This is perhaps one of the prettiest table top “tombstone” tube radios ever made. The woodwork on the cabinet is intricate and features all real wood inlays — no photofinish coverings. The radio is a 6-tube AC-powered model, one of Zenith’s premier sets for model year 1934 or 1935. Cosmetically this radio is in outstanding condition. The finish is so smooth and bright that it’s almost mirror-like. What looks like ripples in the finish in some photos is actually reflections of marks on my white cardboard background. I do not know if the finish is original, but if not it was refinished extremely skillfully. The knobs are reproductions. I bought this radio about a dozen years ago and have not done any work on it except to attach a long wire antenna. It’s been a rarely played “shelf queen” and I’ve never even pulled the chassis out of the cabinet, so I cannot say whether it has been restored electrically except that the cord is new. There is some motorboating between stations, but none when tuned in. As with all antique radios, if you intend to play it regularly the nearly 90-year-old capacitors should be replaced (if they haven’t already been). I have been collecting and restoring vintage radios and TV’s for more than thirty years. Please see my other listings for more vintage electronics items. I don’t have a lot of silly rules for buyers: Pay for your item and I’ll send it you. I’ll trust you and you can trust me to do right. In response to a question, the size of this radio is 17 inches tall by 12 inches wide by 9 inches deep. The item “1934/35 Zenith Model 808 Vacuum Tube Antique Radio – GORGEOUS & Working” is in sale since Sunday, September 5, 2021. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Radio, Phonograph, TV, Phone\Radios\Tube Radios\1930-49″. The seller is “xj3″ and is located in Bend, Oregon. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Brand: Zenith
- Time Period Manufactured: 1930-49
- Featured Refinements: Antique Radio