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1964 Fisher Warwick - W59
« on: April 04, 2019, 01:41:50 PM »
The Warwick was a one-year-only model which had all tubes up to the driver tubes (6HU8) feeding the audio output driver transformer. I also have a Ambassador model A-69 which has essentially the same amp and tuner chassis with a higher power rating, but the same Fisher-made speakers. Both have the first-generation amp - output  transistors in parallel push-pull. (4 per channel)

I picked this up in Binghamton last week on a trip north. The price was more than reasonable. The Warwick was a big brother model a step above the custom Electra VII (second pic) of the same year, which had a tube amp. Both models look very similar except for record changers. The Electra has a Garrard AT60 and Warwick/Ambassador have a Garrard model A.

As you can see, I have a tendency to acquire Italian and French Provincial models. I overlook this fact when considering what is inside ;) While its not Scandinavian or "Contemporary", both are walnut and both need some refinishing work. I needed to repair some wobbly legs first just like on Ambassador, :-[, before even thinking of moving it again. I am none too impressed with Fisher cabinetry to date, especially if compared to Magnavox .
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Re: 1964 Fisher Warwick - W59
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2019, 04:45:06 PM »
Glad it's in good hands!

That joinery and cabinet work is sure lacking, we had a Fisher in a French Provincial style from about 1961 or '62 around 25 years ago, it was a mid-level model but much better made than these '65s, all solid woods and legs very well constructed. Shame they let their cabinet quality slide, as otherwise they were top-notch!
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Re: 1964 Fisher Warwick - W59
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2019, 10:32:36 AM »
I hate moving these things if anything is structurally lacking. More damage always results no matter how careful you move it.

An observation was if you sealed the particle board bottoms with varnish or lacquer, that would keep moisture out and maybe it would not fall apart so easy.
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Re: 1964 Fisher Warwick - W59
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2019, 12:55:17 PM »
That darn particle board was the beginning of the end for quality furniture making, and it's
only gotten worse, a lot of furniture sold nowadays is made in China, no longer in  N. Carolina or Grand Rapids.
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