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Zenith Model 7-D-138, 1937.  The large tombstone cabinet features seven tubes, multi-band tuning, an 8-inch electro-dynamic speaker, and voice-music-high fidelity control.

Dial Face 1937 Features Model Number Chassis (No. 5707)
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History of This Radio - My Grandfather purchased this radio new shortly before he was married.  I was told that the price was equivalent to about a month's pay at the time (1937).  It has occupied the same prominent location in the family's farmhouse from that time, through my dad's upbringing, through my childhood, until about a few years after Grandpa passed away in 1982.

Grandma knew that I had always loved the radio and I was about the only kid that grandpa let "fiddle with it:".  I was so excited when she gave it to me and my uncle brought it down from Oregon to my house in California.  I cleaned out the dust, replaced the frayed power cord, replaced one tube that I broke during the cleaning process, and it powered up and worked alright. 

There are presently loud pops while switching bands and fidelity settings and after it warms up a bit, I loose sound.  I plan on replacing capacitors sometime in the future and doing some minor restoration work in the near future.

Epilogue - In 1988, Grandma puts the farm up for sale and I bought it.  The radio is back in the living room of the farmhouse, on the same table that it always had lived prior to its brief vacation in California.  Although I took responsibility over the care of the Zenith after the Golden Age of Radio was long past, I did have the opportunity to listen to rebroadcasts of the classics.  Click here to learn about a project I am working on to make this a reality again.


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