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Old 23rd February 2003, 01:46 AM   #1
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I just wanted to show everyone a little something i picked up at a local thrift store today. It's a 1956 zenith Z733 clock radio. It was labeled "not working" at the store, so i bought it expecting to have to bust out a soldering gun and replace a trafo. I don't know if i was excited or disappointed to find out that the only thing wrong with it was a tube completely out of its socket and rolling around inside the chassis. BTW: there are 7 tubes in there. For some odd reason i can't locate any sort of ON/OFF switch on it either.

Anyways, it's up and running...and i think it's pretty true what i've read lately : tube radios from this era can't be beat. I don't think i've ever heard such good reception and quality sound out of a clock radio. It's mono, and still kicks the crap out of almost every stereo i've got in the house.

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Old 23rd February 2003, 01:54 AM   #2
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Default ON/OFF.

Hi,

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For some odd reason i can't locate any sort of ON/OFF switch on it either
Do you switch of your watch?

You should be able to turn down the volume of the radio though.

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Old 23rd February 2003, 01:57 AM   #3
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You can turn down the radio, but even at it's lowest point, its still audible.

The mains come in and are immediately split into three...1 pair to the radio, 1 to the clock, and 1 to an external power outlet on the back.

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Old 23rd February 2003, 02:01 AM   #4
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Hi Maz,

There may be a way,dunno...
Beats the hell out of modern clockradios, doesn't it?

Should be great to be wake up like that.
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Old 23rd February 2003, 02:13 AM   #5
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coooooooooollll

I want one!!!!
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Old 23rd February 2003, 04:42 AM   #6
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That is one funky looking unit... What is the tube line-up?

Also is it possible that the volume knob isalso the power switch (push on or anti-clockwise)?
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yeah, volume pot is probably on/off
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It's beautifully ugly Looks about 1957 to me.

Unforunately, it's very difficult to buy stuff like this in the UK now, except for at specialist sales.
In the last few years the safety legislation has been tightened, and anything sold, must conform by testing.
It costs to get the stuff tested, and much of it fails, so it tends to all get junked.
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Actually, I think the clock says 19:49, but I agree, its splendidly hideous.
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