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 Post subject: Restoration of Blonde VM Fidelis 560-A Totally Finished
PostPosted: Feb Mon 22, 2010 6:59 am 
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Guys, I just won this nice Voice of Music (VM) Fidelis 560A phonograph from 1956. I've been wanting this style VM with the larger amp, but this is the first one I've seen with the blonde finish and black lacquer wrap-around bottom trim. It positively screams 1950s. It'll be a fun toy to restore and play with.

Gary Stork's website, VM Enthusiasts, lists this player as a hi-fidelity consolette with a VM-1200 changer. It sold new in 1956 for $159.95, which was a pretty hefty price tag for a phonograph.

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Gee wiz Larry .. you might have to buy a bigger house :lol:


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Larry,

That's an interesting record player. The cabinet is finished on 5 sides and the bottom is almost air tight. When the lid is closed it forms a bass reflex speaker enclosure. It has one 6 by 9-inch and two 5 by 7-inch speakers. One 5 by 7 is mounted on the side of the wrap around grille. The second 5 by 7 is mounted on an angled baffle that also forms the bass reflex opening on the right side of the front grille. It doesn’t matter if this unit is on legs or sitting on a table, it still has the same sound.

The tone control has tremendous range. It almost acts like a second volume control. When turned counterclockwise the treble starts to decrease and so does the overall volume, when the volume is turned up to compensate, the bass increases dramatically.

It's got a nice 10-watt push-pull 6V6 amplifier so it's got plenty of power for a consolette. Another unusual point, this unit doesn't have any tweeters so the high end is slightly lacking but the overall sound quality is very good.

The clear plastic rod between the controls on the front panel actually pushes the record changer control linkage to turn the unit on and reject the record changer if pushed all the way in. The rod is also lit and acts as a pilot.

I think you are going to have fun with that one.

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I like the styling of these and I have one like it.......it's the one I detroyed the volume control on by using contact cleaner on it :(


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Larry, that is one of the neatest styled sets that I have seen, very attractive. Doug's description sounds similar to the way the Webcor Musicale is built and if it has that kind of power and bass than it will be a terrific sounding set also.

Don't know, this set might spoil RCA Victor for you......

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That is a great looking little player.

I enjoy how each manufacturer at the time had such a distinctly different styling from each other. I recall seeing a couple VM's similar to this with legs on eBay recently. I even recall one with a looped tubular legs...very cool stuff.


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My favorite is the blond console with that amp, and, changer. Better spkr. system, plus, record storage.
It was on short wood legs done is same finnish as case with a brass decorative insert at bottom. I think the short legs screwed in for shipping.
They were'nt true hi fi, as there is no bass control, but, they still do sound rather good...

Not meanning to steal your thread, I have a neat reel to reel portable tape recorder by VM. I think it came out in '61. Plastic case with a wood front with grill cloth. 6" x9" speaker.
It has bass, treble, and, loudness controls. It's 4 track mono, and, 3 spd.
They play amazingly well.
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Doug VanCleave wrote:
Larry,

That's an interesting record player. The cabinet is finished on 5 sides and the bottom is almost air tight. When the lid is closed it forms a bass reflex speaker enclosure. It has one 6 by 9-inch and two 5 by 7-inch speakers. One 5 by 7 is mounted on the side of the wrap around grille. The second 5 by 7 is mounted on an angled baffle that also forms the bass reflex opening on the right side of the front grille. It doesn’t matter if this unit is on legs or sitting on a table, it still has the same sound.

The tone control has tremendous range. It almost acts like a second volume control. When turned counterclockwise the treble starts to decrease and so does the overall volume, when the volume is turned up to compensate, the bass increases dramatically.

It's got a nice 10-watt push-pull 6V6 amplifier so it's got plenty of power for a consolette. Another unusual point, this unit doesn't have any tweeters so the high end is slightly lacking but the overall sound quality is very good.

The clear plastic rod between the controls on the front panel actually pushes the record changer control linkage to turn the unit on and reject the record changer if pushed all the way in. The rod is also lit and acts as a pilot.

I think you are going to have fun with that one.


Wow, I was expecting a three tube amp about like the table top New Orthophonics. I had no idea that this set would have that hot an amp. With only a tone and loudness control, you wouldn't expect high fidelity sound either. I'm shocked. 8) 8) 8)


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Gary at VM Enthusiasts has both the owner's manual and service manual for this player. I ordered both from him this morning. I will post pictures of the manuals when they arrive.


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moses_007 wrote:
Gary at VM Enthusiasts has both the owner's manual and service manual for this player. I ordered both from him this morning. I will post pictures of the manuals when they arrive.

that is a cool phonograph.one of my youtube friends has the same
one,only hers is on the metal legs.it looks even more 1950's with
the legs.she has several videos of the player on her page if interested.
i think she has it listed by the full name "voice of music".



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Moses,

I have that exact player in Blonde, Mahogany and Black Lacquer.
I have modified all of mine to use a Stanton 500AL magnetic
cartridge and the sound is exceptional, about the best of any
50's consolette I have heard. You will love the lucite lazy lite.

They used the same guts in a small floor standing console, but it had
a 12 inch woofer and 3" tweeters.


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chompo7 wrote:
moses_007 wrote:
Gary at VM Enthusiasts has both the owner's manual and service manual for this player. I ordered both from him this morning. I will post pictures of the manuals when they arrive.

that is a cool phonograph.one of my youtube friends has the same
one,only hers is on the metal legs.it looks even more 1950's with
the legs.she has several videos of the player on her page if interested.
i think she has it listed by the full name "voice of music".joe


Joe, is this your friend's video? It's the only one I can find on you-tube of this model. I can see it has the black hairpin legs...I wish I were getting those with the player........

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvQFxTWCMmk


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[quote="moses_007"]Here's this model in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvQFxTWCMmk[/quote
yeah larry thats my friend tink,i wasnt sure i could post video links.
she is a real phonograph junkie.i told her to join us here on the forum
she had the amp rebuilt by another youtube member.




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According to this picture, the amp is located on the left side of the cabinet; yet, the controls are on front of the cabinet. I suppose there's a wiring harness going to the controls from the amp. It's the first record player I've seen that doesn't have the controls on the amp itself.

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moses_007 wrote:
According to this picture, the amp is located on the left side of the cabinet; yet, the controls are on front of the cabinet. I suppose there's a wiring harness going to the controls from the amp. It's the first record player I've seen that doesn't have the controls on the amp itself.

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you know the fellow that rebuilt tinks amp made a video of it but
i think its no longer on youtube? i can ask him to repost if interested?


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chompo7 wrote:
you know the fellow that rebuilt tinks amp made a video of it but
i think its no longer on youtube? i can ask him to repost if interested?
joe


Yes, I'd like to see the video of the restoration.


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moses_007 wrote:
chompo7 wrote:
you know the fellow that rebuilt tinks amp made a video of it but
i think its no longer on youtube? i can ask him to repost if interested?
joe


Yes, I'd like to see the video of the restoration.

let me ask if he still has it? youtube shut him down and he
may have lost it.



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Joe, here's his VM video:

http://www.youtube.com/user/umajunkcoll ... jkepLi1UBQ


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hope that helped?



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Now I know what I've got to do to dismantle everything. From what I saw, there aren't many paper caps in the amp...I hope they're not all behind that audio transformer. I'm also going to explore the possibility of adding a tweeter, and crossover capacitor, to make this player really sparkle. :D :D :D


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