Most everyone can see in a web search that Bill Thomas was a man with great Dynaco knowledge and expertise.
Luckily, the internet has saved some of his best build ups resurrecting systems. Here is a long story for a short request.
I just had an FM-3 restored and upgraded. The end result is really top notch now.
Chauncey Epperson hooked me up with a great tube hi-fi guy, his referral hit it out of the park.
Although he is not an FM-3 specialist, he’s a Dynaco ST-70 & PAS Specialist. The tuner systems he works on are vintage Super-Tuners, examples: McIntosh MR-71 and Marantz Tens… his shop has all of the test equipment to get the final outcome just right.
Luckily, the tech had just come off a buildup of an FM-3 using a good base and a parts tuner and he was willing to do another one.
I had 2 good FM-3’s. One had the tapered tuning transformers and 90% of the original Dynaco tubes that tested OK, so we went with that one as the base, if we needed parts, number two should be able to supply what was needed.
If any interest in the full story, I’ll post the details on what it took and its history. It was a fun ride.
While we planned the refurb of my systems, we both referenced this very valuable thread by Bill Thomas. But what the old posts are lacking are links to photos.
What I am looking for, are the accompanying photos that go with the Audio Circle thread started in 2008: Bill Thomas: A Double Dose of Fine Tuning!
As with most old threads, the photos are no longer being hosted. I’m hoping someone has a full copy of the thread with these pictures. I print out threads the PDFs. Perhaps someone has a web copy.
I have searched the Internet Archives Wayback Machine … no luck there.
PM me if you have a copy w/ pix or the photos to match. I'd really appreciate any partial or full copy.
Or PM me if you are looking for a top notch vintage tube gear tech with Dynaco & more expertise.
It took him a while, great communication throughout and a really good bottom line fair price.
Here's the link: Dynaco FM-3 rebuild - "A Double Dose of Fine Tuning!"