Zenith 8-S-129 (8S129) "Big Pet" Tombstone Radio (1937)
The 8-tube model 8-S-129 is a large table radio referred to
by Zenith as the "big" pet. Could that be because of the res-
emblance of its grille filigree to the large, soft eyes of a be-
loved and devoted family pet, a dog perhaps, that's always
willing to please its master? The radio was introduced in the
summer of 1936 as part of Zenith's line-up for the 1937 mo-
del year. It was priced at $74.95.
A big pet... within the compass of a well-proportioned table model...
|"A "big" pet, placed within the compass of a
well-proportioned table model. Dial panel is of figured
butt walnut, flanked by decorative strips of striped
oriental walnut. Top is hardwood, fluted, with reeded
corners. Vertical edges also fluted"
The 8-S-129 uses the same chassis as the console model
8-S-154. The 8 tube line-up is 6K7/6K7G (RF amp), 6A8/
6A8G (converter), 6K7/6K7G (IF amp), 6H6/6H6G (2nd det/
AVC), 6F5/6F5G (AF amp), 6C5/6C5G (tuning indicator
amp), 6F6/6F6G (AF output), 5W4/5Y3G (rectifier). The
set was designed to accommodate either metal or glass
type tubes. The glass types were referred to as "metaglas"
in Zenith's advertising. Audio output was ad- vertised at 4W.
The schematic may be found here, courtesy of NostalgiaAir.
The three tuning ranges are 538 - 1780kcs (band A, stand-
ard broadcast), 1740-6050kcs (band B, police/amateur) &
5500-19250 kcs (band C, shortwave).
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