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Indeed, Merry Christmas to all my fellow vintage lovers!!!!!
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I'm out of town, but this will be waiting for me at my apartment when I return.

 

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I really need to stop buying vintage receivers, haha.

 

(Realistic STA-2000D)

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Thread Starter 

Very nice find and yet another under-rated brand. 

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Merry Christmas to my fellow vintage enthusiasts.
post #11225 of 16769
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Originally Posted by moodyrn View Post
 

Very nice find and yet another under-rated brand. 

 

Yeah, it seems to be well liked on AudioKarma, and I was curious as to how it would sound with my Mach Ones (since they were sold together, I believe).

 

Anyway, hope everyone has a great holiday. Be sure to play some tunes on the vintage irons we all know and love :)

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:thumb: Congrats! calipilot227 and same to you. I was gettin' reacquainted with the big 'G' till sunrise this morning.

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Thread Starter 

After a few blissful days with the mac rig, I'm spending the rest of Christmas eve listening to fm on my fisher...oh and I guess my wife too.:D

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thats' very special, moodyrn...

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Merry Christmas everybody !

post #11230 of 16769
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

Enjoy the day


Thanks,


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Fisher 800c

 

 

 

What an amazingly modern sound coming from early 1970s technology.  The 800c is identical to the 500c but with the added AM section.  This unit is in excellent shape with the original walnut case and RCA 7951A outputs. The other tubes are a mix of original The Fisher W Germans and vintage replacements and 2 JJ ECC83s.

 

The previous owner had already performed a basic restoration but a few more mods will be done:

Thermistor

Change grid resistors to 220k

Screen resistor mod

Restuff the can caps

IBAM: individual biasing of output tubes

Replace the Sonicap coupling caps with either FT3 Teflon or a combo of K75 Hybrid PIO/K72 Teflon

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately when I first fired it up, there was no sound from the left channel.  I thought the input selector might need some deoxit so flipped it over and right near one of the tabs was a yellow wire completely detached from anything.  As usual the folks over at AK were indispensable in locating the right tab to solder the loose wire to.  Must have been quite a few potholes on the trip from Wisconsin.

 

If I closed my eyes I wouldn't be able to tell that I'm listening to a tube amp.  What I'm hearing is hi-fidelity in the truest sense.  The bass is extended, clean and tight with no intrusion into the mids.  The treble is nicely textured and contributes to a big soundstage.  Height and  width are both excellent, but it really separates itself from a typical high end sound with depth and layering.

The Pioneer SX-1250 is warmer and has more raw power, but can't compete with the 800c's elegantly nuanced sound.

My Marantz 2270 is rebuilt with all of the resistors in the power, amp and preamp boards replaced with 1% metal films.  It's similarly neutral as the 800c but with its fast, aggressive presentation, edges out the 800c in PRAT, but again the 800c's life-like soundstage wins out ultimately.

 

This one's a keeper for sure.

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:beerchug:

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Thread Starter 

Congrats, sounds a lot like some of my impressions of the 500c lol. It's amazing something that old with that many tubes don't sound like a tube amp at all. But then you notice the texture, depth, and sound staging qualities that really great tube amps are known for. Like I said previously, it's like all of the tube and solid state strengths without none of their weakness. But if you think it sounds great now, just wait until you get that baby completely restored. Then you are really in for a treat. That's going to be a very fun journey. 

 

My rebuilt 500c is end game for me. Not just speaking of vintage, but end game period(but my macs are giving it a real run for it's money)

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This one's a keeper for sure.

 

Looks very clean too!

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Originally Posted by moodyrn View Post
 

Congrats, sounds a lot like some of my impressions of the 500c lol. It's amazing something that old with that many tubes don't sound like a tube amp at all. But then you notice the texture, depth, and sound staging qualities that really great tube amps are known for. Like I said previously, it's like all of the tube and solid state strengths without none of their weakness. But if you think it sounds great now, just wait until you get that baby completely restored. Then you are really in for a treat. That's going to be a very fun journey. 

 

My rebuilt 500c is end game for me. Not just speaking of vintage, but end game period(but my macs are giving it a real run for it's money)

 

After hearing you and Rob, rave about your Fishers as well as the speaker guys on AK, I knew I would have to try one eventually.  It was a tough call choosing between the 500c, 800c and 400.

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