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Post by jimbod5595 on Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:00 pm

Hi, I'm brand new, first post.

I have inherited a Zenith model 808. It's been sitting on a shelf in my basement for about 20 years. I have finally retired and we're cleaning out a bit.

The case has multiple scratches and needs to be refinished. The speaker fabric appears to be OK. I plugged it in and it turned on. A tube lit up and the radio hums. I am able to operate the tuner knob, but it only hums.

I won't be keeping it, so I'm trying to figure out whether or not to restore and sell it or sell it as is. So my questions are:
What is its value (roughly) as is?
What would its value be if I restored it?
About how much would it cost to restore, assuming I did the work? (I know nothing about radios and even less about tube radios).

If I'm on the wrong thread, I apologize and ask to be directed where I belong.

Thank you.

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Re: Zenith model 808

Post by Motorola man on Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:46 pm

Until it's restored, do not try to operate it. Don't even plug it up. The capacitors are dried out and may short and cause major damage to other parts in radio. If you have no plans of keeping it, I would recommend selling it as is. Most serious collectors would rather restore radios themselves, and if its not restored correctly, the value of the set could be ruined. It's tough to put a price on an antique radio because there are a lot of factors that will determine its worth. I can tell you that you shouldn't expect to make a fortune on it, think double digits. Fully restoring radios is typically just a labor of love. Usually we end up with more invested in our radios than what they're actually worth.

If you're interested in keeping it and want to make it work, everyone here is more than happy to answer any questions and are willing to help you learn the ropes. If you definately want to sell it, let us know where you are, maybe someone here on the forum would like to buy it.
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Re: Zenith model 808

Post by N7ZAL on Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:13 pm

Welcome to a nice forum!
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Re: Zenith model 808

Post by jimbod5595 on Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:03 pm

Motorola Man, thank you for your advice. I'm going to follow it. In case any members are interested, I live the the Lansing, MI area.

Thanks again.

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Re: Zenith model 808

Post by Bill Cahill on Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:26 pm

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Post by Tony V on Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:51 pm

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Re: Zenith model 808

Post by jukeboxman on Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:01 pm

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Re: Zenith model 808

Post by Guest on Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:45 am

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