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1961 Fisher President 6000
« on: March 22, 2017, 05:24:02 PM »
Hi all,
I haven't been posting much the last year or so, my family, house, and career have been taking center stage in my life. I have continued following the market though and have been finding consoles for those friends in need  :) . As my collection became larger and of higher quality I decided to only pursue the very rarest and sought after models (which I thought I may or may not ever find). A Fisher President or Executive, a stereo Bell & Howell / Columbia Masterpiece, or very high end Pilot or Ampex.


Well, this past week a good friend gave me a lead on what is the rarest and probably the most valuable stereo console in existence. I was excited and followed up quickly, sure enough it was real and in play. I did what it took to acquire it and will tell you all about it when the time is right. For now let me share these pictures with you. Pat


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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2017, 05:24:59 PM »
More pics.

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2017, 06:04:31 PM »
Wow, a handsome device.  I assume we're seeing a preamp on the front panel, with a power amp buried behind somewhere?  Or is it an integrated amp?

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2017, 06:08:01 PM »
I congratulated you on the "other" board but I really can't believe this find.  My executive is a '61 also. It was purchased sometime in April.  Apparently they went from the Sony to Tandberg r2r sometime later in the year, at least on the President.

You also have the RK-1 remote? 

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2017, 06:19:16 PM »
Gentlemen, I purchased the unit on the pictures and the word of a reputable antique dealer who had it for sale as a Credenza. It is mine but not yet in my possession. The unit should have the SA300 amplifier which is a stereo 4 tube EL34 output unit of the highest quality. It may also have the reverb (spacexpander system), and the remote status is unknown to me. The unit is intact and untested electrically as it was being sold as a piece of furniture. I'll let you all know more as soon as I pick it up.
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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2017, 06:51:42 PM »
Wow, a handsome device.  I assume we're seeing a preamp on the front panel, with a power amp buried behind somewhere?  Or is it an integrated amp?

Chris Campbell


The upper left component is a full featured preamp, upper right is the tuner. In the back there is either a separate stereo SA300 amp or a pair of SA100 mono amps. Either configuration is outstanding.

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2017, 08:52:20 AM »
boy, sure glad you got that lead I told you about.... 8)

Definitely, a  mount rushmore of consoles piece.


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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2017, 09:54:42 AM »
Pat,

Good to hear from you....I have been wondering if you were OK since we haven't seen any posts but totally understand "life" sometimes gets in the way of our other pursuits! ha.

Thanks for sharing your latest acquisition. Simply incredible find. Good things do come to those that wait.

Once you get it in your possession and restore it, I sure would enjoy seeing you get back on Youtube with a video of it in action.

Regards,

Greg

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2017, 02:43:22 PM »
Congrats!!!!!!      :);)

Looking forward about hearing more about it.

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2017, 05:05:33 PM »
I received a picture of the back of the unit this morning that clearly shows the equipment. The unit uses two SA100 amplifiers, one for each channel. Also if you look closely you'll notice the original Fisher remote control unit is tucked neatly into the back. Check out the Lpads on the back of the speaker doors to dial in the sound. I have to tell you all that I'm pretty excited about this one :D  Pat

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2017, 06:42:07 PM »
An impressive sight.  It's got a little FM dipole stapled on, too.  I assume that those two circular things on the upper corners of the speaker enclosure panels are level controls for the drivers?  And that little thing that looks like a knob halfway down the inside edge of those panels--what's that? 

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2017, 09:55:02 PM »
An impressive sight.  It's got a little FM dipole stapled on, too.  I assume that those two circular things on the upper corners of the speaker enclosure panels are level controls for the drivers?  And that little thing that looks like a knob halfway down the inside edge of those panels--what's that? 

Chris Campbell


I'm wondering about the knobs myself Chris, they look a little small to wrap the cords on. I found a few pics of other Presidents and they also have the knobs.

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2017, 06:20:34 AM »
They're not knobs.  They're padded velvet bumpers to maintain space between the back of the console and the wall.  Yes, I do use mine to keep the extra WS1 speaker wire rolled up but the original intent was to maintain an adequate air gap behind the unit.

Fisher cabinets were made by Widdicomb, at least the modern style such as this.  The craftsmanship of the cabinets is extremely high quality. 

The other recessed knobs are "Brilliance" and "Presence" adjustments for the midrange and tweeters. 

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2017, 10:20:27 AM »
That's  a very impressive package.  It should be very interesting to hear how it sounds. How about inviting us all over to have a listen?  None of the photos show how the unit looks when the little panel over the controls (preamp and tuner) pulls out and down.  I assume that's what we see in the very first two photos.

Chris Campbell