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The Early Zenith Radios: The Battery Powered Table Sets 1922-1927

Covering the tabletop battery radios built by Zenith, the Chicago-based manufacturer, each radio is described in detail. Included are comprehensive functional descriptions on each set's operation, which uses color-coded diagrams to aid in describing the circuits. Over 400 color photos and over 200 diagrams illustrate the thorough text. Each radio section includes a Quick Reference Guide. Previously unpublished information related to these radios is included for the first time. The restoration section covers the reproduction of vital replacement parts (pointers, pulleys, etc.) that typically need replacing, the repair of other parts (variable capacitor, transformers, etc.), appropriate modifications (battery adapter, etc.), and testing in order to get that early radio working. The techniques presented can be applied to the restoration of any 1920s radio. Also included are instructions on reproducing any battery ( A , B , or C ) in radios built in the 1920s. This is an indispensable reference guide to early Zenith radios.

Hardcover: 208 pages

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; 1 edition (October 28, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0764346741

ISBN-13: 978-0764346743

Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.9 x 11.3 inches

Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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This is the most comprehensive book that has ever been written on the subject of the early Zenith Battery Sets. There are hundreds of great color photos and detailed schematics that show how these radios work. There are also descriptions of how to make many of the impossible-to-get parts like the dial drive pulleys and the connectors that are used for the batteries. It also shows how to make original-looking substitute batteries. This is the first book that has been published that shows in great detail how the Zenith Super Portable radios were laid out, how they work, and how they can be restored. This includes information on how to make original-looking replicas of the original horn speakers used in those early portable radios. If you are a Zenith collector or just interested in how these sets were made and how they work, this is the perfect book for you.

As a collector of old radios this book had great pictures and diagrams but lacked some of the other battery operated sets of the 1930's, such as the farm radios cathedral style which were also battery operated because electricity didn't reach out the far yet.

Excellent book with outstanding photos. Book was heavy with many color photos. This is a must have book for those who either have or are interested in the early Zenith radios.

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