Zenith EA cabinet repairs

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Zenith EA cabinet repairs

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We will start with the most common of cabinets containing Zenith's best electronics '59-'63

Both shown below are 1959 models SF2565 and SF183 (missing its companion speaker/amp)

Beginning with the feet, water damage and veneer break-offs are common when dragged across carpeting. The pictures speak for themselves. Further handling of anything heavy, in this condition, makes it far worse.

I have no intention of selling a $500 console with this disgraceful damage. I like doing structural wood-crafting, so I have an appropriate upgrade to present.
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Next are the SFF2565 (the Grieg) Extended Stereo with 7F31 amp, late 1961 model with casters, a minor improvement CR would say. It weighs enough to demand casters too!

The 1963 MH2635 (the Schubert) with reverberation, sporting a fine-looking base with casters. Too bad this model has a single-ended but hotter 3B32 amp.
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Post: # 22042Post electra225 »

That is a totally appropriate upgrade that appears to have been factory equipment. Where would you "break" the veneer on a cabinet like the first picture you posted? Besides fixing the damage to the cabinet, casters certainly help moving a heavy cabinet, particularly on carpet. :D :D
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Post: # 22125Post Motorola minion »

Half-inch cabinet plywood is close to the soft maple grain.

Finish color may be a bit lighter but overall, it needs to look close to factory.

You can see where the hole for 5/16" shipping skid, just like an RCA has.
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Post: # 22127Post William »

It's looking good, Dave.

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