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Information about Zenith Console Record Player

A Zenith console record player.Can anyone tell me anything about my Zenith Stereophonic Solid State console. I have looked on the internet and have not been able to find anything that matches my model number and I haven't been able to find an image similar to mine. It is all original down to the speakers that sound amazing. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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The top of a Zenith console record player.
 
The back of a Zenith console record player.
 
A Zenith label on a console record player.
 

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September 1, 20201 found this helpful
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www.ebay.com/.../123673114892?chn=ps&mkevt=1&mkcid...

www.worthpoint.com/.../mid-mod-zenith-console-stereo-1912726733

audiokarma.org/.../

The first link shows what I think is the exact console in an advertisement pegged from 1968...it is a little blurry--but I think the one on the lower corner is it. That is a little late--I was more inclined to think it was as the 3rd link said from 1962-1965--both could be right if they made the same model repeatedly from 1962-1968....I know a little about these...but not the nitty gritty that they do on that 3rd site--it used to be a great resource--you may want to join and chat with them...they were very nice, although its been a while since I used them.

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The middle link is for Worthpoint--I don't have a subscription but if you do you can learn what it fetched several years ago. The market has dropped some in the past 5 years so you could realistically slice 10-15% off the value if the sale dates was 5-10 years ago...sadly, these are not increasing in value--but decreasing because the supply is huge and the demand is small.

Still a very cool piece!! Depending on where you are in the US you can see what they are fetching in your neighborhood by asking around to local vintage shops or if you have shops that specialize in jukes and stereos/TVs/pinball--they can give you the best value for your town.

If it works--enjoy it!!

The one link (3rd down) said in 2010 it was not worth piecing it out and selling it for parts. I think that has changed as people that have these, love them and still DO want the parts. eBay always has parts for consoles for sale--but if you can't take apart and test once apart--then it is a moot point. That is a very picky market for sales--people who buy the parts for repair. They know their stuff and want the pieces tested!

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Thanks for sharing!!

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August 31, 20200 found this helpful

Hi,

I found a YouTube video, but it is not for this specific model. I am amazed at how wonderful these truly are. I can remember when I had one, when I was a child.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aa7VqOUETIQ

Have a wonderful evening!

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September 2, 20200 found this helpful

Thank you. You do the same.

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August 31, 20201 found this helpful

I agree with you and there is nothing at all online that is the same as yours or that will allow me to help you out. I would like to suggest that you post images of this unit on some old stereo forums online.

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There are a lot of collectors of these older units and they know so much about them. If anyone can help you find out the information you are looking for it will be them.

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September 2, 20200 found this helpful

Thank you. That's a good idea.. I'll have to look those up. This has been are real mystery and I'm beginning to wonder if it wasn't a custom item or store display.

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September 1, 20201 found this helpful

This is a nice one! On eBay they have several that range from $87 to $1000's. Not as nice as the one you have.

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Here is more info on those - www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trkid=m570.l1313...

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September 1, 20200 found this helpful

Are you just seeking information for your personal use or do you plan to sell this system?
There is a world of difference in location specs on the system and trying to determine current value.
Do you have any information on the past history of this unit?

I believe it shows it was produced in one of these years:
1946, 1949, 1950, 1951 and made in the USA.

I may be able to help you find what you're looking for if you wish to answer the questions sited above.

Looks like a nice console

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September 2, 20200 found this helpful

Well I don't have really anything to go by except I was driving by a house in Danville, Pennsylvania about 20 years ago and saw it on the curb. I stopped and a gentleman came out of his house. I asked him if he was selling it and he said no he was putting it out for trash pickup. I asked him if it still worked and he said it did last time he had turned on but it had been many years ago so I asked if I could have it and got if for free.

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He had cut the plug on it. )Don't understand that one)....but it was inside it when I got it home. That's really all I know.

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July 10, 20210 found this helpful

Hi, I can answer this question for you as I was fortunate enough to befriend a few experts some years ago. Funny enough it actually started when I found one of those old Magnavox radio/turntable consoles and I need someone to help me get the turntable working. I actually sold it for $175 on Ebay(this was back in early 2004) but if I knew then what I know now I probably would never have listed it. The only reason I sold mine is that there was an elderly couple in LA and theirs had just crapped out and stopped working.

People find these solid state consoles from the late 60s and thing they have some valuable antique. So here is the bad news, a solid state console really does not have any real collector value. Now you might find someone who thinks it's cool in a retro way and a lot of these consoles have good sound. My friend I mentioned actually has a unit just like yours that was new in the box until about 10 years ago. One of the drawbacks of collecting old radios is that most don't have FM. I would wipe it down with some furniture wipes to make it look as clean as possible. The good news is that solid state audio components don't tend to stop working like capacitors do with tube audio. If the record player is still working that is a big plus. I would talk about how good this unit sounds and that it was a nice warm tone. Zenith's radio glory days were from 1936-1942. Their consoles like the one you have were not know to be anything special like the Fisher tube consoles. They were not terrible but they were not great either. People ask $500 or more for units like this all the time but if you look closely they never sell for that much. I suggest cleaning it up, detailing the sound as well as you can and start with a price of $200.

Good luck!

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