Here is an interesting Stereo made by The Fisher,back in the 60's!
Has anyone ever seen 1 of these and heard how it sounded?
I'm not trying to help these people sell this item on Ebay,nor do I plan to bid on it! I just felt some of you fine folks here would enjoy seeing something like this as it is unique and diffrent from most Fisher stuff
I've seen over the years!Brian
Yes I own one of these Fisher "portable" consoles. It contains a Model X19 tube amp and matching Model A19 FM Multiplex Tuner. The tuner derives its power via a pluggable cable to the amp. Very nice sound when connected to a better (external) set of speakers. The output tubes are hard to source and expensive. Take a look at my Wikipedia link below. Pete W.
working in a hi-fi shop in the 70s where the owner would jest "I have a The Fisher."
Avery Fisher was a real interesting chap. Not only did he extensively sourced those fantastic German made Beyschlag carbon film resistors and Wima mylar film capacitors but even designed some gear around the venerable ELL80 - a twin 9 watts power penthode in a single 9-pin miniature envelope! - whose only manufacturer was ITT Lorenz in Esslingen/Germany. The ELL80 was very commonly used in the 60s by European manufacturers for their stereo table top radios as one could design a 10 watts PP output stage with just a single tube.
Avery Fisher had a German engineer working with him in those days.
I heard that the entire multiplex adapter modules for most Fisher tuners in the early sixties were manufactured for him in Europe.
Yes, the knobs and many of the parts, including the Siemans selenium full-wave bridge rectifiers used in most tuners and receivers, were all of German origin. Interestingly, the meters were generally of Japanese origin.
There were very high quality parts in most Fisher gear during the tube era, from about 1959 through the mid-sixties. Perhaps Avery Fisher was better able to source the sort of bulk quantities he required for large-scale manufacturing by utilizing such European parts. From my personal perspective, the contemporary Marantz tube gear was manufactured largely of domestic American parts, but ones of very high quality at that time.
Avery was no different than any other CEO in that he had to hold his costs down. In the late 50's and 60's the value of the dollar was much higher than it is now. His high quality European components not only made great sound, they would've been far cheaper than their US conterparts.
They had a clean/crisp sound compared to el84/6v6 floorstanding RCA and Magnavox consoles of the same era.
The floorstanders used much larger LF speakers, which would account for part of the difference in sound.
Forget what the little Fisher uses for power tubes, though I just looked @ them (dual function tubes/one per channel).
simul justus et peccator
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