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Old 05-27-2017, 07:26 PM
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Is this Zenith worth the effort?

Hey all, i found this on C-list and i am pondering if it is worth it. the model is a L2320PN2 in a wooden floor cabinet from 1979.
here is a link to the ad. https://nashville.craigslist.org/atq/6076842733.html
the pics on c-list show it working with snow on the pic tube. " i don't think they have anything with a rf output to test it. i've been quoted a price of $75. Great buy? Problem set? etc ?
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Old 05-28-2017, 12:28 AM
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CRT looks strong in pic 2.
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Old 05-28-2017, 01:21 AM
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CCII vertical chassis deltagun set. Probably the last of them if they read that date off of the back. It is an SS set. Aside from dirty tuners and needing to clean module contacts/reflow solder when they get intermittents they are fairly bulletproof sets, and perform well. I have 2 similar sets one is a 1976 and the other is a 1978...Got both for free.

I think $75 is on the high side unless you want to value it for the CRT (in which case that would be cheap).

I'm thinking of scrapping my '78 for the CRT and the space...
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Old 05-28-2017, 09:54 AM
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Cant tell 100% but probably a gen -2 system 3 type chassis.
To be labeled System 3 must have RAT tuning, color
sentry, EFL CRT & comb filter. S-3 is a feature list
NOT a chassis name for the style.
Anyhows what ever it is its a good looking set. CRT seems
VERY strong & almost any problem is easy to deal with.

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Old 05-29-2017, 02:30 PM
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Nice looking set, personally, unless you've been hunting for this specific model, $75 seems a little high to me, here in Kansas anyway, Zenith's from that era can be had pretty cheaply.
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Old 05-30-2017, 06:21 AM
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It's a CC2 (you can tell from the tube cap on the back) If you like it, get it. Best picture of any solid-state set of that era. Tom nailed it on common issues. It's either gonna work fine as is, or you may have to reseat the modules. You're gonna have the "re-cap spazzes" chiming in soon. 1) It won't have the "bad" safety cap 2) It's new enough that you will NOT have to recap anything.
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Old 05-30-2017, 10:19 AM
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It's a CC2 (you can tell from the tube cap on the back) If you like it, get it. Best picture of any solid-state set of that era. Tom nailed it on common issues. It's either gonna work fine as is, or you may have to reseat the modules. You're gonna have the "re-cap spazzes" chiming in soon. 1) It won't have the "bad" safety cap 2) It's new enough that you will NOT have to recap anything.
You are right most CCIIs that don't need safety caps often have all the caps good, however a small percentage of sets will have a bad resonance cap in the VRT transformer supply, or occasionally a gray tubular lytic fail*...Both cases are rare enough that preventative maintenance is entirely unmerited.

*My flat chassis Avanti had that (100uF 50V under a chroma module) and it caused the screen to be horizontally half in color-half in monochrome.
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Hi All, the person emailed me and said he would take $50 for it, well i couldn't resist, Even though they are common elsewhere. i haven't a 70's zenith in almost a year. I brought it home and after a little adjusting.......
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Awesome deal, and a fine looking set!
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Looks like a really great picture on it. How is the sound?
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Looks like a really great picture on it. How is the sound?
volume is a little scratchy, but when you find a good spot on the control, it is clear.
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Looks nice!
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Old 05-31-2017, 12:50 AM
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*My flat chassis Avanti had that (100uF 50V under a chroma module) and it caused the screen to be horizontally half in color-half in monochrome.
My Electrohome has a similar problem: the color fades toward the right and then drops off sharply on the last third or so. It's especially visible with the DVD player on but with no disc loaded. A cap kit is on its way.
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volume is a little scratchy, but when you find a good spot on the control, it is clear.
A little DeOxit or MG Chemicals Electrosolve (my personal choice) and it should be as good as new.
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Old 06-09-2017, 10:54 PM
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Hey All!, now that i've had this set for a while i have noticed a little problem. after about 15 mins or so, the tuner drifts ever so slightly off of channel. first thing i notice is the image goes to B&w instead of color. I've reseated the chroma board, so i think it is a tuner prob. if i switch channels then back to ch 3 "which is what my converter output is" the color comes back no problem and will look good for 20 mins or longer. The chassis is a 23lc45z1 if that helps. any ideas?
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I was worried about that, and was watching this thread to see if a tuner issue cropped up. Those electronic tuners could be a pain in the ass, and were showing problems by the late 80's. It's Electronic, so there is no cleaning.
Start with the obvious... turn the AFC off, tune it in to the strongest signal/pix/ turn the AFC back ON. If it still has the problem, the tuner is a module, and you'll need to replace. If that's the case, let us know which one. It's listed on the schematic.
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