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Frank Sinatra's Custom Built Console Stereo
« on: September 12, 2015, 11:45:53 AM »
Wow, Frank Sinatra had some kind of stereo setup here.  I wonder who built it for him?


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Re: Frank Sinatra's Custom Built Console Stereo
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2015, 12:57:42 PM »
Definitely somebody in a union shop.   ;)
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Re: Frank Sinatra's Custom Built Console Stereo
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2015, 03:09:31 PM »
Don't know the model number off the top of my head but the receiver is an early '60's Fisher.

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Re: Frank Sinatra's Custom Built Console Stereo
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2015, 04:08:59 PM »
Yeah, looks like a Fisher Stereo Tube era receiver.  Those were numbered 400.500,800 etc. depending on what all you got.  I am guessing he had the top model.  I just had a 400 identical to that with four 7868s in PP for each channel.  That is a lotta whoop-ass...

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Re: Frank Sinatra's Custom Built Console Stereo
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2015, 08:47:26 PM »
How about the bucket of cigarettes?  I can identify Camels.

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Re: Frank Sinatra's Custom Built Console Stereo
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2015, 10:43:05 PM »
How about the bucket of cigarettes?  I can identify Camels.

At first I thought that was stacks of cash in those bank wrappers!   LOL

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Re: Frank Sinatra's Custom Built Console Stereo
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2015, 11:48:37 PM »
The preamp above the Fisher receiver is a McIntosh C22.  I'll bet he also had a pair of McIntosh amps to go with it.

There is currently a McIntosh C22 on eBay for $2650.00 w/10 bids.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-McIntosh-C22-Tube-Preamplifier-Excellent-Condition-/171918892063?hash=item28072a1c1f
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Re: Frank Sinatra's Custom Built Console Stereo
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2015, 07:01:10 AM »
I like how the tv was just kinda plopped on top of the whole thing.

This was obviously post Ava.  Unless it was a room she didn't go in.

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Re: Frank Sinatra's Custom Built Console Stereo
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2019, 03:41:02 PM »
Dredging this one up only because in looking at the pic pretty sure that's a Fisher FM200 tuner, I've had most of them, but oddly the knobs are different -  Fisher used dark brown knobs with brass end caps or thin brass rings that were actually made in Germany (and the brass caps usually fell off! I have a small box of them), it appears that the knobs may have been replaced with some that matched with the machined knobs of the Mc C-22. Also there must have been a power amp hidden in that cabinet,  a Mc275 perhaps? Frank could afford the best!
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Re: Frank Sinatra's Custom Built Console Stereo
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2019, 04:36:10 PM »
There are three tape preamps under the transport.  And there are three speaker enclosures, it appears.  So was this a 3-channel setup, at least from tape?  In any event, I'll bet most of us would kill to be there and hear it.

I noticed that big dish of cigarettes too.  That must have been right when smoking peaked in the US.  But if somebody had offered me the electronics when Frank was ready for a new system, I would have taken 'em, nicotine coating and all.

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Re: Frank Sinatra's Custom Built Console Stereo
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2019, 07:25:25 PM »
-- Aloha, Ken

No Console Left Behind!

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Re: Frank Sinatra's Custom Built Console Stereo
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2019, 11:36:42 AM »
There's a long Seeburg 50 LP record console, mid 60s?, for sale on Syracuse CL right now, looks really nice, been for sale for 6 months or more that I've been watching, and reduced from $800 to $500 to $300..."must sell" - maybe could be had even cheaper?
Likey! but no flippin' way in our cramped house! I think this may even be a tube unit.
These have to be rare.

https://syracuse.craigslist.org/ele/d/seeburg-home-stereo-console/6815216849.html

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Re: Frank Sinatra's Custom Built Console Stereo
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2019, 04:10:09 PM »
More common than you might think.  I have looked at at least 5 or 6 in the last three years and every one of them was either missing components or had some kind of problem with the transport mechanism that I deemed too big of a problem for me to tackle.


The fellow that is selling that Sinatra Seeburg is the best Juke guy around and he quoted me a ballpark figure for repairs on one of them that made me sit down. 
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Re: Frank Sinatra's Custom Built Console Stereo
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2019, 04:40:24 PM »
The tapd recorder is a Presto and it could be had with a remote control box

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Re: Frank Sinatra's Custom Built Console Stereo
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2019, 10:13:34 AM »
Ken, where is your juke box repair guy located? 

Bill