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    FM-3's My First Love!!!

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    denny9167

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    FM-3's My First Love!!!

    Post by denny9167 on Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:23 pm

    Well after months of working on amplifiers,preamplifiers and loudspeakers,I finally brought out one of my FM-3's to re-tube,and play around with,and re-kindled an old love!!! What's old can always become new again,and I must say this the Dyanco FM-3 just does it for me. I am just about to put out my first MOTHERBOARD for the FM-3,using modern day DIP switches for easy alignment,which I know can be a headache sometimes. I have at least 4 FM-3's I want to re-build over the next few months would love some input. I want to salute Bill Thomas again for his wonderful admiration and dedication to the restoration of the FM-3's and 1's of course!!

    Bob Latino
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    Re: FM-3's My First Love!!!

    Post by Bob Latino on Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:07 pm

    Hi Denny,

    The FM-3 is still one of the best SOUNDING tube tuners when aligned properly and given a fairly strong signal. They work really well in urban environments like a big city where the stations are plentiful and the signals are strong. They are not really a DX tuner for rural areas. The assembly manual's alignment procedure, which can be confusing at times, usually yields an alignment that can only be marginally improved with professional alignment gear. They are still one of the best DIY tuners out there.

    When you do get your FM-3 motherboard finished be sure to post some photos of the board on the Forum here ..

    Bob

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    Re: FM-3's My First Love!!!

    Post by denny9167 on Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:53 pm

    Bob Latino wrote:Hi Denny,

    The FM-3 is still one of the best SOUNDING tube tuners when aligned properly and given a fairly strong signal. They work really well in urban environments like a big city where the stations are plentiful and the signals are strong. They are not really a DX tuner for rural areas. The assembly manual's alignment procedure, which can be confusing at times, usually yields an alignment that can only be marginally improved with professional alignment gear. They are still one of the best DIY tuners out there.

    When you do get your FM-3 motherboard finished be sure to post some photos of the board on the Forum here ..

    Bob

    Hey Bob,

    Nice to hear from you again. I am simply amazed at the popularity of tubes now, I know solid state is trying to make a come back with class D amplifiers,but I think nothing can top tubes!! I've listened to the best of the solid state stuff from Krell to Threshold,and Levinson,but I keep coming back to tubes,and Yes the FM-3 is a wonderfully sounding tuner. I live in a fairly rural area,about 90 miles from the Dallas-Ft.Worth metroplex and with just a dipole I can pick up several DFW stations,especially in the evening,and morning. The selectivity I think is a bigger issue with these tuners. Thanks for the input,I will post a pictoral of the PCB here shortly.

    Denny

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    Re: FM-3's My First Love!!!

    Post by denny9167 on Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:02 pm

    Here is a pic of the PCB. I have highlighted the DIP switches.


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    Re: FM-3's My First Love!!!

    Post by kygeezer on Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:24 pm

    Hello Denny-
    I will be very interested in buying one of your motherboards. Any idea when available? Cost? Thanks!

    denny9167

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    Re: FM-3's My First Love!!!

    Post by denny9167 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:16 pm

    kygeezer wrote:Hello Denny-
    I will be very interested in buying one of your motherboards. Any idea when available? Cost? Thanks!

    I've got a few projects I'm trying to finish for another client,but I'm thinking a little over a month. The cost will be $120.00 for the board(silkscreening,and soldermasks)The board will also have the DIP switches already soldered on plus shipping,or if you want you can purchase the board without the silkscreen and soldermasks for $97.00 plus shipping.

    I will include a set of schematics w/ instructions on using the dip switches for the alignment process,and you simply follow the instructions set out in the original FM-3 manual for the actual adjustments.

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    Re: FM-3's My First Love!!!

    Post by kygeezer on Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:02 am

    Denny-
    I've been out of town, but put me down for one of your motherboards (the silkscreened one with dip switches on board) when available!

    denny9167

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    Re: FM-3's My First Love!!!

    Post by denny9167 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:57 am

    kygeezer wrote:Denny-
    I've been out of town, but put me down for one of your motherboards (the silkscreened one with dip switches on board) when available!

    I sure will,thanks

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