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presidential - state of restoration address
« : January 16, 2020, 08:40:26 AM »
It has been awhile, too long, but I have finally got the '58 Fisher President working again.

Everything in unit, minus the Ampex reel to reel and RC-88 turntable has been rebuilt.

It's practically brand new on the inside and outside (had the cabinet completely refinished)

Currently we are at 85% completion. the Fisher 80AZ's are being refurbished as we speak. I'm currently running a small pair of Ampex monoblocks for power.

All I can say is WOW!

I will get more pictures posted, but this should hold you for now.
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Re: presidential - state of restoration address
« #1 : January 16, 2020, 10:59:55 AM »
Those are wonderful consoles, we've had 2 over the years, 1960 and 1962 models. Would not be a bit surprised if this one became your very favorite, their sound was out of this world when working to spec. Great job!
Happy Motoring! from Roger in NY

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Re: presidential - state of restoration address
« #2 : January 16, 2020, 11:39:14 AM »
Oh my but that is beautiful... 

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Re: presidential - state of restoration address
« #3 : January 16, 2020, 11:57:09 AM »
That is a very nice piece of equipment!
My Consoles:
1962 Motorola SK112CW-FM, All original tubes
1958 Magnavox Continental - DIY Concert Grand!
1957 Magnavox Brittany - Amp 148 Magic!

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Re: presidential - state of restoration address
« #4 : January 16, 2020, 03:24:08 PM »
Very classy piece of equipment there!
My consoles:
1939 Zenith AM console 8S359
1949 RCA Victor AM/FM "dual phonograph" console 9W105
1958 RCA Victor New Orthophonic HI-FI phonograph console SHF-6
1950 Magnavox Wedgewood AM/FM phonograph console CR-216

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Re: presidential - state of restoration address
« #5 : January 16, 2020, 07:10:04 PM »
Nice.. I am growing fond of the fisher brand the more I see them...
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Re: presidential - state of restoration address
« #6 : January 16, 2020, 07:54:29 PM »
Looks great except for those ugly casters...
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Re: presidential - state of restoration address
« #7 : January 17, 2020, 05:34:42 AM »
The iron in one of these is mind boggling.  No wonder they sold for 2k in the day...

I've got to get mine working again.  Seeing this is inspiring me.

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Re: presidential - state of restoration address
« #8 : January 17, 2020, 06:39:06 AM »
Looks great except for those ugly casters...


that's funny..

I have moved the unit onto prettier casters. Also, one thing those pot metal legs are JUNK!

I still have a hard time trying to understand how such an expensive, heavy, unit like this used the cheapest legs.
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Re: presidential - state of restoration address
« #9 : January 17, 2020, 06:07:32 PM »
This place near me makes nice quality legs in lots of styles and will do custom to spec if that is what you need.


https://www.ferroushardware.com/
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Re: presidential - state of restoration address
« #10 : January 19, 2020, 08:37:59 AM »
Someday, i would like to hear a Fisher console.  Fisher components i have heard and they were impressive.

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Re: presidential - state of restoration address
« #11 : January 20, 2020, 07:32:16 AM »
This place near me makes nice quality legs in lots of styles and will do custom to spec if that is what you need.


https://www.ferroushardware.com/


you are spot on with this.

I used them for legs on my Bell and Howell. The took my drawing and created my new legs.

I think Pat used this place for legs on his President.

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Re: presidential - state of restoration address
« #12 : January 22, 2020, 04:51:50 PM »
IMHO the component tuners and amps used in TOL Fishers were probably the best electronics ever put in a factory-built console. in the '61 President the 400cx preamp alone sells for in the $3+k range, the SA300b EL-34 amp in the 1500-2000+ range; there's a reason why. Fisher FM tuners were among the best also, probably only the REL Precedent and Marantz 10 were better at any price.  We've had several iterations of most of these and they've been among the best sounding we've had, only certain Marantz & McIntosh tube components could best them, both in nosebleed price ranges these days. Shoulda kept the 7c preamp I found in 2002 with a companion 8b amp for $150, I guess. D'oh!
Happy Motoring! from Roger in NY

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Re: presidential - state of restoration address
« #13 : January 27, 2020, 02:01:14 PM »
your point is valid about the tuners. The AM-80 tuner alone is considered to be one the best made.

for me personally, the tuners are cool, but I will probably never use them. I mean, who really listens to the radio anymore.

between running the Aux (tape) or the phono, that's pretty much it for me.

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Re: presidential - state of restoration address
« #14 : January 27, 2020, 05:00:25 PM »
I still tune in.  Usually public radio but it's interesting to hit a pop station and hear something "new" on a 60-year-old tube radio. 

My biggest gripe is that stations broadcast Cds which kinda defeats the whole tube/analog experience.

I never hooked a CD to my gear, phonograph and r2r only...