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Old 29th October 2013, 06:27 PM   #1
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Default Counterpoint SA-3 rebuild

Hello all-

After almost 32 years of faithful service, my Counterpoint SA-3 finally passed on last week. I am thinking (hoping) it can be rebuilt, something I was planning to do soon anyway. I have ordered a service manual from Alta Vista, will get started as soon as possible.

I've been lurking on this board for a couple of years, and welcome any up-front advice anyone cares to offer.

I guess first things on the list are:
1. Board/trace repair- the only obvious damage is a blown trace. There is a fair amount of heat discoloration, but I think the boards are still viable. No delamination that I can see.

2. Replacing the caps- one has bulged and is leaking some goo, others have a fair amount of corrosion right where the leads are attached to the body.

3. Replacing the tube sockets- these have been especially fussy lately, seems to take a lot of repositioning of the tubes to get them to stay quiet. (Of course, this could be caused by something else I'm missing..)

4. Replacing the RCA connectors on the back panel.

So, again, advice is welcome. I'll continue to browse the forums to find ideas on where to get the parts I'll need. Also will attempt to load a couple pics to start..

cheers
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IMAG0243_1.jpg - shows blown trace and heating

IMAG0252.jpg - overall pic
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