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Old 15th January 2011, 03:55 PM   #1
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Default Forte Model 3 110v to 230v ?

Two weeks ago I got myself a Forte 40 Preamp, with the intention of also buying a Model 3 poweramp. It should make a nice combination for a relatively low investment.

Now I found out that the Model 3 I have my eye on, was actually imported from Canada. It was obviously intended for use with 110v, not the 230v we have here in Europe.

It doesn't seem to have an external switch, since the current owner is using it with a step-down transformer. So far, the people I know with technical knowledge of audiogear are telling me not to buy it if it can only be used with a step-down transformer, because the sound will be very much affected.

Can anyone tell me if it's possible to switch the unit internally to 220/240v or that it can be converted by a specialist at reasonable cost?

Thanks for your input.

Rob
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Old 15th January 2011, 11:20 PM   #2
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As far as I recall, all Threshold (and Forte) products had
dual 120v primary windings on the transformers. They
were run in parallel for 120 and in series for 240

Be sure you properly identify the input windings - The
120V wire of one winding attaches to the 0V wire of the
other, otherwise either nothing will happen at all or you
will pop the fuse very quickly.

You will also want to change the fuse value to 1/2 of the
previous 120V value.

As always with high voltages, if you don't feel competent,
then bribe a technician to do it.

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Old 16th January 2011, 11:16 AM   #3
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Thanks mr Pass. With the info coming from you, I have no hesitation anymore. I'm going to pick the unit up today and know a technician who can do the job for me. He is a specialist in repairing, restoring and modifying high-end gear. Do you have any idea how much time he will need to do the job?
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not Mr. Pass ........ but I can chime in

your tech will need no more than 1/2 hr for that job

coffee consummation included

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Thnx!
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Most technicians are more pliable with beer.

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Old 16th January 2011, 07:10 PM   #8
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Thank you for the suggestions, gentlemen.
Unfortunately, my technician doesn't drink....
I found that out, while trying to buy him with a bottle of Scotch.

I would know what to bring to you, though ;-)
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