presents OK. I would rather keep this on than replace it, as this pattern is no longer made. It's good enough to keep, definitely.
All knobs are original and are in excellent shape. The shutter dial paint is in good shape. The acoustic adapter slides in and out as it should. The beehive is in good shape; a small rip where the umbilical protrudes, but not a big deal. It will be sent in two packages: The cabinet/speaker, and the chassis.
This chassis is HUGE and heavy, and will be double boxed, with the chassis bolted to a plywood base, then secured inside the inner box. Foam will line the outside of the inner box, to fill the outer. Suffice to say it, and the cabinet, will be very well-packed.So I know how to do it well. So if you live in the mid-Atlantic or as far as Ohio or the Great Lakes, drive toward the coast and I'll meet you halfway.
Of course, you are always free to come by my house and pick it up. As these are vintage electronics, I can only warrant the quality of my workmanship, which was done correctly, and to a high standard, per the schematic. The radio is fully operational when it leaves my hands. If you have any issues with the set, please contact me and we will resolve them.
I love radios, like you, and want you to be happy! The item "Beautiful Zenith 15U269 shutterdial, fully restored. Will ship" is in sale since Saturday, November 07, 2015. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Radio, Phonograph, TV, Phone\Radios\Tube Radios\1930-49".The seller is "bottletooth1" and is located in Bristol, Rhode Island. This item can be shipped to United States.