This was a popular prewar set greatly admired for its wrap-around grille bars, carry handle, stylized knobs, and of course that classic lighted Zenith black dial. Looking at it brings you back to an era in radio styling when deco shapes came off production lines, and the radio was an item to proudly display in the home. This one is remarkably well preserved, having no cracks or other damage, retaining an excellent gloss luster on its ebony Bakelite cabinet, and it even has its six original large envelope Zenith vacuum tubes on its chassis. Radio is performing very well after a recent electronic restoration, ready to play for years to come, and photos will represent it well.CONDITION, SERVICING, PERFORMANCE: Cabinet is free of nicks or cracks and has a great luster; it was well protected for all those years by the factory paint that was carefully removed to avoid scratches or mars. Dial scale has razor sharp graphics and numerals, plastic cover is crystal clear w/o scratches, and all is nicely lit with the central pilot light; one photo will capture that effect.
The chassis electronics were serviced with all wax / foil capacitors & electrolytics removed and replaced with reliable new ones along with a multitude of other checks of resistors, wiring, dial mechanics, and operation. Radio has a pleasant tube driven sound without hum, static, or distortion. There are external wire antenna terminals on the back side to boost reception in outlying areas, but I found they were not needed. The six tubes are easily accessed and commonly found to this day if one is ever needed.Power cord was replaced with a fresh pliable one that looks right for the period, radio has its original knobs and fasteners. Orig factory backboard is in excellent condition with legible graphics, and the chassis is exceptionally clean and dust free without smells from smoky rooms, etc. Put an elegant piece of the early 1940s in your home or collection that was made right here in the US of A. Tall, and is 7 in. Deep from front of knobs to back panel old 6.5 Oz.
Coke bottle in photo placed to give sense of scale and show reflective surfaces. Unpacked, radio weighs almost 7 pounds. Im back, and plan to sell a number of restored tube radios in the coming months, each given TLC, and offering something special to look at and listen to. The item "Zenith Model 6-D-510 Bakelite Tube Radio A Gem From 1941 Serviced & Working" is in sale since Monday, October 19, 2015.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Radio, Phonograph, TV, Phone\Radios\Tube Radios\1930-49". The seller is "radiozetc" and is located in San Jose, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.