Zenith 7S232 Walton Tube Radio 1938 SOLD!!!

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Zenith 7S232 Walton Tube Radio 1938 SOLD!!!

2,000.00

This is a 1938 Zenith 7 tube Walton model 7S232, Zenith’s most famous and collectable year. This radio has the fabulous “Robot Shutter Dial” with a green tuning eye. It is a striking radio from top to bottom. Zenith made four different chassis to fit into this style cabinet (7J232, 7S232, 9S232 & 12S232). For you radio collectors… This radio does have all the matching number stamps on the chassis, and paper tag on the bottom of the cabinet. The speaker has the correct part number for a 7-tube model.  The paper serial number tag on the bottom of the cabinet is there as well. The chassis has the 7S232 stamp just above the power cord. The stamp on the wood at the top back is there, but it can be seen faintly. If you are looking for a cabinet and chassis, number match this radio has it. This is not a put together Walton with mix and matched parts. This chassis, speaker and cabinet are a factory match. I purchased this radio from the daughter of the original owner. It was all original when I got it, with only minor chassis repairs done many years ago.  Pictures posted in this listing have been taken without flash. This is a showpiece! You will not be disappointed.

Cabinet: The book matched walnut veneered cabinet is beautifully finished with a near flawless lacquer finish. Every effort was taken to reproduce original look of this fine radio. The cabinet was stripped of its original finish, lightly sanded, re-stained, grain filled and then sprayed with Mohawk sealer and lacquer. Toning lacquer was sprayed on the wood trim, very lightly, to keep with the original appearance. The grille cloth is NOT a reproduction. It is a piece of original 1938 cloth from a console that used the same pattern. 

Dial/Knobs: The famous black Zenith “Robot Shutter Dial” is in very nice condition as is the dial glass. The shutters open nicely. The white pointer and brass second hand are perfect and moves nicely around the dial. The four original wood Z knobs are present.   

Electronics/Chassis/Cord: The Superhetrodyne chassis is a performer and plays full dial scale. As you see from the pictures, the chassis has some rust spots. I did not think it was necessary for the chassis to be repainted. The radio has had a complete recap electronic restoration, all the electrolytic capacitors were replaced with new production parts. All the paper foil capacitors were replaced too. The dial belt was replaced for smooth tuning. All tube shields are in place as well. The radio is sensitive enough to get the local stations just fine. The radio has very nice reception with no hum. A brand new NOS green eye tube was installed to dress up its playing and viewing appearance. An outside antenna is necessary on old tube radios or a long wire. However, this one also plays perfectly on a short lead wire as well. A new AC power cord has been installed for safety.

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