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Fisher Console Help
« on: January 11, 2016, 05:23:44 PM »
This one is going on the auction block this Thursday.The book has 800-B on the cover. I don't know anything about it but it looks like a good one ? If it goes for cheap I will buy it. I'm guessing its from the 70's because of the reel to reel? Any comments good or bad would be helpful.

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Re: Fisher Console Help
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2016, 05:33:26 PM »
Doesn't look like anything I've ever seen. Maybe a custom job.
Would be worth pursuing for the tuner/amp alone depending on the price.

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Re: Fisher Console Help
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2016, 07:25:46 PM »
800B would be 60-62 vintage IIRC... This is certainly a custom console, Fisher never built anything that looked like this.
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Re: Fisher Console Help
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2016, 07:40:01 PM »
Is custom good or bad? I would think it would not be as desirable as a factory unit?

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Re: Fisher Console Help
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2016, 09:53:53 PM »
There was a wide range of quality in so-called custom consoles.  Fisher components are probably a good indicator of a higher quality product.  It wouldn't have made much sense to put top-shelf gear into a cheap cabinet.  However, you really can't tell for sure until you get a chance to inspect the item up close in person.


I know from personal experience of a company in Yokahama, Japan which was popular with US servicemen in the early Sixties.  Their cabinets were at least as good as Fisher factory models, if not superior.  The one major shortcoming of almost all mainstream domestic consoles was the speaker enclosures being integral with the equipment cabinet.  You will note the speakers are housed in separate enclosures in the unit in question.  To me, that is a big plus and another likely indicator of a high quality product.

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Re: Fisher Console Help
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2016, 12:42:05 AM »
My first stereo tape deck was a Knight Kit using a Bell transport--same mechanics as the one in your photo--and a kit-built record/play preamp.  Heavy sucker.  I recall carting it back & forth at Christmas from college, on the airline.   Weight didn't matter much in those days.  I am grateful for portability now.

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Re: Fisher Console Help
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2016, 05:06:41 AM »
Definitely a custom cabinet.  Fisher stereo consoles of the early 60s were single cabinet units.  Fisher never used Bell r2rs.  They were Sony, Ampex or Tandbergs.  Still a beautiful piece.  I'd seriously consider snagging it if the price is right...

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Re: Fisher Console Help
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2016, 07:48:45 AM »
I've never been to this auction before. It looks like this auction has a lot of what I call yard sale items like tools and everyday items. This console is not really my style but if it's cheap I will pick it up. Most console's I see in antique booths are $100 or higher. This is a antique mall that is putting on this auction.

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Re: Fisher Console Help
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2016, 09:03:39 AM »
Exactly how much do you think Fisher 800 B's go for???

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Re: Fisher Console Help
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2016, 09:27:15 AM »
I would be a player regardless, custom or not.

a lot of the mystery is those speaker cabinets.... could be major $$$
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Re: Fisher Console Help
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2016, 09:33:49 AM »
That chassis is a Fisher 800B. Working examples of that model have recently sold on eBay for from $599 to $1,490.

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Re: Fisher Console Help
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2016, 10:12:57 AM »
Just a quick search of the keyword ( Fisher 800b ) shows how expensive they are. These guys do this for a living so I bet they know what they have. I guess I'll just have to wait and see. What would you pay?

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Re: Fisher Console Help
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2016, 12:39:04 PM »
It's a very desirable unit from what we can see. There may even be more value buried inside, depending on what speakers it has. Fisher receivers and consoles are only going up in price.

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Re: Fisher Console Help
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2016, 08:14:45 PM »
I was not able to buy it. Someone bought it for $200 plus 10% fee plus tax. It had JBL speakers and the record player was a ELAC studio.Maybe next time.

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Re: Fisher Console Help
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2016, 04:23:32 PM »
You mean someone STOLE IT!


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