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Zenith 6-D-315 "Bullet" (1938)

Zenith 6-D-315 "Bullet" (1938)
Zenith 6-D-315 "Bullet" (1938)
Sold by Tom Albrecht on September 13, 2018
Listed price on date of sale - $195.00
The "Bullet" is viewed as one of Zenith's most attractive Bakelite table radios. In 1938, this curvy sculpted design was a stylish statement of what could be done with molded plastic materials. This one is in beautiful condition, with an original Bakelite shine that has not been augmented with polishing or clearcoating. Its only defect is a crack in one of the curved grille louvers (see left side picture). This radio was technically innovative in its day; the thick back cover encloses a shielded loop antenna that Zenith marketed as the "Wave Magnet." Shielded loops, although common on consoles, were rare on table radios, and are the best type of antenna for noisy environments. The chassis has had a full electrical restoration with strong tubes, all paper and electrolytic capacitors replaced, new resistors where needed, and a full alignment. It also has a badly needed safety upgrade with its hot chassis (and exposed bolts on the bottom!) now converted to the much safer floating ground system used by most other AC/DC radios. A new polarized power cord and changes to the power switch wiring further enhance safety. Lighted dial. 11"W x 6"H x 9"D.
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