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What does it take to put a decent vintage receiver back in service?

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Without doing a recap, just addressing problems and cleaning a long neglected unit, what do you think is needed to make the unit worthy of a shelf?

Phil has Free written across a tag on a Pioneer SX-828 top-of-the-line receiver from 71-73 with about 50 watts per channel. He meant for it to go with the Marantz tuner, inner box, outer box, cabinet, box and such but as the day got late I asked if it was free and I'd get it out of his way. That is, it seems, what he wanted. I asked him if it worked and he said it was intermittent in one channel and low in volume in the other. Good enough for me. Brought it home and recorded the serial number and put it on a stack of gear needing to see the workbench.

Then I talked to Doug (


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