A favorite in the collection, a Zenith 12A58. This 1936 top of the line “Baby Stratosphere”, nick named by collectors, is absolutely stunning. It is flawless. That is after full restoration.    The next step up in the product line to this was a Stratosphere. I wish I had one, but sadly I do not. This radio is, without a doubt, one of the best sounding radios you will ever find. This one and the 12U159 are in the same room, across from each other. As far as I know that is true stereo.   

A favorite in the collection, a Zenith 12A58. This 1936 top of the line “Baby Stratosphere”, nick named by collectors, is absolutely stunning. It is flawless. That is after full restoration.  The next step up in the product line to this was a Stratosphere. I wish I had one, but sadly I do not. This radio is, without a doubt, one of the best sounding radios you will ever find. This one and the 12U159 are in the same room, across from each other. As far as I know that is true stereo.  

 Pictured here is a fabulous 1937 Zenith 12U159. The next model up for 1937 was a 16 tube Stratosphere. The baby sister to the 12U159 is the 12U158 listed on my for sale page and now sold. The radio chassis for the 159 and 158 are the same. The 12U159 has a second 6 inch tweeter speaker. The 12U159 cabinet is made of 3 different book matched walnut veneers and has 3 inlays strips. The grille is very ornate in design. When I purchased the radio the wood cabinet was flawless. That is the wood had no damage, no chips, dings or marks to the wood of any kind. But the previous owner brushed a heavy coat of Varathane all over the original finish. Well it was a blessing in disguise. This finish protected the cabinet. I stripped this finish off to the bare wood and refinished it's to it's original look.

Pictured here is a fabulous 1937 Zenith 12U159. The next model up for 1937 was a 16 tube Stratosphere. The baby sister to the 12U159 is the 12U158 listed on my for sale page and now sold. The radio chassis for the 159 and 158 are the same. The 12U159 has a second 6 inch tweeter speaker. The 12U159 cabinet is made of 3 different book matched walnut veneers and has 3 inlays strips. The grille is very ornate in design. When I purchased the radio the wood cabinet was flawless. That is the wood had no damage, no chips, dings or marks to the wood of any kind. But the previous owner brushed a heavy coat of Varathane all over the original finish. Well it was a blessing in disguise. This finish protected the cabinet. I stripped this finish off to the bare wood and refinished it's to it's original look.

 This is a 1938 Zenith 12 tube model 12S266, Zenith’s most famous and collectible year. It is sporting the fabulous “Motor Drive Robot Shutter Dial” and green tuning eye. The 12S266 is a rare model for 1938. 12 tube 1938 Zenith radios are not easy to come, and the 12S266 model is one of the hardest to find.

This is a 1938 Zenith 12 tube model 12S266, Zenith’s most famous and collectible year. It is sporting the fabulous “Motor Drive Robot Shutter Dial” and green tuning eye. The 12S266 is a rare model for 1938. 12 tube 1938 Zenith radios are not easy to come, and the 12S266 model is one of the hardest to find.

 This is a 1938 Zenith 12 tube model 12S265, Zenith’s most famous and collectible year. It is sporting the fabulous “Motor Drive Robot Shutter Dial” and green tuning eye. The 12S265 was a very popular model for 1938. 12 tube 1938 Zenith radios are not easy to come, but the 12S265 model was the highest produced cabinet of all the 12 tube cases. This radio was found in a small town in California called Gilroy. Like the 12U159 it to was flawless and undamaged.

This is a 1938 Zenith 12 tube model 12S265, Zenith’s most famous and collectible year. It is sporting the fabulous “Motor Drive Robot Shutter Dial” and green tuning eye. The 12S265 was a very popular model for 1938. 12 tube 1938 Zenith radios are not easy to come, but the 12S265 model was the highest produced cabinet of all the 12 tube cases. This radio was found in a small town in California called Gilroy. Like the 12U159 it to was flawless and undamaged.

Called the "Commander" by many Zenith collectors. Named after E.F. McDonald the founder of the Zenith Radio Company. Commander McDonald had two of these models crafted. The 12 tube model 12S245 pictured here and a 15 tube model 15U246. I have the 15 tube version pictured on another page. The difference is the center section that the chassis mounts in. The 15 tube model is noticeable longer to house the large chassis. The radio is so large it does not fit well, next to a chair as it was designed too. As you can see the 12 tube model fits nicely next to a chair or couch.

1939 Zenith 12s370 is pictured here. Big Bertha is the given name by collectors. This was Zenith first year for automatic push button tuning. Coin named "Radiorgan". Zenith claimed 64 tone variation from the push-pull tone control. Notably one of the best sounding radios in my collection. Zenith did a great job in producing, number one, a great sounding radio for 1939 and installing in a cabinet that resonates the sound to perfection.