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    I can't think of a better excuse to stock up. :p...

    I can't think of a better excuse to stock up. :p :D
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    Somewhere around 1990 Caig swapped DeOxit for...

    Somewhere around 1990 Caig swapped DeOxit for Cramolin, and simultaneously ditched the freon and subbed naptha solvent and I'm not sure what for propellant. Is DeOxit the same thing as Cramolin? Only...
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    Back in the days when Cramolin - DeOxit's...

    Back in the days when Cramolin - DeOxit's predecessor - was starting to be the hip thing to use among the audiophile (phool?) crowd one enthusiast suggested adding a bit of Cram Red to a jar of...
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    That is a unique looking weave. But I doubt...

    That is a unique looking weave. But I doubt Boss/Roland would sell you a slice. I get ordinary grill cloth typically from Antique/CE in Tempe AZ. Possibly you buy other things there so check the...
  5. Yes I've seen that too. I suspect it's just...

    Yes I've seen that too. I suspect it's just regular old grease that's oxidized with age. I find it in various bits of cars I've worked on too, most have nothing electrical about them. In old...
  6. DeOxit is typically supplied as a 5% spray, the...

    DeOxit is typically supplied as a 5% spray, the remainder being mostly naptha which is a darn good cleaning solvent. IF the DeOxit formula is still the same as Cramolin, its predecessor (available...
  7. The wiping action as you work the switch scrapes...

    The wiping action as you work the switch scrapes off the soft corrosion layer, as you can see in the photo. And if you're worried, apply a tiny dab of DeOxit to the terminals. Those switches if I'm...
  8. Naah, none of those, although I appreciate the...

    Naah, none of those, although I appreciate the vendor's humor! FWIW I do have a small stash of the now outlawed single use bags. They make excellent trash bin liners for my kitchen. I'll be in a...
  9. I'm with ya Nevets. I tell 'em "just put a...

    I'm with ya Nevets. I tell 'em "just put a sticker on it" and they'll do that at stores that sticker items too big to bag. Other stores don't use sticker but apparently trust that I'm not gonna...
  10. I can only hope mgmt has half the horse sense you...

    I can only hope mgmt has half the horse sense you have, they'll know the "recording artistes" are full of baloney expecting to have studio-quiet rooms to record in. And if the "artistes" complained...
  11. Having only one spring will make a reverb tank...

    Having only one spring will make a reverb tank sound awful, no matter what brand. The reverb sound needs more randomization, a single spring sounds cheap & horrible. I've been satisfied just fine...
  12. Yah, let'em go over to the airport runway and try...

    Yah, let'em go over to the airport runway and try to get 'em to hush up too. It's not as if there aren't a number of perfectly good studios within a short drive - whoever's doing this "recording"...
  13. That's been a problem ever since 1963. Dropping...

    That's been a problem ever since 1963. Dropping the return gain is a good option, but in the reissue amps a big pain because they're on pc boards. Using a split resistor pair in the plate circuit...
  14. That, or get your Epi at a bargain price,...

    That, or get your Epi at a bargain price, figuring in the eventual cost of having to replace the pickup & maybe the whole p/u & preamp system.

    Hmm, a third one within a week? As Arlo said, that's...
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    How about those ribbon cables that connect the...

    How about those ribbon cables that connect the main board to the output board, they all had to endure some flexing back 'n forth while you hauled the main board out for its mods. Those ribbons love...
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    If you want the best possible matching for your...

    If you want the best possible matching for your amp, the tester should have the same operation conditions as your amp, first & foremost B+. Followed by screen grid voltage and bias voltage. FWIW...
  17. Well if you get upwards of a grand, then it's...

    Well if you get upwards of a grand, then it's worth the trouble. Call me a dummy for not checking. I figured these days when you can get a 600W bass amp the size of a textbook for a couple hundred...
  18. Might be best off being your SVT "parts car." ...

    Might be best off being your SVT "parts car."

    Transformer plus a set of tubes plus your troubleshooting time plus more parts besides, he'd be lucky to break even if he tried to sell it.
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    I remember a couple of years ago, the "Carvin...

    I remember a couple of years ago, the "Carvin going out of business" story. At the same time, a number of "secret" Carvin schematics were suddenly made available, so that's one good thing.

    Never...
  20. What Helmholtz said ^^^. Also keep in mind, these...

    What Helmholtz said ^^^. Also keep in mind, these are thumb-size caps, not rinky-dink miniatures. They will need some sort of support when mounting them. A large cable clamp or a big glob of RTV,,...
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    Another situation I love to avoid is when gear...

    Another situation I love to avoid is when gear gets damaged in shipping. Even if it's just a little bit. I have one crustomer who has made a small fortune by clipping UPS for outrageous repair claims...
  22. Even though "theoretically" one can create a non...

    Even though "theoretically" one can create a non polar cap by running two electrolytics in series, "back to back," I find it a cheap and nasty solution. You can get hi quality film caps rated 250V -...
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    Current offering price for a new U47 is US$ 9000....

    Current offering price for a new U47 is US$ 9000. OW! Wonder what's the price of a capsule? Sure would ruin your day to have to buy one.
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    Thanks Mick, that makes my day! How many...

    Thanks Mick, that makes my day! How many thousands of hit records have guitar tracks on them recorded through pickups that not only had magnet "defects" but (horrors!) were never examined!

    Once...
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    What nevets said ^^^. Plus, keep in mind there's...

    What nevets said ^^^. Plus, keep in mind there's 700V of DC as well as the usual shock hazards from the AC line & hi voltage secondary leads all awaiting their chance to shock the bejeezus out of...
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    The combination of big hum and squirrely bias LED...

    The combination of big hum and squirrely bias LED behavior indicates a major imbalance of output tubes. One or more are out of match with the rest. I know it's a major expense, but the bias system...
  27. If you guitar's old enough, say 50+, no more need...

    If you guitar's old enough, say 50+, no more need to consult the calendar. It's that way ALL the time.
  28. O-L-D ? You bet! Old enough to have co-written...

    O-L-D ? You bet! Old enough to have co-written the first published report on ScUNGe, along with a couple of fellow chemistry & physics students, around 1970. Scandium Uranium Nitrogen Germanium. One...
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