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Carver M1.5t issues




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Post Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:39 pm

Carver M1.5t issues

I just got a 1.5t off of Epray and I think it might have some issues... It doesn't sound quite as clear as my previous 1.0t did and I am wondering if it has the low end it should have.... biggest thing is the sonic quality. When I have the funds I plan to send it to Rita's if they are still around and still have the same deal...... [-o<

I opened it up and noticed some brown stuff aroud a cap on each of the power boards....not sure if it is normal or not. I also noticed it looked worked on recently? The thermal grease looked really new! When I did that I tried to match the big TO-2 transistors to see if they had new replacements and the schematic shows a listing for the chassis mounted transistors Q1-Q10 and what they should be... Well Q8 calls for a C6000 and Q6 calls for a 2SD555, and Q8 is also 2SD555 on this thing.... is the 2SD555 a replacement for the c6000's??? If not what is the proper replacement?
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The amp boards showing the reverse side of the board, back of the electrolytics with the brown stuff....not what I usually see for glue!
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Post Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:51 pm

Re: Carver M1.5t issues

It does look a little toasty.

Maybe time for a trip to Rita or Rolland~

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Post Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:47 pm

Re: Carver M1.5t issues

Rita Helm and I (Bob Carver) have opened a new shop for fixing and restoring all vintage Carver Corp, Phase Linear and Sunfire audio equipment.
We also restore ALL vintage tube amps as well. Rita's Vintage Audio Repair.

Each unit will be repaired, updated and gone through from top to bottom, restored to the same performance and condition as it was the day it was built.

A flat fee of $175 dollars* + shipping covers it all. Our minimum inspection fee is $35 dollars.

The address is:
Rita Helm, Old Sunfire building
1920 Bickford Ave
Snohomish WA 98290

Phone 425-530-9557. Ask for Harry Abbott.


Updated post from another thread. This is from Lisa at Bob's repair shop..............and I quote.......

Hi Everyone,
I am Lisa from Rita's Vintage Audio Repair. Here is some helpful info:

Here is our info:

Rita's Vintage Audio Repair
1920 Bickford Ave.
Snohomish, WA 98290

Our Charges:*

$195.00 Flat Fee
$175.00 for active drivers ONLY if it needs it
$75.00 for passive drivers ONLY if it needs it
$75.00 for tech labor time on unit over 3hrs.
$ 20.00 ONLY IF box & packing material are needed or wanted.



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Post Fri Nov 06, 2009 10:06 am

Re: Carver M1.5t issues

Well, my plan is to send it there when I get my taxes back, but until then I was really wondering about those two transistors....

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