on the left. A very nice radio in excellent condition. Complete with everything
inside and playing great. Zenith's first post war Trans-Oceanic
on the right. I have totally restored this one too. Plays great too.
on the left. Until recently I totally forgot I had this radio.. Still needs
lots of work, but does play.
on the right. Also still in the same condition when bought several years ago,
but very clean and plays like a bird on all bands too.
Royal 7000 Series
my only transistor version of the Trans-Oceanic, but what a great radio!
Found not so long ago on a flea market for almost nothing in pristine
condition. It still happens..
Some help for the beginning T-O collector
Chances are when you buy your first tube type T-O the BC band is working fine,
but nothing happens on the SW bands. First clean the band switches and when the
problem persists check the high voltage in the radio. It should be 90V and when
lower, the 1L6 tube will stop working. Instead of buying a new 1L6 you should
replace the selenium rectifier and the filter caps. This is a necessary step
for security reasons also, since the On/Off switch comes behind the power supply!
When plugged in the power supply is powered up always, except in the 8G005Y!
Most of the time the radio will play on all bands now. Recapping the radio may
do the last trick to avoid most unwanted hums and whispers. Finally alignment
can do wonders for this radio.
Another problem for some could be the black leatherette on the outside cabinet.
It will turn gray over time and even could be severely discolored, while the
overall condition is still OK and without tears. All it needs is some maintenance
with black shoe polish.