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post #11176 of 16769
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You know, that so something I've read about many high end tube amps. The most expensive one I've listened to was a 5000.00 audio research. And as good as it sounded, it wasn't neutral. It had all of the traits of the 500c, but did sound a bit warm overall. But from what I've read about some tube amps such as the leben, for example, they don't sound "tubey" at all.
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I had a couple PMs about the 500C, so I feel the need to mention that I'll be out of town for the next week and can't do an inspection on anyone's behalf. The unit wasn't officially for sale yet, but he mentioned it to me the last time I was there (~2 weeks ago) and it was under a table in the shop. It could be on display by now, but if it's not you could ask about it anyways.

 

If you want contact info for the store, you can PM me, but you'll only be able to get through on Tuesday-Saturday and he might not even be open next week because of the holidays.

post #11178 of 16769
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Originally Posted by moodyrn View Post

You know, that so something I've read about many high end tube amps. The most expensive one I've listened to was a 5000.00 audio research. And as good as it sounded, it wasn't neutral. It had all of the traits of the 500c, but did sound a bit warm overall. But from what I've read about some tube amps such as the leben, for example, they don't sound "tubey" at all.

 

Mine don't sound "tubey" at all either. Sounds immediate and then unfolds audio goodness from there. I just called Alabama tracking that potential Fisher. It's a Fisher 250 SS. I will say that I've never heard the '500C' before and in only the past two years easily came across a handful for sale or more at decent prices.

 

Like many valuable things in life, I did not know the '500C's' value and never gave the listings any consideration. Upon reading your review, I'm quietly looking now... :rolleyes:

post #11179 of 16769
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Originally Posted by ssrock64 View Post
 

I had a couple PMs about the 500C, so I feel the need to mention that I'll be out of town for the next week and can't do an inspection on anyone's behalf. The unit wasn't officially for sale yet, but he mentioned it to me the last time I was there (~2 weeks ago) and it was under a table in the shop. It could be on display by now, but if it's not you could ask about it anyways.

 

If you want contact info for the store, you can PM me, but you'll only be able to get through on Tuesday-Saturday and he might not even be open next week because of the holidays.

 

The guy has no 500c. Called and confirmed. :wink:

post #11180 of 16769
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Lol, I called also and he told me it was a 250 ss. He does get stuff in like that from time to time. He's less than two hours from my home town in south MS, so that's I drive I can make when ever I go see my parents. So I will definitely add that place to my list.
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:ksc75smile:  We're an active bunch!

post #11182 of 16769
Yep, I'll Have To explain All Those out-of-state Calls To Him The Next Time I'm There. I'm Sorry I misled!

Also, I Blame My Phone If This Post Exhibits Random Capitalization.
post #11183 of 16769
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No need to apologize. The mere possibility of a working 500c for anywhere near that price was more than enough to make a 2min phone call worth it. And in the process I found a potential vintage dealer who routinely get vintage goodies in. And the fact it turned out not be a 500c saved some of us from a dangerous game of death race.:D

post #11184 of 16769
It's interesting that the 500c isn't so tubey, as the Fisher tube stuff I had was very tubey. Glorious, but very tubey. Great description you wrote up though Moody. That was very interesting! And yeah, you're right, the Leben amp I have really isn't that tubey either. It's a bit warm, and very "organic" sounding, but not tubey in the way my KX-100 was. But I enjoyed them both, in spite of the fact that I am mostly using high end vintage solid state these days.

Lots of great ways to have sonic bliss!!!
post #11185 of 16769
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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post
 

 

Mine don't sound "tubey" at all either. Sounds immediate and then unfolds audio goodness from there. 

The best tube amps aren't 'tubey'. That extra richness they provide is subtle and not distracting from the source.

Your greenies are 'inspired' by the Marantz Model 2 which pre-dates the 500C.

I find these older amps/receivers were designed sound good, not "tubey" and they do....

post #11186 of 16769
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post

It's interesting that the 500c isn't so tubey, as the Fisher tube stuff I had was very tubey. Glorious, but very tubey. Great description you wrote up though Moody. That was very interesting! And yeah, you're right, the Leben amp I have really isn't that tubey either. It's a bit warm, and very "organic" sounding, but not tubey in the way my KX-100 was. But I enjoyed them both, in spite of the fact that I am mostly using high end vintage solid state these days.

Lots of great ways to have sonic bliss!!!

The sound of the 500c is a real eye opener. I never had much interest in the past because I thought that it may be just a little better sounding x100c. The fishers we both had are the same internally and the only difference was the face plate basically. So we both shared similar impressions on how each sounded. The 500c sounds completely different. They don't even sound like they come from the same manufacturer. But I did really enjoy the x100c. It was a very different flavor from my other vintage gear.

But your right though lots of ways to achieve sonic bliss. I'm not a tube guy nor a solid state guy(I am a vintage guy for apparent reasons lol). I love experimenting with every single path to achieve it and have achieved it with both slid state and tube gear.

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post #11187 of 16769
There is a gorgeous, fully restored 500c on eBay right now, but it's priced accordingly...
post #11188 of 16769
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Wow!!  Every time I see one of those restored 500c's I feel more fortunate to have the one I have. The person who done mine was even more higher regarded than the fisher doctor for restoring them. And sadly he passed away over a year ago. My internals looks better than the one on ebay that sitting at 2200.00. And mine also don't have a scratch on it. The only flaws are in the cabinet that I'm going to replace as soon as a mint one come across ebay.

post #11189 of 16769
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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post
 
 

The best tube amps aren't 'tubey'. That extra richness they provide is subtle and not distracting from the source.

Your greenies are 'inspired' by the Marantz Model 2 which pre-dates the 500C.

I find these older amps/receivers were designed sound good, not "tubey" and they do....

 

I love the way they engage me:wink:... and proceed entertaining. No screaming traits "Listen to me... wavey.gifI'm over here!" Rather, the presentation can be deceptively and deliciously alluring. 

post #11190 of 16769
What a coincidence. Santa is bringing me an 800C. It's currently enroute. Will post pix and impressions when it gets in on Thurs.
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