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Information on a Zenith Solid State Record Player

I found this suitcase style Zenith solid state record player. There is a small sticker on the back that reads Model D-546W 5812 in black and H 212 in red. The device appears to be pristine. The sound is clear as a bell. I'm having a difficult time finding what these model numbers mean. I haven't seen anything similar on eBay.

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September 4, 20180 found this helpful

I'm only able to locate similar items, priced $30 to $110

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313...

I'd go to a record shop nearby. Those shop owners are great with these things.

www.reference.com/.../determine-value-old-record-player...

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September 4, 20180 found this helpful

Go to a music dealer. Vinyl is making a comeback and there is going to be an increasing demand for these

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September 7, 20181 found this helpful

There are some advertisements (I love these) for this item for sale on eBay so if you have a better computer/tablet than I do, maybe you can zoom on the ad and see what it says so you can learn more about the piece when it was sold new

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www.ebay.com/.../361903727054?hash=item544324a1ce...

I am not clear if this Zenith link is just for radios, but there is a model guide out there www.grillecloth.com/.../zenith.php

Zeniths were work horses in the day. Some have held their value over the years and some have not. It is difficult to find them in pristine condition as yours sounds like, so yours gets points just for that factor!

You would need to find this exact one up in the sold section of eBay to find out what people are paying for them today. I don't see any in there now (unless they are listed without the model number). Keep an eye out and that will help you learn current market value.

I know from experience these are very hard to ship and often arrive damaged (not necessarily smushed--but that has happened) but because they are old and the innards are so delicate, just the act of sending them through the mail system loosens wires and such and it gets to the new owner not working. It is very disappointing! These are best left to an in person sale like on Craig's list or Facebook marketplace.

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September 23, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you for your advice and link to the old repair ads on eBay! I found more Information in 10mins than an hour google search.

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This item is a keeper so my treasure wont be subjected to potential shipping mishaps Thanks again!

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September 23, 20180 found this helpful

So happy to help! I love these old items! They bring back so many memories! I am happy to hear you are keeping it! Enjoy!! Thanks for the follow up! Take care!

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September 8, 20180 found this helpful

A picture is always better than a thousand words and a "suitcase" style kinda describes a lot of vintage record players. It seems that everyone agrees that model numbers mean something but it does not appear that anyone has created a site that tells what the record player numbers mean - other than some of the first console type models.

  • Maybe someone else has found a site to give you information that pertains to a site but I have only seen a site for radios.
  • Zenith has always been known for radios and record players were kind of an "afterthought" when their large console model fell out of grace.
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  • They did build fine models and it has been said that numbers on the record players pertains to the factory location, the style cabinet, type of system (solid state or?), speakers, and radio inside the set.
  • I did read one article that stated there were just too many numbers/styles and too little reason for anyone to compile such a long list as it would rarely (if ever) benefit anyone. But, I cannot actually state there is no list so I hope someone has found one.
  • Sometimes you can find a serial number on the chassis and someone can tell you what year it could have been made but not sure who could do that.
  • You can occasionally find numbers in sales listings that are similar but even one letter difference means "something" so not sure there is a reason to look.
  • Here is an example of "suitcase" record player but yours may have speakers attached.
  • www.ebay.com/.../292688544187?hash=item442598c1bb...
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  • www.ebay.com/.../bn_590268?_pgn=3
  • www.ebay.com/.../192505172776?hash=item2cd233d328...
  • I believe you would be better off to look for as close a model as possible (by reviewing pictures and descriptions) and get a better idea of what the value might be.
  • If it looks great and is in really good working condition (plays records well and sounds good with a controllable volume) it may well be worth $150-$200.
  • It is always better to look for sold items when trying to find a value but looking at what people are asking also helps as some of these will probably sell for their asking price..
  • The problem with trying to find a "similar" model is knowing what to look for and in the case of record players that is not an easy job.
  • I believe you should just look up Zenith record player without any other words or otherwise you will be missing a lot of players. This will be a long list to go through but it will give you more results.
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  • I could show you 5 different links to eBay with just one word added and you would find numerous different players on each list.
  • I agree about the shipping - it is very difficult to ship one of these safely and the cost of shipping is very high so that just adds to what you are asking for your player.
  • It is easy to list on your local sales sites: Craigslist, USA4Sale, IOffer, LetGo, Facebook marketplace, and many others and the interested person can see and hear the machine which is a big selling point.
  • You did not specifically ask about value but that is usually what people are really interested in so if that is not your case then maybe the information given will help someone else who has a similar player for sale.
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