1956 Hand Wired Royal 500 – Works Great


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Here is a pretty nice example of the first transistor radio from Zenith – the famous hand wired Royal 500 “owl eye” radio from 1956.  This measures 5.75” tall and is supported by a metal stand that doubles as a carry handle.

This radio has a nice ebony cabinet that is chip and crack free.  The 7XT40 chassis is an early serial number of #66,523 and it has been professionally recapped and aligned and is playing to my satisfaction on 4 AA batteries.*

The cabinet has a nice shine and the metal trim is bright gold and dent free and is clean in and out.  This radio is a worthy candidate for any collection or to use again as a daily player, just like it was 63 years ago.

ID#  Model#   Year   Chassis   Original?   External   Internal   Volume   Tone

132   500YA      1956    7XT40      Recapped     8.5/10        8.5/10        9.5/10     9.5/10

*In order to play to my satisfaction, a radio needs to pull AM stations across the dial.  The radio also needs to play with strong volume and clear tone and be a pleasure to listen to.  The high standards I use to rate a radio’s performance assures that it will please you too. 






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