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what's in a face?
« on: May 30, 2018, 10:41:18 AM »
So, what to do? Seeing as AK and Facebook were completely no help, I figured I would pose the question to the experts here.

I have (2) 57/58 Fisher Presidents. One is mahogany and very complete, but cabinet is wrecked. The other is walnut but missing some crucial pieces.

The mahogany one is tore down to the shell, I originally was thinking of having it completely redone, but the cost was holding me back.

In the interim, I used the faceplate for my walnut unit and came up with two-toned look.


The other option is to have the walnut unit and turn it into mahogany....

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Re: what's in a face?
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2018, 11:01:57 AM »
Taking two to make a good one is not unheard of.  I kinda like the two-toned look myself.  Have you considered doing the mahogany cabinet yourself?  It is not too difficult and there are videos on YouTube that will give you some pointers.  Furniture refinishing is fun if you take your time and use common sense.
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Re: what's in a face?
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2018, 11:04:36 AM »
I don't see it as a big deal.  Again, you can get a sheet of veneer and recover that panel.  Thankfully it doesn't have any of the gold lettering silk screened on it that would be lost.

Also, with the front cover closed, who's going to see the mahogany piece???

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Re: what's in a face?
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2018, 11:52:42 AM »
First, myself and wood do not get along very well. Add to that the rarity and value of the cabinet, this is the reason why I will not do it myself.

As far as making a new faceplate, there is gold lettering on the mahogany one:

FM
AM
Channel one
Channel two
misc...

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Re: what's in a face?
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2018, 11:55:22 AM »
How bad is the mahogany cabinet? 
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Re: what's in a face?
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2018, 12:35:44 PM »
on a scale from 1 - 10, with 10 being the best, the cabinet is  -2.

the top is horribly toasty....cracked and chipped. Both doors are gone...

so yeah, pretty much beat, but it was a complete unit.

weird..
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Re: what's in a face?
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2018, 06:23:02 PM »
I see the lettering now.  I would preserve that at all cost and not worry about the contrast in finish.  Pick your battle...  once that lettering is gone, there is no way to replicate it.  At least you have a nice, legible faceplate.  I'd do exactly what you're doing to preserve the best of what you have to work with.

Besides, when the electronics are done and it's reassembled and you hear it, you won't even notice that panel!


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Re: what's in a face?
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2018, 11:27:46 AM »
This isn't related, but  vintage cltr....I love your avatar. Please excuse my distracted comment, but I just love that particular unit. And they're both real and spectacular. LOL.  Ok, carry one...back to the regularly schedule posting.

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Re: what's in a face?
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2018, 02:50:56 PM »
hey that's cool.

I wanted to use this picture....

at least till my President is finished being restored.
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