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Q: Prices for Antique Zenith Radios ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Prices for Antique Zenith Radios
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: matador73-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 13 Oct 2002 21:26 PDT
Expires: 12 Nov 2002 20:26 PST
Question ID: 76257
I would like to know the going price for fully restored antique Zenith
radios, ca. 1930s or 1940s.  The most appropriate reference model
would be the 10S155, which was produced in the mid 30s to the best of
my knowledge.  I have already searched the antique radio classified
sections to no avail...hopefully you will have more information.  I
would like to make an offer on a fully restored floor-standing Zenith
which I believe may be the model 10S155 or similar, and I'd like to
know where to start.  Please also see if there are lifelike
reproductions or models comprised or original cabinets and modern
internal workings actively on the market.  Thanks!
Subject: Re: Prices for Antique Zenith Radios
Answered By: vinods-ga on 14 Oct 2002 04:06 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars


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Zenith 10S669 picture
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owner's email : OZ132@ATTBI.COM

Zenith 12-S-265 w/Zenith Neon 
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owner's email :

To find the value : (I used just 'Zenith' without a model number)

[ ]

To find an appropriate model for sale: (This page has links to a
number of sources)
[ ]

A search for 'Zenith' here resulted in two links:

Chuck's Antique Radio Site - "Specializing in Zenith Console and
Table model Radios of the 30's and 40's"
[ ]
[ ]


[ ] (has about 50 pictures and
links for Zenith radios!)

ZENITH 10S155 - picture, specifications
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"Zenith 12-S-265.  1938 Robot-Dial, 12 tubes. (see similar radio in
Zenith section).  Overall nice condition.  Small surface crack line in
finish below dial area.  All original parts.  A great addition to any
collection. $1300"
Picture and specifications :   
[ ]

"Zenith 15-U-269. 1938 Robot-Dial, 15 tubes (see similar radio in
Zenith ection).  $2500"
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email :

For manuals :
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I guess this will help you. 

warm regards

Google search key-words :
Zenith radios 10S155
Zenith radios

Request for Answer Clarification by matador73-ga on 17 Oct 2002 21:13 PDT

Sorry for my delay in responding to your answer, I have been out of
town all week.

I must admit to being a bit disappointed in your answer, perhaps I
have been misled by the depth of answers and research I've seen given
for other questions in this price range.  In fact, using basic Google
searches for "antique radios" (and Zenith, etc) I have already visited
most if not all of these pages.  A few of the recommended links
weren't even accessible or working, and most of the others provided
little useful (and no specific) information with regard to pricing or
market availability.  I'm curious about the level of research that
went into the answer, beyond a series of basic keyword searches. 
Also, my comment/question about reproductions was apparently ignored
or forgotten.

Please put a little bit more research into this if you could
please...I would greatly appreciate a helpful answer in this


Clarification of Answer by vinods-ga on 18 Oct 2002 00:48 PDT

Answers for many questions need to be honed by the researcher after
requests for more information or some specific line of information by
the questioner. It is very rare for an answer to be exactly 'fitting
the bill' on the first go! I have personally answered some questions
with many clarifications of my answer. In fact the term
'clarification' does not necessarily apply each and every time. Once
the general approach becomes clear and some information reaches the
questioner, a kind of conversation develops between the questioner and
the researcher which eventually culminates at a point where the answer
is satisfactory (for both!). I am glad you have come back to me with a
number of issues with the 'first' installment of my answer. This will
hone my approach and will help me give you a more complete answer. So,
please bear with me and let me see how best I can get to what will
help you in this issue.

<In fact, using basic Google searches for "antique radios" (and
Zenith, etc) I have already visited most if not all of these pages.>

I assumed you wanted a 'starting point' as you had mentioned in your
question and I believe my answer is a starting point.

<A few of the recommended links weren't even accessible or working and
most of the others provided little useful (and no specific)
information with regard to pricing or market availability.>

I personally checked the contents of each and every link before
copying them into my answer. So, today I re-checked all the links.
Yes, there is one link that does not function directly because of the
design of the site. For the valuation page in ANTIQUE RADIOS [ ] you have to hit the link at the bottom of the
page 'Value Guide' which will take you to the appropriate page. Sorry
for this one!

I believe that not many of these antiques may be available all the
time. You may have to scour some of these pages from time to time.
Also, I certainly believe you would not buy a radio without seeing it!
Hence, research for this kind of thing can only be indicative and not

<Also, my comment/question about reproductions was apparently ignored
or forgotten.>
I wanted to address the availability before I got to this. 

This site is undergoing some construction. You can email the owner at for more information. There is a registration for
update provided on the page by which you will get to know by email
when the site comes up.
[ ]

ALASKA ANTIQUE RADIOS - Some radios for sale. You will have to check
the site form time to time.
[ ]

[ ]

ZENITH 9S367 FOR SALE - $485
[ ]

Great Northern Antiques - "We have too many to ever publish a complete
[ ]

AM RADIOS - Replicas & Antiques (please check form time to time)
[ ]

RADIOLA GUY - (please check form time to time)
[ ]
[ ]

Classic Radio Gallery - (please check form time to time)
[ ]

ZENITH Model 6S-128 - 1937 - $795.00 - (Item # 329)
[ ]
INDEX - [ ]

RADIOMANIA (please check from time to time)
[ ]

RADIO CLASSIFIED (site is down when I checked) 
[ ]

Zenith Model 8S563 - currently being restored
[ ] 

The On Line Radio Trader - "Our goal is to provide a
computer-searchable list of antique radio ads to collectors."
[ ]

American Radio Research - (research at $60 per hour) 
[ ]

Antique Radio Page Directory - "the goal is to provide you with a
directory of antique radios from web sites around the world."
[ ]

Price Guide - books
[ ]

List of radios - information and pictures
[ ]

List of radio clubs from Antique Radio Classified (A.R.C. is antique
radio's largest circulation monthly magazine, with over 7,000 print
[ ]

(you can use Google Groups Search to find these groups)

[ ]

Buy/sell/swap antiques of all types.
[ rec.antiques.marketplace ]

Buy and sell any electronic equipment, new or old. This includes test
equipment and accessories.
[ ]

Warm regards

Clarification of Answer by vinods-ga on 19 Oct 2002 07:41 PDT
Hi matador73, 

I have found some sites that sell replicas or reproductions of vintage
radios. These may look close to the original but have modern
electronics inside including cassette & CD players.

RETRO WONDERS - replicas of popular products form the 1930s
[ ]

[ ]
This one has an AM/FM tuner

[ ]
This has a Cassette Player and AM/FM radio built in.

1932 Cathedral Style
[ ]

Ben Martin's page of replicas with modern internal electronics.  
What you are looking for is currently not featured on this page,  
but you can always mail him for your specific requirement. 
[ ]

AMRADIOS - replicas & antiques (This site has many replicas with  
modern electronics inside - radio, CD player, and even turntable!)
[ ]

This page contains links to many sites that sell vintage radios.
[ ]
I will scour the links on this page and post you what is appropriate
to our search.

--------some more Zenith originals--------
Zeniths: 12-S-370; (2) 8-S-359; 5-J-217; 12-S-265; 11-S-474;  
15-S-270; all in working good cabinets. 6-S-153; 6-S-341, working  
in restorable cabinets. Can deliver to Lansing or Elgin. Karl  
Johnson, 3517 Morton, Brookfield, IL 60513. (708) 485-2349

Zenith T-O 600L with tag, excellent condition - $900. Charles E.  
Tickner, 4223 East Ridge Dr., Jackson, MS 39211. (601) 366-2508

I hope you find what you are looking for! Please do write back if
there is anything specific. I will of course follow up with more in
any case.

warm regards
matador73-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
We got off to a "slow start," but the researcher came through in the
end with some solid links that I couldn't find in my searches and that
should prove very useful.  But while this was really helpful, it is
only a start.  I now need to do some serious surfing of those sites to
find the actual answer that I'm looking for, the price of the specific
Zenith radio model.  So in this case, at least for the price I paid, I
think the service might be more aptly named Google LEADS than Google
ANSWERS.  Regardless, it helps that the researcher committed to
continue to keep their eye out for additional relevant information if
discovered.  I will use the service again in the future, but will try
to clarify my expectations up front to assist the researcher and so as
not to become frustrated with the process.  I will also do more
research into what amount of money must be offered to get an in-depth
answer to a challenging question - not just multiple (albeit very
helpful) links.

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