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Value of Zenith SL2505?

An old console stereo.We were recently cleaning out an old storage building and ran across this Zenith furniture type record player. From what I can tell by googling it, it's possible a 1963 or 1964 model? I could be wrong though? Any ideas on what its worth or the value of it?

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May 25, 20210 found this helpful
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There is no way to provide a value with just the information supplied as value would be based on cosmetic condition, working condition (radio. turn table, speakers all working?), area where located.

Area is very important as shipping items like this would be very expensive so sellers usually list these as 'pick up only'. This means you could be in an area that loves these old consoles or your area could pass them by on the curb for free (like my area).

It seems your console is from 1964 and if in working condition (and good area) could be valued from $100 - $500 but it may take a long time to sell.

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One eBay recently had a similar console listed for $100 for over 2 years and never sold.
Similar age/style sold for $100 in 2020:
www.furnishmevintage.com/.../

Information online but you can also ask on this site for information about your console:
antiqueradios.com/.../viewtopic.php?f=9&t=183242
www.radiomuseum.org/.../zenith_sl2505sl_250_ch_5l295_l_2...

You can check eBay's for sale listing (I did not see your exact type for sale) and place a watch on any console to see if it sells. Asking prices do not represent value as only a sold listing will tell you what someone was willing to pay.
Check out eBay's for sale items:
www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_nkw=Vintage+ZENITH+STEREOPHONIC...

Several consoles have been sold over the past several months so check out what sold and where it was located.

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www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_nkw=Vintage+ZENITH+STEREOPHONIC...

Other online sites have consoles for sale but it's rare to find a sold item that shows price paid.
You will need to check out the entire system and do a good clean up job before you can offer it for sale.
If all is in working order (which would be rare) you can post it for sale for a higher price and lower it if no one places an offer.
You will need several very good pictures.

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July 10, 20211 found this helpful

The short answer is that units like these are not really desirable to collectors. It is a tube unit which is a big plus but Zenith was not known for making particularly good units like this compared to someone like Fisher. Zenith's heyday was from 1936-1942 and any radio or stereo unit they made after the end of WW2 got further and further away from the marvels they made during those years.

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Now here is the good news. There is an amp in your unit that has resale value and there should be two 12 inch speakers and 2 mid range/tweeter speakers. The 12 inch speakers can sell for some decent money and you can probably get something for the smaller speakers. If you know someone with a tube tester you can sell those too if they are still good. I'm guessing you have not tried turning this unit on and that is good idea. To make things even more complicated this unit would need new capacitors and possibly new resistors so your best bet is to part this unit out. Best of luck!

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March 7, 20220 found this helpful

Great answer! Yes, the speakers in these are BY FAR superior in quality to almost anything comparable today. I had one when I met my husband and we spent every night sitting on it listening to music play 60 years after the stereo was made.

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Unfortunately, I was convinced to discard it for a move and have regretted it ever since.

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Zenith was founded in 1923. By the 1930s, Zenith had several large factories in the Chicago area, producing radio chassis, cabinets, and other electronics.
Zenith established one of the first FM stations in the country in 1940 (Chicago's WWZR, later called WEFM, named for Zenith executive Eugene F. McDonald), which was among the earliest FM multiplex stereo stations, first broadcasting in stereo in June 1961. en.wikipedia.org/.../Zenith_Electronics#:~:text=Zenith....

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I didn't find confirmation that this model is from 1964. Anyway this is Vintage 1960s Zenith Record Player Console STEREO Model SL2505.

About the price. Here 1963 model SK2506T is on sale for $ 142 with local pick-up only www.ebay.com/.../401821675684.
Here for $ 100 www.shoppok.com/.../a,34,91146,Zenith-Stereophonic-Record...
Here 1962 model MH2865 in good condition is for £ 899 www.ebay.co.uk/.../303534559418.
Here 1963 model SK2506T for $1,300 www.ebay.com/.../223231995617, as I see the seller didn't identify the year, this model is described here m.blog.naver.com/PostView.naver?isHttpsRedirect=true....

So, the price is highly dependent on the condition of the record player console and the location (shipping cost). But in fact these consoles are worth what someone will pay. Maybe someone will pay $ 1000 for the perfectly working console.

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May 25, 20210 found this helpful

You may be able to sell it for around $500:
www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524...
www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675...

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May 25, 20210 found this helpful

Similar ones are asking over $500 on eBay. www.ebay.com/.../bn_590268

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April 6, 20220 found this helpful

I would recommend to contact an online appraisal service, see for instance:

www.appraisily.com/

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