1931 Zenith model Zenette Bluetooth radio with FM and Aux inputs. Gothic Cathedral style.
1931 Zenith model Zenette Bluetooth radio with FM and Aux inputs.
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The Gothic styling and wood work on this radio is amazing! I was tempted to keep this one for myself.
TSF Vintage Radios 'Télégraphie sans fil' Bluetooth Conversion:
We take these vintage radios and give them life again. There are very few AM stations around so the use for a tube/valve AM radio is limited other than an amazing looking piece of furniture. Sadly this is not enough to save these classic and rare pieces of engineering and architecture. Many are lost and damaged beyond repair just sitting in barns and attics. Many are striped for their case to make lamps and sadly some Bluetooth radio conversions.
We install a modern Bluetooth sound system without removing ANY of the original radio so it is preserved for the future. This is much harder and more time consuming than emptying the case like some Bluetooth converters do. There are a few compromises is saving the original radio but these trades are well worth it to save the radio's future as an antique. The radios we convert are a little heavier than a modern radio with new and old in the same case.
A new sound board has been fitted in front of the old speaker with two 30watt mid/low frequency speakers and two 20watt high frequency speakers. A total of 100 watts which comparable to an average car sound system. The speakers are driven by a high fidelity dual channel amplifier coupled to the Bluetooth card and FM radio. Each speaker is individually driven through a frequency filtering system which filters the appropriate frequency to the speaker with the optimum performance in that range. This give excellent sound quality across all frequency ranges. This system sounds and looks great!
There is a Bluetooth control head mounted on the back panel of the radio with an aux input for USB, mini headphone jack or memory cards. The system also has a FM radio installed. All of this is controlled via remote. We mount the control head on the back of the radio as not to affect the vintage look of the radio but this does mean that to use the remote it must be held close to the back of the radio to work. The Bluetooth function is controlled though your computer devise and works up to 10 meters (30 feet) in any directions subject to obstructions.
The original on/off switch works to switch off power to the unit. This switch is located on the front of the radio. This switch also switches on the dial back lighting which is LED and has been converted to low voltage along with the rest of the radio. An external power supply is included with the radio and is plugged into a port on the back left side of the radio. It works in all countries and is provided with the plug of your choice.
To get started just plug in the power supply, connect it to the radio, turn on the old power switch on the front, select Bluetooth mode, select the radio from your Bluetooth devise and enjoy!
Bluetooth 3.0 connection, (works on all Bluetooth devices, 30+ feet away)
FM radio tuner.
The case has signs of its age with some sun fading, minor scratches and a veneer repair on the top front but other than that it is in amazing condition as you can see from the pictures. Also, The dial knob does not work as a small cast part has been broken internally in the past. This is no longer required as the radio has been converted.
The History of this Radio:
The Zenith Corporation was formed just after WWI by the chance meeting of two amateur radio enthusiast, R. H. G. Mathews and Karl Hassel. They meet in the Navy where they were both serving developing military radios.
After the war they setup a business from Mathews kitchen table and from there they never looked back becoming the Zenith Radio Corporation. The name Zenith was coined from the call letters of their first radio station, Z-nith, in 1918.
The Zenette model was manufactured as an export model and came with different powers supplies for use in Europe and the rest of the world.