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Dan notes a spike in Zenith Trans-Oceanic prices

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dan Robinson, who notes:

There appears to be a spike in Zenith Trans-Oceanic sales. The recent eBay sale of a D7000Y for $900 sparked a number of new auctions by sellers seeking to take advantage of this apparent
trend.

The following D7000Y was listed with a $900 Buy It Now price by someone obviously
cashed in.

Click here to view on eBay.

Wow! I’m curious what could have encouraged this spike in prices. I have a Trans-Oceanic but will not sell it because it was my first portable radio. With that said, if there are readers who’ve considered parting with theirs, this might be the right time. Thanks for the tip, Dan!

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The gorgeous Zenith Model R-7000-2 Trans-Oceanic

Tuesday night, I attended a local radio club meeting with buddy Vlado (N3CZ).

Neither of us had ever attended this particular club, although we both knew a number of the members.

What was the first thing I spotted when I entered the meeting room? A pristine Zenith Model R-7000-2 Trans-Oceanic! Talk about a good omen!

Turns out there are no less than two Trans-Oceanic collectors in this group of about two dozen ham radio operators. The owner of this Model R-7000-2 told me that he has every Trans-Oceanic including the coveted Clipper and Bomber models.

I’m not sure I had ever seen the Model R-7000-2 in person. It’s a striking radio and the last in the line of the Trans-Oceanic sets–this model was produced in 1981.

Of course, I had to snap a few photos of this beauty.

Speaking of beauties, this Zenith enthusiast also brought his copy of the John H. Bryant and Harold N. Cones seminal volume: The Zenith Trans-Oceanic, the Royalty of Radios. (A book I highly recommend.) On one of the pages I rediscovered an image of my favorite 1930s/40s actress, Myrna Loy:

I first fell in love with Myrna Loy watching the classic film series: The Thin Man. I’m a massive fan of Loy/Powell films. Here’s the trailer from the first of the Thin Man series:

Any Post readers own the Trans-Oceanic Model R-7000-2?  Any one else in love with Myrna Loy? Please comment!

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