[sdiy] Reasonable cap replacement policy

Pete Hartman pete.hartman at gmail.com
Fri Feb 7 14:18:18 CET 2020

Gordon, you say this every time I see you commenting on this topic even
though several of us have pointed out that we *have* seen failed electros
in synths and other gear--and not just in psus.

Do you really think your individual experience is that much more typical
than the rest of us?

I agree with the idea that blind "re capping" is a foolish shotgun
approach, and you're right that it often goes hand in hand with
inexperience and bad work, but that doesn't mean electros don't fail or
that they shouldn't be checked out.  Bulges and leakage do happen and do
indicate that the caps showing such signs need to be replaced.


On Fri, Feb 7, 2020 at 4:50 AM Gordonjcp <gordonjcp at gjcp.net> wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 06, 2020 at 10:14:12AM -0800, John Speth via Synth-diy wrote:
> > Hi folks-
> >
> > Today I called a shop about replacing the belts on my 30 year old
> > cassette tape deck (Fostex X-26). The guy quickly recommended also
> > replacing the caps (I assume just the electrolytics). I'm guarded
> > against folks who do repairs on stuff that don't show signs of need,
> > which my tape deck doesn't.
> >
> > What are the prevailing opinions on replacing old electrolytics in
> > equipment from the 1980's?
> I have pretty much never seen a failed electrolytic in audio equipment,
> leaving aside cheap shitty switched-mode power supplies.  I've seen a
> lot of leaky disc ceramics, but weirly mostly in radio gear.
> If someone brings me a bit of kit that's been "re-capped" to repair -
> because it's never "bad caps" - it's 300 quid for me to even take the
> screws out because I know it'll be a total shitemare from start to
> finish.
> --
> Gordonjcp
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