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Old 11th Sep 2022, 6:00 am   #1
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Default Sony ICF-PRO80 recap, restoration in UK?

Greetings, it's been a while since I attended.

I'm in Auckland NZ but participate in a weekly video meeting with friends around the world, and sometimes conversations go to tech show-and-tell;=})

Anyway, a friend in London has this Sony ICF-PRO80 that he's realised he wants repaired, he's learned that he could buy some sort of "re-cap" 'kit' from the US, had heard of a mosfet possible replacement too, browsing, non tech.

I'm suspicious of cap replacement kits - I've just finished doing a full restoration of a Wurlitzer jukebox valve amplifier including resistors, as well as capacitors, and I saw "cap kits" advertised for that and those too.

Anyway even if he imported such from the US, he'd need someone to do the work in the UK, so I suggested components could be sourced locally and that maybe someone in the UK might be able to do the work, & that I'd ask here.

If it's not an impossible job, he might afford it.

Any suggestions?

Service manuals here (and elsewhere

https://elektrotanya.com/showresult?...a=All&kat2=All

Thanks very much!

Cheers!

God Save The King!!
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Old 11th Sep 2022, 2:00 pm   #2
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Default Re: Sony ICF-PRO80 recap, restoration in UK?

This is a highly specialist repair job. All high end Sony radios from the mid 80s onwards are stuffed full of surface mount components, incuding SMD electrolytics which invariably fail, often causing further damage - that's why there are so many capacitor kits on sale. Changing all the electrolytics isn't really a DIY job, even for somebody with electronics experience. You need to be comfortable working with surface mount electronics and have an appropriately equipped workshop.

If this were mine, I'd hand it over to a specialist pro who offers a Sony recapping service. It won't be cheap, but it's not an easy job.
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Old 11th Sep 2022, 3:16 pm   #3
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Default Re: Sony ICF-PRO80 recap, restoration in UK?

I have restored many Sony ICF sets including this model, so I can undertake this for you. As Paul says though, it isn't cheap!

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Old 11th Sep 2022, 5:44 pm   #4
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Default Re: Sony ICF-PRO80 recap, restoration in UK?

Thanks very much, chaps.
I've forwarded details to my friend Peter and hopefully he will be in touch re repair.
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