Showing posts with label console. Show all posts
Showing posts with label console. Show all posts

Monday, January 13, 2014

Mid Century Modern Fisher Mono Console

I dig the simplistic style of this mono Fisher console.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Pro Console Lust

I love my Garrard 301 but EMT is my next dream turntable.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Mid Century Modern Entertainment Center

This is amazing Lowther, Fisher and Ampex all wrapped up into an amazing console.
Furniture should still be made like this.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ampex Mid Century Modern Console Score

I collect mid century modern furniture as well as stereo gear so this fits right in. It is an Ampex A423 console. I think it dates to the mid 50's. It makes some sound but not much. The goal will be to make it sound ok and be functional. The turntable is a Garrard RC33 which is a bummer but maybe I'll find something else to go in there like a 4HF. The console will likely go in a spare bedroom. I'm just glad it didn't go to the dump.
The RTR doesn't work so I'll try to lube it and replace belts if that doesn't work I'll start looking for one on ebay. It isn't high end so it should cost too much. If something else would fit I'd use a different RTR but that seems to be more trouble than its worth.
The speakers are interesting. They are some form JBL D260 or D216 or some predecessor to the LE8. These are the only drivers in the console. They are pretty heavy for 8 inchers. The mids sound surprisingly nice but not much HF. A period JBL tweeter might make it sound pretty good.
I was hoping for better amps but they came with a pair of 6V6 monoblocks. I'm sure they are ok for these speakers. They actually work pretty well right now.
It is a tight fit in there. The hard part will be getting everything out for a check up. It looks like the tuner and preamp are on the same piece. This appears to be the preamp for the RTR so it is separate. That is a guess we will see when I get in there.
The Ampex badge designates it as the A423.
The console came out of an old money 1950's mid century modern home. I doubt the console has moved since mid 50's. The funny things is that I drove right past 311 Main St to get it to my house :). Now that location is a Jazz Club which I'll have to check out soon.
The condition is pretty good the wood is solid and the thing must weigh around 250lbs. It was heavy. Not sure what the grain is but it is pretty.
Anyhow not bad for $40.

This post originated at retro vintage modern hi-fi

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mid Century Modern Hi-Fi Console

Awesome Mid Century Modern Hi-Fi console. The house is amazing as well.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Kuba Comet Futuristic Console

This design is so cool. I would flip out if I ever found one of these on my regular thrift store scavenger hunts. The Kuba Komet and similar models.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

BBC Hot Rod Garrard 301 from console

The BBC used lots of Garrard 301 turntables over the years. They probably knew more about the 301 than anyone. Here is an example with documentation of a 301 from a custom BBC console. This is the only documentation I have been able to find of the actual console. Their goal was to optimize performance and not looks. If anyone has additional documentation please let me know.

EDIT a couple more pictures found.