The Radio-Cafe is always offering unique tube radios for Top Shelf display, so be sure to add me to your favorites list! 1941 ZENITH "BEEHIVE" MARBLED BAKELITE TUBE RADIO. Offered to you from the Radio-Cafe is this beautiful 1941 Zenith, Model 6D512 bakelite tube radio that has been fully restored inside & out. A very impressive and heavy set by Zenith with some nice features including a tone switch in the back.
Zenith sets back then were top end and not everyone could afford them, unlike your more lower priced sets manufactured for affordability like Philco and many others. If you owned a Zenith then you knew you owned quality! And to restore a beehive set takes a lot of time & patience (see restoration details) unlike your quick 5AA tube set.. As evident when looking at the chassis view. The shortwave band allows you to listen to different countries from around the world, which I personally really enjoy.In fact while doing a audio test I was listening to a beautifulish song from overseas coming from this lovely female voice and with a small background choir, and it was fantastic! This example here is a beautiful one with no chips or cracks and plays like a champ! With the classic original "Z" tophat knobs , the beautiful blue mirror dial scale, the brass "Z" dial pointer , the original backing , authentic NOS (not reproduction), gold/copper weave speaker grille cloth , and the outstanding beehive housing that produces a unique sound chamber... You end up with one Outstanding Zenith Set! I've restored many of the beehive sets in the last 20 years and although a lot of work is involved, I never get tired of working on them and the outcome always puts a smile on the new owners face. I've taken 15 individual photos for your viewing pleasure that showcase the different restoration stages, including indoor and outdoor photos in different lighting.
The nicely marbled bakelite cabinet has been professionally polished with my ALL Natural Process using NO car polish wet look tricks, caked on gunk, sprays, poly coats, saturation tactics to make the bakelite appear darker, or any other artificial enhancers. My photos represent the accurate bakelite color in different lighting with NO software touch ups! It takes many hours through several stages to complete this natural process but when it's all said and done what you get is a pure natural bakelite shine. I go the extra mile and make sure every square inch is cleaned using special hand-made pic tools, toothbrushes, and Q-tips(no black sharpie marker tricks used here folks).
I've been doing natural bakelite polishing the same way for over 20 years now and do not cut corners or take short cuts with my cleaning & polishing method.. Nothing but lots of time and plenty of elbow grease. If you're a more of a purist collector of antiques then we have something in common.No crazy paint jobs, cosmetic enhancers, or car salesman gimmicks... Just original antique restoration for the TRUE collector!
This beautiful Zenith is ready to be displayed & played!! VACUUM TUBES REPLACED AS NEEDED. EXCELLENT RECEPTION AND SOUND QUALITY. ORIGINAL HEAVY-DUTY INTERIOR LOOP ANTENNA.ALL CAPACITORS REPLACED WITH TOP GRADE CAPS. CHASSIS AND ALL MOVING PARTS CLEANED & LUBRICATED. NEW CRYSTAL CLEAR DIAL LENS FROM MY MOLDING DEPT. NEW DIAL BULB LOOKS GREAT LIT UP!
NEW PILOT LAMP ASSEMBLY/WIRES INSTALLED. AUDIO TESTED FOR A MINIMUM 48 HRS. RADIO MEASURES APPROX: 12" WIDE X 8"TALL X 7 DEEP. International Buyers - Please Note. Beautiful doesn't do your craftsmanship justice, exquisite is better.
Wonderful & expertly restored radio. I thought craftsmen like this were extinct. This guy has proven me wrong! Kudos for the job you did in restoring this Emerson set and the care in packing.
Bendix arrived safe and sound due to your EXPERT PACKING the radio is MINTY. Your are a CLASS ACT!!!
Thanks Again & Best Regards, Stuart. The best wrapped radio I have ever received. Keep in mind, this antique vacuum tube radio is not a boom box, solid state radio, or any other modern type radio.
It uses vacuum tube technology which can produce audio interference caused by many different things such as florescent lighting, energy saving bulbs, kitchen appliances, etc, etc... So placement of the radio is very important to avoid any possible audio interference.And like many other electronic devices.. When not in use the radio should be unplugged to prevent any damage during electrical storms. Many of my restored radios are displayed in museums, on international radio websites, and published in popular radio books. Unlike many who perform the quick and lesser quality restorations just in order to sell more... I spent 20 years as a Machine Specialist in the Aerospace & Injection Molding fields. Having this type of background has given me the experience & high standards that I try to maintain in my radio restoration work as well. My experience includes: custom wood refinishing , all natural bakelite polishing , electronic restoration , and radio dial cover molding. With my radio descriptions you get a factual description and I prefer to stay away from the sugar coated phrases such as... "Stunner", "near mint", "normal age related wear", "museum quality", "doesn't get any better", "completely flawless", best of the best"unmolested", "mint", or all the bla bla the reader has to weed through before even getting to the actual item description.
My item descriptions always starts right at the top and with the important restoration details listed below it. The Radio-Cafe provides the customer with the Best Possible Service available which includes. 3- SAFE DOUBLE BOX PACKING WITH SIGNATURE CONFIRMATION INCLUDED!(no charge to the customer). 4- QUALITY DETAILED PHOTOS OF THE COMPLETE RESTORATION (some sellers are reluctant to show photos of the electronics work). 5- ALL NATURAL BAKELITE POLISHING! (no enhancers or cheesy black sharpie touch ups used). 6- EXTENSIVE PHOTO GALLERY OF OVER 1000 DIFFERENT RADIO MODELS OF MY WORK, SAVED ON FILE SINCE THE 1990's!
A special thanks to all of my customers and fellow radio restorers who I've had the pleasure of doing business with throughout the last 25 years and to all of our service men & women who I proudly support in helping to keep this great country free! It gives me great satisfaction to be able to bring these wonderful antique tube radios back to life for future generations to enjoy! Thanks for looking and may God Bless our Troops serving around the world! Check out my other items.The item "GORGEOUS 1941 Pre War ZENITH Art Deco Bakelite Tube Radio AM & SW Bands" is in sale since Sunday, August 09, 2015. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Radio, Phonograph, TV, Phone\Radios\Tube Radios\1930-49". The seller is "radio-cafe" and is located in Saint Helen, Michigan.
This item can be shipped worldwide.