Fisher 500-B Restoration Process for The New Guy

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  1. Josey Wales

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    Awesome and again, thanks for the information. I just spoke to a guy who has a B&K Dyna Quik Model 650 Tube Tester for $180 for sale here locally. I'm going to check it out this weekend. I'm not sure if it will even be able to test any of the tubes i have on the fisher but it's at least worth a try. He has a few others I will look at too but this one seems to be the closest to what i might need. Has anyone used this particular brand and model, I wonder?
     

     

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  2. Josey Wales

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    Awesome, thanks for the information. I just spoke to a guy who has a B&K Dyna Quik Model 650 Tube Tester available here locally. He wants $180 for it. Does that seem reasonable? I'm not sure if will even test what i need it to test but I'm going to check it out this weekend.
     
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    From what I read the Dyna Quik 650 was made starting in 1957 which predates the 7591 tube.
    So it doesn't test 7591 tubes. You might be able to modify it to test them, there is some mention of this in google land.

    The $180 price may be ok depending on the condition and what if anything has been done to it.
    Being local and seeing it work is a huge plus. You won't have to pay for shipping also. Research the heck on the 650 before going to look at it.
    Look into if it will test a 12AX7 also.

    I bought a B&K 707 a few years ago and replaced all the electrolytic caps and then calibrated it. I'm not suggesting a 707 tester but I am suggesting if you buy one from the 50's or 60's you should plan on restoring and calibrating it. The later B&K's (707 and 747) do test 7591 tubes.
    You could read about tube testers all day long to find out there is no perfect choice and the better rated ones cost much more.
     
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    You might want to post about that B&K or read up to see if there are updated charts available that might cover your tubes. I paid a lot less than that for mine, but used prices are all over the place so maybe that price isn't outrageous - if it's already been updated.
     
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    WOW!! Well congrats and I'm pretty sure ... you already know but you are jumping into the "Deep End, of the Pool" with that puppy! :)
     
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    Lol. Yep. That's how I like to do things. :)
     
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    Thank you 1brebmem! I'm doing a lot of research on it now. More to come on that. I'm thinking I may end up taking the tubes to a local shop or I might hit up thornev on his offer to test them for me.
     
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    I'll ask him if it's been updated. he seems like a pretty knowledgeable guy so we'll see how it goes.
     
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    Also, Could someone direct me to the link to the membership page? I feel like i've gotten so much great information from here already, i'd like to help support the group by submitting my donation. Thanks everyone!
     
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    Josey - looks like things are moving forward for you. I looked around, but I guess the "hey, become a member" stuff goes away when you're a member. On your user profile page there should be a link to subscribe.

    I am about to build another IBAM for a 500B. You want me to build 2? You can have it for parts cost and shipping - seems like the efficiency of doing two would make it a quick project. I understand if you want the personal development project of doing it yourself.
     
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    That would be absolutely awesome, Rufleruf! I was a little worried about trying it myself as I know i already have my hands full with the rest of the restoration. I'd be happy to send over the funds before you begin that way you're not digging into your own pocket for it. Thank you!
     

     

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    Also, I just found the link to the member subscription page. Thanks again!
     
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    What does the IBAM stand for, in this context? When I did a web search all I got was Indian Board of Alternative Medicines.
     
  14. Josey Wales

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    Hello! I believe it stands for Individual Bias Adjustment Modification where you can individually bias each of the power tubes. I'm sure someone will be able to elaborate a bit more than I. I'm new here. There seems to be quite a few threads on the subject as I've been researching on here. I think if you do a search in here on "Individual Bias Adjustment Modification" you might have better luck getting some good information.
     
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    Josey Wales called it correctly. Each tubes bias is adjusted manually via a potentiometer while measuring the current through the tube - usually with a multimeter. The difficulty with the IBAM I have on my Fisher KX-100 is that as soon as you adjust the bias on one tube it causes the current flow in the other tubes to move around. I have to go through the adjustment across all 4 output tubes a few times before they all have approximately equal current through them. Not a serious problem, but it is something to be aware of so that you don't just adjust each one and then think you are done. You have to go back to the first tube and recheck each one.

    This is called a "modification" because these vintage amplifiers don't seem to have the components installed from the factory to do this - you have to add them as a "modification". There is another bias adjustment scheme with the same goals called an IBBA. I've been thinking that my next amp might use that instead (but I haven't made any final decisions.)
     
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    Thank you. I have seen the IBAM so many times. I have even built an individual bias adjustment modification for my Fisher 500-C. I had just never seen the term defined. :dunno:
     

     

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    It's a bit more straightforward on a fixed bias amp like the 500-B; that is each tube holds bias a bit better after adjustment. But I know what you're saying, it is tricky on those cathode bias amps like the KX-100 and it takes a few times at each tube before they're all the same.
     
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    My recent experience with my 500-C is a bit different. I have a fairly low hours set of 7591A tubes that I am using in my 500-C. When setting the bias two of them were fairly consistent, the two others showed variation VS time. How consistent the bias will be will depend a lot on the specific tubes. Tubes that do not hold bias well probably have some kind of defect that is not revealed when the tube is tested on a tube tester.
     
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    Absolutely, it depends on the specific tubes and you're right most tube testers will not reveal bias weakness. Most testers apply around 150-180v and are not adequate for real operating conditions like 400v to the plate.

    Are your 7591As new production like Tung-Sols or Electro-Harmonix?
     
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    Josey,

    I have all the parts on hand to build you a board, so no worry about funds yet - I think shipping will be more than parts. I am going to Florida for Thanksgiving, so it will be after that that I finish it.

    Here is the formula I used (Bruce deserves a lot of credit for making the instructions clear enough that I could figure it out without having to ask a bunch of questions) -same parts too: http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/show-me-your-ibam-ibba-2016.713900/

    And this is where I mounted it - just made one of the transformer studs long and mounted it between two nuts.
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    I can build you one of these, but it will cost you, and it's not very easy to deal with replacing the can cap.

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