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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2017, 11:19:01 AM »
I owe the forum here a lot. I will be sharing not only the restoration of this console, but that of my Danish Concert Grand as well. I will take quality high res pictures of everything once it's home. I haven't seen it with the door down yet either.

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2017, 11:24:38 AM »
That is a door to conceal the amp and tuner.  When fully closed, you'd never know it was a console.

Photos and original price are from the 1961 Fisher catalog.

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2017, 12:36:29 PM »
That is a door to conceal the amp and tuner.  When fully closed, you'd never know it was a console.

Photos and original price are from the 1961 Fisher catalog.

The photos all showed up MIA -- "0 kb" and "cannot display because empty."

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2017, 01:44:56 PM »
Try this again.  Seems like the phone doesn't want to cooperate...

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2017, 02:19:52 PM »
Great find, Pat.  Looks like this is Fisher's version of the Concert Grand, with a reel to reel too.
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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2017, 06:28:55 PM »
Great find, Pat.  Looks like this is Fisher's version of the Concert Grand, with a reel to reel too.
Thanks Larry, that's a great way to look at it. In this case I think it's fair to say it's much more rare than any Concert Grand. They cost 2.5 times what Concert Grand's did new so I'm guessing less were made. More to the point even, is that most have been destroyed for the components they contain. The preamp in this unit is a 400CX, they typically sell for $2000 alone. The console is the proverbial "worth more dead than alive" unit. This one will not meet that fate. I intend to keep it awhile for bragging rights 😜

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2017, 07:47:16 PM »
How about that Tandberg tape deck?  I don't know much about Tandbergs, except that they were typically high-end.  The mechanical complexity of R to R decks varied, from  relatively simple 3-motor designs to others with lots of belts and idlers.  If the heads aren't worn out, it may be the highest-fi source on your big find.  Some of the prerecorded tapes were remarkable.

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2017, 09:38:12 AM »
Friend of mine has a Tandberg very close to this model.  It sounds very good and is super easy to operate.  The early President and Executive had the 2 and 4 track Sony that I personally like better since I have a pile of 2 track tapes.  I see this tandberg is 4 track only.  This recorder is probably 40 pounds lighter than the Sony.

Regardless, you will use it and be impressed with the quality of sound from it.

Now if Fisher used Crown units, then we'd be talking high high end!

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2017, 10:13:27 AM »
Wow! What a find! I hope you don't mind showing off the speaker compliment when you're done, I'm always wondering about the small things. They looked like EV drivers from the old black and white photos but I'd love to see them in the flesh so to speak. I didn't even know any of them existed!

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #24 on: March 26, 2017, 02:10:56 PM »
Friend of mine has a Tandberg very close to this model.  It sounds very good and is super easy to operate.  The early President and Executive had the 2 and 4 track Sony that I personally like better since I have a pile of 2 track tapes.  I see this tandberg is 4 track only.  This recorder is probably 40 pounds lighter than the Sony.

Regardless, you will use it and be impressed with the quality of sound from it.

Now if Fisher used Crown units, then we'd be talking high high end!

A four-track deck will play 2-track stereo tapes (but not the other way around).

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #25 on: March 26, 2017, 02:15:12 PM »
Friend of mine has a Tandberg very close to this model.  It sounds very good and is super easy to operate.  The early President and Executive had the 2 and 4 track Sony that I personally like better since I have a pile of 2 track tapes.  I see this tandberg is 4 track only.  This recorder is probably 40 pounds lighter than the Sony.

Regardless, you will use it and be impressed with the quality of sound from it.

Now if Fisher used Crown units, then we'd be talking high high end!

Sony's decks were a great value for the money.  I have a TC-350  that I bought new.  Long ago Ampex was conducting tape recorder clinics like the old MacIntosh amp clinics.  My TC-350 met its specifications, something that wasn't so common back then.

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #26 on: March 26, 2017, 03:36:49 PM »
Correct, a 4 Track deck WILL play 2 track tapes but produce only HALF of each track.  Like driving a v8 with 4 dead cylinders...

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #27 on: March 26, 2017, 08:24:58 PM »
Correct, a 4 Track deck WILL play 2 track tapes but produce only HALF of each track.  Like driving a v8 with 4 dead cylinders...

Yeah, but most 4-tracl machines had quieter electronics so they could produce a decent signal with a narrower head.  And when you play a 2-track tape on a 4-track machine, he tape path across the head (lateral position, not azimuth) is not quite so critical. 

A much older family friend had an early stereo machine, a 2-track Norelco.  He bought some tapes without looking carefully--4 track.  Oops. He eventually gave them to me.  They are remarkable listening.

And before he died, he gave me the Norelco too, and his prior two-track mono machine, a TDC.  Those are projects for retirement....

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #28 on: March 29, 2017, 10:12:03 AM »
I bet that beauty cost as much as a car back then

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Re: 1961 Fisher President 6000
« Reply #29 on: March 29, 2017, 11:10:41 AM »
Factory price was $2695 so, yeah...