Although I just recently created this account I've been lurking around on Head-Fi for the past 7 years now if the sticker on my Headroom Desktop amp is anything to go by. I've been curious about electrostatics for a very long time... almost as long as I've had good headphones but only after I heard an Orpheus at CES did I decide that I was going to make it happen. Money being what it is and Stax being what they are I decided that I was going to buy a new pair of headphones and a used amp. K_19 was good enough to sell me his SRM-1/MK II(a) and I am patiently awaiting its arrival. I've read that the SRM-1/MK II is a good starter amp for the money but I've also heard that many of these amps are nearly thirty years old and with that age can come capacitor deterioration. I have no access to any other electrostatics; In fact I am the only audiophile I know so unless something is clearly wrong like hissing I won't be able to tell if its just the Stax sound or the capacitors are on their way out. In that vein I am considering a re-cap. I have some limited experience with soldering but I have yet to take Blue Oyster Cult's advice and so I still fear the reaper. In light of that my questions are these...
1. Any advice on working with high voltage other than using a resistor to short the caps?
2. What caps do you like?
3. I've been using lead free Radio Shack solder. I imagine that this project is worthy of something a little better than what my keyboards get. What should I be using?
4.Any other advice? Any tweaks I should be considering while I'm swapping out all of the capacitors anyway?
Thanks in advance for your time... I know there are a lot of questions in there. I'm really looking forward to this system.
Edited by spaceace1014 - 1/29/13 at 2:37am