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 Post subject: 1958 Voice of Music VM Model 1000 Stereo Console
PostPosted: Feb Fri 28, 2014 2:54 am 
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I have a friend local to me who has a relative who passed away recently. I have been offered their family pride and joy they bought new in 1957 for $1025 a VM model 1000. This was the top of the line model in late `50s and from what I see VM never produced another model as nice as this unit nor even close in price.

It has an extremely well built Walnut Cabinet in the Danish Modern design, a Reel to Reel, tuner and phono. It has two individual amps with two 6BQ5s in push pull output for each channel. 12 inch woofers and two horns. She is 5 ft long and weighs in at 214lbs...quite the beast..

I am pondering buying her but no price has been discussed. It is a beauty but I am an RCA man and this thing is BIG! She takes up a lot of real estate and not sure I have that to spare right now. Anyone out there have one of these and can toss me out any photos, info, tips, what to watch for ect on this unit. It has a unique push button control design and looks like someone has modified the unit to take a ceramic cart so she needs work.

Here is the pic from the VM site...
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 Post subject: Re: 1957 Voice of Music Model 1000 (looking for info, pics,
PostPosted: Feb Fri 28, 2014 5:32 am 
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Todd,

If it's a '57 model, maybe it's like an RCA SHF-1 in that only the tape player was stereo and the magnetic phono cartridge was mono - Just guessing. If it was originally stereo it would have to be at least a '58 model.

If you could get it for a reasonable price it might be fun to play with and enjoy for a year or two but then you might want to make room for something new and you don't want to loose your shirt trying to get rid of it.

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 Post subject: Re: 1957 Voice of Music Model 1000 (looking for info, pics,
PostPosted: Feb Fri 28, 2014 6:53 am 
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Very nice modern looking console. I'd say to go for it if you get it reasonable enough and you can make room for it.


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 Post subject: Re: 1957 Voice of Music Model 1000 (looking for info, pics,
PostPosted: Feb Fri 28, 2014 7:03 am 
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Hey Doug,

I checked this thing out suddenly at a moments notice. It was quick and hectic and I did not get to fully inspect if it was FULL stereo on the TT or what. I am pretty positive the AM-FM tuner was stereo. It said STEREO FIDELIS on it. I think the year might be questionable as well. The daughter said it is a `57 but I wonder if she got that from the VM site BECAUSE she also said it cost $1025 which is exactly what the VM site says as well. I would find it strange that they paid EXACT what the VM site states. That being said it could be a `58 or `59 perhaps? She does claim to have the original receipt as well. So I think that would be dated maybe.

I tried to get a hold of Gary Stork tonight but no luck. Will chat with him tomorrow hopefully and get his opinion. It is a beautiful piece and the cabinet is to the same quality as the SHF-2 SHF-1...it is Walnut Danish Modern and totally beautiful! The thing is I am an RCA guy and this ain't...but lord I hate to miss out on something possibly this special right at my back door. I am just trying to figure if it is indeed that special....?

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 Post subject: Re: 1957 Voice of Music Model 1000 (looking for info, pics,
PostPosted: Feb Fri 28, 2014 9:28 pm 
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I have always thought the 1000 was a beautiful design, the only one i have ever found, the cabinet was beyond trashed unfortunately.

VM did make another top line model in 1968-69 called the Carnegie that was over $1,000, I had one for a while and
it sounded magnificent.


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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Voice of Music Model 1000 (looking for info, pics,
PostPosted: Feb Fri 28, 2014 9:44 pm 
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Spoke with Gary at VM today and it looks like this is a later 58-60 VM-1000. It has a stereo turntable and stacked tape deck which dates it a tad later. Nice to have the stereo record capability. It has some other very unique features and Gary has beautiful one himself. Says it is sounds to be the prize of his VM pieces. That says quite a bit to me.

I have come to the conclusion I want to "save" this thing at least from being parted out by a furniture dealer or something. So going to try and pick it up though not 100% sure if I will use it or not, though I do have a spot that it would work great in right now LOL. Though I must say, if there is someone out there really interested in one of these please let me know, my main concern is this beauty is preserved.

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 Post subject: Re: `58-`60 Voice of Music Model 1000 (wanted info pics etc)
PostPosted: Mar Sat 01, 2014 3:37 am 
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I spoke with the daughter of the original owners tonight and discussed the VM 1000. Seems we came up with quite a creative deal. I heard from my friend her uncle was into vintage slot cars. I have my old AFX Aurora slot cars from the 1970s. I have about 10 of them and half still in the original boxes including the receipts from Wilson's Department store in Kenosha Wisconsin where I grew up. I mentioned that to her and she really perked up! She exclaimed her husband is really into slot cars as well! I could then hear her husband yelling questions in the background through the phone :lol: I told her what I had and like the VM 1000 with her family these cars were special to me too. They were one of the very first things I ever bought when I was a kid. I treasured these and kept them all these years. Like her with the VM I doubt I would ever do anything with the cars but did not just want to sell them for a few bucks. I told her how about we trade? We both know our items are going to a good home where they will be used and given the attention they deserve. I don't think she could have sounded more happy!

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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Voice of Music VM Model 1000 Stereo Console
PostPosted: Mar Fri 07, 2014 9:18 pm 
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I brought the VM 1000 home last night. Here are some detail pictures of the unit as-found.

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File comment: I have hauled numerous large consoles including a 6HF1 and this VM was the heaviest and most difficult I have had to deal with. For size comparison that is a RCA SHC-6 and SHS-8 external speaker directly behind the VM and a pair of 6HF2s behind that! This is a beast!
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File comment: The VM has two Jensen 12" woofers and matching Jensen horns for tweeters. They are encased in there own cabinet inside the main cabinet and set at outward angles. Here is a shot of the beautiful side louvers for the speakers.
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File comment: Up top there are 3 separate lids- sections housing each one of the unit's components. Far left is the Stereo Reel to Reel unit, quoted as VM's finest available of the time. This came with the VM microphone and accessory kit. It plays both stereo and mono tapes.
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File comment: Take a look at my hand holding the lid of the center section. Gary at VM tells me the main cabinet is SOLID walnut and it measures at an actual 1 inch thick!
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File comment: The center section houses the AM-FM tuner and control unit. I am still reading up on the amount of features this thing has but note the clock dead center. It contains a timer that will control any of the unit's functions including turning on and recording your favorite radio programs and then shutting back off. It also will turn on the Radio or Phonograph in he morning so you can wake up to music playing!
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File comment: The third section contains the Record Changer. VM states it is their top of the line at the time. It is nothing fancy like the deluxe changers found in the RCA units of the era, no moving coil cart here but that is kinda nice not having to deal with all that.
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File comment: It DOES have removable head shells though which I thought was VERY cool. Gary at VM states you can pick and choose which cartridge you want to use to suit your needs at the time.
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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Voice of Music VM Model 1000 Stereo Console
PostPosted: Mar Fri 07, 2014 9:48 pm 
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Here are some shots out back. The quality of the cabinet blows my mind. Even the boards on the back are finished walnut and the quality of the printing is first class and better then found in the control units of most cheap consoles.

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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Voice of Music VM Model 1000 Stereo Console
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Here is some pictures of the HUGE original owners manual. This is one TOP END owners manual! Plus the original platter covering. The owner has the original receipts as well but forgot to bring them with. I am very interested in getting those as well.

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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Voice of Music VM Model 1000 Stereo Console
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Todd, that's a beautiful console. I like the danish style cabinet and removable headshell. I wonder if the tuner and amp are chrome plated?

I would guess that reel to reel is two track stereo. Those two track stereo tapes are hard to come by, even on eBay, and when you find one, it probably isn't going to be something you really want to listen to. I have several pre-recorded two track stereo tapes that I'll send you if you want them. Think one of them is Lawrence Welk, but can't remember what the others are.


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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Voice of Music VM Model 1000 Stereo Console
PostPosted: Mar Sat 08, 2014 3:03 am 
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There is one on ebay right now.. starting bid 500.00 in Carlsbad, Ca. near San Diego I think.. Auction ends March 12th.Here is the link:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Voice-of-Music- ... 4d19ac083b


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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Voice of Music VM Model 1000 Stereo Console
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What happened with your 1000?
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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Voice of Music VM Model 1000 Stereo Console
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Widenern wrote:
What happened with your 1000?
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She is sitting in the same spot looking pretty, I have not done anything to her yet. I am pondering building a new plinth for her cut for a Dual 1218S to install in place of the original VM 1200. I would use it as the main player in my living room then. I would just store the original plinth and VM 1200 turntable to save in case someone down the road wants to go back to original. The new plinth would mount in the exact same holes as the original did and not alter the 1000 in any way.

Do you have one or looking for one?

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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Voice of Music VM Model 1000 Stereo Console
PostPosted: Feb Sat 07, 2015 6:58 am 
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You may recall in your posts back when you were pondering whether or not to get your 1000, someone said there was one for sale in California. I bought that one.
I have a beautiful one in my living room. The 1000s are fantastic machines. I have a veteran engineer in Dallas who worked with my 1000, but he fine tuned and improved the existing equipment. The old turntable sounds fantastic and the tape fantastic plus. If you are a technical person he can tell you how to make it sound better than when it was new.
I love the 1000 and listen to tape, vinyl, or radio everyday. I believe it is a superior machine and it is gorgeous.
No one bid on my 1000 and I paid $200 for it. I got it delivered for a $150. I wouldn't part with it at any price.
I would dearly love to have a owners manual. I am looking now. If I figure out how to add pictures to these posts, I'll send you some.
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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Voice of Music VM Model 1000 Stereo Console
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Russ, that is a real beauty. That era is not my cup of tea but that one could change my mind. If only I had more room. Stunning piece of furniture and I'm certain the sound will be great.
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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Voice of Music VM Model 1000 Stereo Console
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Nick, I do remember that one. It was quite coincidental to see the exact same one on eBay the same time I found mine.

I would really enjoy hearing the modifications your tech did to your player. Can you-or he post the details or maybe email them?

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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Voice of Music VM Model 1000 Stereo Console
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Todd,
I don't know if he will post, but I am sure he will email. His name is Dan. What email address?
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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Voice of Music VM Model 1000 Stereo Console
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Nick, I just brought home a 1960/61 model 1001-2 (in Walnut) this weekend, and would be most interested in the information from your service man as well!

can send email to harbourmaster (at) me d0t com

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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Voice of Music VM Model 1000 Stereo Console
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Ken, you need to start a thread and post some pictures for us.

There was a 1001 in AnnArbor right after I bought mine. It was a similar cabinet but with 2 different sized lids on top. It had the similar set up of R2R, tuner and record player but I recall all the electronics were completely different. I never got to save the pics of the one I saw in AnnArbor and wish I had because there is really no documentation on the net for it.

Look forward to a thread with pics and details

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