My beautiful SX-1980

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sansui AU-20000

Got this from a friend to go over and make sure everything is good on it, utterly beautiful amp, this has to be one of the nicest looking integrated amps I have ever seen. I'll let the pics do the talking.






Thursday, July 5, 2012

Pioneer SPEC-1 recap and restoration! (New photos!)

Here is the SPEC-1 that goes with the SPEC-4 in the other post I have, full recap and restore is being done to this one as well.

Some before photos of the boards, more will be added as I get to the various boards:

Tone amp


Input (phono amp)


Filter amp


I forgot to get a before shot of the mixing amp board, bad me!

Power supply


Fuse board


And after recap!

Tone amp


Input (phono amp)


Filter amp


Mixing amp


Power supply board


Fuse board


And here are the both of them completed!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Pioneer SPEC-4 recap and repair! (New photos!)

I got a SPEC-4 to repair and recap from a guy in North Carolina, it had quit working with crackle pop and some magic smoke. Upon receiving it and checking it out, I found almost every transistor on the right amp board was either shorted, open or both! Four resistors had also fried, two of them had melted.

Some before photos, I will add to these soon.

Right amp board, you can see the burned out resistors from browned heat wraps over them.


Left amp board


Meter amp board


And some after photos!

Left amp board



 Right amp board


Meter amp board


I had to customize the boards a little to fit the new relay in, the old relay is a small MY2 style relay that is no longer obtainable, so I had to get a regular MY2 relay which is larger and fit it in. The photos below are of the right amp board.

I first checked the fit and drilled some new holes using a 1/16" bit, I was a little off on the last two on the far right, they should have been even with the others


Soldering it in, I scraped some the green coating off of the trace around where the new holes were so the solder would stick and soldered it in. The output wire that goes to the speaker terminal needs to be moved from pin 12 to pin 13, also needed are two jumpers, one, the green wire, jumps the 48VDC for the relay over to the new relay position and two, the bare wire jumper connects pin 13 to pin 12 so the meter drive circuit (pin 10) works, as pin 10 is directly connected to pin 12 but not pin 13.


And it's all together again!


Filter caps before



Filter caps after



And here are the both of them completed!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Pioneer SX-1980 score and restoration! (35v zeners replaced!)

After wanting one so long, I have finally got one, and for a amazing price to boot! A friend of mine got a line on this one, asking price $400, scratchy controls was all it had. He asked my opinion of it and should he get it, you can imagine what my response was. GET IT! He bought it and brought it to his place, only to find out that it didn't fit anywhere he wanted to put it! He had said earlier on before he bought it that if something was very wrong with it or it didn't fit he'd let me have it for the same price he bought it for. So, seeing that it didn't fit, he offered it to me, and long story short I got it and he shipped it here. If you have never seen one of these in person, you can't appreciate how big these things are. They, are, massive! And try moving one around a lot, it will cause you to have a hernia, 78 pounds, 22 1/4" wide, 19" deep and 8 1/4" high.

I'm going to be doing a complete restore to it, recap, full cleaning from top to bottom, the works. Here are some before photos, I'll be adding more as I get into it.





Some before photos of the boards, more will be added as I get to them

EQ (Phono) amp board


Tone amp board


Flat amp board


Filter amp board


Power amp board (there are two of them and they look exactly the same, except one has the two big caps on the left instead of the right, this one is of the left amp board)


Power supply board


And after recap!

EQ (Phono) amp


Tone amp


Flat amp


Filter amp


Power amp (this one is the right hand amp board)


Power supply board (Note: I miscounted the caps in the list I created and came up two short, so you can see two caps that are still original, I've got those on order.)


And it works perfectly! Powered up on the DBT (Dim Bulb Tester) with no problems, offset and bias set with no problems whatsoever and when I played it for the first time, glorious sound from both channels, no scratchiness or cutting out at all. Here is a quick video I took:


I still have to replace the two caps on the power supply I missed, the filter caps, the SS relay (which I have managed to find one I think will work, but it's on back order until September) and the two 35v zener diodes, but other then that this thing is ready to rock and roll! I'll be post pics soon with it back together.

Update 05/14/13: I replaced the 35v zeners a month ago but some how forgot to update the post to that affect! This thing is now pretty much done, later down the road I'm going to recap the tuner section once I am able to align it or can have someone align it.

I decided to convert all the indicator lamps to LED's. Here are some examples of before and after LED conversion, the camera doesn't show the look very well, but it looks very nice, crisp and nicely bright without being overly bright.

Before


After


Before


After


And the soft start relay has been replaced, finally! (8/11/12)

New relay top and side, note it is a top mount, so I will have to exchange cases with the old relay so it will fit on the board.



New vs old


And the new relay in place! To get the old case to fit on the new relay all I had to do was file the front notch in the case a little taller. I also had to enlarge the holes in the board to small slots so the new relay terminals would fit, but after that it went it like a charm and worked perfectly! I have it playing now.


 And here are some photos of it with the faceplate on! More will come soon of the wood case and other parts.

Update 05/14/13: I haven't forgotten about getting more photos of it, but I've been either very busy or other family things have been happening, so I haven't had time to take them. I will soon though!