Kenwood KA-3020 SE. Apparently a former BBC unit. Genuine?

I got this amp for £9 plus postage on eBay as spares and repair. Powered on but only hum through the speakers. Had candle wax spillage inside. The photos seemed the wax hadn't burnt causing shorts from the carbon so thought I'd take a chance out of curiosity. I clean vintage gear for a few techs in the area so not a problem to me.

Turned out the input knob had a wack, splitting the preamp board and seems to of damaged the input switch after I repaired the traces I'm still not getting the left channel on most inputs. Reflowing the headphone/speaker A&B board did get the left channel back but only on two inputs, so presume the input switch is faulty or I missed traces. Could swap switch from rec selector or build a new preamp board but impressed with the oversized power supply and its overall sound so may use it as a diy amp 🤔

Anyway it's got a BBC sticker on the back, what's the chances of it being genuinely used at the BBC?

I know someone who works at the BBC in Manchester and was thinking if of asking him about getting old equipment.
 

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moffer

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2020-02-15 9:00 am
I got this amp for £9 plus postage on eBay as spares and repair. Powered on but only hum through the speakers. Had candle wax spillage inside. The photos seemed the wax hadn't burnt causing shorts from the carbon so thought I'd take a chance out of curiosity. I clean vintage gear for a few techs in the area so not a problem to me.

Turned out the input knob had a wack, splitting the preamp board and seems to of damaged the input switch after I repaired the traces I'm still not getting the left channel on most inputs. Reflowing the headphone/speaker A&B board did get the left channel back but only on two inputs, so presume the input switch is faulty or I missed traces. Could swap switch from rec selector or build a new preamp board but impressed with the oversized power supply and its overall sound so may use it as a diy amp

Anyway it's got a BBC sticker on the back, what's the chances of it being genuinely used at the BBC?

Very nice budget amp is the Kenwood 3020se. I've been using one in my modest set-up for many years.

I used to know a BBC sound engineer who had a really nice set-up at home. When I told him I had a Kenwood 3020se he said the BBC has one of those in the depot or wherever it was he worked. Think he said it was used as a stage prop rather than playing music. Who knows you could have that very amp! :)

I know someone who works at the BBC in Manchester and was thinking if of asking him about getting old equipment.
 
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