Fisher statistics

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  1. geg167

    geg167 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Hi,
    I am looking for information on how many units Fisher ever produced!
    Is there a site that has this statistics?
    I am interested in their tube equipment count.
    Thank you!
     
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  3. larryderouin

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    Sadly no real statistics, as FISHER no longer exists as a Co. When Sanyo took over the Co, in the Mid 70's, rumor has it that all archival paperwork was moved to a warehouse in Northridge Ca. In 1979 during the Northridge Earthquake, these archives and other paperwork was water damaged/destroyed and dumpstered. So all we really have is anecdotal information based on serial #'s. And it's not really contained in one place. Usually FISHER redesigned consoles every year, so their counts are fairly low (probably under 10K a year for each model). Separates were built for 1, 2, 3 or more years with major revisions (if made) at 10K counts when the Service manuals were revised or during a model change. For EXAMPLE the 400 receiver was made for 4-5 years based on the number of Service manuals. Same with the 800-C. The last manual for the 800C was for the 51000 and up and the 1800 model, which was a multi-voltage unit sold to military members overseas. So far we've been able to limit the 1800 to serials within a 1K range. Along with the serials, we use Transformer build dates along with other part build dates to nail them down to a 3 to 6 month range.

    And that's the best we an do at this point unless someone comes up with official FISHER Archival paperwork.
     
  4. geg167

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    I see, thank you!
    I was particularly interested in 400, 500C, 500B, 800B, 800C, 202c amd 202B.
    I've seen somewhere that 500C has over 100,000 ever made.
     
  5. larryderouin

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    I seriously doubt the 500c was made in total of or near 100000. There is little to no anecdotal oe even hard evidence for this, and the manuals stop @ the 30001-49999 version. FISHER almost always started production in the 1960's with 10001 so there is no serial's for a specific unit less than 10001. These are the manuals that are out and available on various sites. They all have the basic part # on the back page and are all copyrighted 1963. Note the suffix on the last two. I've checked with a guy in N.Y. who should know and there are only the 3 manuals. He's not sure on overall #'s of 500c's but believes that there would be less than 60K. The 500c was discontinued about a year before the 400 and 800c in 1968.

    10001-19999 - N991 103
    30001-39999 - N991 103 CX
    30001-49999 - N991 103 CXA
     
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  6. larryderouin

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    The "B" models were only made for 1 model year (1962). The 400 and the 500c/800c came out for the 1963 model year, with the 400 and 800c lasting until approx 1968 for the 400 and 1969 or 1970 for the 800c in it's 1800 clothing. Distributor stock lasted on the West coast for the 400 until 1973-74 depending on the store. As for the integrated's figure a year or 2, with a range of 20K to 30K being made.
     
  7. walyfd

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    The 500 B was only made for one year? Lotta them still out there.

    I'd like to know the survival rates...
     
  8. larryderouin

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    The TA-600-TA-800's Stereo units were the precursor to the 500B/800B. The TA-800 and 600's stopped production in mid spring 60 and the "B" models were produced, and took over in Sept '61 for the '62 model year. Even tho the "B" Girls had MPX built in they also carried the old Simulcast Stereo. So FISHER Designed the "C" girls in Early 62 as the next generation and had them out for sale by Sept '62 for the 1963 model year.
     
  9. rufleruf

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    Seems like time for someone to do a serial number register here on AK like Steve did for the 1800. I'd be happy to work with someone to set one up. I did this for Alfa Romeo's a decade ago and it was really informative once there were more than a handful of entries.

    Re: the 500-C, I have a serial number higher than 81000, and have only seen one slightly higher. Starting at 10001 and ending at say 82000 gives about 70,000 if they made them all between those extremes. As Larry points out, there may not be any 20000 range 500-C's which supports his 60K estimate.

    Re: the 500B, I recently sold 32098X, a bit higher than 29999, the stated cut-off of the only service manual I've seen for these.
     

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