The second generation of the Royal 50 line was the Model HÂ and it was introduced in 1961.Â ItÂ had improved styling with the addition of bright chrome-like metal trim added to the top tuning dail area and a metal nameplate at the bottom.Â Â It is common for these metal parts toÂ becomeÂ corrodedÂ over the years, but they look great when found in nice condition.
These setsÂ were offered in black and white with white backs, andÂ red, tan andÂ charcoal brownÂ with ivory backs.Â Â They also made some black beautiesÂ with a black back like the one pictured below.Â Again, the red and tan modelsÂ seem to be the scarcest.Â I recently found documentation that proves these started out with a suggested retail price of $26.95 but at some point they had a price reduction to $19.95 which made these sets a very good value.
Late in this production run, there were some changes made to the transistors used and the model designation changed to the 50K.Â ThisÂ can only be detected by opening the back and looking at the chassis and the label.Â Â I have found theÂ model K in all of the same colors as the H with the exception of blackÂ (but I am still looking).
These continue to be favorites of collectors as they approach their 50th birthday.Â One of the main reasons is because they simply outperform the competition from Asia.Â Its amazing how well these quality sets have heldÂ up.
Â Â Â Â Â Fact Sheet
|Model:||Royal 50 H / K|
|Cost New:||$26.95 / $19.95|
|Colors:||Charcoal, Black, Red,Tan, and White|
|Dimensions:||4.25″ H, 2.5″ W, 1.25″ D|
|# of transistors:||6|
|Powered by:||2 AA batteries|
To see a video ofÂ myÂ Zenith Royal 50H dealer display, watch my youtube post below.