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Discussion in 'Pedal/Effects Owners Clubs' started by grolan1, Mar 6, 2018.
Just picked this baby up.... my first guess is 50+ year old caps... ouch!
Those caps certainly hav to go. They’ve all bubbled/breached. Tubes could also be the cause, so after replacing caps, test without tubes installed. Then add them back one at a time, and see how that goes. Maybe gig also be rectifier - diodes are cheap - you could replace them too.
PLEASE - do not turn that unit on until it is properly serviced.
Just as with vintage amps I advise all buyers of vintage Fender tube reverb units to budget an additional $150 for service unless proof of recent service is supplied.
If the fuse had held on a bit longer you could have cooked your power transformer. Then you'd be paying the normal service cost (generally up to $150 for new filter caps and possible tubes) PLUS replacement of the PT, PLUS the reduction in vintage value.
IMO all vintage tube gear needs to be inspected by a qualified tech prior to use even if some kind of proof of service is provided. I see a huge amount of lousy work - but mostly I see vintage gear that's all original. Most owners do not understand that filter capacitors have a service life of just about 15 years - less if used a bit and then stored for long periods.
Please don't take any more =chances with that one - get it in to a good tech right away!
All fixed and working as designed. Never tried personally to turn it on.. went straight to the tech for standard/needed service!