Somewhat related - I put my 1983 vintage Yamaha A700 integrated amp on the workbench today and gave all it's moving switches and controls a through flush out job with a can of tuner cleaning lube ($10.00, from Radio Shack). The amp is close to 30 years old and while it worked, it was far from sounding like my memory said it used to.
Plugged her back in and holy cow. It is like a yellow film has been peeled off the sound. No hum, no scratchiness, just effortless incredibly smooth and clean detailed sound at ridiculous volume levels, just like I remembered back in the party days. My oldest daughter was pretty shocked to see Dad cranking up the "thundertron" as I used to call it, to the levels it was intended for when I built the speakers, way back in '89 :lol
I don't know that much about electronics, but did a bit of searching and found out about the need to "clean the pots" once in awhile. My amp was way overdue. It is good to have the old girl back. It is like she is brand new again.
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