Thursday, December 02, 2010

Here's another one from the bad amp room pile, a Peavey EQ-27 originating from late 1983-early 1984 according to component date codes.


Power switch has been sheared and the sliders sink beneath the surface of the face at roughly the 1K band or so. I like looking at equalizer guts anyway.


Bunch of greasy sliders, not much to note this side beyond than the fact that the broken power switch is panel mount, further easing its replacement.


Scads of NE5532N, and socketed; no complaints here. In poking around the internet, sniffing up factoids on this unit, I see someone claims there are 90 dollars worth of precision capacitors in these things. I'll agree that those caps are nice looking, but I'd like to believe I would exhibit a bit more shopping prowess if I had to replace them all, which I won't. That said, over-all quality of components seems really high, and I continue to fail to understand why Peavey didn't command more respect as a manufacturer. I also love the black and silver era aesthetics. This beast demands three U of rack space which is a touch lofty for an EQ. Though, it has XLR in and out and the balanced output is hung off a transformer. I'm keeping it. I'm a sucker for transformers.


I'm settling in on the notion that this pot, the level control, could be the point at which this unit hinged into an inoperable state...


...mainly because it is hanging onto the PCB through sheer willpower alone. I'll separate the two circuit boards, exact a repair here and then see what happens when I feed it electricity.


I'm also faced with a conundrum. While the guts are freed up is my big opportunity to hit this with some window cleaner, but I like a bit of patina and wear on my gear. Decisions, decisions..

3 comments:

GRIZZ said...

there's a fine line between patina and vintage crud...

tread carefully my friend ;)

crochambeau said...

I think I'm going to leave it be, there's enough clean looking gear in the universe already.

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