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Well this is one of the things that is so great about this site! Bob saw it, he reached out, and despite the passage of all this time and whatever hurt feelings from years past, we are all good, and its been resolved, and my amp will be coming home soon. Thanks to all of you who may have contributed to this great outcome after all these years. Its made my day to have this resolved after so long. It really is best to always hold out the best in people and not be judgmental. Thanks again to all of you and, thanks, Bob.
Marcsten, this is great news that you finally have your gear sorted! I recently got 2 snare drums back from a repair person who had had them for at least 5 or 6 years. It was a very odd situation with me calling every few months, but I have to say, the work was awesome. We're all good now as well.
 

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FWIW, I finally got my Tetrasound back from it’s doctor's visit. I put it off for close to a year but it is finally ready to join it’s place amongst my other vintage Quad gear.

For anyone that is looking for someone to overhaul their Tate, I can suggest Inner Sound here in Portland. You can even ship to them as that is what I did even though they are close by. Total for the recap was less than $200. They have been in business since I can remember so they can be trusted.

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FWIW, I finally got my Tetrasound back from it’s doctor's visit. I put it off for close to a year but it is finally ready to join it’s place amongst my other vintage Quad gear.

For anyone that is looking for someone to overhaul their Tate, I can suggest Inner Sound here in Portland. You can even ship to them as that is what I did even though they are close by. Total for the recap was less than $200. They have been in business since I can remember so they can be trusted.

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How is sounding? Maybe I should send them my 101a and S&IC, that shop is close to where it was "born"(the Audionics).
 

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How is sounding? Maybe I should send them my 101a and S&IC, that shop is close to where it was "born"(the Audionics).
Haven’t set it up yet. It actually sounded pretty nice beforehand except for some scratchy controls. They do good work.....they rehabbed my old Marantz 4400 which included fixing the scope. They work on pretty much everything but they might need the schematic for the S&IC since it is pretty obscure and a fairly complicated piece. Or maybe not if it is just a simple fix or just a recap.
 

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Haven’t set it up yet. It actually sounded pretty nice beforehand except for some scratchy controls. They do good work.....they rehabbed my old Marantz 4400 which included fixing the scope. They work on pretty much everything but they might need the schematic for the S&IC since it is pretty obscure and a fairly complicated piece. Or maybe not if it is just a simple fix or just a recap.
It's easy to re-cap the S&IC, you should use film type coupling capacitors as there is lots of room. The schematics can be downloaded from Steve Kennedy's site. Links are posted here as well if you search around for them.
 

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S&IC back from repair shop this week and sound great(and seem to be decoding more precisely according to the Wurlyscope). They also fixed the loose rca jacks and I had the old cracked power cord replaced. Apparently couldn't source appropriate sized replacements for the six 47mf caps so six bypasses were added, not complaining though, other repair shops I contacted wouldn't even touch it. :) :)
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Furui

Can I ask the name and address of the shop that repaired your S&IC?
Mine is a quadbob repair job which means it has failing connections throuought It is unplugged from my system
The replaced caps should be OK it is a matter of fixing the solder joints I would guess based on other quadbob failed repair jobs.
 

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Furui

Can I ask the name and address of the shop that repaired your S&IC?
Mine is a quadbob repair job which means it has failing connections throuought It is unplugged from my system
The replaced caps should be OK it is a matter of fixing the solder joints I would guess based on other quadbob failed repair jobs.
It is the same repair shop where doity sent his Tetrasound 101 post #42 on this thread. (the bill was higher on mine since I had more parts installed)
 

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S&IC back from repair shop this week and sound great(and seem to be decoding more precisely according to the Wurlyscope). They also fixed the loose rca jacks and I had the old cracked power cord replaced. Apparently couldn't source appropriate sized replacements for the six 47mf caps so six bypasses were added, not complaining though, other repair shops I contacted wouldn't even touch it. :) :)
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The 47µF capacitors are just for the display, they could of been replaced with any good quality electrolytics, has no effect on the sound. The repair shops that you contacted missed out on easy money. Very simple to replace the 10 coupling capacitors! Did you replace the power supply filter caps as well?
 

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The 47µF capacitors are just for the display, they could of been replaced with any good quality electrolytics, has no effect on the sound. The repair shops that you contacted missed out on easy money. Very simple to replace the 10 coupling capacitors! Did you replace the power supply filter caps as well?
They do look much cleaner but I don't see it specified on the invoice. I requested that anything out of spec be replaced and they said everything tested well after the work had been done, so if not I am assuming that they judged it wasn't necessary.
 

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They do look much cleaner but I don't see it specified on the invoice. I requested that anything out of spec be replaced and they said everything tested well after the work had been done, so if not I am assuming that they judged it wasn't necessary.
The big electrolytics in the power supply look new to me in your picture.
 

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Furui

Can I ask the name and address of the shop that repaired your S&IC?
Mine is a quadbob repair job which means it has failing connections throuought It is unplugged from my system
The replaced caps should be OK it is a matter of fixing the solder joints I would guess based on other quadbob failed repair jobs.
Huh. Again, maybe I have been lucky or a member of some sort of secret club that I wasn't aware of, but Bob did my S and IC recaps ten or more years ago. This piece is the center of entire system, so is nearly always in use. It has worked flawlessly since his work. That's all I can say.
 

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It is the same repair shop where doity sent his Tetrasound 101 post #42 on this thread. (the bill was higher on mine since I had more parts installed)
Glad it worked out well for you furui. That shop will work on just about anything that you can throw at them. I think they are less selective after they moved to the burbs and business slowed because of it. We have another shop in town that will not even work on stuff if parts seem hard to get, if it is a certain brand or piece, or if it will require more time than usual to diagnose and fix. Granted he is a great guy and won’t charge for estimates and won’t charge for repairs that don’t meet his standards. He actually returned something to me fully fixed and didn’t charge me. I actually rang him up and gave him half the charge because I felt bad for taking advantage.
 

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IMHO shops that refuse to work on this vintage stuff are losing a lot of easy money.

I've seen some eBay listings lately that say the item was seller refurbished. Described as being re-capped, but reading further it sounds like only the main power supply capacitors were changed! I even watched a YouTube video about recapping and all they did was replace the main power supply capacitors. Not only that the replacements were much smaller than the originals and so be had to devise a new means of mounting them. I would have just left those alone if they still looked good (no signs of swelling, or ozze, but in any case he could have selected a higher value part and even upped the voltage rating a bit. That way the replacement would fit better and even perform better.

I've found that It's more common to have some of the smaller capacitors (ie coupling capacitors) to actually need replacement. Use of film types (if they will fit) will not only improve sound but make the unit far more reliable in the long run.

Much of the vintage Quad stuff is nearly fifty years old by now, unbelievable that much of it still functions. With capacitor replacement you should be good for another fifty years or more!
 
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