500-C...to buy or not to buy?

Discussion in 'Fisher' started by nickdinatale, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. nickdinatale

    nickdinatale New Member

    Looking for some opinions from people who know tube gear better than I!

    Found one for sale locally (by this I mean that I'll have to drive an hour and take a ferry), but it's for $400, paired with a pair AR 2a's. Seems like a good deal assuming everything checks out. I'd like to not buy the speakers and just purchase the receiver though. I've been looking to get into the tube game for quite a while, but nothing has really caught my eye at a price I can afford until now.

    I'm currently running a Pioneer SX-828 through a pair of KLH Model Four's and AR 2ax's - would the 500-C be a good move? Or should I hold out for something else?
  2. Noreaster

    Noreaster Well-Known Member

    If you're looking for a tube receiver, the Fisher 500C is about as good as it gets. As for price, condition is everything. The condition of the four 7591 output tubes is pretty important too as they can be pricey to replace. Also realize, that after 50+ years, the 500C is not plug & play and will need some competent servicing to be safe & reliable. $400 for the receiver & speakers sounds pretty darn fair (especially if the Fisher has a wood case); if you can get the 500C by itself for $300 or less I think you will have done well.
  3. fred soop

    fred soop Super Member

    If the 500C is cosmetically clean, anything inside can be redone. $400 is excellent. Take the speakers as well because they are as classic as the 500C and can be resold if you don't need them.
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  4. gadget73

    gadget73 junk junkie Subscriber

    Southern NJ
    What he said. Thats a very good price on a very good package. The speakers will sell if you just hate them.
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  5. larryderouin

    larryderouin Do I get Food, Med's, or more gear this Month? Subscriber

    Glen Burnie Md.
    If it were me, I'd be all over that like White on Rice! GO FOR IT!
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  6. LexDM3

    LexDM3 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Arlington, MA
    Seems like a winner unless something bad happened to the Fisher. If you look it over, the cosmetics look good and there are no obvious signs of electronic distress, go for it! DON'T plug it in to test it unless you know that it has been run very recently with no problems. Even if that's true, I wouldn't power it up.
  7. lalla

    lalla Fisher Convert Subscriber

    You'll be into that receiver for about 1k by the time it is safely restored by a "better-than-competent" tech. Still, it's worth every penny. Once you hear what that gem can deliver through a pair of reasonably efficient speakers, you'll have to listen to all of your music anew. But, hey, don't be too troubled by the odd details that will come forward in recordings you think you know. The 500C is easily the finest tube receiver ever made, with an FM section others only wish they'd built.

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