500B new journey

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  1. visman

    visman AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    So I am starting a new Fisher journey with a 500B. It’s a version I have always wanted with it’s amazing symetrical brass faceplate.

    So, I took a chance on that E site for a very reasonable BIN. The unit arrived Safe and with help from member rufleruf I got three missing knobs - with brights off that E site I now have a really amazing 500B.

    It came with 7 Fisher 12AX7’s 5-Holland and 2-West Germany . all tested strong. All the power tubes tested poor ☹️but I happen to have a quad of NOS RCA’s. The two 12AT7’s where bad and the 6AU6’s tested weak mostly. End of the day I felt pretty good that the Fisher 12AX7’s tested strong.

    Next step is to bring up on variac - see what I have and then a recap.

    Here she is....

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  2. visman

    visman AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    For those keeping track the serial number looks like 24136E - not sure about the E - but there you go!
     
  3. asech

    asech AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    That's a beauty ....Congrats:thumbsup:
     
  4. rufleruf

    rufleruf Poor Impulse Control Subscriber

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    It's a looker. Haven't seen too many gold faceplate 500B's in good shape. I'm glad the knobs found a good home.
     
  5. visman

    visman AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Ah thanks rufleruf - those knobs arrived in the mail the same day as the brights

    It’s hard to get a nice picture of the gold faceplate - but this one is really nice.
     
  6. visman

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    Brought the 500B up to 90 volts on the variac (over 24 hours). Got some nice hiss in both channels and both dial lamps glowing - good enough for me - now it’s time to do the caps etc.
     

     

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  7. Rockyhill

    Rockyhill No marigolds in the promised land Subscriber

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    Looking forward to your 500B journey! My 500B came from Ellsworth and now resides in York County.
     
  8. RS Steve

    RS Steve Tube Junkie Subscriber

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    The 500-B is a beautiful receiver, pictures below are of mine after I restored it. Congrats on your acquisition!

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  9. visman

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    Just got my shipment of Hayseed Hamfest can caps - now need to order the rest. I have had luck with Jim McShane in the past and may see if he can put a kit together - either that or just order them off the Service Manual.

    RS Steve - that is sweet.

    Here are the new can caps.

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  10. visman

    visman AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Well I can finally update my post - how time flies!

    After a full recap (by me) and visit to my tech (funny how diodes installed backwards really effect performance) - I now have a fully restored and working 500B. The Can Caps are Hayseed and all other caps and resistors are McShane (Jim’s stuff is good and he is extremely helpful). I do have a very nice original cabinet ordered and notice that my glass needs cleaning - other than that here she is (nudies included). Oh, and it sounds terrific!

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  11. visman

    visman AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    A few more ....

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  12. Rockyhill

    Rockyhill No marigolds in the promised land Subscriber

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    Beautiful. Who’s your tech?

    BTW I left my dial glass as is, didn’t clean it. The residue is part of the charm of this 60 year old relic!
     
  13. visman

    visman AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I think you are right about the glass - hear lots of horror stories about cleaning gone bad!

    I use John Hoef in Westbrook.
     
  14. Winters

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    Nice receiver.
    FWIW, you're missing the two 12AX7 shields in the phono section.
     
  15. visman

    visman AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Thanks for the reminder - I have the shields - have not put them in yet!
     
  16. 1rebmem

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    Very nice unit!
    And overall a very clean unit.

    Jef
     

     

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  17. Dave451

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    Very nice--love the 500B!
     
  18. audmod01

    audmod01 Super Member

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    You have a very nice and clean 500-B. Not many look so good. I like the dial with the tuning eye tube - neat!

    Enjoy!

    Joe
     

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