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Sansui Amp Servicing

Having quite recently received my Sansui AU-217 and been impressed by the sound form it, I think it deserves a service, as it looks very dusty inside. Maybe I could do it myself, but if anyone can recomend a good place to get it serviced that'd be very helpful. I can post it wherever from here in the North East of Scotland, but the more local the better.


Thanks folks, Have a great Thursday Afternoon Smile

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Check local listings in Aberdeen, or ask at Holborn hifi (and other local dealers), they may use someone in the area for refurbing incoming used kit where necessary. If that fails, try the same tactic down in Dundee.

I doubt you want to go to huge expense for the amp, there comes a point where the exercise is not economic when compared to just getting another one given they come up often and usually in very good condition.

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Thanks for the input folks. Given the cost of getting the amp serviced is more than it's worth, i'll probably just do some research and give it a simple clean up inside and inspect it at the same time, and use the money to buy a decent CDP and/or TT...

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RCduck7:

Intresting...


http://www.skipsimmonsamps.com/truthaboutvintageamps.html



have read that a few months ago (was discussed in detail on another forum) ... I don't understand all the techinical jargon, but this is how I understand the issue


problem is that when the capacitors start to 'bulge', it's time to recap ... capacitors can last up to 30yrs if the amp is not used often, and some say capacitors have a lifespan of approx 1000 hrs of use


as regards altering the sound of the amp, it will change if more modern caps are used and not the original ...


I opted for expensive ones which are regarded highly, and can say it has changed for the better and is really sounding good ... but before deciding which caps to use, visit a vintage forum and seek advice/opinions


other issues are dry solder joints, deoxit on all pots, recalibrating etc etc .... plus replacing all internal cabling with decent silver cabling .... there is even an issue with the solder wire .... (something to do with the silver content)


was money well worth spending ....


IMHO if you have a good quality vintage amp, it may be worth your while to spend a little have a good job done

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