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Old 09-28-2015, 12:56 AM
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The Impulse Buy Zenith

WELL.

That was a smart decision~

Why have one color roundy when you can have TWO. I'll have more TV in my room then personal living space but hey why not.

Just won this on eBay after sweating bullets for that last agonizing hour.




Really nice case, no UHF so I'm guessing it's a 1962 or 1963 set if I have my dates correct on that. This appears to also be the "HiFi" color roundy with the Tone controls above the pencil box controls.

Custom glass top thats cut and fit to the set it self, and it appears to be pretty close to normal functionality. Supposedly has a really low hours Rauland CRT, which has no cataract.

This came from the same seller that was selling that Porthole Phono combo that was floating around Craigslist for awhile locally.

I'll post more pictures once the set is in my possession and I can take a good, long meditative look at it.
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Old 09-28-2015, 01:48 AM
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Well that sure is pretty. I like the custom glass top!
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Old 09-28-2015, 02:27 AM
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Very nice, thats one good looking old set.
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Old 09-28-2015, 10:17 AM
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Nice that the phosphor matches the bezel.
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Old 09-28-2015, 11:56 AM
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I'll have more TV in my room then personal living space but hey why not.
An issue that most of us seem to face. But it's worth it
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Old 09-28-2015, 12:30 PM
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Congratulations and looking forward to seeing more of this set.
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Old 09-28-2015, 02:59 PM
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An issue that most of us seem to face. But it's worth it
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I've got a CTC-7 and a CTC-15 in the middle of my living room. Need to find a permanent place to display them.
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Old 09-29-2015, 12:03 AM
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Not the best purchase I've made, but it seems to have a lot of hope.

I don't know, the Tuner only partially works on this set, but it fades out and away after awhile. I copied the A/V mod Electronic M performed on my other Roundy, so I can use it.

Convergence is a little off, simply because I am not good at setting it at all yet. Still learning how to perfect that skill.

Vertical is decent.

Horizontal is good.

Picture Tube is bright and very sharp.

Colors are okay. I think the tube that decodes color is weak. Once it warms up a little, color pops right in and looks good.

Flyback is clean, and makes no unusual smells or noises. No arcing or anything.

Besides the flaws, the set works like this, and is completely original, which that alone I think is pretty cool. I'm going to start changing capacitors after I get my other set in order first. One color at a time. This can be watched as is, but I won't ever leave it unattended.





I will state; The picture is not nearly as crisp or bright when it's being fed an A/V signal versus the signal from the internal tuber. Before the tuber kicked the bucket, I did get to see how it looked and it was pretty crisp.
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:25 AM
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Nice! I sure wouldn't mind picking a roundy up. It'd have to be a table model though, no space for console's.

Run it on a varaic at slightly reduced voltage if ya want to use it 'as is'. Less stress on the components and most variacs are fused, so extra safety
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:58 PM
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Well. Made some progress tonight on it. It had a couple bumble bee capacitors in it, I went ahead and deleted them with Orange Drops, and it had a couple others that looked questionable to I changed them too.

Still a couple unusual value bumble bee capacitors living on the convergence adjustment panel but those are easy as pie to replace. Just remove the back and there they are!

I ended up having to do the A/V mod. I poked and prodded the tuner section for a couple hours today, and I can't get it to adjust at all, or work remotely well. Seems to be a zenith sickness.

I'm gonna change the electrolytic capacitors next and go from there.
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Old 09-29-2015, 10:31 PM
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Nice! I sure could use a nice old color console like that in my room.
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Old 09-29-2015, 10:42 PM
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Very nice find! I've been unable to find a zenith roundy around my home. RCAs seem to be the only ones around here. Cool diagonal controls!
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:12 AM
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Very nice find! I've been unable to find a zenith roundy around my home. RCAs seem to be the only ones around here. Cool diagonal controls!
Where ya located?
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Old 09-30-2015, 08:33 AM
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I live St. Louis, MO. You will see 70s-80s sets, but no 50s-60s color sets.
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Old 09-30-2015, 10:04 AM
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Whats wrong with the tuner ? Those are the best & most repairable
tuners built. Should be able to fix it.

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