Period Correct System

Hello from Portland, Oregon! I've been pondering the notion that the "purest" way to connect with recorded music was through the home audio technology for which the artists, engineers and producers originally conceived and mixed their records. That sent me down the rabbit hole to assemble a "period correct system" for the records of my youth and the covers we attempted in my junior high garage band. My goal was an overall listening experience that was more compelling than necessarily accurate. After several false starts with vintage solid state, I heard a 1964 Sansui 500a tube receiver in my local audio shop and loved the warmth and sparkle of its 22 watts. The quest for properly voiced speakers ended sometime later with an estate sale pair of 1962 Wharfdale W-60s. For several months last fall, I couldn't wait to head downstairs every night for an hour of so of rapturous listening to a growing batch of mid-century albums. Sadly, the Sansui became problematic and distracting, so I got my money back and immediately picked up a Fisher 500c that had come up on craigslist last week. There has been a sonic grieving process, as I really really loved how the Sansui made me feel when listening. The Fisher is amazing in its own right, but is all original, so I am currently researching options for proper restoration. The Fisher reveals much greater detail, but does not provide the same shimmering transparency as the Sansui. My reading indicates it that once the 500c has been recapped and retubed, I'll be back in vintage audio heaven. That said, I have yet to determine whether the Wharfdales are the optimum for the Fisher, but will wait for the resto to decide. Glad to join the group!Screenshot 2020-02-27 11.58.04.png
 
Welcome aboard. Nice looking room.

Regarding The Fisher and the speakers, they are contemporaries, both made in early- to mid-60s.
Yes they are, Ernie. Vinyl recorded between 1958 and 1972 seems to be the sweet spot for the pairing thus far. There is a Thorens turntable coming my way at some point, too, but the current turntable is direct drive Denon with Ortofon Super OM20. Have tried some new vinyl reissues with mixed results. The scorned system in the photo consists of a Carver receiver and Apogee Acoustic Centaur Majors (somewhat renowned hybrid ribbons) and a Velodyne UDXL-II. All are circa 1992.
 
Maybe look for a Sansui 1000a. A recapped/ restored example. The 500c are really nice. The Sansui is similar, but may have more “Spank”.
I discovered that the 1000a was the "Sansui to have", but also hard to find. The 500a had just come into the shop from the original owner and serviced w/warranty, so got my toe in the water with it for $650. Further research indicated a consensus the Fishers are just a bit more "bullet proof" over the long haul, so I went for lowest cost of ownership.
 

writethis

Junior Member
Really wonderful presentation, I would love to hear it once you’ve gotten the kinks out. I would find this scene a very relaxing and fun environment while listening to musical comfort food. Best of luck getting it all sorted.
 

JohnVF

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A period correct system is a wonderful idea. I started out in this hobby around 2007 with just that idea, everything built around a Sansui 9090DB and KLH Model Sixes. I've... meandered away from that greatly but as recently as last year I had an all-vintage setup around a Fisher X202b and Spendor BC-1s. It's a fun way to experience music of the era and you've picked some great gear. There's a pair of Wharfedale W60s in my family that I listen to every so often. A gift to my dad, when he got back into audio a few years ago

I love that flying saucer lamp. When the whole room and stereo and music are from the same era, it just has a way of transporting you.

Lastly.... welcome to the Haven!
 
A period correct system is a wonderful idea. I started out in this hobby around 2007 with just that idea, everything built around a Sansui 9090DB and KLH Model Sixes. I've... meandered away from that greatly but as recently as last year I had an all-vintage setup around a Fisher X202b and Spendor BC-1s. It's a fun way to experience music of the era and you've picked some great gear. There's a pair of Wharfedale W60s in my family that I listen to every so often. A gift to my dad, when he got back into audio a few years ago

I love that flying saucer lamp. When the whole room and stereo and music are from the same era, it just has a way of transporting you.

Lastly.... welcome to the Haven!
Thank you, John. Some interesting combinations you've had there. The W-60s were not at all on my radar, but they are proving to be a great match with early transistor receivers as well. My son has a Marantz 2230 he picked up some years back for $10 at our church rummage sale. I had him bring it home during Christmas break - it sounded fantastic. I am angling to "store" it for him when he goes off to AF pilot training this summer. The lamp belonged to a dear friend I lost last year, and the turntable belonged to another lifelong friend from childhood. Every time I go down to listen to music, both friends are with me in spirit.
 
Great looking system - I keep pushing play and nothing happens...:lol:
Sorry Chris - as I prepared my post and looked for a photo, I discovered I only had a video I had taken for the PO of the Fisher. In a pinch, I grabbed a screen shot. Not sure the iPhone does justice to the audio, or if it was even acceptable to post video in the forum.
 
Great looking system - I keep pushing play and nothing happens...:lol:
Man, you should have seen the furor I caused in a FB vintage audiophile group asking for help understanding the purpose of posting iPhone videos to showcase hifi systems through other people's iPhones! Found about 25% of the comments were from guys offended by the question, 25% were scratching their heads about it like me, and rest just viewed it a show-and-tell. Have yet to post one myself, but when I do, I will be playing my band's latest album. :-)
 
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