This antique radio is fully restored by Don Hoglund. Don has been collecting and restoring antique radios since 1977 and was the Charter Vice President and a Founding Member of the Arizona Antique Radio Society. He was also the President of the Arizona Audiophile Society from 1999 to 2001 and continues on their Steering Committee through 2008-2009.
( Note. The rest of this description is written by Don Hoglund and copied here for your information. So, you will notice it is written in the first person.)
This radio has been in my private collection for 30 years. I bought it from another collector. I took extra care in restoring this radio because I already knew how much potential it had for fantastic performance and shortwave listening. And I'd planned to keep it forever.
This Zenith radio has the original factory finish. I merely did some restoration work of the original finish. First I thoroughly cleaned the original finish. Then I applied 6 coats of handrubbed and buffed Watco Danish Oil Finish in natural color.
The grill cloth, push buttons, dials, band selector wheel, and carved wooden knobs are all original.
I went through the chassis completely. I spent around 100 hours on the chassis alone. All the capacitors were replaced including the electrolytics in the power supply and all the old wax & paper coupling caps. You will notice in the photos that all the electrolytics still look original. That is because I put the new ones inside the old ones where possible or inside the chassis where they would not detract from the vintage look of the chassis.
All the tubes were tested and replaced if weak. All the switches, contacts, and tuning condensor were cleaned. All knobs were soaked, cleaned with a toothbrush, and treated with Armorall. All dial lamb bulbs were replaced.
This Zenith has the famous Wavemagnet Antenna. It's in very good condition and I rewired the wiring harness going to it, as the original wires were all bare. Their insulation had long since hardened and broken off in pieces. With the Wavemagnet antenna fully restored I discovered I did not need any external antenna. You will be hard pressed to find stations that this radio can't get all on its own.
This Zenith has the 3-color dial face. The shortwave gold face is shown in the photos. When you change bands, the face color changes too. There's also a blue shortwave face and a black standard AM broadcast face. The face changes colors when you rotate the large band change wheel. The dial faces are like clam shells and swing to the sides behind the cabinet front to expose the next color dial face underneath. Many Zeniths have 3 black dials. But, only the 12A3 has 3 different colored dial faces.
The asking price for this radio is based on how much I have invested in it. My investment includes: around 120 hours labor, radio cost, Watco Danish Oil, capacitors, extra parts chassis, and vacuum tubes. Of course you can find other Zenith 12A3's for less money. But, you won't find one with this much restoration work done it. And I doubt you could find anyone else to do this much work or at this level of quality on another 12A3. This radio is for someone who appreciates the best and wants to simply plug this radio in and use it. The reception on it is amazing. I receive most AM radio broadcasts within a 1200 mile radius. On the shortwave band it's difficult to find a dead spot on the dial. It receives station after station all over the dial and from every continent and country. You certainly won't get bored with the number of available stations on all bands.
Asking price is $9,000.00 and does not include any shipping. Buyer will have to make arrangements for local pickup and arrange all shipping and transportation details and costs. The radio is in Tempe, Arizona zipcode 85281.