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Originally Posted by analogsurviver View Post

 

What looks indistinguishable on an oscilloscope can be worlds apart in listening. And in the means/costs to arrive from boring/bland to eargasmic audio presentation.

Can you give an example of what would be done by a restorer, that would be not noticeable by a repair guy ?

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Got to agree with Analogsurviver on this one. The repair guy will look for components that don't function, ie the light is out or the left channel. A restorer will assume that everything, after 35 years or so, is no longer in spec and needs to be reconditioned or replaced. 

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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post

Can you give an example of what would be done by a restorer, that would be not noticeable by a repair guy ?

The list is actually HUGE, and of course the bigger and more complicated the device, the longer the list.

Let's use Mattsd's restore of my SX-1980 for example.

He replaced EVERY single electrolytic capacitor with nice audio-grade caps. Not just the ones that were not in spec like a repair guy would - ALL of them.

He replaced the notoriously unreliable speaker replay, even though the original was working. No repair guy would know to do this.

He replaced the DC offset and Bias adjustment pots, which also are known to become problematic with age, even though again, they were fine.

He replaced almost every single component on the power supply board, many with uprated values, because this is also a known area of potential trouble.

I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture...
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Well, I had to say it. The morning after pondering repairs on the 780, I turned it on and all I got was a buzz and the green stereo light. The face doesn't light up, and it doesn't function as a receiver. Other than the stereo light, it's exactly what happened to the ST120.

 

I guess I'll either scrap it or send it for a big-bucks restoration.

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Wow man, that REALLY sucks. And it's really spooky given yesterday's discussion frown.gif

I hate when that kind of thing happens. But when it does, I usually look AT&T as a chance to upgrade...hopefully you can do so.
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Going to look at an sx-1250 today. The guy sent me some low res phone pics and it's hard to tell the cosmetic condition. I would say about a 7. He posted the ad at $900. I talked to him on the phone for a few minutes and he said that he can do $500 and that the 1250 was "serviced" last year...hmmrolleyes.gif, we'll see. 

 

Before anyone says it...yes, I know that I already have a 1280, 650, 9090db and model 8. I will be charging admission to my vintage museum soon. wink_face.gif

post #9637 of 13913
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Going to look at an sx-1250 today. The guy sent me some low res phone pics and it's hard to tell the cosmetic condition. I would say about a 7. He posted the ad at $900. I talked to him on the phone for a few minutes and he said that he can do $500 and that the 1250 was "serviced" last year...hmmrolleyes.gif, we'll see. 

 

Before anyone says it...yes, I know that I already have a 1280, 650, 9090db and model 8. I will be charging admission to my vintage museum soon. wink_face.gif

Road trip!

post #9638 of 13913
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Originally Posted by MIKELAP View Post

Road trip!

 

Nah, this is a traveling kinda of circus. Just send me address. I'll pack it all up and be there in about a month (will be bringing all the kids btw). 

post #9639 of 13913
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Going to look at an sx-1250 today. The guy sent me some low res phone pics and it's hard to tell the cosmetic condition. I would say about a 7. He posted the ad at $900. I talked to him on the phone for a few minutes and he said that he can do $500 and that the 1250 was "serviced" last year...hmmrolleyes.gif, we'll see. 

 

Before anyone says it...yes, I know that I already have a 1280, 650, 9090db and model 8. I will be charging admission to my vintage museum soon. wink_face.gif


Beat me to it.  You've got the buyit disease for sure.  I should talk...............have 5 now and just asked a local about his Pioneer SX-5580 (black face Euro version).   Skylab - how do we stop this insanity? 

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How is the model 8 Matt? Does it stand up to your 9090db? 

post #9641 of 13913
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Originally Posted by Oregonian View Post


Beat me to it.  You've got the buyit disease for sure.  I should talk...............have 5 now and just asked a local about his Pioneer SX-5580 (black face Euro version).   Skylab - how do we stop this insanity? 

 

Get a vintage Krell or Levinson piece and you'll never look back wink_face.gif

post #9642 of 13913
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

How is the model 8 Matt? Does it stand up to your 9090db? 

 

It won't be here for a few days. I'm very interested to put it against the 9090 myself. Will definitely let you know. 

post #9643 of 13913
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

 

It won't be here for a few days. I'm very interested to put it against the 9090 myself. Will definitely let you know. 

Cool bro, I was wondering why you hadn't mentioned about it yet. 

 

 

(got my SX550 working again today :) didn't want to make a big thing about it coz of the guy who's SX broke today..redface.gif Don't know how or why? But its working as good as ever! confused_face_2.gif)     

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Did you change something or did it fix itself?

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Thread Starter 

Matt I thought you sold the 9090db. You still have it?

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