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1962 VOM model 868
« on: January 06, 2019, 01:51:02 PM »
One is located nearby. The price is high-ish but may go to look if it's negotiable.
Any opinions on these? Amp is VOM model 20053, appears from pics to be a PP 4 x 6BQ5 sized output tube, of which there are a number of that type: 6gw8, 6973 etc. Probably has a VOM changer, as to speakers - who knows! Size is reasonable, might possibly fit in the office.
Happy Motoring! from Roger in NY

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Re: 1962 VOM model 868
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2019, 04:42:58 PM »
Called the gentleman who is selling, it's compact enough to fit in the alloted space in the "office" so have arranged a viewing later in the week, and he kindly said he'd hold it until then, hope that is the case, as it's definitely a tube unit, I beleive these VOMs are not super desirable perhaps? but may fit the bill size and fun-wise, if all works out, and it seems there is some parts and info support on the web.

Been away from the hobby since the Spring, as diverting things ramp up then, but winter in the NE, while long and cold, allows plenty of opportunity for indoor hobbies  - there's always a silver lining! Glad this place is here, for when time permits!

Pics: not my favorite style but the size is right, looks to be in decent shape, and tube units are getting harder to find compared to 5, 10 yrs ago.  That said, know little other than that VOM made their own changers, my Grandpa had one I remember from the '50s that he played thru his TV speaker!
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Re: 1962 VOM model 868
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2019, 07:18:45 PM »
V-M made some nice products.  I've got a ca. 1956 mono model 566 console and it has an output circuit with a ultralinear feedback design.  Surprised me when I saw the schematic.  I join you in wishing that buyers hadn't been so fond of French Provincial cabinets.  At least it's more tolerable than Mediterranean....

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Re: 1962 VOM model 868
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2019, 07:37:36 AM »
I agree with Chris, VM made some really nice stuff.  Made in Michigan, just a couple of hours from me.  :)  My dream is to someday find a VM model 1000 series.  Of course I want it somewhere close by.  It was their top of the line.  Aloha Ken from this site has one.  I'm jealous.  I think you should buy it, I don't think you will be sorry.

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Re: 1962 VOM model 868
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2019, 08:30:03 AM »
Thanks for that input gents. I've set up an appointment but can't get there until Friday, I just hope it will still be available, and if so will probably buy it.

Consoles seem to be falling out of the sky here all of a sudden, maybe people are out for the New Year?  Just heard that there may be a Fisher lurking nearby, will post about that elsewhere.
Happy Motoring! from Roger in NY

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Re: 1962 VOM model 868
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2019, 12:12:35 PM »
Moved up the appointment to tomorrow, worried someone might swoop in and snag it...
will report back then!
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Re: 1962 VOM model 868
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2019, 05:37:03 PM »
I don't have hands on with any other VM model but the one I have is very nice!
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Re: 1962 VOM model 868
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2019, 05:26:41 PM »
Got it for $60. The cab is in real nice shape, it will fit in my office by about 1/2" to spare!
Sunday PM will be devoted to checking it out operation wise, starting with a Variac.
I'm curious to see the layout of the electroncs and the tubes used, I think EL84 + 12ax7 mostly.
Not a French Provincial fan but it's in such nice shape, all solid cherry (came with a Certified Hardwoods tag) and very unblemished, and in the office it won't show as it would in the LR. It took me a long time to find the right matching style that the wife would allow in there!
Someone too really good care of this one, and they guy said he was getting frustrated after a month and was getting ready to take it to the dump.
Happy Motoring! from Roger in NY

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Re: 1962 VOM model 868
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2019, 06:49:39 PM »
I look forward to reports & photos.
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Re: 1962 VOM model 868
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2019, 07:50:09 AM »
Yes, like Chris said!  :)

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Re: 1962 VOM model 868
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2019, 02:36:09 PM »
Will get some pics tomorrow, meantime it did come with this, and 2 hang-tags indicating that it has a Certified Hardwood Cherrywood cabinet.

While a fairly modest unit, I'm very impressed with the construction quality of the cabinet,
it's on par with mid-line Fisher French Provincial we had 25 or so years ago, and quite heavy for its size. Solid wood with no particle board anywhere. These sold for around $350 without the optional AM/FM tuner, which this one does have. Clearly some of that went into a very attractive and well built cabinet. More on the guts later.

Roger in NY
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Re: 1962 VOM model 868
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2019, 03:22:27 PM »
Previous pic of Owner's Manual.

Here's the tuner section and the amp - tubes removed for cleaning and testing.
5u4 rectifier, 4 x 6BQ5 (look like GE) and 12ax7, also GE

Looks like a fairly decent 12" speaker, above it unseen is an angled 3" tweeter.

The seller said he'd been advertising this on several occasions and for several months,
with zero response, likely because of the out-of-fashion French Provincial cabinet, so I
saved it from a certain landfill fate, he said he was about done and wanted it gone, even if it meant scrapping it, making me wonder why he priced it at $100 it as he did.
Happy Motoring! from Roger in NY

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Re: 1962 VOM model 868
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2019, 04:09:30 PM »
Looks like a substantial unit.  I'm glad you rescued it!

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Re: 1962 VOM model 868
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2019, 05:21:22 PM »
Enjoy!
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Re: 1962 VOM model 868
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2019, 08:11:58 PM »
Thanks for the photos!

Bill