Originally Posted by dsrussell
Good luck. Hope the cleaning will help run your Dahlquists to your satisfaction.
There is no such thing as maintenance free. Discrete components get weak, caps dry out, things happen. Most electronics today won’t have long lives. The statement, “They don’t make them how they use to,” is true in a way. A lot more bells and whistles and neat stuff on todays electronics. But reliability usually suffers.
We both bought our electronics in the heyday of audio and are extremely fortunate that they have lived such a long life. I bought my McIntosh equipment in ’78 and they work fine today (I did replace the preamp, but only because I wanted a new toy). But I take my equipment in once every 10 years or so to have it tested, cleaned and checked out. Because of all the discrete components they are easy and cheap to replace, except for the big storage caps, which I haven’t had to replace … yet. I would probably just replace them when needed, simply because I’m not looking to spend 7.5 grand on a new amp.
dsrussell > We both bought our electronics in the heyday of audio and are extremely fortunate
I would have to agree, the demographics and market place were both very different back then, I'd suggest more favorable to the consumer. Somewhere I read that in theory two high quality amps with good specs should sound pretty much the same. To some degree I would agree with that and expect my old stuff to still be competitive if in excellent condition.
dsrussell > except for the big storage caps
35 years ago I had a childish idea that if I purchased top shelf solid state equipment it should be carefree. I stand corrected. My 50# power amp has two coffee can size capacitors, 1978 maxwell house size coffee cans not 2016 size coffee cans and thank God they are still good.
dsrussell > I’m not looking to spend 7.5 grand on a new amp.
dsrussell > Good luck. Hope the cleaning will help run your Dahlquists to your satisfaction.
I would listen to my 35 year old dirty amp and rebuilt Dahlquists and compare that to new 3.7i with new amps and I was unhappy. Now the amps will be restored and I'll have to completely rethink all this. I just had an idea! Take my restored power amp to the Magnepan store and try it driving the 3.7i? This time I should take my Oppo 105D as well they had a difficult time accessing my music on my USB drive last time I was there.
I wonder if they would let me?
That may be informative.
dsrussell > (we) are extremely fortunate
Amen - Part II
Thank you Sir, for your informative and encouraging reply.