Fisher 800 T

Aug 31st, 2015 Posted in 800 T, Fisher | No Comments »

Fisher 800 T

 

Vintage Fisher tube receivers are some of the most popular receivers among collectors and audio enthusiasts. Receivers such as the Fisher 500 and 800 fall into that category. During the transition from tube to solid state electronics in the late 60's Fisher produced the Fisher 800 T which is the solid state version, figuratively more than literally, of the Fisher 800. It is actually very similar to the Fisher 500TX except that it has a dual voltage transformer and a different colored face plate. It was made by Fisher in the United States from around 1968 to 1972. I've read that the 800T is possibly the export version of the 500TX, hence the dual voltage capability.

 

Fisher 800 T Cabinet

 

The Fisher 800-T puts out 65 watts per channel. An interesting aspect of this receiver is that it has four ways to adjust the tuning. First is a wired remote, the RK-30, which nowadays, is very hard to find. Of there is a manual tuning knob as well. In addition to that is the Auto-Scan Touch Tuning and the Tune-O-Matic push button memory tuning.

 

Fisher 800 T Left

 

The TUNE-O-MATIC lets you preset four separate FM dials to your four favorite FM stations and thereafter, instantly select the desired station at the press of a button.  The AutoScan feature electronically scans a tuning dial located directly above the signal-strength meter. At the press of the AutoScan push button, the signal-strength meter converts to a frequency indicator.

 

Fisher 800 T Right

 

Just below the AutoScan buttons you can see the 'Solid State' designation. In terms of engineering the Fisher 800-T featured a crystal FM-IF filter and dual-gate RF MOSFETs that had never been used before in an FM tuner of any high fidelity equipment. These provide the very highly sensitive and selective FM reception.

 

800T vs 500T

 

Here you can see both the Fisher 800T and the Fisher 500TX for comparison.  Note that they are essentially the same aesthetically except for the face plate colors.

 

Fisher 800 T Inside

 

The 800T featured an optional wood cabinet as well (90-UW). It measures 16" W x  14" D x  5" H and weighs around 30 pounds. If you're looking at purchasing an early Fisher solid state receiver keep in mind that many of the early transistors used in these units were fairly fragile and not always easily replaced. The 800T and 500TX also have the added complexity of the Auto Tuning functions in the circuitry. However, once restored these receivers have an excellent warm sound.

 

Fisher 800 T Back

 

While the tube receivers from Fisher tend to garner most of the attention the solid state versions are quickly catching up in popularity. The all tube Fisher 800 sells for around $1500 while an 800T can sell for up to $1200. Just a few years back the top price for an 800T was about $500 so prices have been escalating.

 

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Fisher 1800

Jun 28th, 2013 Posted in 1800, Fisher | No Comments »

Fisher 1800 Front

 

This Fisher 1800 FM - AM Multiplex Receiver is fairly rare. It is basically the same as the Fisher 800C but with slightly different cosmetics. The front panel is two toned as opposed to the single color 800C panel. During the late 60's the first solid state gear started hitting the market and the tube gear was becoming more difficult to sell. So, the marketing brains at Fisher decided to spiff up the remaining 800C's by changing the faceplate and model number. In short, the 1800 is basically an 800C with a half black faceplate.

 

Fisher 1800 Side 

Unfortunately for Fisher they didn't actually sell very many of the 1800 receivers so that is why they are so rare these days. There are even rumors that the 500C was remodeled as well into a 1500. But, I have not seen one so I'm not sure it's true.

 

Fisher 1800 Top 

As with most Fisher receivers it's difficult to pinpoint production dates for a particular receiver. Most likely the 1800 was produced around 1968 or 1969. By 1971 the Fisher catalog had no tube gear listed whatsoever.

The Fisher 1800 puts out 30 watts per channel and has a built in MPX-65 decoder. It weighs approximately 45 pounds and measures 7.5"x 18.5" x 16".

 

Fisher 1800 Back 

Cosmetics are a big factor in the value of these units. Many times the front faceplate and chassis will have corrosion which hurts the value. Also, re-tubing these units can be expensive so if the original tubes are bad or not up to spec then factor that into any assessment of value as well.

A nice clean Fisher 1800 is a fine example of late sixties tube gear just before the major transition into solid state electronics. The color scheme incorporating earthtones and gold knob caps was pretty common back then.

 

Fisher 1800 Badge
As I mentioned above the 1800 is pretty rare and Fisher tube receivers are very popular as it is so the 1800 can sell for a high price in good working condition. The Fisher shown here sold in June 2013 for $1500 and was professionally tested, fully functional and cosmetically clean.

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Fisher 500 T

Oct 20th, 2011 Posted in 500 T, Fisher | No Comments »

 

Fisher 500 T

 

Here's a classic from the transitional era when manufacturers were moving from tubes to transistors. Fisher had their 500 series of receivers that were extremely popular. So, when they made the transition to transistors they introduced the Fisher 500 T in the mid 60's.  It retailed for around $400.00. As you can see it has that traditional early 60's design features with the brass knobs and mix of earth tone browns and more industrial silver colors. It has a nice warm look to it.

 

fisher 500 T Ad

 

 

The Fisher 500-T supplied 28 watts per channel and was FM only. Now, there as a 500 TX model from Fisher as well that came out in the late 60's very early 70's. The TX version had AM and FM, four FM channel pre-sets as well as what they called Auto-Scan FM tuning instead of a tuning capacitor circuit. It also look quite a bit different then the 500T.

 

Fisher 500 T

 

All of the the Fisher 500 series receivers are popular with collectors but the tube versions are definitely in higher demand then solid state versions.  A quality Fisher 500 C will sell for $600-$1000.00 while a comparable 500 T will run about $300-$400.

 

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