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Fisher President VIII - Gutted

Discussion in 'Fisher' started by MCMNovice, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. Sandstrom

    Sandstrom Seldom turns out the way it does in the song Subscriber

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    The best reference I am aware of is the one linked previously: http://www.fisherconsoles.com/
    Be sure to keep an eye on your thread here as I am sure some of the frequent posters in this forum will be chiming in with all of the wonderful information resident in their heads. :)
     

     

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  2. walyfd

    walyfd Well-Known Member

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    If you simply wanted to get something in it to get it going, basically any integrated receiver should fit in one of the openings, like a 500B, 800C, etc. Fabricate and finish a panel to place over the openings with one cutout for the receiver. Then as you find the correct pieces, you still have something to use.

    Once complete, sell the receiver or use it in another room... like potato chips--you can't have just one!

    It won't be cheap but most things worth doing aren't.
     
  3. MCMNovice

    MCMNovice New Member

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    There is a Kenwood KA-7002 in an online auction near me. Is this something that would work or be worth my while? I have no idea what a good price would be.
     
  4. savatage1973

    savatage1973 Addicted Member

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    Just a thought (God--there I go thinkin' again), but I have a friend in our very small local audio community that is really into consoles--1st for the "furniture" and 2nd for the audio/video aspect. He finds old consoles and installs "modern" components in them--once the lids/doors are closed, it still "looks" like 50's or 60's, but they sure don't sound like that. He even goes so far as to install new LCD/LED TVs into old console TV/stereo units, and if you are unsure about speakers, just bolt down a pair of conventional speakers to the chassis inside that big old cabinet--right behind that old fabric.Many possibilities... Good Luck!!!
     
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  5. Sandstrom

    Sandstrom Seldom turns out the way it does in the song Subscriber

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    That is a not so common to find Kenwood integrated amp. I've heard they are rather nice sounding. Things to consider are you probably would want to have it checked out by an electronics tech as it is from the early 70s and may need a thing or two done to get up to snuff, it is more powerful than the original amplifier, which shouldn't be a problem but is more power than the speaker drivers in your console require, and lastly, is unlikely to fit in the openings in the console but you may be able to find a way to arrange something like this where it works/looks good.
     
  6. OutlawSun

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    Yeah kills me when that gets done. Let's make mid century look "rustic" and absolutely destroy the aesthetic and act like it ups the value.
     
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  7. OutlawSun

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    I'm wondering if you could do something like a fisher X-100 in place of the preamp as it's pretty close in dimensions from what I can find and get a Fisher tuner to match it. If you didn't want to deal with a separate power amp.
     
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  8. biscuithead

    biscuithead Me likes the eargasm retroplasm... Subscriber

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    Just please do not cut any holes bigger on the console.

    How about this:

    https://www.parts-express.com/dayto...io-amplifier-board-with-bluetooth-40--325-105

    It is a 50wpc Bluetooth amp board. You need the button/knob kit also and an 18v power supply...But for $60, you can link your phone to it . Just take a thin sheet of plastic/metal, mount the knobs and buttons to it and you're in business. Easy peasy.
     
  9. MCMNovice

    MCMNovice New Member

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    I am horrified by that thought! I think my husband wants to completely gut the whole thing (to make it lighter) and modify to put in our own equipment. I'm trying to find a way to convince him that simply removing pieces is okay, but the thought of altering it (cutting things off/apart) gives me anxiety, lol.
     
  10. OutlawSun

    OutlawSun Active Member

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    I definitely wouldn't chop it up. Plus it's most likely more valuable intact for restoration purposes than chopped up and potentially compromised structurally. I think your bet bet would be to check the dimensions of the slot and find fisher pieces that have close dimensions. The original R-200 tuner should be doable at not completely insane prices and you might be able to fit an integrated depending on how much wiggle room it has and forgo the power amp.
     
  11. Sandstrom

    Sandstrom Seldom turns out the way it does in the song Subscriber

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    I was thinking this EXACT same thing, it looks very likely to be of the same dimensions...:thumbsup:
     
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  12. biscuithead

    biscuithead Me likes the eargasm retroplasm... Subscriber

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    It should give you anxiety, it gives ME anxiety, and I am interwebs away.... :)
    It would hurt the value, hurt the piece and hurt my feelings.
    It will be hard to find the right physical size of components to go into it. That's why a little DIY kit is perfect! ... and you get to build it! :biggrin:
     
  13. vendo81

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    Are you missing the doors that cover the speakers? If I remember right the console has 2 doors on each side that have a bi-fold type mount. If you need measurements I can get them when I go out to storage. I have a 62' owners manual if interested. I believe it would be the same as your model but the manual for the 62' has a different tuner and an added MPX unit as it's not stereo.

    If interested I also have a restored R-200 that came out of a president that had a badly damaged cabinet. You could use it with almost any of the Fisher integrated amplifiers. One of the amplifiers could mount where the 400CX2 was without modifications, although it may have had a small verticle wood filler between the components you would need to make. It would make for a great and usable console. Sorry but I sold the 400CX2 to a forum member and I traded off the amplifier.
     
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  14. MCMNovice

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    The doors are missing, but I don't want to add them back because I like the look of the fabric, actually. This will be my full time entertainment center, and it's really handy to store your other remote controlled devices behind the speaker area, because the remotes work through the fabric. I'd definitely be interested in more info on the R-200!
     
  15. Dswankey

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    If I understand the highlighted question correctly you're looking for info on any equipment, such as a you mentioned, preamp, tuner, and power amp? or are you specifically looking at other Fisher consoles? if so the link I posted earlier in the thread has a

    The Fisher link is pretty intensive and kudo's to whoever created it. Here's some more Fisher info

    http://www.hifilit.com/Fisher/fisher.htm
     
  16. vendo81

    vendo81 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    OK I'll send you info on the R200.

    It's common for people to remove the components from the President console because of their value. Real shame as every one is a masterpiece.

    There is a cabinet right now (I think a 1961) that just showed up on Ebay a couple hours ago. It's only a 45 minute drive from me. Same guy who gutted one about 6 months back. I've seen many show up in the Los Angeles area over the last few years.
     

     

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  17. hammr7

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    Welcome to AK! If you think you can swing it, put in whatever components you can to make it a functional music center, but do it in a way that you can add the "correct" components at a later time. The hardest part, or at least the most expensive part, will be the preamp, as the 400-CV-2 goes for quite a lot, especially if you want it to say "President" on the glass.

    If you decide to try and rebuild with Fisher gear, you might be able to fill your unit with the standard equipment from the 62 or 64 Presidents. This may make the search a bit easier. I have a '64 President that was partially stripped. Sadly it is the French Provincial style. Restoring it is so contingent on finding the preamp (the same as in your model) that I have shelved it unless I find the preamp. I have smaller Fisher consoles I can use in the interim. But if I had a Modern cabinet my priorities would probably change.
     

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