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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Fisher 500C

Jul 21st, 2011 Posted in 500C, Fisher | 3 Comments »

Fisher 500c


The Fisher 500C is one of the classic receivers and is always in high demand from collectors. Introduced in 1964 it is estimated that over 100,000 units have been sold so it was obviously very popular with the audio buying public. In fact, in terms of sound it still holds its own with today's high tech audio equipment. It's original retail price was around $369.00. It's tube design delivers 35 watts per channel and features a multiplex FM tuner.The 500C's big brother the Fisher 800C is similar but it also has an AM tuner.

Tubes: Seven 12AX7 (phono, tone control, phase inverter stages); four 7591 (output stage), 6HA5, 6HR6, two 6CW4, three 6AU6/EF94 (tuner stages)

It also featured:

 

  • Two-channel FM receiver
  • Output power 35Wpc at 0.7% harmonic distortion (14.8dBW) into 8 ohms
  • Frequency response: 25Hz–25kHz,  ±1.5dB
  • IM distortion (60Hz/7kHz, 4/1)  0.7%
  • Tuner: IHF FM usable sensitivity: 1.8µV
  • Weight: 45 lbs. with cabinet; 38 without
  • Size with cabinet: 18 1/4" wide, 6 1/4" high, 13" deep



Fisher-500c-inside

 

Fisher 500C's are popular because they provide great vintage performance for a relatively cheap price. Since so many units were made there are always quite a few of them on the market at any particular time. They will sell anywhere from $250 for an unrestored unit to $600 in fully restored and cosmetically good condition.

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