Model 15-U-269, 1938. This
is the entry-level 15-tube console in the 1938 Zenith line. None of the 15-tubers are easy to find, but this model is the least
difficult to acquire. I
have heard some collectors refer to this model as the
refrigerator because of its stark modern design.
The 15 tube (1501) chassis is huge and its tube
complement includes: (2)
6K7, (1) 6L7,
(4) 6J5, (1) 6H6, (4)
6V6, (2) 5Y4 (1) 6T5-tuning eye. The entire line of 15-tube
models tuned 4 bands instead of the 3 offered in the 9 and
12-tube models. The
additional “ultra” band, as signified by the “U” in
the model number, also adds a fourth shutter to the dial.
All of the 15-tube sets can tune from 540kc-44,870kc.
This set has the original grille cloth, which is good,
because it was only used on Zenith 15-tube consoles and is
not reproduced today. Original 1938 price: $185.00.