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1961 Fisher President VI Restoration
« on: April 14, 2017, 02:18:48 PM »
Spent a few hours documenting the disassembly of the console in pictures yesterday. I want a very clear record so that reassembly will be easy and accurate.Some interesting discoveries while opening it up were that it has never been apart. It was all original with the exception of a few of the power amp tubes. Also the right speakers appear to have been hooked up wrong from the factory, the leads were connected to both the 8 and 16 ohm outputs at the same time. The left speakers were only hooked to the 8 ohm output. The preamp was missing rubber feet on one side, and some of the screws had washers and some didn't. Here are pics of the unit as found and before being opened up.

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Re: 1961 Fisher President VI Restoration
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2017, 02:20:17 PM »
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Re: 1961 Fisher President VI Restoration
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2017, 02:23:31 PM »
Here are pics of the unit as I opened it up and removed the major components for cleaning and refurbishment.

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Re: 1961 Fisher President VI Restoration
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2017, 02:26:22 PM »
Pics of the first amp. It was missing screws on the hidden side which made me think it had been apart previously. but upon opening I found no evidence that it had ever been touched. Perhaps they rattled out during the trip home to Wisconsin, as it was transported on its back. The legs were not sturdy enough for it to be transported upright. Something I wasn't expecting was the amp chassis's are constructed of heavy gauge copper, wow!

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Re: 1961 Fisher President VI Restoration
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2017, 02:28:50 PM »
Pics of the second amp, this amp had never been opened either and it had blown its fuse. Like the other amp the original EL37 tubes had been replaced with 6L6GC's.

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Re: 1961 Fisher President VI Restoration
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2017, 02:35:51 PM »
Pics of the CX400 preamp as found, all original and untouched. The tubes were all Telefunken's or Mullard's. The rectifier was a GE labeled Mullard.

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Re: 1961 Fisher President VI Restoration
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2017, 02:37:46 PM »
Pics of the 4000-R tuner.

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Re: 1961 Fisher President VI Restoration
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2017, 02:38:57 PM »
Pics of the rare remote control unit, it's in excellent condition.

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Re: 1961 Fisher President VI Restoration
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2017, 03:19:41 PM »
Nice photos of a console densely packed with cool stuff--including that little bottom drawer of misc. goodies.  Invite us all over for a demonstration when it's ready to go!

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Re: 1961 Fisher President VI Restoration
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2017, 04:52:49 PM »
Can't wait to hear how it stacks up against a Concert Grand...

My money is on the President.

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Re: 1961 Fisher President VI Restoration
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2017, 06:01:29 PM »
Sweet!  Looks to be in Fabulous Shape!!


What model RCA Color TV is that paperwork in the drawer for?
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Re: 1961 Fisher President VI Restoration
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2017, 08:27:03 PM »
Beautiful Pat, what a find!  Love the walnut cabinet and you would never know a stereo lived in there.  I'm with Chris, invites to all when you get it up and running.  ;D

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Re: 1961 Fisher President VI Restoration
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2017, 06:05:14 PM »
Wow! probably 100 dollars worth in replacement electrolytic caps in that!

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Re: 1961 Fisher President VI Restoration
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2017, 02:22:20 PM »
Simply stunning! I bet you are like a kid on Christmas morning...I know I would be. It's perfect that you are an expert in all this and are able to complete the restoration yourself.

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Re: 1961 Fisher President VI Restoration
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2017, 10:08:49 PM »
Hi all, it took a while but I was able to find a company that made the perfect legs for the President http://www.ferroushardware.com. The legs are a perfect match for the console and as they are genuine brass they are of higher quality than the originals (turned out to be die cast pot-metal). Of note is what looks like a brass frame in the Fisher catalog illustrations of this model is actually just brass "L" channel trim.


If you ever come across one of these be aware that the legs are barely adequate, they can support it's weight but cannot tolerate side loading from pushing the console. It must be lifted and set where you want it. To save my back and keep from damaging the console I bought the lift in the pics. It's called a "Mighty King Desk Lift" and is even American made. I was able to get it very reasonably as an "open box" item on Amazon. I highly recommend it for console moving or lifting.


I had a custom glass top cut for the console so that the wood could be admired without being damaged, it cost almost exactly $100. That was actually less than I had expected. From now on I will be having these made for any non open top consoles I restore. I have most of the parts to do the electronic restoration. Soon I will begin that and post progress pics.