The Radio-Cafe is always restoring & offering unique tube radios for Top Shelf display, so be sure to add me to your favorites list! 1951 ZENITH BAKELITE TUBE RADIO - MODEL H511. For your consideration is another Gem offered to you from the Radio-Cafe. This gorgeous 1951 Zenith bakelite tube radio, Model H511, has been fully restored inside & out to excellent playing condition just waiting for a new owner. This fine Zenith streamline example displays wonderfully and has remained a favorite among radio collectors.
The dark brown bakelite cabinet is in gorgeous condition with no chips or cracks and as you can see by the photos taken outside the bakelite finish shines like new! The dark brown 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 30 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 radio is ready to be displayed and played! VACUUM TUBES REPLACED AS NEEDED.
GREAT RECEPTION AND SOUND QUALITY. ALL CAPACITORS REPLACED WITH TOP GRADE PANASONIC, SPRAGUE, & NICHICON CAPS.
CHASSIS AND ALL MOVING PARTS CLEANED & LUBRICATED. NEW DIAL BULB "Z" Crest looks great lit up! AUDIO TESTED FOR A MINIMUM 48 HRS. RADIO MEASURES APPROX: 13.5" WIDE X 7"TALL X 7 DEEP. International Buyers - Please Note.
Absolutely stunning radio, museum quality restoration. 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, jaw dropping, 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.
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 "ICONIC 1951 ZENITH Racetrack Art Deco Bakelite Tube Radio ORIGINAL GEM" is in sale since Wednesday, July 22, 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.