Very Rare! “Fisher FM-1000″ When released by Avery Fisher this tuner was considered the best of the best. Fisher designed and built it to be a “broadcast” reference tuner. This began the “war” of tuner’s with Saul Marantz taking on the challenge to better it. The famed Marantz 10 & 10b sprang out of this. To this day both the FM1000 and the Marantz 10b are by most accounts the best two Stereo FM tuners ever built!.. Stay “tuned” as I begin a photo documentation of a full restoration on this rare component. Updates will be posted at various times. You will not want to miss this!…. in the end I will actually do a side by side listening comparison with my Marantz restored 10b
See our page “Tech Stuff” for a gallery of photos I have just added on the restoration progress of this famed Fisher FM-1000 tuner.. it’s moving right along. http://classictubeaudio.com/blog/tech-stuff/
Pictured the innards of a Fisher 500C, they use a similar design too Fisher 400 for the MPX FM Stereo decoder. The problem here was the MPX stereo diode decoders were not functioning correctly, solution “built my own” improved decoder. Here you see it being tested and the O’scope pic of the input to the decoder. It sounds pretty darn good after tweaking the alignment and getting finally stuffed into the chassis
Pictured is a Pas3x that I have been doing some tweaks on for a customer. I have built a new power supply, added a few “designer” audio caps..some magic “Tubeology” dust .. sounds darn good..I needed a distraction from the everyday service work.. so its a Lazy Saturday project and I’m spin’n vinyl .. remember that?.. Let me tell you its refreshing the sound is much more real then digital.
Almost ready to go back to it’s owner.. After some extensive mod’s, this now excellent sounding Harmon Kardon Citation II is near complete. Now it’s in final burn in, prior to setting bias/balance and AC balance. The sound? startlingly clear, fast, detailed, rich, deep solid bass…
I thought it would be fun just to snap some action pictures of work around the shop today. November 4, 2011..How good are you at guessing what you see in the photo’s?.. Components, Test Gear, Etc.. Do you think you know vintage audio? If you name all of the audio/stereo/tuners/components.. you can win? win what you say?.. a feature about you and your audio system right here in the main “Blog” you can show all your buddies! cool right?.. well…get started..I will post comments as they come in..5000 plus visitors a month will see your name up in lights!
Most of all have fun!
“Pat” the “Tubeology” Guy
PS: you can click on the pix’s and enlarge..
I have always been doing high quality tube testing and matching with an extensively modified Hickok 539C test unit. But very soon a new “ULTRA” performance testing, matching and real operational performance results will be offered.
We are getting closer to offering a most unique service for the ultimate in tube testing/matching/selecting (a world wide service) real tests, actual printed/documented results in performance under real operating conditions
“Tubeology” Spoken here!
Have you ever wondered if the “designer” expensive tubes you have purchased are really up to the claimed results? I know that you pay top money for these tubes. Brands like Telefunkin, Amperex, Mullard, RCA, Tung-Sol, GE..ETC. the service offered will be to put these tubes under actual real world load and signal conditions and provide documented test results with photos of the curve trace and true gain (mu) all parameters will be documented with the tube along with several B+ (high voltage) test and curve plots. various bias set points. among a dozen other tests. The results will come with the base line reference from the manufacture so you can see what the NOS tube should test as and what your tubes test as. I also will offer bulk matching and sorting for multi tube (matched use)
More details and sample results will be posted soon. As far as I know no one is offering such a high quaility and precision test service.
UPDATE: Sept 25….. I’m as usual behind, but this project/service is going to be great. I have now been working on a process to add an additional service with this premium Tube testing/grading offering. 24K gold plating on for the pins. Why, you ask?.. for vastly improved contact between the tube and the mating socket, a non resistive connection and improved signal transfer. I will not only glass bead blast clean the pins on the tube I will then chemically etch and clean, then 24K direct plate the pins. “does it work?, can you hear it?” you bet you can. I hope to have photos posted of the entire process soon
It’s gotta glow to be real