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Forte model 2: worth to change caps?
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Old 1st February 2010, 10:01 AM   #1
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Default Forte model 2: worth to change caps?

Hello, being on the budget for a preamp, i just acquired a model 2 from Forte. I am particularly interested to the phono stage of any unit as I do not have CD anymore (;-))
Is it worth to upgrade caps? Or better save the money and ask father Xmas a Threshold Fet 9?
In other words, can this unit modded sound in the league of the majestic Fet9?
Thanx so much
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Old 22nd May 2012, 01:46 AM   #2
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I just picked up a Forte Model 2 preamp and a looking for a schematic - also wonderinf if re-capping it would be worthwhile. I saw an old thread somewhere where a guy had upgraded to black gate caps and was very impressed with the sonic diffrence.

Wondering if you ever upgraded, or have a schematic?
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Old 21st October 2015, 02:43 AM   #3
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Same boat here. Did you ever track down schematics?

Also, yes I think there is going to be profit in recapping. At this point its 20 years old and Class A. The only signal caps appear to be the 4.7uf 16v caps in the middle. Those are the only ones I'm spending a mint on.
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Old 18th December 2017, 11:19 PM   #4
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I wanted to follow up. Everything tightens up when you change the caps. The sound became crisp and defined. It was the best I have ever heard my system. I put Jantzen Silvers in the 4.7uf spot and I'm unsure how much it affects the sound quality, but I suspect the fact they were 1% within spec of each other helps imaging.

I spent $240 on the component after recap and I would say it's every bit as good as modern preamps I have heard in the $2000 range, such as bryston bp-26 and the ayre kx-e. However, it doesn't have the same connectivity and options.
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Old 19th December 2017, 01:20 AM   #5
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There's always this:

The BA-3 as preamp build guide

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Old 20th December 2017, 09:11 PM   #6
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You could also try installing two Opamps in the preamp section I think I used 2604's. That was some time ago so there may be better options now. The ones in the phono section won't drop right in without some adjustment to the circuit so you may want to leave them.
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Old 13th September 2018, 04:01 AM   #7
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Waking up this thread since I have a related question.

Has anyone here actually recapped a Forte Model 2?

I see the screws that seem to be required to detach the PCB from the chassis, but there are a ton of wires going from RCA jacks, etc to the PCB.

So even if I detach the PCB, how will I flip to over to get to the solder side without detaching all those wires.

Pic attached - not of my unit, but so you get the idea.
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Old 13th September 2018, 04:15 AM   #8
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I'm thinking those wires were soldered from the top of the board which looks like double sided with vias in the holes connecting upper to bottom circuits.

Desolder just enough wires to flip it if needed...
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Old 13th September 2018, 04:19 AM   #9
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I'm thinking those wires were soldered from the top of the board which looks like double sided with vias in the holes connecting upper to bottom circuits.

Desolder just enough wires to flip it if needed...
Ugh, you mean no "silver bullet" that will allow me to do what I want to do with no work involved?

I'll have to take a closer look next time I'm in there, but a removable bottom would have made things SO much easier.

Thanks for the reply!
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Old 13th September 2018, 05:49 AM   #10
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Take off 4 knobs and 4 nuts. Pull controls and LED.

Flip.
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