Zenith Model 10-S-130 (10S130) Black-Dial Tombstone Radio (1937)
The 10-S-130 (10S130) is a large and commanding tombstone radio that
was Zenith's top-of-the-line table model for 1937. The focal point when
viewing the cabinet is indisputably the "squared-circle" edition of the "big
black dial". This is gracefully accented with vented side pilasters and an
uncomplicated upper grille area to create a refreshingly clean and simple
machine-like appearance. The impression is consummated with a curved,
stepped top that resonates to the Deco architectural influences of the
day. Regarded as a whole, I feel that the individual design elements
conspire to produce one of the most visually pleasing of the large black-
dial Zenith table-top radios.
I would not be the first to comment that there are echoes of that Zenith
masterpiece, the Stratosphere 1000Z, in the 10S130's design - if one may
be so bold as to draw comparisons with such a revered icon. The
likenesses cannot be extended too far, but nevertheless the "vented" side
pieces in particular may be singled out as being aspects shared with the
1000Z and but a handful of other cabinets in the company's line.
Zenith's 1937 radios came to be known as "All Featured" because of
their extensive list of attributes. Those of the 10-S-130 include:-
Zenith 10S130... a big 10-tube chassis ingeniously built into a table cabinet.
..foreign reception guaranteed.
|THE BIG BLACK DIAL
Never before have radios been so simple to tune and operate.
"Tell Tale" controls have their names written in them...plainly
tell you their use. Turn any control - and a word telling you what
happens flashes in the Tell-Tale slot. Operating a Zenith is not
only simple it's fun!
|Travel Distant Lands with the Modern Magic Carpet - a Zenith Radio.
No distance is too great for Zenith..the sky's the limit!.
- Big Black improved dial with
- voice-music-high fidelity control
- lightning station finder
- target tuning
- split-second relocator
- Emde "spinner tuning" - "from
Tokyo to Berlin in one quick spin"
The 10S130 is a 10-tube superheterodyne with tube line-up 6K7G/6K7
(RF amp), 6A8G/6A8 (mixer/LO), 6K7G/6K7 (IF amp), 6H6G/6H6 (2nd
detector/AVC), 6C5G/6C5 (1st AF), 6C5G/6C5 (driver), 6L6*2 (push-pull
audio output), 6C5G/6C5 (shadowmeter tube) and 5Y3G/5W4 (rectifier).
The radio provides three band coverage and the output power is 12W
into an 8" electrodynamic speaker. The 1004 chassis is shared with the
model 10-S-153, amongst others, and the schematic may be found here,
courtesy of NostalgiaAir.
All tube types are listed in Riders as either glass or metal types, in
keeping with Zenith's assertion that their 1936 & 1937 models were
designed to accept either. I tend to think Zenith was sitting on the fence
here, waiting to see how the metal tube fad turned out! Certainly by the
1938 season their schematics showed just the glass types.
See my Philco 37-670B page to see how this Zenith stacked up against
Philco's top-of-the-line 1937 table model!
- sensitivity control
- 12W push-pull audio output
- 8" electrodynamic speaker
- American and foreign stations,
police, amateur, aviation, ships
- 10 metaglas or metal tubes
|Lightning Station Finder
"Emde Spinner method"
From Tokyo to Berlin in one quick spin. Twirl the control and the
pointer speeds to the station you want. No slow, laborious knob
|Everything simple as
The original purchase price for the 10S130 was $84.95. More....